Occupying what was once the 1960's guest villa of Cambodia's retired king, Amansara is exclusive, luxurious and tranquil – the perfect retreat after a day's sightseeing offering fantastic service, delicious cuisine and luxury accommodation.
The most luxurious property in the temple town of Siem Reap
Former guesthouse of King Sihanouk
24 elegant suites, 12 of which have private pools
A daily outing is included with an Amansara guide in one of their customised remorks
Following Aman’s philosophy for zen-like simplicity, whilst not compromising on the highest possible levels of comfort, accommodation and service, Amansara is one of the most exclusive hotels in Siem Reap. Just 10 minutes from the entrance of Angkor, Amansara is a tranquil and exclusive garden enclave just a stone's throw from one of the most imposing UNESCO World Heritage Sites of over 1000 ancient temples.
The 24 suites are open plan with polished marble floors, creamy stucco walls and rich, dark Asian timbers. The rooms feel ultra modern and minimalist and beyond the combined sleeping and living area is the bathroom which opens onto a light-filled courtyard. 12 of the suites have their own salt water infinity pool.
Dining is in the imposing unique circular dining room or out on its terrace with fabulous panoramic views. Lunch by the poolside and dine under the stars on the roof terrace or in the comfort of your suite's own private courtyard. The chef specialises in Khmer favourites and elegant Western dishes and the food is simply exquisite.
The original slate swimming pool and lap pool offer respite from the heat and for a total immersion into relaxation, a treatment at the tranquil spa specialising in traditional Cambodian massage and beauty techniques is a must.
When to visit
Amansara's guides are the best in Siem Reap. I managed to have half an hour amongst the eerie faces of Bayon with only my guide and one other photographer for company.
Situated in the bustling town of Siem Reap, Amansara is located 15 minutes from the airport and just 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, Cambodia’s world-renowned archaeological park.
Amansara - Angkor Wat
Enjoy a guided tour of Angkor Archaeological park with your specialist Aman guide. Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park is home to the jungle covered ruins of the Khmer Empire.
Amansara - Beng Mealea & Koh Ker
For a full day’s adventure, one of the most rewarding excursions is to Beng Mealea and Koh Ker. Enclosed by a huge boat, Beng Mealea is one of the most mysterious temples at Angkor.
Amansara - Countryside Cycling
Whilst the main draw of Siem Reap may be the Temples of Angkor, there is plenty more to discover beyond the most famous sites. Take some time to explore the lush countryside around Siem Reap by bicycle.
Amansara - Cycling and Kayaking
Head out into the Cambodian countryside by bicycle to explore local village before reaching Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. Here you will explore the water by kayak, getting close to the floating villages.
Amansara - East of Angkor Tour
Head to the three principle temples of the Rolous Group by jeep, to the east of Siem Reap. These are quieter and more peaceful that those in the Angkor Archaeological Park and offer you a glimpse of rural life.
Amansara - Enigmatic Bayon Tour
With your specialist guide and private remork, head to Angkor Thom where you will explore Bayon temple, one of Angkor's most iconic sights with richly decorated faces.
Amansara - Tonle Sap Lake
Head out of Siem Reap to Tonle Sap for a trip on Aman's motorboat. Tonle Sap is the biggest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. See the floating villages that offer a fascinating insight into the culture of the region.
Amansara - Tonle Sap Sunset Cruise
Enjoy a special evening on board one of Amansara's traditional private boats, watching the sunset across Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake; Tonle Sap.
Amansara - Twilight Dinner at Srah Srang
Set in a traditional Khmer House at the heart of the Angkor Archaeological Park, this is a wonderful private dining experience and a great alternative to dining at Amansara on one of your nights.
Amansara - Two Villages Cruise
Spend a few hours exploring Tonle Sap, Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, from the comfort of your own boat. This is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the most picturesque scenery around Siem Reap, and to gain an insight into local life.
Angkor Thom Scavenger Hunt by Bicycle
Exclusive to Scott Dunn and ideal for the whole family, this unique experience takes you through Angkor Thom on an adventurous photo scavenger hunt. You'll have 11 different clues peppered across the ancient temples. Success will be awarded at the end!
Angkor Wat & Breakfast
Marvel at the unforgettable sight of sunrise over Angkor Wat, the 12th century temple complex built by the Khmer Empire and largest religious monument in the world. After time to explore its architectural grandeur, a delicious champagne breakfast awaits.
Angkor Wat at Sunrise
Experience the majesty of Angkor Wat with a short sunrise tour, the best time to visit this ancient monument and one of Southeast Asia's most important archaeological sites.
Angkor with Mr Khin Po Thai
Spend a day with a specialist guide, Mr Khin Po Thai, one of the leading Cambodian experts on these mysterious ruins.
Artisans and Galleries of Siem Reap
With your expert guide, explore the up and coming galleries and boutiques that pepper the streets of contemporary Siem Reap.
Banteay Srei and Beng Mealea Full Day Tour
One of our favourite experiences in Siem Reap that gets you out to the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading on to Banteay Srei temple which is made from beautiful red sand-stone.
Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean
A wonderful full-day tour that takes you out to the Cambodian countryside to Beng Mealea, a sprawling jungle temple. Enjoy a delicious lunch before heading on to Banteay Srei temple, a beautiful a mysterious red sand-stone temple.
Behind the Scenes of Angkor
Get a far more in-depth insight into Angkor with the German Apsara Conservation Project in this half-day tour, learning all about the extensive conservation work that takes place daily to restore and maintain the world's most magnificent jungle temples.
Boat Trip on Tonle Sap Lake
Home to colourful floating villages and luminous mangroves, Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is just 45 minutes from Siem Reap. Spend time cruising the lake onboard a simple local boat, a perfect way to explore.
Despite having a relatively stable economy that has emerged from a turbulent past, Cambodia remains a very poor country. This is an opportunity to see examples of charity work that aims to help some of the county's most vulnerable people.
Cook with a Celebrity Chef
A real highlight for foodies, this rural experience takes you to the home of Kethana, the owner and chef of renowned restaurant, Sugar Palm. Here you'll learn how to cook truly exquisite Cambodian cuisine.
Country Life Photography
Explore beyond the temples of Angkor and head into rural Cambodia outside of Siem Reap. Travel by tuk-tuk with self-taught photographer, Mr Kimleng, who will lead the way into luminous paddy fields and exuberant rural villages.
Countryside Life and Dining
From local villages to monk blessings and from ox-cart rides to fine dining in a paddy field, this is a truly exquisite experience that's perfect for families and couples. It's ideal for those who want to see more of Cambodia than just temples.
Explore Angkor Thom
This is one of our favourite half-day experiences from Siem Reap; with specialist guides you'll avoid the crowds and head off by foot into the jungle temples before anyone else.
Foodie Vespa Adventure
Explore the local culinary scene of Siem Reap on the back seat of an Italian Vespa in this lively and exciting evening experience.
Hidden Temple Trek
Visit some of Angkor's hidden temples on this afternoon hike through Angkor Archaeological Park. Starting at Angkor Thom follow the walls to pass through Angkor Krau. Through paddy fields you will end at Prasat Banteay Thom where sunset drinks await.
Kayaking on Tonle Sap
Enjoy Tonle Sap by kayak instead of boat to give you a more interactive and exciting view of this incredible reservoir. This experience is ideal for active families and couples!
Mystery dine around Siem Reap
Experience Siem Reap's gourmet highlights in one evening - enjoy 5 different course in 5 different locations. The dining options in Siem Reap are superb and this is a great way to experience them. You will have your own tuk-tuk driver for the evening.
Phare - The Cambodian Circus
Top of Siem Reap's to do list is the amazing and moving Phare, Cambodian Circus. Watch these talented young performers in a breathtakingly entertaining and original show. This hour-long show has a variety of performances to enjoy.
Private Temple Dinner
This extraordinary once in a life time experience grants you a private dinner in one of Angkor's ancient temples. Completely private, this experience works for couples, families or for small groups if you are celebrating a special occasion!
Quad Biking in Siem Reap
Quad bike through the countryside surrounding Siem Reap for an alternative view of Cambodia.
Remote temples by helicopter
An extraordinary day spent exploring remote and unexplored temples by helicopter and jeep. Head to Banteay, that once rivalled Angkor Wat as well as Preah Vihear, a highly disputed temple that sits near the border with Thailand.
Shadow Puppets in the rice fields
Shadow puppets are an integral part of Cambodia’s heritage; share the experience of this unique art form with the local villagers at a private performance. Afterwards enjoy a private gourmet dinner.
Siem Reap, Phnom Kulen and Banteay Srei
A 1.5 hour drive north of Siem Reap will bring you to Phnom Kulen mountain range, which provides Siem Reap with water and dominates the skyline of the flat plains surrounding it.
Specialist Photography Tour with John McDermott
Cambodia and the temples of Angkor offer some of the most rewarding photographic opportunities. Spend a half day with American fine art photographer, John McDermott, to ensure you capture the temples at their best.
Sunset Cocktails at Angkor Thom
Enjoy sunset drinks with a leisurely boat ride on the moat of Angkor Thom and view hidden elements of the ancient Khmer water systems. Relaxing with gin and tonic in hand and accompanied by the sound of bird song, this is a great way to end the day.
Taste Siem Reap - Art and Cocktails
Enjoy an evening of contemporary art galleries and buzzing bars in Siem Reap. Be whisked away in your private tuk tuk to experience some of the town's most vibrant bars and up and coming galleries, with cocktails, dim sum and dessert included.
Taste Siem Reap - For A Good Cause
Visit three of the best social enterprise restaurants in Siem Reap, travelling by private tuk tuk. Enjoy a delicious selection of food and drink, all for a good cause! This is a fun way to give back to the community and try some fantastic local cuisine .
Taste Siem Reap - Khmer Fine Dining
Spend the evening sampling mouth-watering dishes at three of Siem Reap's finest restaurants. Travel between the restaurants by private tuk tuk, and enjoy a course at each stop. This is the perfect way to try some of the best cuisine Cambodia has to offer.
Temples of the Forest
This fantastic tour is geared around avoiding the crowds, getting you to Ta Prohm, Ta Nei and Ta Keo at the quietest time of day. Ensconced in jungle, these temples are ideal for adventurous families and couples wanting an Indiana Jones experience!
Temples of the Forest by bike
Cycle through the amazing temples of Angkor, avoiding the crowds and exploring the temples at their best in the morning. A wonderful experience for active couples and energetic families.
Tonle Sap on Ella (private boat)
Experience the Tonle Sap in style! Our wonderful wooden boat, Ella, has been designed from scratch to experience the wildlife and absorb the unique floating villages on the margins of the lake.
Villa Chandara - Experiential Dining
Head to the Cambodian countryside for a gourmet private dining experience surrounded by luminous paddy fields.
Yoga at Angkor
Find balance with a yoga session amidst the peaceful and atmospheric ancient temples of Angkor. A truly magical experience and a once in a lifetime experience.