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.
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Obviously, it's hard to say that the high price ($1400) is "worth it" for a hotel.
That said, this was indeed the most amazing hotel experience we've had, and as one-of for our honeymoon, it was a memory to cherish.
The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, and the trip we took was great too, as was the spa.
The only thing we would have improved on, and that might have been an issue if we stayed more nights, was the food. The selection was a bit limited (esp for lunch and breakfast), and was only "good", not amazing.
My wife and I traveled from California to Siem Reap as part of our 10 year anniversary celebration. Staying at the amazing Amansara from Aman Resorts was worth the investment both my wife and I agreed. From the moment of being picked up at the airport and whisked away to our awaiting room, everything was luxuriant and efficient. Each team member at the hotel has authentic care for the guest and will do anything to ensure you are happy. From the lovely female restaurant manager from Paris, to the chef from San Francisco, to the heart and soul of the place which is its everyday staff- this hotel is old world luxury with all the modern comforts. The GM Astrid Killian is hands on and runs a fantastic operation.
This hotel is worth the price and is a much more authentic stay then the newer band name hotels that have recently popped up in town.
Thank you to everyone that helped make our stay during our special anniversary so remarkable.
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.