The first MGallery by Sofitel has opened in Laos as the three 100 year old UNESCO world heritage buildings have been restored and transformed into the 3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery by Sofitel. Set idyllically 300 metres above sea level, the capital of Luang Prabang showcases glistening temples and it is home to historical French provincial architecture that transcends time.
Two out of three of these UNESCO world heritage buildings have been devoted to providing accommodation to discerning guests at the 3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery by Sofitel and there are 15 impressive rooms and suites here that range between 30 and 56 sqm in size. There are also 3 executive suites here that have their own attached terrace or balcony for relaxation and enjoyment.
Lamache House consists of seven rooms and was built in 1898. Painstakingly restored using traditional techniques that respect the original structure, most of the woodwork, floors and furniture are made of a wood called may pow that was traditionally used in the construction of boats. A sculptural staircase following today’s specifications for comfort and security was added to the building. The final result is a warm atmosphere inspired by tradition with contemporary comforts and facilities.
Khamboua House is a jewel of traditional Lao architecture, comprising a unique garden on the Nam Khan River, from where guests may glimpse the subtle and serene Lao lifestyle. Built in 1903, the mansion features traditional Lao architecture: a single pitch roof, veranda and perpendicular kitchen. The structure and flooring use exotic woods, and the walls are torchis – lime screed on bamboo. Khamboua House is comprised of eight rooms and suites, each uniquely styled with a distinctive character of its own, and accented by French joie de vivre and hospitality. Outside, the 500 sqm 3 Nagas Garden – one of the last of its kind in Luang Prabang – faces the Nam Khan River. The scenic central pond is under UNESCO protection and privacy is maintained by a delightful picket fence. Guests find this an idyllic spot to relax with some of the literature from the hotel library or savour an intimate candlelight dinner.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner, 3 Nagas Restaurant at the 3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery by Sofitel entices with its traditional Lao cuisine prepared with a French twist. It is a culinary experience that begins before guests even arrive here with the aromas of lemongrass and pepper wood drifting on the balmy breeze. In a town that is nationally renowned for serving the most delicious dishes, thanks in part to the former royal chefs, guests at 3 Nagas are served an amuse bouche of French soup with a Lao twist as they discover the menu’s wide array of traditional favourites, including royal specialties such as buffalo.
To the delight of many hotel guests, the former Royal Family’s official ice cream parlour was also housed here in Lamache House, and has been reimagined as a local retro café where those with a sweet tooth are introduced to a variety of flavours – raisin, bitter orange, coconut – but ultimately encouraged to try the 3 Nagas favourite: sweet, nutty-flavoured pandan mixed with the refreshing taste of coconut. And to make every stay even more dreamlike, guests of 3 Nagas Luang Prabang, MGallery by Sofitel have privileged access to the nearby Sofitel Luang Prabang, including Governor's Grill, Ka-Toke Cooking School, Le SPA, the Fitness Centre, the swimming pool and meeting rooms.Guests are invited to experience the languid pace of 19th century colonial Luang Prabang with all of its charm and graciousness. The “Classic Time-Travel” package offers rates starting at US$87++ per room per night or US$120++ with daily breakfast for two.