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Amantaka
Ranked #28 of 70 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Oslo, Norway
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274 reviews
118 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

Worth a visit, true value for money, the Pool Villas are worth it. Try chartering their river boat with a butler for a sunset cruise. Some dining room waiters may need some additional training on western expectations of speed. The airport VIP service is worth every penny.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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hong kong
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40 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

We stayed at Amantaka for 2 nights and a Lao-owned guesthouse, Villa Chitadara II, for 2 nights. Frankly we preferred the guesthouse -- it was a warmer, more local, more interesting experience, with chattier Lao staff, cosier room and river view, not to mention the far lower rate ($50/night)!

Of course the Aman property was extremely spacious & aesthetically pleasing, with beautifully minimalist decor and perfectly coordinated furnishings, but felt rather impersonal & somewhat sterile - perhaps because it was converted from a hospital! Our suite was so vast it required a lot of strolling around (especially to switch off all the lights as there seemed to be no master switch near the bed.) You could sub-let part of it to help pay the room rate! The grounds are large and dimly lit at night; it can be a trek to the lobby/restaurant if you're elderly.

The service was fine but no faster or friendlier than at the guesthouse. The breakfasts offered greater choice but tasted no better, and it was much more enjoyable eating on the guesthouse's riverside terrace overlooking the Mekong than in the hotel's walled compound. We felt less detached from the local life in the guesthouse, better able to interact comfortably with the Laotian staff & owner and to observe street & river activities. In some places, the luxury cocoon of a 5-star hotel is welcome relief at the end of the day, but Luang Prabang was not one of those places for us.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2012

Amantaka is a beautiful Aman - colonial classy style - staff so friendly could not do enough .
Loved Luang Prabang very French great cafes - very reasonably priced - too many french cakes yum - charming people - lots to do -

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandion67
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Perth, Australia
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117 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2012

Laos was our latest adventure with Aman. Once again what stands out from the competition is their vision. Laos is essentially still a backpacker location, but the commitment Aman has to truly special places is second to none. Converting the old hospital into this amazing hotel which is so peaceful, tasteful and inviting. The food was really good as well and I always think this is a challenge in a relatively remote location. The staff are friendly and well trained and it reminds me of the commitment of this company to develop people, it is truly inspirational. I have no complaints other than the local Laos airline could introduce a direct flight from Singapore on a daily basis which would make it easier and more appealing to visit the country, however I don't think the airport has the infrastructure to deal with this yet. The Chinese are funding a second runway and possibly we will see flight schedules change as a result. Assuming it was easier to travel there, I would definitely visit again. Gary the GM really made an effort with the guests. The boutique on the property was better than I have seen at some of the other Aman properties. if I had to suggest an improvement is being a little more active on the "itinerary" for the guest like they do in Cambodia. Also thought it was strange that breakfast is not included in the price. The spa was exceptional and we made two trips to the spa over a three day stay - well worth it. Overall a memorable stay - beautiful rooms, exceptional service and an interesting city. We particularly enjoy the boat trip (with the day bed), however the caves are not very impressive, but the trip back at sunset was amazing. Aman provides the experience, cares about developing people and makes you feel so at home - seems simple, but most hotels don't achieve success in all categories. Having been to Cambodia and Laos, I would suggest that you combine the two, it makes the flight situation more manageable.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ionise
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Goa, India
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383 reviews
93 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

What a stay. An old hospital converted to a luxury hotel in the center of town. Amazing service, fabulous suite. Our suite had a private pool, warmed in the evenings due to the cool temperature outside. A welcome animist ceremony by one of the former Prince. Superb food at every meal, fantastic picnic organised in a private villa rented by the hotel in a hill village. A Lao cooking class on a rice plantation. Small details everywhere like a fresh flower on top of the toilet paper dispenser, fresh products from the spa in the bathroom, fresh fruit juices in the minibar, replenished everyday. Perfect French croissants, full of butter, for breakfast. Free bicycles to roam around town and a boutique managed by a Japanese designer. Nowhere else can we find such a luxury in Laos.

Room Tip: Suites 24 and 25
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JeromeMarrelGoa
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Honolulu, HI
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79 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2011

Stayed here in July 2011 for 3 nights, 4 days... Got an upgraded room with swimming pool...
Beautiful awesome spacious room with Bose system to play my awesome beats...
Gym was great to see (after coming from Amansara which did not have a gym) and there were plenty of equipments to choose from (both cardio and free weights and machines)... spa was delightful... Ron the Spa Manager was great, Chittima, the Resident Manager was also very nice and helpful at the boutique... Gary the General Manager was also very pleasant... Did a couple of activities including the Baci Ceremony which was cool... went to check out the Pak Ou Caves, Kuang Si Waterfalls and stopped by the Bear Sanctuary and got a one on one personal tour of one of the main caretakers of the Sanctuary. She even let me inside the Bear Playground and helped her hide food around the playground for the bears to eat (of course the bears where inside the cage during this time.. lol)... The private Amantaka boat (modified pimped out little motor boat) was fun to ride and I had my own private butler with food and wine served (you get to pick white or red)... I had a private tour guide walking around Luang Prabang visiting temples, climbed the Poussey Hill where you get to see a 360 degree view of Luang Prabang and the Mekong and Khan Rivers... It was a great experience... The restaurant in Amantaka was provided impeccable service.. The Aman family communicate with each other and each Aman resort I visited knew that I like my mini refrigerator stocked with Diet coke and Johnnie Walker is my choice of poison (alcohol)... I had a wonderful time in this resort and Luang Prabang in general and would love to come back there one day...

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JSanico
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Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews
66 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

My second stay at Amantaka, and once again, a wonderful experience. The property is one of a kind in Luang Prabang, with spacious and well tended lovely grounds, huge, immaculate suites, great activities, an outstanding gym and spa. This place has all the Aman hallmarks - you come home to an oasis of calm. Gary (the GM) is the most professional I have seen and his team are equally accommodating. The food has stepped up a notch since my last visit, with delicious Lao cuisine and some well executed Western dishes. I also feel this has one of the best Spas in South East Asia. I travelled with my 82 year old Mum, who I knew would love Luang Prabang. She certainly did - she had tears in her eyes as we took off in the plane bound for Bangkok. Yes, the city entranced her, but I know that Amantaka truly left it's mark on her. Everyone there treated her so very well. I certainly left a very happy man. Very special memories will stay with us a lifetime.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Amantaka
Address: 55/3 Kingkitsarath Road | Ban Thongchaleun, Luang Prabang 1090, Laos
Location: Laos > Luang Prabang Province > Luang Prabang
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 70 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant throughout, the décor and furnishings reflect the town's French colonial history. Situated just south of Phousi Hill, the resort is within strolling distance of the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants lining the town's main street. The fabled night market, the picturesque banks of the Mekong River and the former Royal Palace are also nearby. ... more   less 

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