Amansara in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Home to the majestic Angkor Wat temples, Siem Reap is the cultural capital of Cambodia. When staying here, it is only fitting to choose a sanctuary as stylish and serene as the temples themselves. At Amansara, the intimacy of just 24 suites --many with their own private pools-- is paired with superb service and an uncompromising dedication to design. Formerly the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, this exquisite private garden compound offers the inviting ambiance of a gracious home, where fellow guests socialize like old friends in the Dining Room or at the pools.
Just minutes from the entrance to the Angkor Wat temple complex, you will spend your days exploring this ancient architectural wonder. Stroll the tranquil perimeter of Angkor Wat, marvel at the mystery of the faces of the Bayon, and swoon over the intricacies of Banteay Srei. And for the experience of a lifetime, take a helicopter flight to the Thai border temple of Preah Vihar. After a day of walking around temples, there is no better way to unwind than at the spa, beginning with an Amansara foot cooler.
Location of Amansara
Nearest Airport: REP
Amenities for Amansara
- General Information
- 12 Guest Rooms
- Private Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Historic Sites
- Culture & Arts
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Amansara
We spent four nights here with the view of relaxing, experiencing just a little of Cambodia and seeing the headline Temples. Having not stayed at an Aman resort before we were referred to the group by a trusted advisor. With busy jobs had not really researched the temples too much. Upon arrival we were provided with a great itinerary (fully flexible); where they had taken the thinking out of the trip. Off to a good start. Service was 10/10 (let's be honest I expected 10/10 given the $ but actually received 12/10) ! Food was healthy, delicious and local with as many options for the less adventurous. The room and hotel were immaculate and lived up to our already high expectations. We will seek out other Aman resorts. Tips to make the most of the stay: - Be ready to get up very early every day to beat the Chinese tourists. - Relax; the guides are amazing and proud (And poor so please tip generously) - Take a good camera; this is not a trip to rip off shots on your iPhone. - Go in April / May; it's very hot but reasonably quiet which means you don't have to battle other tourists. - Take sturdy shoes and a small backpack.
Nick C - Sydney, Australia
First time to stay at an Aman hotel, and whilst I know there are Aman junkies, I didn't really understand what made it so special before. Upon arriving the hotel, I thought nice hotel, nice room - but certainly not that different to other hotels we have stayed at. Over the next four days, we learn that what makes an Aman resort so special, is not just about the place you are staying, but about the service in ensuring that your trip is not just a weekend away, but one of the most memorable ones. I was concerned that Siem Reap was going to be a disappointment as I have heard how there are now thousands of tourists a day at each temple, and so this would detract from the wonder of Angkor Wat and the other sites. However, Danny, our guide was unbelievable. He made our trip. He has been with the hotel working as a guide for 15 years and so knew where to start the visits at the temples and where to go, so that most of the time it was just us - assuming you are willing to get up early enough that is! We did a bicycle tour organised by the hotel, with Danny as our guide - and this was truly beautiful. We asked twice if we should really do it, as it was hot and we didn't know what we would be seeing, having seen a lot of people cycle on the main roads, but both Danny and Astrid, the General Manager, told us we should stick to it. We did, and it was one of the highlights of the trip. We did a 2 hours cycle, through a bit of jungle and then through Cambodias countryside, we had a real insight to what Cambodia's heart is about. However, in Aman style, we had the Aman car follow us, and the bike company van which had an extra bike in case anything were to go wrong. We would see them at various intersections every 35 - 45 mins for water break / cold towel breaks and to see if wanted to go further or stop. It proved to be handy as I did indeed get a puncture, but luckily they were there at hand to give me a new bike! You come across this abandoned temple in the middle of the forest with no one else there - truly a must! The Aman boat excursion on the lake is also a delight! We did it at sunset, and as it was not monsoon season, we were able to go through the floating houses and see what daily life is like for them. The Aman boat is gorgeous, but to go through the floating villages, they transfer you to another boat for half an hour, and you return back to Aman boat for cocktails and sunset - another highlight. The hotel surpassed expectations entirely, and I know understand why there are "Aman junkies". Thank you to Astrid and team for making the stay unbelievable.
0singaporegirl - Singapore, Singapore
Our stay at Amansara was perfect. I cannot think of one negative or even constructive comment. We will remember our 5 days as one of the best trips we have ever taken. The highlight of the perfection were the tours and in particular our guide, Kim. As other reviewers have mentioned, Amansara goes to great lengths to give the best tour experience possible. Kim took us into temples via paths that were the least traveled and at times geared for us to arrive before the tour buses. At Angkor Wat, we went in a back way and were inside the temple when everyone was in front waiting for the sunrise. We then came out front to see the sunrise at the exact right moment. My husband, due to a head injury has some challenges with balance. Kim was always there to give him a hand or make arrangements so he could go a slightly different way with the driver and meet Kim and I. I would encourage anyone thinking of visiting to stay at least 3 days. There is so much to stay-even after 5 days we could have stayed longer. This was our first stay at an Aman and I was worried that the hotel would be stuffy given the price. The staff is accessible, friendly, warm and attentive. We did feel completely at home which is the unabashed goal of the hotel. One of the highlights for me was that upon arrival we were handed a thoughtfully prepared itinerary. What a joy to not have to think! Of course if we wanted to change anything, we could. But we found no need to. We were told where to be and when as well as when our breakfast would be served even when we left at 5 am!! Ever detail thought of but in a quiet way. I hope every Aman is like this...we are hooked!!!
We spent 3 nights at Amansara, and we loved every relaxing moment. We definitely hated to leave; this is one of the most lovely places we have stayed. Top notch service-at every turn the staff was available to make your stay perfect, yet they were completely unobtrusive. So friendly. Attentive. The property is the perfect small secluded getaway -we felt spoiled and made every attempt to spend as much time at the hotel (yes, we asked our tour guide to drop us back so we could chill by the secluded pool in the back of our suite instead of staying longer at the temples). Coffee and croissants at 5AM before a morning out? yes...return for a delicious breakfast. Our stay included breakfast and dinner; the meals were delicious and we definitely enjoyed the Khmer cuisine-delicious. We loved the layout of the room, the comfy bed (so quiet at night too for excellent sleep), amazing rain shower with a view of the pool, the tub readied for a hot bath at the end of a busy afternoon complete with floating lotus flowers. Love that you could put your phone on the iHome to enjoy music through the speaker system. And what a nice surprise to return the first afternoon to find the pool all set up with a comfy lounger bed, pillows, and umbrella. Did I say we hated to leave? Complimentary soft drinks and delicious afternoon cookies; Iced coffee brought to your room?---yes! So many little details. We splurged to enjoy the private dinner at the house off-property; hard to believe a 4 course dinner can be prepared over 3 little charcoal fires, but it was the best meal we had! Ambiance. Relaxing music. the only thing we missed was a spectacular sunset (we will have to go back I guess!). Don't miss the spa. best massage... Thank you Astrid and all the staff for a most memorable time. I think we might become "aman-junkies"...
allygirl60 - Rochester, Minnesota
Okay, so the guide was amazing. Ankor at sunrise was breathtaking. The dinners were spectacular, the chef is their ace in the hole. The Cambodian staff fantastic and professional, BUT for $2700.00 that's where the compliments stop. There was a family there that brought their own pool toys!! Yes blow up plastic toys and another couple that played loud opera at the pool. We took a short dip and that was it. Oh, and had to ask for a pool menu and order inside!! Really, for that kind of money...the antique cars, Tuk Tim, and boat were amazing and the help first class. The room is a cold white box and the bed and pillows looked good but Penninsula and Four Seasons has Aman beat on comfort. It was our first venture into Aman and our last. We had friends, world travelers at Raffles and they loved it. Very disappointed.
Wrldtvler1 - Woodbridge, Connecticut