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Situated in Siem Reap, the cultural capital of Cambodia, just 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, Amansara was once the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk. Today the walled garden compound serves as a tranquil 24-suite Angkor Wat luxury resort with the ambience of a gracious home.

Amansara derives its name from the twinning of the words ‘aman’ (Sanskrit for ‘peace’) and ‘apsara’, the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu texts. The apsaras, it is said, emerged from the primordial churning of the oceans with the power not only to change their form at will, but also to bestow luck on those they favored. So all-embracing was their influence on Cambodian mythology and its numerous expressions, that delicate apsara bas-reliefs decorate practically every Angkor temple.

Once known as Villa Princière or Villa Apsara, this former royal retreat was built by French architect, Laurent Mondet, in 1962 for King Sihanouk to accommodate visitors unable to stay at the royal residence nearby. Quintessentially 60's in character, it featured cool, low-slung chalets spaced around an irregular-shaped swimming pool and a shady lawn.

Dignitaries like former French President Charles de Gaulle, Jacqueline Kennedy, former Yugoslavian President Josep Broz Tito and actor Peter O’Toole (who stayed here while filming Lord Jim) graced this architectural gem in its heyday. In 1965, Prince Sihanouk handed over Villa Princière to the Ministry of Tourism and it was turned into an exclusive, four-suite hotel. With the advent of the Khmer Rouge in 1975, the villa was officially closed as a hotel, although it continued to serve as a state guesthouse. Occupied by the military during the 1980s, it was later converted to a 12-suite layout and reopened as Villa Apsara in 1992. Amanresorts acquired the property in 2002 and meticulously reconstructed it drawing on old photographs and local knowledge. Amansara opened in December 2002. In 2006, 12 new pool suites, a lap pool and a spa were added, transforming it into an award winning luxury Angkor Wat hotel.

Room Information

Amansara's 24 open-plan suites are similar in design, with terrazzo and dark timber finishes creating a monochrome palette, and sandstone reliefs referencing those of nearby temples. All enjoy a private outdoor area, a king-size or twin bed, a sofa and a writing desk, a light-filled bathroom containing twin vanities and a freestanding bathtub.

All suites include amenities listed above and a small private courtyard.

Courtyard Suites
Includes amenities listed above, a large private courtyard with a daybed, seating and a reflection pond, and a seamless flow of indoor and outdoor spaces.

Pool Suites
Includes all amenities listed above, a large private courtyard with a 25mm plunge pool, outdoor seating and a daybed, and a seamless flow of indoor and outdoor spaces.

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.

Other Facilities
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. 



Siem Reap, Cambodia



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Price Guide

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Price per person, per night.