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
Lovely property but to be charged USD 50 per person for a below average quality lunch has definitely put a big dent into my holiday mood. Food was sent back but the lovely staff did not care whether we liked the food or not. The GM was very friendly and we chatted with her. Never a question as to whether we liked the food, i know she was very busy with tour operators. As a foodie and Aman junkie, I don't have an issue paying for good quality food, but unfortunately this was substandard. Being in a holiday mood, I didn't even check the bill - I just paid. It only dawned on me later that i had been ripped off. USD 242 including service and tax plus USD 17 for a 1 litre pet bottle of water. Wow! I love the Aman Hotels and stay their often, but this put a dent into my respect for the group....
I can’t begin to explain how much we enjoyed every moment of our stay at this hotel. The rooms were beautiful, mid century modern with a private patio and pool. A truly unique and sexy experience. The service was impeccable. We can’t wait to return.
had dinner at the hidden amansara resort. you probably wont find it if youre not looking for it. the place was muted luxury. the service was ok. had a toddler with me, not a very good idea. but hey, the food was delicious. tried their khmer set and another more contemporary one. both are good. but i liked the other set better. price was not cheap.but still worth it.
We enjoyed every minute of our stay at this outstanding hotel: from the first greeting by Madame Astrid until the last wave by three employees when we had to leave. A home away from home, with the most gracious service one could imagine, with unforgettable Khmer food, the best housekeeping ever, interesting background information on the history and on the culture of this amazing destination, and last but not least Astrid‘s great support in solving the issue of proper temple attire in less than 5 minutes!
Another wow. Fabulous hotel, excellent food, thoughtful service and insightful trip planning in an area of the world that can be overwhelming. Just trust them when they suggest bread and fruit at 4:30 a.m. so that you can go at 5 a.m. to see the sunrise at the temple. Honestly, just trust them. They would not suggest that you get up that early unless it really, really made a difference. And it does. Excellent guide. Drivers who look out for you in that intense traffic that is Cambodia's calling card. Could not be more pleased.