Amansara, Siem Reap
The former guest-house of King Sihanouk, this celebrity favourite exudes retro-chic style and Aman’s signature understated luxury. With no gym or television, Amansara offers a tranquil escape and immerses guests in Siem Reap’s peaceful way of life.
The circular main restaurant serves Cambodian-inspired cuisine, with a focus on simple flavours and locally-sourced organic ingredients. Guests can choose to dine either indoors under soaring ceilings or alfresco by the pool, followed by a nightcap at the sleek bar with walk-in wine cellar. Book a unique dining experience at Amansara’s traditional wooden village house nestled amid Angkor’s ancient temples and lush jungle, where you’ll savour Khmer cuisine cooked over charcoal while soaking up peaceful views. For an extra-special celebration, the hotel can arrange a private dinner inside one of the temples with live music and dance performances./p>
Amansara has two swimming pools: a curved slate number for a relaxing dip and a 25-metre lap pool for more serious swimmers. Drawing on traditional Cambodian therapies using soothing organic products, each of the world-class spa’s treatment rooms has a private relaxation area with steam bath and shower, while guests can also join rejuvenating sunrise yoga sessions on the roof terrace. Hop on one of the hotel’s custom-fitted tuk-tuks to explore Angkor’s temples and Tonle Sap Lake’s centuries-old stilted villages – Amansara’s excellent English-speaking guides are renowned for offering the area’s best private tours.
Twenty-four minimalist suites are beautifully decorated in earthy shades with timber finishes. The open-plan Pool Suites feature floor-to-ceiling glass doors, which lead to a private plunge pool and garden courtyard with reflection pond. An elegant bedroom and living area flows into a spacious bathroom with bathtub and twin vanities, while luxury mod-cons include an iHome sound system and iPod dock.