Absolutely Amantaka: Luang Prabang
// April 2, 2010
// Posted in Adventure, Asia, Family, Honeymoon, Katie Losey
Regarded a UNESCO World Cultural site and considered “the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia,” Luang Prabang has a network of planners and architects that are working hard to keep it that way. Unlike most uncovered gems, developments are occurring very thoughtfully here and we believe one property in particular deserves special recognition: Amantaka.
Keeping with the serene air that Luang Prabang evokes, the Amantaka’s understated elegance fits in seamlessly with its surroundings. Set on a garden estate just south of Mt. Phousi, French colonial buildings that were once a hospital now house the Amantaka’s 24 suites. Although rooms are exceptionally large, Amantaka’s attention to detail is what makes a lasting impression: rooms are redolent with the sweet smell of lemongrass, walkways are gently lit by glowing lanterns after sunset, and the impeccably gracious staff makes guests feel truly welcome.
All of Luang Prabang’s major attractions are within easy walking distance. Striking temples marked by orange-clad monks going about their day and winding streets dotted with charming shops are a leisurely stroll away. And if you would like to venture a bit further, our Wild Beauty of Laos itinerary includes a visit to see the monks in their morning meal procession, a boat ride up the Mekong River to the holy caves of Pak Ou, and an adventurous visit to take a dip in the pools of the Khouangsi Falls. Contact us for more details on this trip or to discuss a customized itinerary that includes Laos and the Amantaka with one of our travel specialists.