Once a sleepy stopover between Vientiane and Luang Prabang and mainly popular with young people who liked to spend their holidays tubing along the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng is going upmarket with the opening on the Amari Vang Vieng.

Located right in the heart of the city and set along the Nam Song River surrounded by limestone mountains, Amari Vang Vieng aims to be the perfect base from which to explore the luscious countryside.

Designed to meet the needs of the modern traveller, the room and hotel interior spaces are inspired by the “elements” with “water” represented by the meandering Nam Song River, “earth” by the mountains, “wood” from the lush green forests enveloping the town and “energy”, reflective of the unique sense of tranquillity in the small town.

Guests can choose from 160 rooms ranging from superior and deluxe categories to various suite configurations, offering a choice of city or mountain views. International dishes as well as local and regional cuisine inspired by street food are served at all-day dining restaurant, Essence while dessert and coffee are under the spotlight at Cascade, which has scrumptious baked goods and light snacks.

Breeze Spa features the brand’s signature mood-based massages while other facilities include an outdoor free-form swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness centre and a Kids’ Club to keep the little ones occupied.

To celebrate its official opening Amari Vang Vieng is offering a special rate starting at US$60-plus (Bt1,900) in a Superior City View room. The offer is valid for bookings made by June 30.

Keep updated at www.amari.com/vang-vieng/