Things To Do
The Dining Room is the focal point of the property, with a seven metre ceiling and two shaded pergolas. The Dining Room offers Khmer and Western cuisines featuring the freshest ingredients. Includes a walk-in wine and cheese cellar, along with a casual lounge area serving freshly baked cakes and local delicacies. Alfresco meals can be taken by the pool or gardens.
The Roof Terrace is a seasonal venue for evening drinks and private dinners.
The Khmer Village House is a rustic, private venue within the Angkor Archaeological Park, this traditional wooden house on stilts overlooks Srah Srang, an ancient Khmer royal bathing pool. Signature dishes include nom ben chok - delicious fresh noodles with chopped herbs, salad and green curry, cooked over a charcoal clay stove by a local chef. Exclusively for Amansara guests, the Village House serves breakfasts, lunches and candlelit dinners, and is also available for cooking classes.
The library houses a comprehensive collection of books on Angkor and Khmer history, along with coffee-table books, travel guides, novels, magazines, newspapers and board games. The library also hosts regular archaeology and history lectures, cultural performances and exhibitions showcasing local artists.
The boutique offers a selection of objets d'art from Cambodia and the Indochina region, along with locally-made, handwoven silks, lacquerware, wood sculptures and jewelry. The boutique also includes sustainable products created by organisations aiming to help the community.
Amansara has two swimming pools; one is a curved, 17-metre central pool that is overlooked by a cushioned alcove and surrounded by loungers. In addition, a 25-metre lap pool lies hidden behind the gardens.
The spa overlooks a reflection pond set against a 43-metre sandstone relief. Each of the four treatment rooms has an attached relaxation area with a private steam bath and shower. Treatments use Cambodian techniques and all-natural Aman Spa products. An in-house yoga teacher hosts sessions in the contemplation room.
Activities and Excursions
To explore Angkor and beyond, personalized itineraries are prepared for each guest, with suggestions for daily outings combining temple excursions with cultural activities. Guests are provided with knowledgeable, Aman-trained guides and private transportation - by remork for excursions to Angkor Park, and by vintage Jeep or air-conditioned car for trips into the countryside or further afield. Schedules are organized to avoid the crowds and the midday heat, for capturing the at its finest on camera. Daily excursions include sunrise at Angkor Wat, the jungle temple of Ta Prohm, the stone faces of Bayon temple, the pre-Angkorian temples of Roluos, and Banteay Srei. Helicopter flights can be arranged for visiting remoter sties, such as Preah Vihear and Banteay Chhmar. Other temples, such as Beng Mealea and Koh Ker, lie within a 90-minute drive from Amansara; each can be visited on a full day's excursion.
Amansara regularly invites scholars to conduct informal lectures and excursions to special places of interest. Aimed at deepening guests' knowledge and experience, these sessions focus on a range of subjects, including history, archaeology, architecture, satellite imagery, dance, culture and traditional music.
Siem Reap is easily navigated and guests can use mountain and town bicycles to explore the town and nearby villages. Cycle along the river road, taking in the old French quarter, 18th-century pagodas and the bustling old market area, or head out into the picturesque countryside along palm-lined paths, past temple ruins and rice paddies.
Explore Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake, Tonle Sap, aboard one of Amansara's wooden motorboats, Amanbala I and II. Observe daily life at the lake's village - stilted or floating, depending on the season - and the rich and varied plant, fish and bird life that make this Unesco-protected biosphere reserve one of the world's most valuable ecosystems.