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“At One With Nature - The River Resort”
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The River Resort
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Champasak Town
Certificate of Excellence
Izu, Japan
1 review
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“At One With Nature - The River Resort”
Reviewed 11 March 2012

The Champasak area has many attractions including glorious scenery, ancient ruins and delightful traces of when it was once part of French Indo-China. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, the River Resort is the best place to stay beyond doubt, providing Chef David's great cooking, friendly help and all necessary creature comforts. The whole resort is neatly designed with none of the vulgar clichés that seem to be par for the course in most modern Asian hotels. The vegetation is settling in nicely and I look forward to seeing it all again after a couple of rainy seasons when it gets more lush and established. The River Resort has been very well thought-out and would serve as a model for low-impact eco-resorts everywhere.

Michael Dunn
Izu, Japan

Room Tip: A river-front room is obviously the best - but the river can be seen from all rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 February 2012

The beauty and comfort, David"s cooking and Tony looking after all your needs, makes this resort a bit of heaven on earth. We loved every minute of our week stay. The infinity saltwater pool is fabulous and the views of the Mekong are stunning.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

We booked this resort with the idea to stay 3 nights but we stayed a whole week!
Its so relaxed, so comfortable, with the view on the Mekong river, sunrise every morning. The food is very good and the young local staff is working hard to give you a really nice time. Yes, its is really the best place to stay in the south.

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Reviewed 11 February 2012

Long, hectic trip to the Far East just concluded. Time to reflect. The most peaceful, restful spot, without doubt, was a stay at the newly opened River Resort at Champasak, southern Laos. We found it was so amazingly relaxing. I remember one late afternoon towards sunset just watching from the poolside the flocks of white birds flying down the river. I felt a world away and nothing else in life really mattered!

Excellent and very friendly service from all concerned. A great environment and base to explore the 'real' Laos.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

We had a perfect stay at this location - seated directly on the banks of the Mekong. A holiday could not be better nor more peaceful.
The Villas (with a room on the ground floor and on the second floor) are delightful - simple and fresh. The service was not (yet!) perfect, but breakfasts and dinners were outstanding. We were invited to a wonderful sunset tour by boat on the Mekong River by the owner, enjoyed massages at the best spot of the hotel grounds and took exciting excursions to Wat Phou and to the dolphins near the Cambodian border.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Kitkosol C, Owner at The River Resort, responded to this review, 7 February 2012
Thank you kindly for your review of The River Resort. The photograph you attached to your review of sunrise over the Mekhong - taken from the front garden of your Villa - is splendid! We look forward to another visit when you come again to Southeast Asia.
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Property: The River Resort
Address: Ban Phaphinnoy, Champasak Town, Laos
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Region: Laos > Champasak Province > Champasak Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Champasak Town
Price range (per night): $70 - $163
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The River Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The River Resort is located on 400 meters of naturally landscaped Mekong River frontage in the south of Laos, close to the renowned Wat Phou UNESCO World Heritage site. The Resort's architecture and decor are contemporary Southeast Asian. 22 of its 28 guest rooms have stunningly beautiful, panoramic views of the Mekong River; and the other 6 have fine views of beautiful evergreen rice paddy, flowering trees and tranquil ponds. Each guest room has an indoor and an outdoor shower and other high-standard amenities. The Resort’s open-air Dining Sala, overlooking the Mekong, includes a restaurant offering Western and Laotian/Thai cuisine, alfresco dining on its Riverfront lawns, a cocktail/juice bar, and a rooftop lounge for private meetings. Two infinity swimming pools and the Resort’s onsite Spa complement a relaxing stay. Its two private Riverboats offer casual journeys on the Mekong and sunset cocktail cruises, including - when the Mekong is at ebb - spectacular sunsets viewed from a soft sand beach on a remarkable uninhabited, sandstone island offshore the Resort. The River Resort is an ecologically and environmentally responsible hotel, committed to the use of replenishable bamboo for most of its furniture, organic and hydroponic "farm to table" gardens, recycling of inorganic waste, composting of other waste, as well as solar heated hot water for its kitchens; and is also committed to the improvement of the education of its local staff and the livelihood of its local community. ... more   less 
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