Amantaka is a luxury boutique hotel in the historic and picturesque town of Luang Prabang, the former royal capital of Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in a former French colonial hospital in the north-western part of Luang Prabang in the old town area, close to the shores of Mekong River and approximately 400 metres from the Royal Palace. Luang Prabang is well known for its numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Amantaka has 24 suites located around a central courtyard and is designed with a mixture of traditional Lao and contemporary styles. The suites range in size from 70sqm to 120sqm and include 16 suites with private lap pools.
The hotel offers Lao and French-influenced cuisine in three venues, namely, the Dining Room, which has a great colonial ambience; the Lounge Bar; and the Pool Terrace.
Amantaka has a small spa, a fitness room and a well-stocked library.
15 minutes by from Luang Prabang Airport (LPQ) which is served by regular flights from Bangkok (2hr), Hanoi (1hr) Ho Chi Minh (1.5hr) and Siem Reap (1hr)
February to April and October to November
We visited Amantaka in early December 2013. The location is excellent i.e. within walking distance to all major sites, temples, close to Mekong pier and the colorful Night Market. At the same time it is an oasis of peace and luxury in Luang Prabang. The suites are simple yet luxurious. There are suites with pools however the main lap pool is excellent hence a suite with pool is not a must. Food is good however it makes sense to venture to one of the cafes/restaurants on the main street and have local food with beer and wine there as an alternative. We recommend taking a boat trip on the Mekong River and walking across the Khan River via one of the bamboo bridges (please note they are passable only during dry season) and venture into one of the local villages there. The airport is very compact and only 10min drive from the town. Border procedures are very straigthforward. However we recommend to have a photo and US dollars in small bills to pay for the visa on arrival at the airport. Luang Prabang is a very small town which can be explored in 1-2 days hence unless you are plan to see elephants, caves, or take a one day trip on Mekong a 2-3 day stay is sufficient to get a sense of the town, local culture and major sites.