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Amantaka
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Reviewed April 14, 2010

We spent 5 days here in one of the two suites on our honeymoon. Wonderful!! The hotel is a former french colonial hospital and is beautifully converted into a hotel. It is brand new but the staff and the manager (Gary) work together with such kindness and skill it is as though they have been doing it for twnety years. The food is utterly delicious, and we enjoyed a Laotian cooking course with the brilliant hotel chef. The hotel is uniquely placed just off the main street in Laos, which means that all of the local shops and restaurants are to hand, and one morning we got up early at 6am and gave the monks alms (handfuls of rice from a bowl for about 50 of them), which was a wonderful experience. On another day the hotel arranged a glorious sunset riverboat cruise up the Mekong River. I cannot recommend this hotel enough - you must go before Laos becomes westernised. It is a magical place.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 9, 2010

We arrived from the rather sterile Aman at Siem Reap for a four night stay at the new Amantaka with high expectations that were more than met. The hotel is true to its roots in a french colonial style, set in the centre of the town, but with a wonderful amount of space, quiet corners, and far more facilities than one would expect. The attentive local staff, led by their wonderful manager Gary Tyson, are warm, and eager to ensure the perfect stay. The food was superb - every dish, without fail, every meal. The rooms are large, linen to die for, fabulous bathrooms, complete with lovely private terraces. The trips organised by the hotel are all well thought through with much variety - a lazy afternoon floating down the Mekong, engaging guides touring the local temples, a picnic by a waterfall in the mountains. All with impeccable and genuine service. Fabulous large pool, excellent spa, top tier gym - so it is very easy to laze away an afternoon or three in the hotel itself. Children welcomed, but with enough space that those wishing a child free holiday could be undisturbed.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 4, 2010

We did a spring break tour with three days at amansara and three days at amantaka. my advice would be to go to both places, but go to amantaka first as Amansara is so much better. We stayed in the Kahn suite, which was larger than my home in tokyo(almost anyway) and a nice setup for families. A bit sparse on the furnishings, but I suppose that was what the hotel is going for. The hotel is right in the center of town making it great for excusions to the night market or for "feeding" the monks in the morning. The staff was wonderful, and did seem to work hard to make our stay enjoyable. We did the cooking class at the local farm with the head chef, which was a wonderful experience. The boat on the mekong was also a lot of fun. The Lao food for dinner was good. somethings we liked, some we did not, but we ate lao each night. Breakfast was nothing special(we still dream of the pancakes at the Amansara, though). The great thing about the hotel excursions is that you get an opportunity to talk extensively with the local people who lead the tours and get a sense of what their lives are like..The stories from the guide on the boat trip about how much Beetlao he had to buy at his wedding was one of the fond memories we take back from Laos with us. In conclusion let me put it this way I paid $5000 for three days at Amansara and thought it was an increadible bargain, where I paid a bit less for a room three times the size at Amantaka and thought it was a bit steep...Our impression may have been dulled by the fact that the first night we were there the air was virtually unbreathable due to smoke from burning jungles. Obviously not their fault, but it did make in very uncomfortable...

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

We stayed two nights at Amantaka, a wonderfully restored set of colonial buildings surrounding a huge open courtyard/garden. My entry-level suite was HUGE, with very high ceilings, a canopy bed, a private (though not 100% inviting) patio, a large sofa, a writing desk and a sprawling bathroom. At least three windows in the bathroom faced the windows of my neighbor's bathroom, however, which was a little bit of an issue since there were no shades of any kind. But all in all, the room was airy and contemporary, with a strong sense of place and an eye for comfort.

We had dinner both nights in the hotel restaurant, and it's a real bargain ($35 for several courses, as of Nov. 2009). I loved the Lao dishes, with their complex and aromatic flavors. Breakfast too was delightful, with excellent Lao and Western offerings. Perhaps because the hotel had opened relatively recently, the service during meals was rather sloppy, though unfailingly friendly.

We could walk from Amantaka to the beginning of the fantastic night market in about five minutes, and it was another minute or two until you were in the heart of the historic center - a great location. During the day, it is possible to hear noise from a school across the street, but at night it's perfectly quiet.

The central courtyard is magical at night, lit up with dozens of lanterns, but during the day it feels a little sparse - the gardens need just a little time to grow in. Should you not have your own private pool, the main pool is a delightful chlorine-free alternative.

All in all, we had a wonderful stay at Amantaka. The incredibly friendly staff made us always feel at home, the accommodations were quite comfortable, and Luang Prabang was an absolute joy to visit.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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Thank Globbo
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Reviewed March 11, 2010

If you want to get lost in time, head to Luang Prabang. If you want to lap up in luxury, Amantaka is THE destination.

Amanresorts has a knack for picking the most exotic destinations to house their properties. And in recent months, they have opened not one but three new Amanresorts. One of which is Amantaka, situated in the heart of Luang Prabang.

A former provincial hospital, Amantaka is beautifully restored, retaining its original French colonial architecture. And on its sprawling grounds are 24 gorgeous suites (I was lucky enough to stay in the oversized Mekong Pool Suite), a library where evening cocktails are served (love the iced bael fruit tea), a spa (must try their signature massage… pure bliss), a fully equipped gym (cold towels, bottled water and fresh fruits while you work out) and an inviting swimming pool big enough for doing laps. Oh yes, don’t be surprised if you are served complimentary ice cream while you bask in the sun. The staff at Amanresorts really know how to spoil guests with their intuitive service!

I’ve stayed at a few Aman properties, and I must say Amantaka is one of my favorites. It’s an oasis of calm, nostalgia and romance – an extraordinary experience not to be missed. Amantaka has definitely elevated Luang Prabang’s hip status like what Amankora has done for Bhutan, and Amangalla and Amanwella for Sri Lanka.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled solo
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