Adrian Zecha’s new venture Azerai opens in Luang Prabang, Laos

Aman Resorts founder Adrian Zecha is back in the business of luxury hospitality with the February opening of Azerai in the Laotian ancient capital of Luang Prabang.

The first property of Zecha’s new hotel brand of the same name—which was inspired by the hotelier’s initials combined with the word caravanserai (a Persian term for “resting place for travelers”)—the 53-room hotel is set within a 100-year-old structure surrounded by verdant mountains and Buddhist temples.

Architect Pascal Trahan followed the original footprint of Azerai’s circa-1914 colonial officer’s quarters and in its place constructed an intimate retreat with guest rooms that feature wraparound balconies, timber floors, and local artwork like hand-stitched batik textiles designed using the techniques of the region’s Hmong Lao tribe.

It lies approximately 350 meters above sea level in northern Laos at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers. Crowned by verdant mountains and housing over 30 Vats (temples), former royal palaces and scenic ponds, it is considered by many, the cultural nucleus of Laos.

Azerai Luang Prabang is a handsome and architecturally respectful luxury hotel, offering contemporary elegance in a prime location, just steps from the main street. Reflecting the fascinating fusion of Luang Prabang’s cultural heritage with the current desires of today’s intuitive and savvy luxury traveler.

The hotel is built around a leafy courtyard with a 25-meter pool, surrounded by comfortable loungers and an old shade-bearing Banyan tree with a sacred legacy.

Rates start from $900 per night.