To be honest, after reading some average feedbacks on TP regarding Amantaka, we were really worried and almost wanted to change our plans... Fortunately we haven't cause our recent experience at Amantaka has been one of the most memorable we have been lucky to experience. Sincerely if somebody has something to complain about this amazingly managed property, i'm afraid nothing can make him or her happy or satisfied.
From the beginning until the very end of our stay, everything has exceeded all our expectations. The dream has started right away we left the plane where 3 members of the staff where waiting for us on the tarmac to help us with the immigration and visa on arrival. We just gave all the documents required and visa fee and we have been waiting for 10 minutes only on the VIP room of the small LPQ airport. After this short time, we have been escorted to the car where the baggages were already loaded... Such a luxury not to have to deal with the immigration officer and wait at the baggage claim... So Aman...
Now, let's talk about Amantaka. After a short car drive with all the Aman details (cold towels, car snacks and thousand of smiles), we arrived in front of Amantaka where Gary, the GM, was waiting for us. A perfect welcome by the Amantaka family drove us directly to the Nirvana. A short introduction with all the facilities of this property, a delicious Tamarind Iced tea shared with the GM and it was time to discover our suite... sorry our "home" in Luang Prabang.
We stayed in the huge and massive Amantaka suite 25 with a breathtaking high ceiling. An independent suite in the middle of this old hospital incredibly restored and beautifully designed. Amantaka is full of character and the atmosphere you'll feel is really special. Wherever you'll look, you'll be impressed. Our suite was divided between several spaces: a relaxing living room with day beds where it's so great to read a book; the fantastic bedroom with a four poster bed and on each side an other room (bathtub and make up room on a side and desk area on the other side); a very practical and very large dressing room and on the back the bathroom area with a double shower and for sure two sinks. On the back of this marvelous space is the outside space with a sala with two huge day beds, a charming garden and an excellent pool. No worries, you'll feel quickly like at home and you'll find all the littlest details making of your stay something incredible and only Aman provides.
We're Amanjunkies and have been in several Amanresorts and we can quote this one as one of the most unique. You'll even find the most terrific spa where we had an unforgettable massage. There is even a water pavilion with steam, sauna and a very big jacuzzi you can privatize after treatment and there is even a state-of-the-art fitness center. So this Aman property has all the benefits of what Aman has to offer around the world but with some extras we haven't seen before.
But Amantaka wouldn't be sooooo fabulous without the team managed by the excellent Gary. The Amantaka family is really nice, efficient and always ready to make your time with them so special. They have an eye on everything and will always provide you their best with heart and Laotian people are really really kind and nice, discreet and respectful. Can't even imagine why some people complained cause we received the highest level of service and it has exceeded all our expectations.
Food is remarkable and with reasonable prices. We had a delicious lunch before leaving and the afternoon tea with yummy cakes and great iced teas is a moment not to be missed just like some of the excursions tailored by Amanwhich have not to be missed: we tried a Sunset Cruise on the Mekong and it's a moment we'll remember for lifetime.
We were extremely sad to leave and when we saw about 20 girls and guys of the Amantaka family plus Gary coming to say bye, it was full of emotion confirming Amantaka has changed our life for ever as much as our discover of the incredible town of Luang Prabang. Don't hesitate, Amantaka is one of the best hotel in the world and one of the well managed and you'll hardly leave.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on a large garden estate, Amantaka is housed in graceful French colonial buildings in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang. Airy and elegant throughout, the décor and furnishings reflect the town's French colonial history. Situated just south of Phousi Hill, the resort is within strolling distance of the boutiques, bakeries and restaurants lining the town's main street. The fabled night market, the picturesque banks of the Mekong River and the former Royal Palace are also nearby. ... more less
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