We stayed at Luang Say Lodge in November 2015 as part of a two day luxury river cruise with Luang Say Cruise from Huay Xai to Luang Prabang. One night accommodation at the lodge is included with the cruise. You can read about the cruise here!
When we arrived to the village of Pakbeng, Laos after a full day of cruising down the river we were greeted by staff. They were waiting for us on the sand, ready to carry our bags up the staircase to the lodge entrance. Once we stepped into the lobby more staff were there to greet us with cool towels and a welcome drink. The terrace of the lodge had panoramic views of the river and the mountains – the perfect place for pictures!
We were each given keys to our room and we had a little over two hours to relax and shower in our rooms. Our room was stunning and it had the same panoramic views as the terrace. We had a king sized bed, seating area, desk and bathroom. The room and all of the furniture was dark wood accented with black leather and touches of brass. The room was modern and comfortable – just as expected given the rest of our cursing experience with Luang Say!
One thing to note was the room was quite open to the elements, with shutters instead of sealed windows. This really added to the ambiance but of course it also made us vulnerable to mosquitos, which was a concern of mine. Luckily the staff were well prepared for this, and the beds all came with high quality mosquito netting and the housekeepers prepped the rooms for us during turndown service. I sprayed myself with mosquito spray just to be safe, but I never saw a mosquito in our room during our stay!
At 7pm we all met on the terrace for a live dance performance by local school children. They were adorable and quite entertaining! Following this we sat down for dinner, which included various meats, vegetables and rice. Once again the food was spectacular and the staff at the lodge provided spectacular service. We also got a bottle of Merlot from Argentina that was a very reasonable $23US!
After a very restful night we awoke to the sounds of nature and the smell of dewy grass. It was so refreshing to wake up somewhere so peaceful! We showered, packed our things and made our way back to the restaurant for breakfast. There was a buffet set up with breads, fruit and cereals and the staff greeted us with coffee. Eggs could be ordered anyway you wanted and there was mango sticky rice for dessert!
Luang Say Lodge is the overnight stop for all passengers of the Luang Say Cruise. Guests from other boats are always welcome as well. To find out more about this property please visit their website.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Luang Say Lodge as guests, however our opinions remain our own.