Amantaka

Luang Prabang, Laos

At a Glance

  • Amantaka artfully combines modern touches with fantastic colonial, old-world charm in a welcoming and luxurious boutique property

  • Amantaka offers 24 suites ranging in size from 70 to 120 square meters each

  • Amantaka sits in the heart of Luang Prabang, a town declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995

  • 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

  • Excellent Aman spa offering a wide range of treatments and rituals derived from South-East Asian techniques

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Laos enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The cooler, drier months of the year are from November to March; however, temperatures rarely drop below 22°C during the day. Humidity is highest between May and September, when sunbursts follow tropical downpours and temperatures can climb to 35°C. However, the average year-round temperature is a pleasant 25°C.

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Insider's View

The morning market trip and cooking class is amazing, I learned how to make the most delicious chicken laap (a traditional Lao dish of shredded chicken with herbs).

I really recommend our walking tour with Francis Engleman, who lives in Luang Prabang. He was partly responsible for Luang Prabang becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 so provides a fantastic insight into the city.

Alms definitely makes getting up at 5.30 worthwhile! In their traditional orange robes, the monks line the streets of Luang Prabang to receive offerings before they go to pray in one of the many temples. It was a very unique experience, especially as it was Buddha's birthday the day I did it!

Hop on an Amantaka bicycle and watch the locals stocking up on local produce and spices from the Market. I don’t know what the commotion was about.

Take a trip down the Mekong on their private boat with a picnic for the day

Treat yourself to a spa treatment - you won't regret it!

If you want to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls ask us about our private gourmet breakfast picnic; it's a wonderful time to experience the waterfalls, without the crowds

If you fancy eating out from Amantaka then I'd recommend walking into town and to L'Elephant, a magical restaurant that serves sumptuous Laos and French food

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Amantaka or take a look at our itineraries to Luang Prabang

Description

Amantaka offers a deft fusion of refined luxury and old world charm. It's arguably the most spoiling and indulgent property in the country, with perfect private pool suites, shuttered windows, fine dining cuisine and the most wonderful glassy pool.

Located close to the mighty Mount Phousi, this beautiful property rests on a peninsula framed by the mighty Mekong and Khan Rivers. Amantaka is surrounded by lush green countryside, spectacular waterfalls, ancient caves and is within walking distance of picturesque temples, villages and night markets of Luang Prabang. Amantaka is the most exclusive address in Luang Prabang and the Aman ethos offers a very luxurious yet understated welcoming experience for guests staying here.

The suites at Amantaka are entered through pretty louvered doors from the courtyard and are spacious both inside and out with shady gardens home to loungers placed under the mango trees. All suites are elegantly furnished, have lofty high ceilings and most have the added luxury of their own private pools.

Meals influenced by both the Lao and French schools of cuisine are served in the dining room, terrace or in the comfort of your own suite. For that memorable occasion you can opt for private dinner in a location of your choosing in the hotel's lush gardens.

Add to the overall feeling of serenity with a soothing treatment at Amantaka's Aman Spa - massages, facials, scrubs and wraps incorporate the best of Southeast Asian technique with Aman Spa's own range of organic products.

Luang Prabang has so much, culturally, to offer, that it is a well deserved treat to return to such luxury after a day's exploration.

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Accommodation

Amantaka has 24 Suites in total - eight Suites, four Pool Suites, eight Khan Pool Suites, two Mekong Pool Suites and two Amantaka Pool Suites. All of the hotel's suites have wonderfully high ceilings, King Size beds, large bathrooms and are spacious, comfortable and well appointed. All suites open on to a lovely private outdoor area under the mango trees with loungers and umbrellas. The various Pool Suites have private pools and differ in size and layout. All suites include: writing desk, chaise longue, minibar, and all bathrooms feature twin vanities, dressing area, shower, WC, separate island bathtub.

Childcare

Children are welcome at Amantaka and cots and extra beds for under 12s are included free of charge. Children's menus are also available. Children in the Pool Suites will love having their own private pool and the waterfalls, night markets, elephant trekking and dance shows are also great for active children. When it all proves too much, babysitters can be arranged so that parents can enjoy their evenings too.

Facilities

Delicious freshly prepared Lao and French influenced cuisine is available at the Pool Terrace or the Dining Room and private dining can be arranged in your suite or at a secluded location around the hotel's gardens. The atmospheric Lounge Bar is a wonderful spot for a drink before or after dinner. The luxurious Aman Spa offers a range of treatments including massages, scrubs, wraps and facials and uses organic and local Lao ingredients. A gym and yoga studio are adjacent to the main pool. A library, gallery, and boutique are all on site.

Activities

Tennis (and tennis partners) can be arranged at a nearby court, and gym, yoga, cooking classes and cultural excursions are all available. Amantaka is an easy walk to the 32 elegant temples of Luang Prabang and the town's many historic sites, including the former Royal Palace, a fusion of Beaux Arts and traditional Lao architecture. Wander out to the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants lining the town's main street or the town's fabled night market to see the eclectic collection of richly-colored textiles, housewares and jewelry alongside fresh fruits, local foods and crafts from sturdy iron work to delicate paper lanterns.

Reviews

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Clare Barratt (Staff)

One of the most exclusive places to stay in Luang Prabang! If you are an Aman junkie then you will love Amantaka. The service here is amazing, I will eat my hat if you ever see housekeeping, yet your room will always be spotless. There is a big pool at the center of the property with a very relaxing atmosphere and breakfast is wonderful! Your stay here includes one activity per day and the Aman guides will intrigue you with their knowledge so make sure you do the activities. However, it is easily the priciest option in Luang Prabang and perhaps lacks the charm that some of the other properties in Luang Prabang have.

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Jules Maury (Staff)

Arriving at dusk at Amantaka after an exhausting day of traveling we were met by soft lamps gleaming through the dusk, welcoming smiles and whisked into the Spa for one of the best massages I have ever had. Amantaka is an indulgence of the senses every way you turn from the huge suites with four posters draped in soft muslin, hedonistic bathrooms, expansive grounds, a glorious pool and staff who appeared like elves everywhere you needed them. The highlight was taking part in the Tak Bat Alms for the Monks from the temple who pass every morning at 5.30 am so, having mentally given thought to your departed ancestors, the humble likes of you and I pass them sticky rice, as part of the 'giving in order to receive' start to the day. Nith, 'attach culturel' and keeper of many stories from his days as a monk imparts words of wisdom on us all and explained the ways and culture of Buddhism.

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Katie Kennard (Staff)

Amantaka is the perfect place to unwind, whether you enjoy cracking into your inclusive mini bar, lying by your private pool or dipping in for some Spa Treatment. It is without doubt, located In the best spot in Luang Prabang, being a short stroll from the Mekong river, night markets and bars. Nit, the activities manager really made my experience complete. He knows everything about Laos, and waking up for the Monks was conveniently on the door step.

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Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)

If you are looking for pure luxury in the small town of Luang Prabang, then Amantaka is the place to go. If budget allows, then I would highly recommend upgrading to a Pool Suite, they are amazing and the private pool is so relaxing, in a town that is already pretty laid-back. Amantaka has all the usual trimmings of an Aman property with mouth-watering local cuisine and unobtrusive but thoughtful service. It is the most expensive hotel in sleepy Luang Prabang but so worth it, particularly as you can take advantage of Amans deep connections with the local community.

Experiences

  • Amantaka - Alms Offering (Tak Bat)

    Every morning at sunrise (05:30-06:00) for centuries the tradition of Tak Bat has taken place. Partake in this contemplative and spiritual experience and offer Alms (sticky rice and other foods) with locals to the monastic population of Luang Prabang.

  • Amantaka - Baci Ceremony

    Overseen by a master of ceremonies or "Mo Phon", take part in a traditional 30-minute Baci ceremony and receive Baci strings around your wrists. A ritual practiced in Luang Prabang for hundreds of years it is thought to protect from illness and sadness.

  • Amantaka - Buddhist Pilgrimage to the Budding Buddhist Academy

    A unique Buddhist site, this project is located in the rice fields and forests north of the city. You will spend one full morning with the novices of Vat Souvanna Khili carrying out your own Buddhist pilgrimage by boat in support of this place of study.

  • Amantaka - Floral temple offering

    Create a religious offering or Vanh-Cornet to present to monks at the village temple of Wat That Noi with the help of one of Amantaka's artists, using banana leaves and local flowers from the jungle surrounding Luang Prabang.

  • Amantaka - Luang Prabang city tour

    Spend half a day exploring remarkable Luang Prabang from Amantaka with a private guide on foot or by bicycle. Visit notable landmarks such as Wat Visoun, follow the Nam Khan River to Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Sene, The Royal Palace and impressive Wat Mai.

  • Amantaka - Monk blessing at Wat That Luang

    Arrive at Wat That Luang (Monastery of the Royal Stupa) accompanied by Tiao Nith, Amanataka's resident artist. Here you will be blessed with fragrant water by the monk after which string bracelets will be tied to your wrists to be kept on indefinitely.

  • Amantaka - Morning market walk with our chef

    Visit the colorful and exotic morning market in Luang Prabang with Amantaka's chef to learn more about Lao food and its ingredients. Surrounded by vegetables, spices, freshwater fish and meats it is a real treat for photographers.

  • Amantaka - Offering of food to one chosen Monastic Community

    Taking food to the temple for boys living in monasteries who are from poorer families in far away villages is an essential way that local people participate in the life of the monastic community. Amantaka can prepare this with you and recommend a temple.

  • Amantaka - Pak Ou Caves

    Take a relaxing cruise along the Mekong with your private guide to Pak Ou caves where you will be met by thousands of Buddha statues offered by pilgrims for hundreds of years. Observe village life on the banks of the river and enjoy a picnic en route.

  • Baby Elephant Experience

    This wonderful morning experience takes you to a local elephant sanctuary just 40 minutes from Luang Prabang. You'll learn all about the majestic creatures and will wash, feed and walk with them along tropical paths and through rice paddies.

  • Books Not Bombs

    Sadly in Laos, books are often a luxury few can afford. Spend the day learning about the people and organizations trying to change this, bringing education and a love of reading to local children.

  • Cookery Class at Tamarind

    This shared excursion takes place at Tamarind, one of Laos' most celebrated restaurants. The lesson teaches you how to cook Lao food, but you'll also learn the habits and customs of the Lao people too.

  • Gourmet Breakfast at Kuang Si Waterfall

    Rise early to enjoy Kuang Si Waterfalls at its best with a gourmet breakfast picnic overlooking the emerald water.

  • Kayaking on the Mekong

    Spend the day leisurely paddling along the mighty Mekong, admiring the picturesque scenery, and visiting some of the more interesting sites along this stretch of one of Asia's most famous rivers.

  • Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Visit local markets and villages before heading out to the glorious Kuang Si Waterfalls, an idyllic spot that's ideal for swimming.

  • Living Land Organic Farm

    Spend an interactive morning at the Living Land Organic Farm, which is a rice farm. A local farming guide will teach you about the methods and you will have ample opportunities to give the methods a go yourselves!

  • Luang Prabang by Bicycle

    Cycling through Luang Prabang is one of the best ways to experience this small, safe and charming city, so we've created a full-day cycling tour that gets you down the tiny winding streets to the sparking temples and out to the local villages.

  • Luang Prabang Full Day Tour

    Enjoy a full day tour of the fascinating UNESCO protected city of Luang Prabang, exploring the Royal Palace, shimmering temples, ancient streets and traditional art and ethnology center. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.

  • Luang Prabang Walking Tour

    Enjoy a walking tour of historic Luang Prabang with a local guide. This is one of the best ways to see and experience the hidden secrets and gems found in this wonderful town.

  • Private Baci Ceremony

    After another of your excursions you have the opportunity to participate in a private Baci Ceremony, which is a ritual in Lao culture used to celebrate important events and occasions.

  • Responsible Luang Prabang

    This completely unique and educational experience explores Big Brother Mouse, an innovative social enterprise in Luang Prabang that is committed to educating children by publishing and distributing books.

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Location & directions

Luang Prabang, Laos

Amantaka is located on Kingkitsarath Road in central Luang Prabang, in what was the hospital during French colonial times. The temple district and night market are just a short walk away.

How to get there

14-hour international flight (via Bangkok) to Luang Prabang International Airport. Amantaka is a 10-minute drive from the airport.

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