Went to Siem Reap end of July 2011 and stayed in Amansara for 4 days, 3 nights... arrived there early evening... there was a speaker in the library/media room who talked for half an hour regarding the history of Cambodia... it was interesting to listen and relaxing way to start my day (although it was too late to do anything else) in Siem Reap/Amansara... briefly met Sally, the General Manager in Amansara (who I also bumped into during my stay in Amantaka)... very nice pleasant lady...
Room was beautiful and modern and I love the set up... I love the little touches like the different fruits they displayed on the fruit basket every day... My mini ref was always stocked with diet coke and ice box was always full.. Room was always clean everytime I come in and out of it... I luv how the bubble bath in the evening is filled with warm water with scented soap/salt. I just couldnt resist diving and relaxing in there especially with my tired feet from walking around the temples! the restaurant was excellent.. the khmer dish i had on the first evening of my arrival was absolutely heavenly... staff are always very warm and friendly and always had a smile!
the spa was probably one of the most modern and awesome looking spa places ive seen... the Teap Bourn massage was amazing! A blind masseuse did an excellent job using a hard technique... boy I feel beaten up but it felt good!! Facial massages were heavenly and standard in all Aman resorts..
Of course, the temple tours were the highlight and main attraction of Siem Reap.. Did a lot of different temple tours with a private tour guide, made my feet tired.. but it was soo worth it.. The tours through the different temples felt very exclusive and private and we rarely met heavy crowds of tourists except when we are finished doing the tours and exiting the temples.
I had afternoon tea at the Khmer house located less than 20 minutes from the Amansara resort which is owned by Aman.. Its a two story wooden house near the outskirts of the city... had such an amazing tasting tea and tasty treats to complement the tea! it was great!!!
did some side tours which catered to my interest including visiting a children's hospital and also an orphanage center... It was amazing and at the same time depressing to see the hospital facility and the number of family/children waiting in the outpatient center area and inside the hospital was mind boggling.. I would like to one day volunteer there... The orphanage center was also amazing and at the same time depressing.. I hear that some of these centers are big scheme in Siem Reap for some crooks to get money from people's donations and give the minimum amount to care for these orphaned kids...
Overall, I had the most excellent time and experience at Siem Reap/Amansara!! They have made my visit to Siem Reap both educational and most memorable with style to boot.. I will definitley visit again one day!!
Oh, the only downside is that this Aman Resort does not have a gym facility.. U can use one of the nearby hotels to work out for daily usage fee of course...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, is situated on the edge of Siem Reap just 10 minutes from the entrance to the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set in a garden compound, the 24-suite luxury Angkor Wat resort has the ambience of a private home and is the ideal base for travellers seeking to explore Khmer culture and the ruins of Angkor. A variety of Cambodia temple excursions and cultural walks is available as part of the guest experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amansara Siem Reap
- Amansara Hotel Siem Reap