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Amantaka Resort

Category: Colonial Style, Boutique, Luxury
Rating: Luxury - 5 Star Hotel
Location: Luang Prabang, Laos


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.

Amantaka derives its name from the word 'aman', the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, and from Tipitaka, meaning ‘the teaching of the Buddha’ in Theravada scholastic literature. The resort is located just south of Mount Phousi in the centre of the picturesque Luang Prabang peninsula. Within walking distance of the many boutiques, bakeries and restaurants along the main street, Amantaka is also close to the banks of the Mekong River and to Luang Prabang’s fabled night market. The resort provides access to the town’s many historic sites including more than 30 golden-spired temples and the former Royal Palace, a classic example of the town’s unique blend of 19th and 20th century French colonial and Lao architectural traditions.

In Depth

Amantaka offers authentic Lao and French-influenced cuisine in a number of dining venues. The Dining Room provides an airy colonial ambience while the Lounge Bar is the perfect spot for relaxing with a pre-dinner aperitif or enjoying a snifter and cigar. The breezy Pool Terrace is a casual dining spot and serves light meals all day. Private dining can be arranged in a choice of secluded locations around the property, as well as in the privacy of guests’ suites.

Amantaka’s Aman Spa features four self-contained treatment rooms, as well as steam and sauna facilities with hot and cold plunge pools. Treatments range from massages and facials to scrubs and wraps, all using organic products as well as local ingredients used for centuries in Lao therapeutic preparations. Massage oils range from the Champaca blend, mixing the fragrant Southeast Asian champaca flower with pomelo and tangerine essential oils, to the Floral blend featuring frangipani, jasmine, vetiver and patchouli essential oils. Other signature products include the lime and ginger or frangipani and hibiscus bath crystals and salt glow rubs.

Amantaka’s Fitness Facility overlooks the resort’s main swimming pool and houses a gymnasium and a yoga studio (offering private classes on request). A private tennis court is situated a short distance from the resort. Tennis partners can be arranged.

A tranquil space in which to relax, the Library offers a wide range of reading materials in several languages and includes reference works on many subjects. Wireless internet access is available.

A variety of Lao handicrafts and artworks are available for purchase including textiles from master silk weavers and works from local artists and hilltribe communities. A unique collection of photographs on display gives insight into Luang Prabang’s rich culture.

Amantaka offers 24 suites ranging in size from 70 to 120 square metres each. These include eight Suites, four Pool Suites, eight Khan Pool Suites, two Mekong Pool Suites and two Amantaka Pool Suites. Entered from louvered doors from the courtyard, each suite contains a spacious interior and exterior living area.

The eight suites each feature a king size bed positioned under a high ceiling. Facilities include a writing desk, table and chairs, chaise lounge and cabinet containing a private bar. The bathroom features twin vanities, a dressing area, shower, toilet, and separate island bathtub. The living and bedroom open onto an outdoor areas shaded by mango trees with lounges and large umbrellas. These amenities are available in all twenty four suites.

In addition to the high ceilings, king sized bed and other amenities offered in all Amantaka suites, the four pool suites also have access to a private pool located just beyond the room’s lounge.

Like the Pool Suites, the Khan Pool Suite features a private pool and outdoor lounge area. The eight Khan Pool Suites also offer a spacious lounge that overlooks the gardens of the central courtyard or a private outdoor area.

Named for the river that influences all aspects of life in Luang Prabang, the two Mekong Suites feature spacious interiors for lounging, dining, and sleeping. Each Mekong Suite also includes a private pool.

The two stand-alone Amantaka Suites are surrounded by large verandas and offer generous living rooms and spacious outdoor areas including a garden, a private relaxation sala and a large pool.