Aman for all seasons

Amansara

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia

At a Glance

  • 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 customized remorks

  • Gourmet Western and Khmer cuisine with half board included daily

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

Cambodia is hot all year round and the best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from November to April. It starts to get wetter in May and the wettest months are September and October. It is still possible to visit during this time as rain usually falls as short sharp storms. November is a fantastic month to visit Cambodia as it is very green after the rainy season and the lakes and rivers are full of water.

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Insider's View

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.

I had a 'water blessing' by a local monk in his monastery - a totally unique experience!

You must try the brownies they bring out after 11 - the best you'll ever have!

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Amansara or take a look at our itineraries to Siem Reap

Description

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.

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 specializes in Khmer favorites 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 specializing in traditional Cambodian massage and beauty techniques is a must.

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Accommodation

Amansara's 12 Suites and 12 Pool Suites have a similar setting and are sumptuously designed with open spaces, plenty of natural light and terrazzo and timber throughout. Each has a private outdoor courtyard, an open plan sleeping and living area with sofa, dining table and chairs. The bathrooms have beautiful floor to ceiling glass doors which open onto a light filled garden. All suites are air-conditioned with ceiling fans, music systems and wireless internet. In the courtyards, the Pool Suites have a private pool measuring 6m x 5m. Included in your stay is breakfast and a choice of lunch or dinner daily, non-alcoholic beverages, laundry and house outings once a day with an English-speaking guide and driver.

Childcare

Children are treated extremely well at Amansara who provide cots and welcome packs for babies and can tailor the daily excursions to suit families with children. Children are welcome in the main dining room and special meals can be prepared. Highchairs are available as are nannies or babysitters (but please give plenty of notice).

Facilities

Amansara's circular dining room with 7-meter ceiling is the focal point for the hotel and serves fabulous Khmer and Western dishes with the freshest if ingredients. There is a walk-in wine and cheese cellar and casual lounging area but guests can also dine by the poolside or in their suite. Amansara has two lovely pools - one curved slate pool surrounded with comfy sun loungers and one lap pool for exercise. There is also a library with books, CDs and board games, a gallery, a wonderful roof terrace perfect for meals, drinks and retreating peacefully in the shade. Amansara's spa has four treatment rooms, each with a separate relaxation area and private steam bath and shower and here soothing massage and beauty treatments using Cambodian techniques and Aman's own natural spa product range can be enjoyed.

Activities

Excursions once a day with a private guide and driver (in a motorized trishaw) are included in your stay at Amansara and these focus on the local point of interest within the Angkor complex. In addition you may like to explore the fishing villages of Tonle Sap, deeper into the countryside or explore independently by a bicycle. The hotel organizes cooking classes or even take a helicopter tour.

Reviews

5

Cordelia Nicholls (Staff)

Classic Aman hotel - lots of space and amazing service, charming staff who think of things before you even have! The rooms are simple but beautifully designed and so spacious and there is a lot of history to the hotel, which is well worth asking the staff about. The food is fantastic and you'll be spoiled with pre- and post-temple visit breakfasts.

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Jack Mace (Staff)

Just 24 suites make up this fantastic property near the heart of this historic town. Its because of this small size why theres a really lovely, friendly feel to the place. As with any Aman the service is perfect, theres always a smiling face on hand to offer you drinks & refreshments and to make sure you are relaxed as possible the exact thing you need after a long day climbing the temples! Even though you are in the town it doesnt feel like this (like some of the nearby properties). Its quiet & peaceful and when you are there its hard not to properly zone-out by the pool. The suites are lovely as well, beautifully decorated & well equipped they make a fine place to spend a few evenings. Also, as its on the resort is smaller end of the scale you are never more than a minute away from ones of the two pools if you need cooling down. A great property that I loved!

5

Sophie Jones (Staff)

My experience at Amansara was beyond incredible. Of course the food was fantastic, the rooms stunning, the spa brilliant and overall great design of the hotel. However what really stood out was the service which was unbelievable. The staff here are charming and friendly and have narrowed it down to a fine art how attentive to be. Also passing comments between staff and guests are picked up in an instant so that you never have to ask or question anything twice even when speaking to a different member of staff - it really is an incredibly luxurious well oiled machine that works perfectly.

5

Evi-Elli La Valle (Staff)

What I love about Amansara is that they really focus on the local Khmer culture and regularly invite local and visiting scholars to give talks on anything from history and architecture to dance and art. The talks are usually in the early evening and very informal. When I was there, I was lucky enough to go to a fascinating talk on Cambodian traditional dance, followed by a beautiful demonstration. I then sat down for traditional Khmer set dinner (all included in the price) and this was the best meal I had in the entire two weeks that I was in Cambodia. It was a great meal of local dishes, simple and home-cooked but so, so tasty. The Amok (local specialty of fish cooked in banana leaves) was amazing, I wish I could re-create it at home!

Offers

Amansara, Cambodia - Special O

Enjoy special packages when you book your stay at Amansara, Cambodia before 31st March 2021.
Please speak to one of our specialists for more information. Blackout dates apply. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Book from 23 October 2019 to 31 March 2021
Travel from 23 October 2019 to 31 March 2021
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Experiences

  • 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 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 favorite 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 colorful 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.

  • Charitable Cambodia

    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 favorite 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.

  • Small Circuit Full Day Tour

    Ideal for those with a deeper interest in the temples of Angkor. Start the day at sunrise with a transfer to the picturesque Ta Prohm.

  • 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, traveling 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.

Vacation Ideas

  • Cambodia in Style

    Siem Reap & the Koh Rong Archipelago

    from $9300 pp 10 nights

    • Song Saa is the ultimate luxury hideaway, located on two tiny islands in the Koh Rong Archipelago off Cambodia's coast.
    • Our specialist guides ensure that you get to each temple and ruin at the least busy time, so you can enjoy the tranquillity of the surroundings without the crowds.
    • Siem Reap is the gateway to the Angkor Archaeological Park, home to the world-famous Angkor Wat.
  • Indochina in Ultimate Luxury

    Siem Reap, Luang Prabang, Hanoi, Hoi An, Vinh Hy Bay

    from $12700 pp 15 nights

    • Aman Resorts' guides are the best you can find - they will bring each of the destinations to life
    • Take one day in Siem Reap to journey further afield with your guide - you'll discover temples in the jungle, away from the crowds
    • In Luang Prabang, make sure you get up early to watch the locals offer alms to the monks, who line the streets in their symbolic orange robes, on their way to morning prayer. Please ask your guide or hotel staff for further advice on how to dress and act appropriately.
  • Southeast Asia by Aman

    Luang Prabang, Siem Reap & Phuket

    from $14900 pp 10 nights

    • This is a wonderful combination of three very different destinations, providing you with a fantastic mix of culture, adventure and relaxation, whilst staying in absolute luxury at the Aman hotels.
    • Both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Luang Prabang and Siem Reap are bursting with culture and adventure waiting to be explored...
    • Formerly the guesthouse of King Sihanouk, Amansara is "the" place to stay in this enchanting town and with only 24 Suites it boasts the intimacy of a private home

Notes

Resort Closure for Renovation 15 June- 15 August 2019

Amansara will be fully closed for a complete renovation from 15 June - 31 July 2019.

Location & directions

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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.

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