Luang Prabang, Laos
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.
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
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).Scott Dunn team
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.Scott Dunn team
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!Victoria Hogg
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.Scott Dunn team
Take a trip down the Mekong on their private boat with a picnic for the dayJules Maury
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 crowdsScott Dunn team
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When to go
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.