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.
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 metres 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
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.
When to visit
The morning market trip and cooking class is amazing, I learnt how to make the most delicious chicken laap (a traditional Lao dish of shredded chicken with herbs).
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.
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 colourful 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.
Books Not Bombs
Sadly in Laos, books are often a luxury few can afford. Spend the day learning about the people and organisations 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.
Elephant Experience at MandaLao
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 feed and walk with them along tropical paths and through rice paddies.
Half Day Cycling Tour of Luang Prabang
Take to two wheels to explore the delightful Luang Prabang. Explore cultural highlights including the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, Royal Palace and two of town’s most impressive temples; Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong.
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.
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 centre. The day culminates in a climb to the top of Phousi Hill.
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.