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.
- 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.