The latest luxury property from the highly-respected Aman group is Luang Prabang’s Amantaka. After years of planning, this elegant resort draws on Luang Prabang’s reputation as the last true bastion of Indochinese romance to create a hotel surpassing expectations. Amantaka Luang Prabang was designed and renovated by renowned architect Pascal Trahan, using graceful buildings constructed in the early 1900s. Staying loyal to the traditional style of Lao architecture, Trahan and the Aman group carefully restored the 15 buildings to their original grandeur while incorporating modern luxury features for which the group has become known.
Stepping into the property through the main reception area, guests are greeted by an open-air French colonial mansion surrounded by shady verandas. Beyond the expansive foyer, the building opens out to a leafy courtyard where mango trees, lush foliage and an inviting swimming pool add to the property’s enchanting ambience. Encircling the edge of the courtyard are 24 elegant suites, each entered into through louvered doors. The spacious rooms are bright and airy with high ceilings, exquisite furnishings and a private outdoor sitting area. Pool Suites feature private pools while two special Amantaka Suites have their own exclusive spa treatment rooms as well as individual indoor and outdoor dining areas.
The Amantaka encompasses all of the exceptional elements that the group has built its reputation upon: unparalleled service, gourmet dining and top facilities. The Aman Spa boasts the best treatments and products in the region and the fitness facility includes a tennis court in addition to a yoga studio. Whether enjoying a pre-dinner aperitif and cigar or dining in a secluded spot around the property, Amantaka’s Restaurant promises to be one of the city’s most sought-after tables. The uniquely sculpted Amantaka luxury hotel Luang Prabang offers more than just a place to stay but rather a distinctive lifestyle experience unparalleled by other properties in Laos.
- Aman Spa
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Fitness Center
- Tennis Center
- Boutique & Art Gallery
- The Dining Room- Gourmet Lao and French-influence Cuisine
- Pool Terrace- Casual drinks and light meals
- Lounge Bar- Classic lounge-style place for a drink or cigar
24 Suites, including two Pool Suites and two Amantaka Suites
Amantaka enjoys an ideal location in Luang Prabang, south of Mount Phousi, and a short walk from Luang Prabang’s main boutiques, restaurants and famed temples. The international Luang Prabang airport is approximately a 15 minute drive. An all-suite hotel, the 24 rooms are accessed through the main courtyard and have high ceilings, airy living areas, and a bright and contemporary décor with traditional touches; some also have private plunge pools. A swimming pool, tennis court, gym and yoga studio are on site, as is a library stocked with literature about Laos. The spa offers four treatment rooms, steam and sauna facilities, and hot and cold plunge pools.
Who should go with Luxury Travel?
Classical elegance fills the Settha Palace Hotel. Situated in central Vientiane, this immaculately restored villa is one of the city's only luxury hotels. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, guests will be delighted with the gracious service, timeless charm, and peaceful atmosphere of Settha Palace. Modern amenities such as wireless internet and satellite television blend in seamlessly with the hotel's historic setting.
When to go?
From November to February the weather is cool and dry while March to June sees temperatures soaring in to the high 30s (Celcius). July to October tend to be very rainy, washing out some roads thus making rural areas inaccessible. The Lao are very sociable and if you happen to be in the country during one of their festivals, you are sure to get caught up in the lively atmosphere! Pii Mai, Lao New Year, is in April and the celebrations include parades and water fights. The magnificent That Luang Festival falls in November and thousands of people and monks travel from remote villages to participate in the religious celebration. Several times a year Vientiane has boat racing competitions, where long wooden boats are raced up and down the Mekong River.
Where is it?
Settha Palace is located in the center of Vientiane near the Nam Phu fountain, a few minutes walk from the town's main shopping and dining area. The Wattai International Airport is a ten minute drive from the hotel and the land border with Thailand is just a half hour drive.
What's not to be missed?
Visit the ancient temples of Wat Si Saket and Wat Phra Keow. Climb to the top of Patuxai, Laos' version of the Arc de Triomphe. Learn about Lao textiles at Carol Cassidy silk shop. Wander along the Mekong River. Swim in the beautiful hotel pool.
In keeping the hotel's understated elegance, the Settha Palace's restaurants offer delicious menus in a refined setting. La Belle Epoque Bar and Restaurant is the main dining venue. The bar is open all day, serving wine, beer, and cocktails as well as coffees and other non-alcoholic beverages. The Restaurant showcases classical French cuisine and offers a seasonally-inspired Lao menu, a fantastic opportunity to sample the delicious flavors of the local cuisine. For casual dining, Settha Palace has two options: The Sidewalk Café and Poolside bar which serve light snacks and drinks throughout the day.