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.
- 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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