“Tranquil retreat with traditional Laotian architecture and an enticing pool, just minutes from the Mekong River and cultural Vientiane”
The 34 rooms are housed in wooden 2-storey buildings set proudly around the pool. They all have delightful balconies furnished with cushioned wooden chairs, which make a great spot for a pot of morning tea overlooking the lush gardens and pool.
Interiors are smart and comfortable with beautiful polished wood floors and teak furniture. Light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows, which open up onto the balcony. Huge beds are made up with crisp cotton sheets; dashes of colour come from embroidered fabric bedspreads and cushions while gold-trimmed artwork nods to Lao Buddhist culture. Bathrooms are roomy with a luxurious tub, fluffy towels, dressing gowns and slippers.
The 6 Classic rooms and 22 Deluxe rooms both have a living area with a table, 2 chairs and a TV, but in the Deluxe bathrooms, tubs have a glass panel behind, which looks onto a rather pleasing selection of potted plants and Buddhist statues. We found our Deluxe room to be spacious and stylish, and more importantly, very quiet and dark in the morning. Deluxe and Executive Suites up the furniture stakes dramatically: stunning dark-wood pieces such as carved chaise longues and high-backed chairs plump with stylish cushions are dotted around the spacious living areas. You also get a dining table and chairs in these rooms, too. Both have a more luxurious, spacious bathroom, with a raised tub accessed by wooden steps, and a lovely little garden backdrop. The Executive Suites work well for small families as they have a second bedroom with a single bed and an ensuite shower bathroom.
The restaurant is located above the lobby bar (Dok Dala), and has a superb view over the marshy Nong Chan Park, hence its name Sala Nong Chan. Although you can eat inside, the tables on the terrace are great for an alfresco meal, especially as you can spot fishermen throwing their nets in the water.
Breakfast is buffet style. Outside is a fresh fruit smoothie station and a friendly chef ready to take orders for eggs, pancakes or whiz up a juice. We found the Lao-style omelette delicious, sprinkled with chopped peppers, onion and mushroom. Inside, the buffet snakes around with a mix of Lao and international dishes. Rice congee porridge or dim sum will satisfy any Asian craving whilst crusty baguettes, croissants and a cheese board hark back to French influences. Fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereals are also available plus hot plates containing all the ingredients for a fry up, if you have room.
Lunch and dinner use the same menu. We enjoyed a quiet meal of Mekong fish with a creamy vegetable sauce served with a bamboo basket filled with sticky rice. Other Lao specialties include spicy shrimp salads and Laap, a minced chicken dish, although these were significantly less spicy than similar dishes we tried in Vientiane. International meals such as New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon can be ordered.
There are numerous places to eat out in Vientiane, we liked Khop Chai Deu, a garden bar, for its bustling atmosphere and mix of locals and tourists. Those wanting to experiment can try the Ban Anou night market to taste boiling noodle soups, barbecued meat kebabs and corn on the cob. French fare is evident too, notably Restaurant Le Provencal, which serves good-value steaks and delicious paper-thin wood-fired pizzas.
Families are welcome at Green Park.
Children (4-12 years)
All room types are able to fit an extra bed and baby cot, but we'd recommend the Executive Suites which have an additional single bedroom and bathroom, plus living and dining areas
Available on request
Baby chairs are available in the restaurant
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There is a children’s menu at breakfast and special requests can be accommodated for lunch and dinner