Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Amansara Siem Reap

We loved staying at Amansara. As an Aman Resort, the Amansara Hotel in Siem Reap is a luxurious base for the ruins at Angkor Wat. It was once King Norodom Sihanouk’s guest palace and was built by a French architect in the 60’s as place where the king could accommodate his diplomatic and celebrity guests.

There is a  a bit of history at Amansara. The king’s palace also served for a time as a state guesthouse for the infamous Khmer Rouge. The house car, the king’s original ‘62 Mercedes, is said to have carried Jackie Kennedy while she was there.  The Aman dining room today once was the film screening room for the king and his guests. The restaurant now serves very tasty western style food with a French touch and well-prepared Khmer.

The Suites feature open planning, clean and elegant furniture and can be reserved with a personal plunge pool that’s much appreciated in the tropical weather of Cambodia.

The highlight of staying here is enjoying Amansara’s exclusive temple excursions-you’ll be outfitted with a private guide and Remork (powered pedicab) driver. Starting early in the morning, the expeditions leave for the  temples before the heat of the day and explore until returning to Amansara for lunch around 11-12:00. The afternoon is open for more temple exploration and when welcomed back from a sunset outing by a smiling staff member offering chilled towels, Amansara is a magical place. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm there. Don't tell my wife. Makes me want to read Bangkok Tattoo again.