- In a quieter part of Luang Prabang
- Convenient access across river to city centre
- 9 chic, contemporary rooms with views
The city of Luang Prabang, along with the rest of Laos, only started actively encouraging tourism in the late 1980’s. Since then, the city has grown steadily popular with tourists thanks to its peaceful ambiance and appealing collection of historic buildings. Many hotels and resorts have sprung up around the city over time, and one of the most luxurious and stylish of them is The Apsara Rive Droite. Decidedly chic throughout, it offers plenty of comfort and space. The hotel isn’t actually on the city’s main peninsula, though its sister hotel, The Apsara, is. Guests have access to the hotel’s private boat, the Apsarian Queen, which provides convenient transport across the river to the sister hotel and the city centre beyond. During the dry season, which runs from November to May, a bamboo bridge for pedestrians is constructed to provide access across the river.
There are nine rooms in total, all of them designed to offer more than enough space, along with a good range of amenities. The bathrooms have both a shower and a bathtub, and all rooms have air conditioning, a fan, a minibar and a comfortable king size bed with very soft bedding. Each room has a terrace or veranda with lovely views of the city’s assortment of historical buildings and the surrounding mountains. While the hotel doesn’t offer any babysitting services or child-designated activities, children are welcome.
The restaurant, situated directly across the river at the sister hotel, is open for all-day dining. The menu comprises a variety of freshly prepared local delicacies and national dishes. Back at the Apsara Rive Droite, guests can make use of the swimming pool and catch the daily alms giving procession. Though this procession is smaller than the one held on the peninsula, it’s a lot less touristy with a more authentic feel.
The hotel has a number of bicycles available for guests to use. There’s a cycling bridge nearby which offers quick and easy access to the city centre and its many attractions. Luang Prabang is famed for its many well-preserved heritage buildings and most of the city has been declared a dedicated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the major attractions include the Buddhist temples of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Hosian Voravihane and Wat Wisunara, as well as Mount Phousi, a centrally located hill offering stunning views of both the city itself and its striking mountainous surroundings.
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
Catherine 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:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
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.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
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!
Katrina 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.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019