What We Love
- Sunrise yoga sessions among the ruins
- Afternoon tea served every day between 3 and 5
- Angkor Wat tours led by English speaking guides who ferry guests in tuk-tuks
What To Know
- Royalty alert: this hotel was once the guest residence of Cambodian King Sihanouk
- Price includes half-board (breakfast and lunch or dinner), temple tours, airport transfers, laundry services, and in-room mini-bars
- There are two pools, while each pool suite has an additional private pool
An iron gate gives way to a secluded complex, one that feels worthy of guests of royalty (this was, after all, once the guest house of a king). Inside, the aesthetic is classic, minimalist Aman. There’s sandstone reliefs depicting the temples of Angkor Wat, the occasional vase of flowers, plenty of notes from nature like dark wood and terrazzo—and little else. Though the result is tranquil and laid-back, the service (there’s five staff members for every guest) doesn’t miss a beat.
You’ll find a perfect balance of style and substance in each of the 24 open-plan suites, with combined sleeping and living areas and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The courtyard suites have secluded gardens with reflecting ponds and sun loungers — though, with the Cambodian heat, it might be worth booking a pool suite to cool off as fast as possible. Inside, it’s all clean lines and elegant furniture, but not too much of either: a wide bed, free-standing bathtub, and free mini-bar go a long way.
Jacqueline Kennedy, Peter O’Toole, and Angelina Jolie all found solace within the grounds of the estate—perhaps owing to its winning combination of seclusion (slightly away from the main streets and nighttime noise) and location (it’s just five minutes from the gates of Angkor Wat). Even Amansara’s restaurant, with its fabulously soaring ceilings and market-driven menu, seems designed to enable guests to eschew the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap. The spa, with its locally inspired treatments that use Cambodian clay, herbs, and rice, begs for repeat visits.
Nearly 99% of all visitors to Siem Reap come for Angkor Wat, where they spend up to a week touring the temple’s astounding Khmer ruins. But the city itself, bursting with restaurants and bars, is also worth exploring – a great option for international tourists looking to let loose after hours of sightseeing. You’ll find the action along the main strip, Pub Street, as well as at the Old Market, which operates during the day as well as at night.
How to Get There
We planned a very last minute trip to Siem Reap to avoid smoke in Chiang Mais. This turned out to be the absolute highlight of our SE Asia journey. The fact that there was an Aman property there confirmed that this was a correct destination for us.
Amansara is sited in the amazing understated buildings that used to host King Sihanouk’s high end guests. Indeed the staff there makes you feel like you may still be guests of the King. No request went unmet and every response and action was handled seamlessly. This ran from the arrangements to be taken off property to the bookings at the spa to the willingness of the kitchen to make anything we asked for and make it perfectly.
Angkor Wat is breathtaking and the city life in town is Bangkok of forty years ago. Everyone was gracious and courteous and the Khmer cuisine is excellent.
The hotel picks you up in the King’s old 60’s Mercedes limo and back in time you go. The hotel is serene and although you must venture out to see the grace of Cambodia this jewel quickly becomes your private sanctuary.
This hotel is very special. The staff are all gracious and accommodating. The attention to detail of the lovely French General Manager is met and carried out by everyone there.
We will be back and it won’t be soon enough.
We stayed for 2 nights and it was our first experience with an Aman. I decided to spend the extra money as we were wanting to enjoy Angkor Wat and Siem Reap beyond just a nice hotel. The excursions we took were very nice. But the resort had very little to offer......especially for the money. No gym. Very limited spa menu. Limited dining options. I wonder if it was just our experience but can’t say I’ll spend the money for an Aman again if this is all you get for such a huge cost.
Typing this review at the end of our stay in Siem Reap Cambodia.
Imagine sitting poolside on a beautiful morning listening to some wonderfully soulful Cambodian music coming from the park across the street while eating a delicious bowl of num bahn chok! Heaven! I’m here right now...
Once again our stay at an Aman Hotel exceeds our expectations. My wife and I travel extensively on our journey to 100 countries together...with Cambodia being number 75 on our 30th anniversary. We always stay at luxury hotels...typically small and intimate. I can honestly say that the seven Aman Properties we have stayed at all rank in our top 10 hotels.
And Amansara now joins that list!
The Amansara property location is ideal for visits to Angkor Wat and other archeological sites in the area. This property is far better than any of the other hotels in the city. The property is very quiet offering very large soundproof private rooms and public areas in the heart of a very fun and busy city.
The guided service to Angkor Wat is well worth the price. Our fantastic guide for four days spoke and understood English well. And just as importantly his expertise, training, enthusiasm and honesty for his country’s history is contagious.
Transportation is truly unique. Picked up at the airport and efficiently ushered through immigration and customs only to have a vintage 1931 Mercedes limousine that once belonged to the king drive us to the hotel was a nice start. We have subsequently been given transport in a classic military jeep, a “tuk tuk”, and a brand new air conditioned luxury SUV for our longer excursions. All professionally and courteously driven.
Food? Always great and served in your choice of a wonderful restaurant, outside by the pool, or in a picnic basket for trips to the archeological sites. Both typical western fare and traditional Khmer fare are offered, vary day-to-day, and never failed to please. And the wonderfully customized 30th anniversary desert was really as they say “icing on the cake”.
But the biggest differentiator of Aman hotels to me has always been the “staff”. I hate to use the words “staff” and “service” when describing Aman hotels. From the moment we were greeted at the Siem Reap airport we were referred to as “bong Eric” and “bong Kimberly”...an affectionate Khmer term meaning brother and also generally applied to a woman meaning sister. You truly feel as if you are part of a large family. And in these days of employee exploitation it is wonderful to see the full Aman staff being treated with love and respect as full peers in a close family. Everybody from security to the general manager at Amansara great you and themselves with happiness and care that again is truly contagious. Guests become more interactive with each other as your Aman family grows. We have met many people at Aman properties over the years that we continue to interact with after we left and have found even more friends during this stay at Amansara.
Aman...thank you for sharing your Siem Reap property and family. It truly made our stay in Cambodia something we will always cherish!
Eric and Kimberly Melvin