I have been quite surprised to see this resort snubbed on CN Traveler for the best hotel in Siem Reap. It is a very unique experience and such great grounds for anyone traveling through, with Aman standards.
We stayed in May and 1 night were the only guests, having the grounds completely to ourselves. This is a great time of year to travel, as its warm but never too hot and not many tourists.
The hotel itself is set in the king's old residence redone in Aman fashion. The GM was great to greet us on arrival and several times throughout our stay. Our guide for local tours was with us the whole time and exceptional knew where to take you to avoid all the crowds (3 temples were visited and we were the only ones there). he also survived the horrible experiences that plague Cambodia's past and gave great insight into the history and battle this country has as it continues to rebuild.
As this nation still remains in great poverty we sought out the Ponheary Ly Foundation (http://theplf.org/wp/) and donated food to feed a local school of children, as that seems to be the only way they can get the parents to send their children to school is with the promise of being fed and bringing food home to the family. Education is one of the only ways out for them as they try to rebuild from their past and I would highly recommend anyone coming through to donate to this cause and get to go out to the local school and do the food drop and see firsthand the impact you can make.
The food at Amansara was exceptional local cuisine and there was no desire to venture off the property for anything but seeing the temples.
I highly recommend this hotel to see the ancient ruins of Cambodia's past and enjoy a very relaxing and wonderful stay in one of the simplest and yet best resorts I have ever been to.
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- Also Known As:
- Amansara Siem Reap
- Amansara Hotel Siem Reap