Amantaka is a gorgeous new addition to the Aman stable of properties. I was welcomed warmly at the airport then upon arrival at the hotel. The hotel is on very large, manicured grounds. The conversion from the old hospital into the suites was extremely impressive. I was upgraded to a Khan Suite and it was one of the largest and most comfortable rooms I have ever stayed in, with a very large private pool. The grounds at night are lit with lantern candles and it provides a lovely oasis of calm that lets you know you are in a special Aman resort. Special mention must be made to the staff. Many are still learning but it's no problem. The charm of the Laotians is something you will not soon forget. I was made to feel very special indeed. Gary, the manager, is very friendly and extremely professional. I was most impressed. Luang Prabang itself is a gorgeous time capsule of old South East Asia and a wonderful experience. The hotel has many activities that can keep you busy if you so choose. The gym is brand new and excellent and the Spa is a serene experience. The only area I felt needed improvement was the food. A little more variety would not go astray. Particularly at dinner the choices were very limited. It cries out for a few more casual options - especially on a hot, balmy night. Amantaka is a great new Aman resort and I recommend it very highly indeed. I was a bit sad to leave - and that surprised me. I would not hesitate to return.
- 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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