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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
  • It was a complicated itinerary for 12 people and Tania got it spot on!

    EM, South Africa