For anyone lucky enough to stay at the all-suite Amantaka in central Luang Prabang, they’ll find a luxury Laos resort that embodies the best of both its surrounding local influences and the contemporary comforts of a modern hotel, with 100 years of history to boot.
Amantaka’s fantastic location – within touching distance of the Mekong River, highlights of ancient Luang Prabang and the wider province – is owed to its former life, as an important French government building-come-medical centre during colonial times. Today, however, the prestigious Aman Hotel Group have turned this property into a top boutique Laos hotel that could not be further from its less exotic past.
Take the suites at Amantaka for example. Beautifully adorned in a fusion of antique-style touches such as vintage rolltop bathtubs and traditional ornaments, yet also four-poster beds, Bose speakers, iPod docking stations and a distinctly minimalist design as standard. Many of them feature their own immaculate swimming pool and private courtyard or terrace, though all feel fresh, clean and extremely enticing; just what you need if visiting in the height of summer.
The story will continue throughout your stay, as the Amantaka hotel maintains a typical colonial-era architectural style of squared white walls, tall windows and terracotta tiles common in this region of Laos. Yet within the hotel there lies a tropical Luang Prabang retreat, preened gardens, a huge central swimming pool and sun patio, two restaurants, a gym and spa offering the full range of relaxation treatments, plus a soothing spa pool and steam room to round it all off. Add charming service, locally sourced produce filling a seasonal menu of lip-smacking Laotian cuisine and even complimentary bicycles to explore the best of the UNESCO-listed old town, for a winning combination at Amantaka, one of Luang Prabang’s finest resorts.