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Amantaka
Ranked #30 of 69 Hotels in Luang Prabang
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New York City, New York
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“Luang Prabang”
Reviewed January 2, 2011

We stayed at Amantaka immediately after staying at Amansara, and we preferred the experience at Amansara. Amantaka is right off the main street of Luang Prabang, which is now one of my favorite places that I have ever traveled to. Amantaka has an incredible property and the rooms are fantastic, but the service is lacking a little bit. My guess is that it is because the resort is so new, and that there is such a language barrier that a lot gets lost in translation (like most food orders). Amantaka is also exceedingly quiet, and as we were kind of a rowdy group that likes to laugh, we found the meal times a little TOO quiet so we ended up going out a lot. These are the downsides, but otherwise, it was a beautiful hotel and great stay.
I highly recommend waking up in the morning to give alms to the monks (a daily tradition - the monks of Luang Prabang only eat what is donated to them), take a sunset cruise down the Mekong River (to DIE for), take a cooking class at Amansara, and go have a few drinks (and dinner!) at Lao Lao garden.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 1, 2011

The location of this hotel is excellent, within walking distance of all the sights, the market and restaurants. The hotel is a very relaxing place to be. The swimming pool is gorgeous and the bedrooms and bathrooms divine.

My only criticism is the staff. The manager, his deputy and the lady manageress are English speakers but the rest of the staff have very poor English and offer poor service - having no real understanding of guests needs. Having said that they are delightful people and mean well. I just feel for the money you are paying to stay in this international hotel, the staff deserve better training.

I would however highly recommend this hotel to anyone who would like a peaceful stay in a beautiful setting in Luang Prabang.

Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 1, 2010

Keen on having the grasp of the Aman resorts experience, I have opted for spa treatments and dinner at Amantaka.
The hotel is located in the very centre, you do not hear the noise from the streets, though occasional planes flying low over resort bring additional flavour.

All the stuff who I have met at the resort speak perfect English, and there is not one moment of misunderstanding. The spa are is very impressive and room for treatments was very spacious. The knowledge of massage technique was excellent, same with light, music, etc. It was one of the 5 best massages I have ever experienced. And priced at 85 USD it's a steal.

After the spa treatments me and my friend have proceeded to the dinner. The general Manager of Amantaka has come to greet us, and introduce himself which was a pleasant extra.

The variety on the menu was not overwhelming, varying between traditional Lao set dinner, and some items of the European cousine. So we went for a set dinner, which was of such a good value that it was difficult to believe. The taste of the dishes was above average, and some out 9 (or so) were remarkably good. The wine list is expansive, with some reasonable priced positions on it.

We have greatly enjoyed our evening at Amantaka, and have even experienced how the drunk members of the Chinese official delegation to Luang Prabang came to the hotel three sheets to the wind, and could not walk. That show was definitely better than the usual Lao dance!

I would definitely stay at Amantaka next time I visit Luang Prabang!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

As with every Aman, the quality of the accommodations, restaurants and facilities is superb. But what really sets this resort apart are the little things. Ice-cold towels waiting for you every time you return to the hotel. Teas and (excellent!) fresh cookies in the library in the afternoon. Sticky rice to give the monks who parade past the hotel at 5:30 AM. Free transport to and from all the major tourist spots and restaurants. No need to sign the bills for anything, since everyone knows your name. Absolutely outstanding.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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new york
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

It is an exhilarating and addictive experience.

From the little details, how you are made to feel welcome even when travelling with young children, the way the staff casually engages with you, the smiles that never feel forced to the stunning architecture, unique sense of tasteful, exclusive activities and excursions...

Check it out but be warned - you will never want to go back to an ordinary 5 star after that.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2010

I would consider myself a very seasoned traveler among luxury hotels and the Amantaka is of the best that I have been to. Yes, the hotel is nearly brand new and still has a few minor 'flaws' to work out.....but net, net this place gets an A+.

To begin with, the overall service is second to none! You are always greeted with a smile, always addressed personally by name, and always offered a cold town when you enter or leave the hotel. Nothing is too much to ask for and they meet every need with a smile. The managers of all departments personally greet you and ask how they can make your stay better. I have stayed all over the world and the only hotel that has ever even come close to this level of service was the La Palmilla in Cabo.

As for the rest of the hotel......the grounds are stunning. Great pool and sunning area (however I rarely used this as our suite had its own pool). They have a nice library with a business center. The spa is amazing (and the suites come with one free massage). They also do a unique Buddhist welcoming ceremony. The restaurant is very good and with great service (albeit they really should consider having an indoor and air conditioned option). The location is perfect and you can walk to nearly everything in town (the night market is one block away). We also did the Mekong river cruise via the hotel and it was both luxurious and fun. We used the room service several times and it was flawless each time. The rooms do not include TVs (as is policy with Aman hotels) but we requested one and they brought in a plasma TV to the living room. One flaw that they are trying to work out is the internet service. It was in and out the entire time and they were not sure how to fix it.

On the whole this is truly my new favorite hotel. It was a great experience and I look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2010

Second time at an Aman hotel. Very nice and I would expect what anyone who likes the Aman experience would want. The rooms were spacious and extremely comfortable, there was a library available and the pool was nice. The food was good etc.
Amantaka would be the best option in Luang Prabang without a doubt if one wants luxury though there were some other options that seems possibly attractive.

Luang Prabang was beautiful and magical, charming. Highly recommend going even though it has become one of these 'destinations'. The Laotian people seemed kind, polite though very shy.

The only downside was Laotians (and Cambodians?) were burning the rice fields so the skies were filled with smoke the entire time. Made for beautiful sunsets but went through quit a few pairs of contact lenses.

Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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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 #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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