This brand new boutique hotel opening in February 2017 will arrive as Vientiane’s hottest new social destination bringing a new level of luxury to the historic city of Vientiane in Laos. Originally built as a gift to the Laotians by the Chinese government, this hotel artfully balances traditional Laotian designs with French neoclassical influences. The President has the privilege of being located right in the heart of Vientiane’s most exclusive area sitting in between the striking Parliament House and the Presidential palace and opposite the Chou Anouvong Park – where you’ll spot locals practicing Tai Chi in the morning and tourists enjoying a beer in the afternoon sun.
A relatively intimate hotel boasting only 32 spacious rooms and suites, The President by Akaryn is a luxurious gem and an ideal spot for couples to explore Laos from. The rooms boast high ceilings, marble floors and huge windows, many with views of the expansive manicured grounds and the ‘English country-house’ inspired garden maze. In fact, one of the romantic highlights at The President by AKARYN is the lush gardens and refined outdoor space. Discover a hidden tropical oasis, offering a private corner to enjoy a picnic in the warm weather or the manicured formal gardens, which take their inspiration from the French influence permeating Laos. These are the ideal setting from which to indulge in carefully-crafted High Tea or cool off with a dip in the pool. Come the evening, the spectacular outdoor amphitheatre will play host to a curated performing arts programme of Laotian song and dance. Working with AKARYN’s charitable Pure Blue Foundation, this programme will work to preserve these traditional community arts for generations to come.
Establishing a new precedent for dining in Vientiane, the hotel will offer a wide-array of gourmet options. Awaken each day to freshly baked bread and pastries prepared that morning in the hotel’s own bakery and served by a private butler, embracing the lasting gourmet influence of French colonialism. In the fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant, the show-kitchen will divide the attention of diners between the theatrical skills of the chef and the wooden deck with far-reaching sunset views over the Mekong River. If Laotian cuisine is on the menu, then the Brasserie on the Setthathirat Road offers the ideal location to watch the world go by while enjoying traditional local delicacies. The Lounge Bar and Restaurant will offer a menu of specially created cocktails, infusing Laos flavours into some classic and more contemporary mixes, perfect for a warm Laotian evening. Alternatively, the Lobby Bar will be the place to be seen in the evening, with jazz as the backdrop to oysters and champagne. The President by AKARYN will also house an exclusive private member’s club, with access to a cigar lounge, humidor and whisky cellar that will present one of the finest and largest selection of cigars found in this region of Asia, with tutored whisky tastings held on a monthly basis.
For us, no luxury boutique hotel is complete without a spa and the revolutionary Ayurah Wellness Centre will deliver an entirely new approach to fitness and healing for Laos. With treatments and bespoke programmes based on the four pillars of Ayurah Wellness – Weight Optimisation, Anti-Aging, Mind Balance and Detoxification – guests will benefit from both Eastern and Western philosophies to nurture the mind, body and spirit.
Insider Tip: Just 5 minutes’ walk down the Mekong River from the hotel is The Spirit House. This lively bar and restaurant in a traditional Laos wooden house is a great place to enjoy the sunset with a backdrop of the river, while sipping quirky cocktails and sampling delicious Vientiane cuisine.
Stays starting from $350 per night, including breakfast. For further information, please visit www.akaryn.com/president/resort