Nestled in the heart of the historical peninsula, in the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang in northern Laos, Maison Viceroy is a former royal residence built over a century ago to receive foreign dignitaries.
Classified as a highly protected building by Unesco, the mansion was meticulously restored for two years by the country's top artisans.
Fully staffed, secluded in its lush tropical gardens and merely a stone's throw away from the mighty Mekong river, the house is the part-time home of french painter Jean-Marc Huss and his wife Dannie . The villa houses an exquisite art collection, showcasing Jean-Marc's own paintings, collector textiles from Thailand and Laos and rare Buddha statues , many of them over 500 years old.
Unmatched in size amongst the World Heritage listed houses located within the old city perimeter, the 2,000 square meter garden, with its secluded decks, lotus pond, lao herbal sauna and organic spice corner, simply exudes privacy, in a stunning surrounding of century old temples.
The main house, formerly the King's brother residence, hosts a spacious living and dining area spread over the entire upper floor, with a fully stocked bar and a private lao massage area. The lower floor, at garden level, accommodates 2 master bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and a separate kids room with its own bathroom. A chill-out platform, with a large outdoor daybed, can be accessed directly from the bedrooms.
The smaller building, next to the lotus pond , houses a fully equipped kitchen, storage rooms, laundry and staff quarters. The security guard booth is located at the entrance of the property.
The villa is staffed all year round, with a team of 6 well-trained employees including the head of house, a cook, a maid, a gardener and 2 security guards. Only the maid lives permanently in the small service house. If we swap Maison Viceroy, the whole team will be servicing the guests at no extra cost. We love our staff and they love their job.
About Luang Prabang ? Much has been said about its legend. Everyone is immediately seduced by the former royal capital of a Kingdom once known as Lan Xang, the land of a million elephants. Tucked away in the mountains of northern Laos, the golden city, loaded with colonial romance, mystic torpor and celestial roofs is imbued with the sweet atmosphere of old Indochina.
A Unesco World Heritage site since 1995, this trendy wicked town on the Mekong river is a small, somnolent and sanctified proof that pieces of heaven can be found on earth.