Amantaka, Luang Prabang, Laos
Amantaka is set to redefine the luxury hotel concept in Luang Prabang and is a long awaited addition to the fairly limited luxury hotel options in town. Aman resorts are renowned for their blend of contemporary Asian style, peaceful locations, unassuming refined luxury and their trademark exemplary service and now Amantaka brings this exclusive philosophy to Luang Prabang.
Amantaka derives its meaning from "aman", meaning peace in Sanskrit and "taka", from Tipitaka, meaning "the teaching of the Buddha" in Therevada scholastic literature, a sentiment that perfectly captures the spirit of the resort. Amantaka is located just south of Phousi mountain, a short walk from the many boutiques, bakeries and restaurants of Luang Prabang's main street. The fabled night market is nearby and the peaceful banks of the Mekong and Khan. Luang Prabang's numerous colorful temples are also within walking distance.
The graceful French-colonial buildings that house Amantaka are steeped in history, previously the site was the old provincial hospital before Aman acquired the 32 buildings in 2005, ten of which are protected by UNESCO world heritage status. Now fully restored in line with UNESCO requirements, Amantaka is home to 24 sumptuous and well equipped suites clustered around a central, leafy courtyard. Each of the suites has access to private outside veranda space and some boast Luang Prabang's only private pools. Facilities at the hotel include a yoga studio where private classes can be arranged, a gymnasium with access to a personal trainer, swimming pool and library.
Various options for exploring the area can be organized through the hotel's extensive excursion program, including visits to the nearby waterfalls, trips on the Mekong, cooking courses and village visits. Complimentary airport transfers are included with your stay.
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Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Each morning at dawn in Luang Prabang the local Buddhist monks form a procession around the streets of this charming town, collecting alms of rice and vegetables from the local population.
The Baci ceremony is a mix of Animism and Buddhism. These ceremonies are common to Laos. Their purpose is to call back your own spirits to your body because they sometimes escape.
Kuang Si Falls are thirty kilometers from town. The excursion leaves Luang Prabang in the morning and heads towards Ban Ou by boat.
This is a great opportunity to experience the hard life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities, such as working with Suzuki the water buffalo, in knee-deep muddy rice paddies. Enjoyable and very educational, you will learn about the 13 steps and various methods involved in planting, growing, harvesting and cooking rice.
The day is spent with your guide discovering the magical temples and ancient crafts practiced in this beautiful city in the mountains. Exactly what you choose to do on this day is up to you and can be discussed with your guide.
The Ou River is a tributary of the Mekong and its valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Laos. You will take longtail motor boats to cover the distance through the valley back to Luang Prabang, stopping en-route to visit some of the local hill tribe villages and the holy Pak Ou Caves.