Whilst on holiday in Laos, I just had to go and see the new Amantaka set on a large garden estate in the UNESCO protected town of Luang Prabang.
We arrived at sunset, and from the hustle and bustle outside we were transported into a world of immediate calm found in the central courtyard by the pool before dinner. Musicians were playing gentle Asian music on unusual looking instruments. The dining room captured an airy colonial ambience, the food was delicious offering authentic Lao and French-influenced cuisine and the service faultless. A beautiful evening.
The Suites (some with their own large pools) are entered through louvred doors from the courtyard that lead into the light and airy elegance throughout, the décor and furnishings reflecting the town’s French colonial history. There is also a fabulous spa offering everything you would expect and more.
It is an easy stroll into town where you can explore the many temples, historic sites and the various boutiques, bakeries and restaurants lining the town’s main street. Also within easy walking distance from Amantaka are the picturesque banks of the Mekong River and the town’s colourful night market with irresistible gifts to take home.