The River Resort takes full advantage of Champasak’s best natural feature with glass-walled duplexes cantilevering along the banks of the Mekong River.
Set in an expansive property three kilometres north of town, the resort marries modern with traditional, comfort with nature. The two-storey buildings are sleek, though the exterior—all white and black with clean lines and metal railing—is softened by the exquisite landscaping of trees and dense tropical foliage which can be seen through the front wall of sliding glass doors.
Within is soft, light and down to earth, comfortable, cosy yet clutter free. Natural wooden furniture feels at ease with the crisp white linens, blue accents and woven bamboo lamps. It has all the amenities expected of a luxury property: modern spacious bathroom including both an indoor and outdoor shower with rain shower head, hair dryer, toiletries and bathrobe. Enjoy mod-cons such as electronic safety deposit box, air-con and WiFi.
Need more excuses to splurge? Riverfront rooms have a wide view of the Mekong. There are two infinity swimming pools, massage treatments and a restaurant with an open terrace. The resort can also arrange boat trips and picnics on the nearby isles.
This resort is frequented by higher-end tour groups dropping in for a night to see Wat Phu before bussing off to the next destination. For independent travellers seeking luxurious accommodation, there’s enough space and allure to draw guests to the property on their own accord. With the resort trying to entice guests to stay longer, there’s usually a promotion for two-night stays. Seek La Folie Lodge on Don Daeng island if in search of traditional buildings and even greater seclusion.
Address: Road 14A, Ban Phaphinnoy, 1 km north of the pier
T: (030) 956 8306;
Coordinates (for GPS): 105º53'26.49" E, 14º55'31.29" N
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Room rates: over US$100
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room|
Pond garden view ground floor. Add $10 for upper floor.
|Deluxe double room|
Riverfront ground floor. Add $10 for upper floor.
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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