Utterly in tune with the seductively slow pace of Luang Prabang, Amantaka rests at the foot of sacred Mount Phousi amid the golden spired wats and quaint lanes of this charming Unesco World Heritage Site.
A stroll from the banks of the mighty Mekong, the resort is set on an historic garden estate with a shimmering pool and serene Aman Spa. High wooden ceilings, four-poster beds and private verandas or courtyards contribute to the airy colonial feel of the 24 Suites.
Explore the mighty Mekong River on one of Amantaka’s private boats, cruising to Pak Ou Caves or finding the perfect spot for a riverside picnic upstream. Authentic Lao cuisine with a French influence places firm focus on the seasonal produce grown directly on the resort’s organic farm.
Join monks in chanting and meditation, enjoy ancient healing rituals and experience the beauty and simplicity of the Buddhist way of life with a three-night, half-board stay.
A sense of peace pervades Amantaka’s elegant Suites, set between the picturesque banks of the Mekong and Khan Rivers in the heart of Luang Prabang, Laos.
Amantaka’s 71 square metre (107 square feet) Suites all open onto large terraces shaded by mango trees. Their tranquil outdoor areas lead indoors, for seamless indoor-outdoor living, where guests remain close to nature throughout their stay.
Entered via a courtyard, high ceilings encourage natural light, and the spacious living area is ideal for couples seeking a place to retreat. The bedroom has a king-sized four poster bed for a touch of grandeur, while the bathroom offers an island bathtub, twin vanities, dressing room and separate shower and toilet.
Amantaka’s elegantly appointed Pool Suites offer 71 square metres (107 square feet) of seamless open-plan living space, with a private outdoor plunge pool and spacious seating in a garden courtyard.
Drawing on the region’s Buddhist heritage, the suites exude a tranquil feel, which ensures guests feel close to nature. An elegant bedroom with king-sized four-poster bed flows into a living area and light-filled bathroom with island bathtub, twin vanities, dressing room and separate shower and toilet.
Khan Pool Suite
Amantaka’s Khan Pool Suites offer 75 square metres (807 square feet) of interior space for guests to relax and reset, alongside an expansive exterior terrace with private pool and lounge area to encourage outdoor living.
Elegantly designed in a natural colour palette, the suites are light, bright and airy, fostering a sense of calm with a king-sized four-posted bed ensuring a restful night’s sleep.
The living area features large windows to flood the room with light, and the bathroom offers an island bathtub, twin vanities, dressing room and separate shower and toilet.
Mekong Pool Suite
Fostering a peaceful atmosphere, Amantaka’s Mekong Pool Suites afford guests 102 square metres (1098 square feet) of interior space, accompanied by a large private outdoor pool and relaxation area.
Entered via a courtyard, the suites bring nature in, with high ceilings encouraging natural light, and a spacious living area with a writing desk, ideal for guests seeking space to reset.
The bedroom has a king-sized four-poster bed for a touch of grandeur, while the bathroom with island bathtub, twin vanities, dressing room and separate shower and toilet provides ample room to retreat.
Amantaka Pool Suite
Elegant and timeless, Amantaka’s Pool Suites offer 117 square metres (1259 square feet) of interior space surrounded by a sprawling outdoor terrace with garden, a private relaxation sala and a large swimming pool.
Reminiscent of the region’s Buddhist heritage, interiors are clean and bright, creating a calming atmosphere with a spacious living room, library and study, as well as king-sized four-poster bed. The bathroom is a peaceful sanctuary, with an island bathtub, twin vanities, a dressing room, and separate shower and toilet.
Dining at Amantaka
An oasis in the heart of tranquil Luang Prabang, Amantaka is home to two gracious dining venues open to guests and non-residents alike. Discover menus celebrating the rich culinary heritage of this Unesco-protected town and fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from the resort’s own organic farm.
With its lofty ceilings, white and rattan palette and antique tile floors, the Restaurant is a cool, elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving authentic local and French-influenced cuisine, the Restaurant’s Laotian specialties include fish or vegetables steamed in banana leaves with coriander and coconut milk.
Set between the library and the main swimming pool, the breezy Pool Terrace is a casual alfresco dining venue for lunch and dinner, serving Lao and Western cuisines. Flanked by mature trees just a step from inviting sun loungers, it is also a great spot for cocktails as day turns to dusk.
As inviting by day, when circling fans cut shafts of sunlight, as by night, when candlelight romances the darkness, the Lounge is a convivial space in which to relax.
Favourite cocktails are the Makkam, made from tamarind juice, vodka, lime, ginger and lemongrass, and the Laojito, a local version of the mojito infused with basil and lemongrass.
Wellness & Fitness at Amantaka
A place of quiet contemplation pervaded by the spiritual tranquility of the town itself, Amantaka’s spa offers guests an exceptional personalised experience. The spa menu draws on Lao healing traditions, incorporating local herbs and traditional Buddhist rituals.
Embark on a holistic journey
Our Signature Wellness Journeys are designed to meet individual needs while incorporating local wellness traditions and healing techniques.
Each includes a massage and a personalised bath with local herbs. The Samun Pai incorporates herbal poultices, while the Anamai Hang Kai includes a detoxifying scrub and a mineral wrap.
Generations of wisdom
Passed down through the generations, Lao massage is a rhythmic, oil-free treatment performed over loose, comfortable clothing. A series of gentle stretches opens the body to enhance mobility, while deep pressure-point stimulation eases tension, leaving a whole body sense of relaxation and fulfillment.
Every morning at dawn, the monks of Luang Prabang walk in silent procession through the quiet streets accepting alms from those waiting in day’s first light.
Be a part of this moving ritual or celebrate dawn with a walking meditation, a yoga class, or a Baci blessing – a traditional Lao chanting ceremony to reintegrate harmony into one’s life.
Experiences at Amantaka
Fall under Luang Prabang’s timeless spell with our expert guides, whether joining the morning alms-giving tradition, strolling through the UNESCO-protected Old Town, cruising the Mekong River to sacred caves, or exploring the natural wonders of the surrounding countryside.
Suffused by Buddhist rhythms
Luang Prabang is home to over 1,200 monks and the golden spires of more than 30 temples pierce the sky. Witness Tak Bat each morning at sunrise, as monks and novices walk the streets accepting alms. Then take a floral offering of your own creation to a nearby temple for a private tour or meditation session.
Buddhist Learning Centre
Amantaka has launched a Buddhist Learning Centre, designed to educate and immerse guests on the practice and principals of Buddhism, bringing the resort closer to the local community and customs.
As part of the experience abbot Sengdao Santikaro offers daily private teaching for guests for up to an hour and a half, asking pertinent questions, to guage the guest’s knowledge of Buddhism, before talking through the five principals of good living.
Cruise the fabled Mekong River
The mighty Mekong River starts its journey in the Tibetan Plateau and passes through Laos on its way to the South China Sea.
Explore its bends and banks on one of Amantaka’s private boats, cruising to Pak Ou Caves or finding the perfect spot for a riverside picnic upstream. As the sun sets over forested mountains, enjoy cocktails and canapés while witnessing the town’s evening rituals from the water.
Lao textile experience
A short drive to Ban Saylom, visitors will be welcomed by Ock Pop Tok’s Cultural Guide in a beautifully-restored wooden house over refreshing tea. Learn the art of silk making at Ock Pop Tok in Ban Saylom, a short drive from Amantaka.
After understanding the three distinct types of Lao weaving and trying your hand at the loom, enjoy dyeing your own silk scarf and designing your own batik masterpiece.
Celebrating photography in nature
Spend a morning with writer and photographer Hans Berger at The Sala, part of his private residence, which lies a 45-minute boat ride from Amantaka through spectacular natural scenery. Hans is the creator of the Buddhist Archive of Photography.
Multi-generational activities abound in Luang Prabang, whether hiking to a waterfall for a swim in turquoise limestone pools, enjoying a cooking class on Amantaka’s organic farm or connecting with the gentle giants of the local elephant sanctuary.
Organic farm tour & cooking class
Amantaka’s organic farm comprises eight hectares of rice paddies and vegetable gardens. After a guided tour and picking certain ingredients, join Amantaka’s chef in the open-air kitchen and learn to make a delicious Laotian feast. Once the hard work is done, enjoy the fruits of your labour overlooking the fields towards the mountains on the horizon.
Elephant sanctuary experience
Learn more about these majestic creatures by visiting Luang Prabang’s Manda Lao Elephant Sanctuary, where rescued elephants are treated with the deep respect they deserve.
Participate in the new cruelty-free training process being pioneered at this remarkable centre, that has the potential to drastically improve the welfare of elephants in Laos and beyond.
Family cycling tour
Cycling through Luang Prabang is the perfect way to discover its historic landmarks and witness the daily life of those who call the town home.
Visit the National Museum, hear Buddhist monks chanting at temples, wave to children coming home from school and chat to friendly locals – you may even find yourself challenged to a game of pétanque.
Taking its name from Tipitaka, meaning ‘the teaching of Buddha’, the resort with its shimmering swimming pool, expansive spa and genteel ambience is an airy, elegant sanctuary ideally placed for genuine immersion in Luang Prabang’s spiritual and cultural life.
Indochina Past & Present
With their ancient cultures and timeless scenery, Cambodia and Laos are two of Southeast Asia’s most fascinating destinations. Amansara in Siem Reap provides unrivalled access to the temples of Angkor, while Amantaka is ideally placed for exploring Luang Prabang on the banks of the Mekong River.
Discover Luang Prabang
Beneath sacred Mount Phousi, just a stroll from the riverbank and the town’s bustling main street, Amantaka is a serene base for exploring Luang Prabang’s many attractions.