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Amansara
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

We spent four days at Amansara on a two-week trip through southeast Asia and found it superlative in every respect.

Upon arrival, we were provided with a proposed itinerary of temple tours for our stay. We were also provided with our own very knowledgeable and friendly tour guide, Kimchen, who took us through the temples and offered a wealth of knowledge. The tours were superbly curated, and magically managed to avoid the crowds in almost every instance, giving the impression that we were on a private tour of each location. The itinerary is proposed, not mandatory, and we added an additional tour on one day, and swapped a tour on another day for a location we preferred to visit. These changes were accomplished without any fuss.

The hotel itself started out life in the 1960s as the guest house of King Sihanouk, and the management has meticulously preserved its mid-century style, not only architecturally, but also down to the most minor details. The result is a cool and peaceful oasis.

The food was superb. The hotel includes "half board" in the daily rate, so breakfast and one other meal are included, as are drinks and snacks. Finally, the service was almost completely unobtrusive, and warm and friendly when it was visible. Although I'm sure they do it for everyone, the staff assembled on our final day to bid us goodbye, which we found very touching.

The hotel also encourages visitors to explore the surrounding community, not merely the temples. They offer tuk-tuk drivers to take you wherever you might want to go, and also offer bicycles for those (like us) who want to explore on their own.

Needless to say, this all comes at a cost. This is the most expensive hotel we ever stayed at, and it was worth each and every penny. In addition, the opulence of Amansara contrasts starkly with relative poverty of the surrounding community, and for that reason may not be for everybody. For us, however, Amansara made what would have been an unforgettable trip an experience that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank nhdb
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

The most wonderful experience. The pickup in the vintage Merc was fun for a car nut like me, and the building's funky minimalist 60's design unique in this town where most is tatty or half-built. Sampling the delicious Khmer food and being taken about to the various temples in a rickshaw before dawn added atmosphere and the lovely staff smiled all the way through and found us passage away from the crowds. Our guide was excellent - we learned a lot about both ancient and modern Khmer history, and he managed to keep the kids interested too.

Ok, so it IS super-expensive, but the service is second to none, and it's all very nicely packaged so the tours and even the minibar are included, so no nasty jab with a huge bill for extras when you leave. And anyway, who can beat warm croissants and coffee at 5am before going in the back way to climb all over a deserted Angkor Wat?

Only downside for me is it doesn't have a gym: this is never Aman's strong suit and I suppose they have a point when they say you sweat enough climing the temples, but I do think they should make some concessions to the exercise-obsessives who are quite common among upmarket travellers.

Room Tip: Go for the pool suites: we had 2 adjoining for us and the kids and to have them safely in the pool when they had tired of temples worked well in what is otherwise a very grown up resort.
  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

Definetely a life experience. Angkor Wat is magic and being in Amansara is the perfect combination.Rooms are super elegant and clean. Service is perfect and food is amazing.Left the hotel with a broken heart of leaving such a magic place behind.(date of trip-october-2010)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Thank seeking-for-quality
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Sensational 5 days spent at this exceptional hotel. Rooms are excellent. Food is excellent. Service is outstanding. Spa is outstanding. Everything we wanted to do was sorted for us with minimum fuss and maximum style. Close your eyes and sign the bill life is too short.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

From the moment we were met at customs and escorted through to an awaiting vintage Mercedes - our transport - we knew this was going to be something special. We spent 4 nights with our 2 sons, aged 10 and 14 and for all of us it was an amazing experience of learning, relaxing and understanding something about the Khmer heritage and Cambodia today.

The rooms were immaculate - we had a pool suite - the service completely authentic and genuine. We had a wonderful local guide - included in the tariff who took us to the temples, floating fishing village, restaurants and shared the local perspective with us. We will all long remember the wonderful feeling of breezing along in our 'remork' at 5am in the morning on our way to view the Sunrise at Ankor Wat. The staff were very accommodating in arranging meals - light breakfast delivered to room for early starts - spa open until 10pm for after dinner. It was all about the guest experience.

Amansara, is a beautiful restoration of the King's residence - Norodom Sihanouk - an interesting 1960's design faithfully restored and extended. Attention to detail was evident - for example, the flowers around the property were stunning. At my request, one of the staff members taught me how to fold the lotus flowers.

At the hotel we had the opportunity to see some of the wonderful culture of Cambodia and story telling, meet with a visiting archeologist where we could understand the economic importance of this region throughout the centuries - the life of the farmers, their families. We saw the confronting legacy of the Pol Pot regime - and I strongly recommend going to Phnom Penh when visiting Cambodia.

Yes it was expensive and humbling against the relative wealth of the local people - but I see it providing jobs and opportunities to the locals enabling their self determination. The Aman ethos of preserving the essence of the country's local culture and its people and enabling us to share an understanding of Cambodia and the heritage. That is what I say is a great travel experience.

Room Tip: pool suite was a good way to cool off
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Anlouise
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