“Located in Siem Reap's historic French Quarter it is just a ten minute tuk-tuk ride from the wonders of Angkor Wat. The former guesthouse of King Sihanouk it has hosted many a famed dignitary and in more recent years, plenty of famous faces. Modern, spacious rooms are a design dream. Amansara's chic architecture and design perfectly compliments the history and majesty of its location. A contemporary take on Indochinese style rooms are light, bright and open-plan featuring floor to ceiling glass doors leading out onto tranquil private patios with water features. All are fabulous but if you really want to indulge yourself, opt for a pool suite. The whole property, which has all the trimmings of a self contained resort and all the zen of a wellness spa, is a luxurious sanctuary, set back from the bustle of Siem Reap's town. There is a coveted library, lavish spa providing traditional Cambodian therapies (you really could spend the whole day there) plus two pools and charming additions such as the traditional Khmer House, where guests can enjoy an evening of private dining overlooking the royal bathing pond of Srah Srang. The roof terrace combines atmospheric lounging in the evenings and nourishment for the soul, sunrise yoga sessions in the morning. A compulsory half board plus activities package is added on to the room rate. This in fact adds to the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel, meaning you can remain recumbent by the pool ordering as many drinks as you like, go on plenty of excursions without having to worry about bitter sweet hotel bills at the end of your stay. For many Aman lovers, it is the hotel not the location that is the destination. ”
Amansara was originally built in 1962 as a guesthouse for visitors of King Sihanouk, and as such many famous dignitaries once graced the building, including Jackie Onassis and Charles de Gaulle. Today, after another life as a military base in the 1980s, it is a 24-suite garden compound that serves as both a tranquil escape and a base from which to see the historic city of Siem Reap and of course, Angkor.
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)