Some hotels, like some people, have an innate sense of style. When coupled with grace and charm, it’s not just engaging and appealing but uplifting. And, of course, rare.
Amansara is the perfect example of such a gem. Set in the heart of bustling Siem Reap with its ever-increasing catalogue of hotels lining the boulevards into the city, Aman offers visitors a tranquil haven, a nest of calm. The building was originally the former royal guest house where the good and the great who visited the kingdom would have stayed while touring the ruins of Angkor and enjoying the sophisticated and gracious Cambodian hospitality. Today, as in days gone by, anyone staying here will not only be treated like royalty but will also enjoy the subtly attentive service for which Aman is so famous.
Although almost everyone visiting Siem Reap is likely to be here to explore the temples of the kingdom of Angkor, a stay at Amansara will appeal to architecture and design aficionados as well since the structure was built as part of a modernist movement in Cambodia.
Aman has restored the building beautifully, and it retains a fabulous modernist style not dissimilar to that of Geoffrey Bawa’s Sri Lankan structures. The layout of the hotel flows beautifully: the suites on the perimeter of the grounds have cloister-like verandas, immaculate lawns and two pools providing cool respite. For those wishing to find out more, the history of the building is documented in a lovely photographic memoir available to peruse in the hotel’s library.
It’s rare to visit a hotel and pass a few days without any glitch or even just a mild annoyance, but that’s what happened while I was here. Simply put, my stay at Amansara was divine. Read on.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Dining Experience
- Traditional noodle breakfast at Khmer Village House, once per stay
- VIP welcome
- Bottle of wine upon arrival
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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