Amantaka

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Luang Prabang, Laos

Housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang, Amantaka is an elegant and peaceful luxury boutique retreat. Ideally situated just south of Phousi Hill, the hotel is within strolling distance of the town’s main streets, the fabled night market and the picturesque banks of the Mekong River.

The 24 suites, differing in size, all have a spacious exterior living area shaded by mango trees with lounges and large umbrellas. There is a selection of pool suites to choose from and for something special, consider one of the two Amantaka Pool Suites which are stand alone suites surrounded by large verandas with generous living rooms and a private garden with a pool.

The spa in traditional Aman style aims to rejuvenate mind and body through pampering treatments using Aman’s own range of organic products. The spa consists of four self contained treatment rooms as well as steam and sauna facilities and hot and cold plunge pools.

Amantaka is the perfect springboard from which to explore all that the historical and cultural town of Luang Prabang has to offer. One way to really get under the skin of life in Luang Prabang is to wake early at 5.30am to offer alms to the monks. As they walk past in their orange robes on their way to pray at the nearby temples you will be transported to a bygone era. Excursions to the nearby Kuang Si Waterfall to see the tiered waterfall that tumbles 100 metres into sparkling turquoise pools is a must as is an elephant ride near the Tad Se Waterfall to discover more about these majestic giants.

Culinary experiences at Amantaka are varied and enthralling. The cooking classes give you the chance to learn about the culture of Lao food. The food is a blend of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese with local influences, creating some delicious mouth-watering dishes. During the cooking class which is held at a nearby organic farm, you will be taken to the morning market to choose your own fresh vegetables, spices, fish and meat, whilst under the expert guidance of your chef.

If cooking your own food sounds too much like hard work, the traditional Baci Ceremony and Lao dinner is an unforgettable experience. The ceremony is held by a master of ceremonies and you are then invited to enjoy a special Laotian meal consisting of many local dishes.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Luang Prabang into a greater Laos holiday. Take a look at Culture and Beauty in Luang Prabang as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Amantaka Information

  •  Location: Luang Prabang, south of Phousi Hill
  • Accommodation: 24 suites, some with private pools
  • Activities: Scenic tours of Mount Phousi, elephant rides, local tribal villages, trekking, kayaking, cooking classes, offering alms to local monks
  • Facilities: Restaurant, library, swimming pool, tennis court, gym and yoga centre
  • Weather: The cooler drier months are from November to March and humidity is at its highest between May and September
  • Children: Welcome, babysitters can be arranged. Cots and extra beds for under 12s are included and children’s menus can be arranged by the chef.

Amantaka Price Guide

3 out of 5

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Tried & Tested

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Aman Hotels & Resorts throughout the globe are renowned for their exceptional service, unique experiences, pure designs, and of course exceptional settings. The Amantaka, in the heart of Luang Prabang is no exception to this rule. Read on to discover what makes this property such a wonder.

How do you get there from Singapore?

There are two options to get to Amantaka. First, you can choose to take a flight via Vientiane on Laos Airlines and fly to Luang Prabang, or take a flight to Bangkok and onwards to Luang Prabang aboard Thai or Laos Airways.

Aman hotels around the world are known for their exclusive experiences, what special ones are unique to Amantaka and Luang Prabang?

Because Luang Prabang is so rich in culture that the hotel boasts its very own cultural advisor, Prince Nithankong Somansanith, who is also cultural adviser to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. When available, he will take guests through special Lao customs and practices and explain their significance and history, making each experience much more enriching! One special occasion unique to the Amantaka guests is the traditional Baci Cermony where guests will be blessed by elders, usually those who have been Buddhist monks at some stage.

What are the rooms and the décor of the resort/property like?

The hotel was built in beautiful French-Indochinese colonial style with 24 suites encircling a central courtyard where the pool is located. It has the signature, clean and sleek Aman style but its colonial structure with traditional Lao furnishing is characteristic of the architecture of many buildings in Luang Prabang. Each room is very spacious with a lavish bed and a big day bed and we especially liked the white washed wooden window shutters.

 

With a strong French colonial influence on the town, we imagine the cuisine must have been divine! Tell us about your dining experience at Amantaka?
Food in Amantaka was amazing, weather you are having a candle lit dinner by the pool, breakfast in their airy breakfast area or canapes on the Aman boat as you cruise down the Mekong for sundowners. The Lao cuisine was truly a highlight – sticky rice is a staple to all Lao dishes and this was served with delicious Lao curries or soups.

Request a seat by the pool where the soft lull of traditional Lao instruments being played and candle lit lanterns all over the courtyard set up for a very romantic atmosphere.

What were the highlights of Amantaka?

–        The Baci Cermony – they have a special room in the hotel which has been reserved especially for this ceremony so it feels very intimate and private

–        Cruise on the Aman Boat – take this cruise down the Mekong to catch the sunset. The Aman has their own boat which has lots of comfortable pillows, canapés and champagne which makes for a very enjoyable ride!

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