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“A gorgeous haven”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Amantaka

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Amantaka
Ranked #30 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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Sydney, Australia
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“A gorgeous haven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2009

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.

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Berkeley CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2009

Stayed there during "soft opening" phase and very much enjoyed our stay. We were given a Khan suite which was very beautifully decorated (see pictures). The staff was extremely attentive (at some point we were the only people staying there and we were told that they had ~120 staff...) and the service level was already quite high. Personnel still needed a bit more training but they were clearly trying very hard. Amenities we enjoyed included the pools (big common pool and private pool), very good workout facilities, great breakfast, bicycles to ride around town (best way to experience the surroundings of LP), the Mekong sunset cruise. My wife enjoyed the spa. The babysitter we were given was very nice and we felt comfortable leaving our daughter with her.

I think the Aman style is for staff to engage a lot with guests. I prefer the slightly more reserved approach to service you get at Four Seasons resorts, but that's a matter of personal preference.

We felt that what we received was well worth the introductory rates. I am not sure, however, I would be willing the very high standard rates they are now charging.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2009

We spent 3 nights at Amantaka and I must recommend it to everyone. The hotel was not fully operational, but already sensational. The position is the best, walking distance to every town attraction, the architecture is sensational, the rooms very, very large and the pool really refreshing with those August temperatures. The staff needs some more English practice but everyone is very kind and willing to learn. Don't miss the boat trips. The Mekong river is something you will never forget.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2009

I recently came back from 3 nights in the new Amantaka Resort. I had a Khan Suite room with my 2 small children and wife. Everything was absolutely fantastic. Cetrainly the service needs to be "polished" a bit but the rooms, swimming pool, meals were amazing. Walking distance to downtown was a plus. Also the little gifts they put on your bed every night.
Definitely the best in town and even though the price tag is high i definitely would go back.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Amantaka

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 #30 of 69 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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