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Villa Maydou

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Heritage property with modern conveniences
- Lovely tropical gardens with pool
- Walk or cycle to nearby temples and markets
- Visits to waterfalls and Buddha-filled caves

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Overview

Villa Maydou is tucked away in a delightful tropical garden within the historic city of Luang Prabang. It’s a charming hotel that combines history and heritage with modern convenience. Set in beautifully manicured grounds, it’s designed to resemble a traditional Lao village and has a peaceful, serene feel despite its location within walking distance of many of the city’s top attractions.

The hotel’s accommodation is spread across five guest houses: two of these are referred to as ‘heritage’ houses and are part of a UNESCO programme aimed at preserving the city’s heritage architecture; the remaining three, the ‘tradition’ houses, are newer builds. The guest rooms across both types of house showcase rich local Lao design and architecture. There are 29 guest rooms in total: 15 of these are in the ‘heritage’ houses, and 14 in the ‘tradition’ houses. All rooms are beautifully presented and feature lots of local touches, such as traditional embroidery and paintings, as well locally sourced silks, cottons and wood furnishings. All rooms have air conditioning, complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, a minibar and a flat-screen TV.

The restaurant serves a broad range of traditional Lao cuisine, along with a selection of Asian and French dishes. There’s also an impressive collection of wines to complement evening meals. For lighter snacks, cocktails and juices, there’s the bar, which is located right beside the salt water pool and is open throughout the day and into the evening. The hotel also has a massage house where numerous relaxing massages are offered, and a boutique selling a selection of traditional items such as silks, paintings and cosmetic products.

While staying here, guests have complimentary use of bicycles to help them explore Luang Prabang. The hotel is located close to the Nam Khan River and has numerous attractions close by. Some of these include the Buddhist temples of Vat Visounnarath and Wat Aham, the impressively ornate National Museum and the lively night market, where all sorts of wares are peddled. In the wider area there are lots of nature-based attractions worth visiting, such as the three-tiered Kuang Si Falls and the Pak Ou Caves, which are filled with thousands of Buddha statues.

The hotel does welcome children of all ages and offers a babysitting service, though arrangements have to be made in advance. While there’s plenty for families to do in Luang Prabang and the surrounding area, parents should note that there are no designated child activities.

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  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
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    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
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    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

  • We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
    We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.

    Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.

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