September 05 2010
Laos is a nation with centuries-old traditions of silk and cotton weaving, carving and dancing. But in its former royal capital, the buzz is all about the new Alila Luang Prabang (www.alilahotels.com; from $204), a minimalist 23-suite retreat fitted into a heritage-designated French colonial palace. Alila has been in the spotlight in the past year as it débuted two stunning, contemporary resorts on Bali. The word is to expect more of the same vast, private suites and camera-ready public spaces here.