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Amantaka
Ranked #33 of 68 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 20, 2013

I stayed at the aman for 3 nights recently and the service truly lives up to the Aman standards. Every single details is looked into. Turndown service includes them moving that glass and preparing a new bottle of water to be by your bedside. Ice is refreshed in your bucket daily. Rooms are big and beautiful. and every night before you sleep, a little gift is left on the bed for you.

The local surrounding is tranquil and pretty so the grounds and hotel reflects this perfectly.

Food was amazing, from local beef noodles to the breakfast french toast with caramelized bananas. We couldn't stop eating.

Service was also personal and the best as I never once had to tell anyone what room number i'm in to bill to or where to take my bag to but they knew! and did not get a single detail wrong.

The resort also helped organise a boat trip to the caves. The boat ride itself was pleasant but the cave wasn't much to shout about.

The perfect quiet getaway!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

I have just enjoyed a most salubrious, but all top short a stay in this haven of "cool": my second "heritage" Aman experience. Fabulous to see such a stately colonial era building reincarnated from an old French hospital into gorgeous impeccably appointed suites attended by unpretentious, knowledgeable and caring staff and enhanced by really lovely food. Korn the Spa manager, a great enthusiast and Berenice in the front office a soul of kindness. Highlights included the moving Buddhist monk images created by Hans Georg Berger; scholar and photographer extraordinaire displayed throughout the hotel and rooms, the exquisite, innovative, hand-woven, naturally dyed clothing designed by Sachiko Kobayashi in the boutique; the pre dawn giving of rice to the monks that was so sensitively and respectfully led by their impressive cultural + artistic ambassador, Tiao David Somsanith; but mostly the visit to the Living Land project that Amantaka support. Managed by 2 inspiring brothers, Lautlee and Sialee, this wonderful organic farm supports 7 families, feeds rice to many more, is used as a venue for cooking classes, and sells their produce to the hotel and a few other enlightened chefs in Luang Prabang. I was touched by Luang Prabang, its people and this gem of a very fine place to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

We stayed 6 nights in the beginning of October in a Kahn Pool Suite.

Pre arrival and arrival
The team at Amantaka was really great before our arrival, assisting us with everything we needed in order to plan our stay. Always quick, helpful and friendly answers – and upon arrival we found that everything was done exactly according to our wishes.

We were met at the airport by a representative from Amantaka collected our suitcases while we took care of the visa application. The new airport is open and everything went smoothly. The car was waiting outside and the drive to Amantaka took just a bit more than 10 minutes. Cold towels and water available, just like we are used to. Upon arrival at Amantaka we were met by Gary the GM and other members of the team. We were served a very nice welcome drink while Gary sat with us to tell us about the resort and Luang Prabang. We were then showed to our suite where the quick paperwork was done. They also had a wonderful little booklet with our program for outings, spa treatments and special dinners in it. Everything perfect.

Accommodation
We loved our Khan pool suite, very spacious, plenty of places to put all our things, a really comfortable bed (with mattress topper!) for us in the main bedroom and an extra bed for our son in the living room. Very large bathroom and wardrobe area, a nice freestanding bath tub and a separate shower room. Outside we had a lovely private, walled garden with lots of sun where we found comfortable loungers, a table for three and our own private pool. The first two days it was not extremely hot, actually a bit chilly at night, so we asked for the pool heating to be put on. This turned out to be extremely efficient, so we asked for it to be turned off again later during the stay, as it was almost too hot in there. Good to know for visits when the climate is colder.

Service
Service was very good, warm, personal and friendly. The GM Gary was always around to greet us and have a little chat when we went out for or arrived back from activities. Other senior management also came by regularly to take very well care of us. All requests answered and taken care of quickly, no problems with language, nothing to complain about at all – and that is the way it should be. We really felt at home at Amantaka.

Food
All meals are served in the main restaurant, poolside or in your own suite. There are fixed menus with plenty of choices for breakfast and lunch, and a new dinner menu every night where one can choose between Lao or international food. We preferred the Lao food, though after a couple of days we sort of felt like something else since there is not as much variation in the Lao kitchen as in for example the Thai or Chinese kitchen.
We had two private dinners during our stay, one Lao menu and one international, both really delicious. The private dinners were set up in our suite’s garden, complete with lots of candles, a private waiter and one day even our own musician.
Room service is extremely efficient, of course partly because there is no long walk or drive between kitchen and suites like in other Amans. I had my morning coffee in less than 3 minutes no matter when I called for it and also drinks, lunch and snacks came in almost no time after we ordered it – no mistakes either.

Activities
The highlights of our trip, were all the activities.

We started the first day with a walk/tuk tuk drive around the Luang Prabang town to see a number of the beautiful temples. Our very knowledgeable guide also showed us the morning market and the former royal palace. A good way to get to know the town before further exploration on our own.

In the evening we visited the night market where we had the chance to buy a number of lovely and very cheap souvenirs. Quite touristy compared to the morning market, but still a nice visit. It is close enough to walk there or Amantaka will send their tuk tuk to take you there and/or to pick you up.

On day 2 we went to cruise the Mekong river with the beautiful Aman boat. We truly enjoyed the boat, the picnic lunch Aman style with cold white wine, the scenery and also the cave with all the Buddha statues.
In the evening we had a private baci ceremony. A lovely and beautiful ritual.

Next day it was time for the visit to the bear sanctuary and the nearby waterfall. Our son (especially) really enjoyed hiding food for the bears and watching them find it, and the nice woman working there showed us around and gave us a lot of information. The waterfall was beautiful but relatively full of tourists.

We had our first of two private dinners this evening after seeing a traditional dance performance by the Amantaka pool. Lovely set up of the dinner outside our suite with lots of candles, our own musician and tasty Lao food.

Day 4 started with an early morning market together with a chef from Amantaka who was able to explain everything about the different ingreients. It is a very friendly and clean market compared to similar markets in other Asian cities, and we very much enjoyed it. We ended this by a visit to a local coffee shop to try the Lao coffee and local “donuts”. We went to a traditional coffee place where we would never have sat down alone and liked it a lot. After breakfast in the hotel, we went for a short private visit to a temple currently under restoration where we were shown and told about the work in progress. From there we went on to Amantakas wonderful organic farm where we enjoyed a cooking class in a beautiful open traditional house with views to the sticky rice fields. Following the instructions from one of the Amantakas chefs, we were able to make a very tasty meal of four or five traditional dishes which we enjoyed later on in a beautiful private bale.

On our last full day, we started with a very early morning wake up call to give alms to the monks passing by just before sunrise. As this day was Amantakas 4th birthday, the hotel management had invited the monks to enter the walls surrounding Amantaka and to pass by just in front of the main entrance where we and other guests plus a number of employees were waiting with sticky rice, cookies, fruits and other alms to the monks passing by. A very memorable experience.

After breakfast we went by car with a driver and a guide to visit three remote villages in the mountains 45 hours drive from Luang Prabang. The primitive houses and the lives and every day routines of the people living there was shown and explained to us and we were able to take loads of pictures of everything.

Another great private meal in the evening, another night in the comfortable beds and we were packing our suitcases and on our way to Amansara on the 2 o’clock afternoon flight.

Others
Beginning of October was a beautiful time of year to visit Amantaka. The rain had more or less stopped (some rain at night two or three times), and we had beautiful sunshine most days, maybe a bit cloudy in the morning, but clear later on.

Conclusion
A lovely resort with lots of varied and interesting things to see close by. Wonderful rooms, service and food. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

My partner and I stayed here in August 2013 and had a truly amazing experience! Our only complaint is that we could not stay longer! All aspects of the hotel were spectacular. Service at Aman properties seems to be the key differentiating factor. Every single staff member was wonderful. The highlight of the trip was the surprise birthday party for my partner in our private pool courtyard--so sweet, so touching!!!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

I think Amantaka is one of the best spot in Luang Prabang, but like other said mediocre compares to other Aman properties. But yes, Amantaka definitely worth visit, especially after exploring other part of LPB areas. It's good to be back here. Oh, and I love the library. Peaceful to just sit and relax there.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

What an amazing place! Beautiful grounds, lovely suites with every detail of the highest quality and outstanding food. But it is the people that make Amantaka a hotel in a class of its own. There must have been some seriously good training here. Everyone from the waiters to the gardeners greets you with a cheerful smile and nothing is too much trouble. We took a cooking class with chef Anousith and learned a great deal about Lao food as well as producing an excellent lunch which we ate in regal luxury on the banks of a small lake at the organic farm.
The Spa at the Amantaka ticks all the boxes for comfort and professional service and all the therapists I experienced were knowledgeable, efficient and friendly.
The Amantaka is a paradise in the lovely town of Luang Prabang.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This was our second Aman property visit and it definitely continues to be our favorite and most indulgent hotel chain. We visited Luang Prabang in the low season and it was nice to not be surrounded by a lot of tourists. Our transfer from the airport to the hotel was seamless, complete with water and cold towels. As we stepped out of the van, the manager and 2 other staff members greeted us by name and welcomed us to the hotel. We got upgraded to a pool suite (#7) and it was larger than our old apartment in NYC. Huge bedroom, large sitting room, separate vanities with sinks in the bathroom and a large pool and patio area in the back. The location of the hotel is super convenient for walking to town. As always, the service was impeccable, and the day trips they offered were pretty unique. We went to the waterfall and bear sanctuary where we were allowed in the bear cages to hide their food. It was pretty incredible. We also took a river boat tour to the caves. The Aman has their own boat which was squeaky clean and had a place to eat and lay down. They served us food and drinks as we cruised down the river. Even the guide remembered that we liked sparkling water from dinner the night before and brought it on the boat for us. We ate both breakfast and dinner there which were all great, especially the Laotian food. They also had really good recommendations for places to eat in town and shops to visit. We did not visit the spa, but it looked very peaceful. Although its definitely pricey, especially for LP, I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
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Ranked #33 of 68 Hotels in Luang Prabang
Price Range: $758 - $1,318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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