La Folie Lodge, Don Daeng Island

You feel remote; cast away from the bustling busy world and far from your normal life. But within a few steps you could be surrounded by international class luxury.

You scrunch your toes through the white sand and sigh. Before you is the great Mekong River – surprisingly blue at this time of the day – and beyond is the most picturesque sight; the gloriously ruined Khmer temples of Vat Phou, one of the most romantic places in Laos.

Dong Daeng Island has a worthy place on the itinerary of your luxury, tailor-made holiday to Laos, for its natural beauty, for its peace and tranquillity, and for its immaculate La Folie Lodge. This brilliant hotel settles into a lush landscape and tropical gardens, yet conspires to give you far-reaching views of the mighty Mekong. It also gives you anther taste of the traditions in this part of Laos – by serving you the finest regional delicacies in an elegant restaurant.

La Folie Lodge, at a glance

  • Wonderful, lodge-style hotel on a picturesque island in the Mekong River
  • Choice of 24 large and comfortable, wood panelled bedrooms arranged in 12 rustic bungalows
  • Set in verdant tropical gardens
  • Furnished with local materials
  • Balconies with stunning river views and panoramas of the sacred hills of Vat Phou
  • Plus two bedroom residence
  • Excellent restaurant serving local specialities

For leisure and pleasure

  • Great swimming pool
  • Island setting within Champassak Cultural and Natural Heritage Landscape
  • Visits to pre-Angkorian ruins
  • 20 minute boat trips to Vat Phou
  • Good bird watching on the island
  • Traditional, seasonal local ceremonies and celebrations
  • Bike rides to local ruins
  • Superb walks to island cascades
  • Although we bothered Lydia on several occasions over small matters, she was always patient and very helpful. The whole organisation from Heathrow and back was seamless and first class. Game watching on this trip surpassed all that we had seen before in the one trip. Our thanks to Ultimate yet again

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    Colin & Wendy Crawford October 2013