Meliá Hotels International signs first property in Laos

Meliá Hotels International has added The Grand Luang Prabang to its portfolio, making the one-time palace of a Lao prince the first member of the Melia Collection in South-east Asia.

Under Meliá’s umbrella the Luang Prabang property will undergo a renovation and refurbishment over the next year, remaining operational throughout.

The Grand Luang Prabang is the first member of the Melia Collection in South-east Asia

Meliá Collection hotels were launched in 2022 to bring together some of the group’s most distinctive and one-of-a-kind properties. With its rich culture and architecture, the destination of Luang Prabang has held UNESCO World Heritage status for two decades.

Situated on lush riverside in Luang Prabang, The Grand Luang Prabang is a 75-key property spread out over eight buildings, comprising of a 1920-built palace and a collection of annexes. The property commands the high ground of a six-hectare bluff on a bend of the Mekong with sweeping views of mountains and river, as well as sunsets.

Balconies from guest rooms overlook manicured gardens and lotus ponds, and the property also features an expansive swimming pool in the gardens. Meliá plans to add Spanish hospitality to the mix, while ensuring the hotel retains its distinct character.

Gabriel Escarrer, chairman and CEO of Meliá Hotels International, remarked: “We expect destinations like Luang Prabang to become more popular with modern travellers who are seeking new and unique experiences, and I’m sure that this hotel, with its unmistakable sense of place, will enable guests to fully enjoy the destination.”