Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is situated just south of Luang Prabang on the Hill of Kites, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. The hotel is set within three hectares of lush gardens, rich with bougainvillea, palms and frangipani shrubs. Perched on the small hill of Phou Vao, the hotel offers beautiful views overlooking Mount Phousi, Luang Prabang's sacred mountain, and the golden dome of the Wat Chomsi. Only two kilometers away is the town of Luang Prabang, a beautifully-preserved UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring traditional Laotian architecture and European colonial buildings. Belmond La Residence Phou Vao is located 5 kilometers southwest of Luang Prabang International Airport. Luang Prabang's finest hotel offers luxurious accommodations, excellent service and a lofty perch away from the fray of the busy town center. Facilities include a stunning infinity-edge swimming pool offering uninterrupted views of the sacred mountains, verdant valley and glimmering gold pagodas scattered across the hillsides. The hotel also features Phou Savanh restaurant, the very best in Luang Prabang, offering a fusion of new flavours with inventive French cuisine meeting traditional Laotian touches. Additional facilities include a full service spa with a wide range of treatments delivered in contemporary Laotian spa pavilions, a business center, meeting room and library. A unique feature is the hotel's cooking school where guests can learn the fine art of preparing Lao cuisine. For those looking to venture into the nearby town center, the hotel offers a complimentary daily scheduled shuttle service. Accommodations are like small suites, decorated with a bamboo and wood inlaid headboards, fine rosewood furniture, and colonial fixtures like fans and mosquito netting. The large marble bathrooms feature oversize tubs, dark-teak sink stands, and wooden slat blinds that open to reveal private balconies with low, Lao-style divans. The hotel combines the amenities of a city hotel with a boutique upscale rustic charm. All rooms and suites include full American breakfast in the hotel's restaurant, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access, IDD phones, climate control, mini-bar and all modern amenities one would expect in a luxury hotel.