Amantaka derives its name from the word aman, the Sanskrit word for ‘peace’, and from Tipitaka, meaning ‘the teaching of the Buddha’ in Theravada scholastic literature. The resort is located just south of Mount Phousi in the centre of the picturesque Luang Prabang peninsula. Within walking distance of the many boutiques, bakeries and restaurants along the main street. Amantaka is also close to the banks of the Mekong River and to Luang Prabang’s fabled night market. The resort provides access to the town’s many historic sites including more than 30 golden-spired temples and the former Royal Palace, a classic example of the town’s unique blend of 19th and 20th century French colonial and Lao architectural traditions.
Amantaka offers 24 suites ranging in size from 70 to 120 square metres each. The eight suites each feature a king size bed positioned under a high ceiling. Facilities include a writing desk, table and chairs, chaise lounge and cabinet containing a private bar. The bathroom features twin vanities, a dressing area, shower, toilet, and separate island bathtub. The living and bedroom open onto an outdoor areas shaded by mango trees with lounges and large umbrellas. These amenities are available in all twenty four suites.
In addition to the high ceilings, king sized bed and other amenities offered in all Amantaka suites, the four pool suites also have access to a private pool located just beyond the room’s lounge.
Like the Pool Suites, the Khan Pool Suite features a private pool and outdoor lounge area. The eight Khan Pool Suites also offer a spacious lounge that overlooks the gardens of the central courtyard or a private outdoor area.
The two stand-alone Amantaka Suites are surrounded by large verandas and offer generous living rooms and spacious outdoor areas including a garden, a private relaxation sala and a large pool
Amantaka offers authentic Lao and French-influenced cuisine in a number of dining venues. The Dining Room provides an airy colonial ambience while the Lounge Bar is the perfect spot for relaxing during pre-dinner enjoying a snifter and cigar. The breezy Pool Terrace is a casual dining spot and serves light meals all day. Private dining can be arranged in a choice of secluded locations around the property, as well as in the privacy of guests suites.
Amantaka’s Aman Spa features four self-contained treatment rooms, as well as steam and sauna facilities with hot and cold plunge pools. Treatments range from massages and facials to scrubs and wraps, all using organic products as well as local ingredients used for centuries in Lao therapeutic preparations. Massage oils range from the Champaca blend, mixing the fragrant Southeast Asian champaca flower with pomelo and tangerine essential oils, to the Floral blend featuring frangipani, jasmine, vetiver and patchouli essential oils. Other signature products include the lime and ginger or frangipani and hibiscus bath crystals and salt glow rubs. Amantaka’s Fitness Facility overlooks the resort’s main swimming pool and houses a gymnasium and a yoga studio (offering private classes on request). A private tennis court is situated a short distance from the resort. Tennis partners can be arranged.