We had very high expectations of this hotel , mainly due to the exceptional reviews on this site . On arrival we were collected at the airport in an original 1960's Mercedes limo , which set the tone for the grace and style that we were to become accustomed to for the duration of our stay . Once at the hotel , we were greeted by Siddharth , the general manager , who introduced us to our "family" (i initially thought this was a little cheesy) . I was very soon converted ! The staff are continually looking after you , but never in your way .
The temple excursions are also exactly as described in previous reviews . We were looked after by our guide "Kong Kea" (nickname MJ) whose love of the temples was still evident . Early starts , secret entrances and local knowledge gained us seemingly exclusive access to the temples at times when crowds were gathered elsewhere . On our tour to the "Citadel of the Sacred Women", which is a rather small temple which requires car transport rather than the remork , we were totally alone , which was an experience that few can surely experience ? But on the drive back we were passed by at least a dozen coaches all on there way there ...... was this by chance ..... i very much doubt it !!
We opted to stay in a suite , rather than a pool suite , which we agreed was the correct choice . The room is even better than it looks on the website and the hotel pool is so classy (if its good enough for Jackie O .....)
The restaurant is a beautifully elegant circular room . The dinner options are maybe a little limited with either a choice of western or khmer set menus . We opted for the khmer for 3 out of the 4 nights , which was delicious . The complimentary "house" drinks were a choice of French wines and premium spirits (Tanqueray Gin / Absolut Vodka etc) .... pleasantly surprised !!
So in conclusion , Siem Reap and the amazing ruins of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom are a must before tourism here spirals out of control . There are other lovely looking large hotels to choose from , but if you enjoy the elegance and the "family" hospitality that the Aman hotels strive for , this is a must .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, is situated on the edge of Siem Reap just 10 minutes from the entrance to the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in a garden compound, the 24-suite luxury Angkor Wat resort has the ambience of a private home and is the ideal base for travellers seeking to explore Khmer culture and the ruins of Angkor. A variety of Cambodia temple excursions and cultural walks is available as part of the guest experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amansara Siem Reap
- Amansara Hotel Siem Reap