Walk into the Azerai Hotel in Luang Prabang and immediately you’re refreshed with fragrant lemongrass scent, the perfect introduction to the Azerai’s stylish, modern simplicity.
Adrien Zecha’s latest project is an immaculately well-thought out hotel, with relaxed yet luxurious finishings and a jaw-dropping location – right in the heart of sleepy Luang Prabang.
If you’d like to see a quick video tour of my room, head to the bottom of the post.
I stayed at the Azerai at the beginning of June, just a few weeks since the hotel first opened its doors. You really couldn’t tell. Our experience ran like clockwork from beginning to end, complimented by exquisite food and plenty of creatively crafted cocktails.
I stayed in a courtyard room, with a balcony overlooking the hotel’s leafy courtyard and 25m pool (a rarity for a hotel within Luang Prabang’s centre due to UNESCO legislation). Beyond this peaceful area you can occasionally hear the atmospheric sounds of city life off in the distance.
My room felt beautifully spacious, with his and hers shower and wardrobe (!), and all the luxuries you’d expect in a modern hotel (usb chargers by the bed, etc). There are even complimentary earplugs provided should the sound of the monks’ drumming bother you (I loved it personally, as I was already firmly awake in the early morning due to jet lag). Locally made biscuits and snacks are laid out daily, as well as a range of teas and a capsule coffee machine to give you energy for exploring.
View from my balcony over the pool
The Azerai rooms are perfect for families, a larger indoor space featuring its own enclosed outside space ideal for little ones to play safely while the parents relax on the porch area.
View over Luang Prabang from the bar
Overall I found the Azerai to offer an ideal blend of luxury and simplicity – a concept that lends itself perfectly to the quiet nature of Luang Prabang. Its central location means you can be spontaneous with your days, dipping in and out of the city as you wish, without having to worry about how you’re getting back to your hotel. I can’t wait to go back with my family!
Have you been to the Azerai? What were your thoughts?