Amantaka, Laos

A French Colonial sanctuary, genteel Amantaka is encircled by tranquil gardens, a stroll away from Luang Prabang’s UNESCO protected streets, temples and historic houses. With its discreet suites and spacious grounds, Amantaka’s 1920s setting lends itself as much to group celebrations as to hideaway retreats. Guests are gently encouraged to immerse themselves in the seductive rhythms of Laos’s spiritual capital, via Buddhist blessings, alms-giving at dawn, or on the mystical waters of Southeast Asia’s lifeblood: the mighty Mekong.