A quiet hit with peace-seeking Aman lovers, Amanataka is set on a garden estate and housed in graceful 19th Century French buildings in Laos UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Cool and calm with colonial touches and local influences that reflect the Town’s colonial history, this graceful hotel was once the provincial hospital and has redefined the concept of luxury in this disarmingly charming town.
Flanked by shady verandas at the heart of the property is a large shimmering pool, as well as a well-equipped gym and an indulgent Aman spa (including four treatment rooms, steam and sauna facilities and hot and cold plunge pools). Nearby, a library can be found, as can a breezy pool terrace - the perfect spot for casual dining. Spread tastefully around a spacious grassy courtyard just beyond the pool are the hotel’s 24 suites, whichrange in size from 70-120 square meters, (depending on your preferences, choose between Suite, Pool Suite, Khan Suite, Mekong Suite and Amantaka Suite). Sixteen of the suites offer private pools and the two standalone Amantaka Suites are encircled by large verandas, complete with private treatment rooms, spacious outdoor entertaining areas, a private pool and separate living and dining areas.
The hotel offers three dining options from authentic Lao and French-influenced cuisine to the finest international fare. Make sure to try the house specialities, the makkam and the laojito (traditional Laotain aperitifs). The Dining Room provides an airy colonial ambience while the Lounge Bar is ideal for afternoon tea, and private dining can be arranged in a choice of secluded locations around the property upon request.
Amantaka is within a short strolling distance from the picturesque banks of the languid Mekong River, as well as the town’s former Royal Palace. Guests can also easily reach nearby the temples, bakeries and boutiques that line Luang Prabang’s main street, as well as the fabled night market. To add to its strengths, this property provides great service and can organise extensive cultural activities to guests, including walking tours of Luang Prabang, a visit to the Mandalao Elephant Sanctuary and Mekong River Cruises.
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- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Jaime Benitez, South India
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