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.
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- 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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