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Cambodia
Amansara - Siem Reap
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Retreat Setting
Country Houses
Servies & Activities
- Walking/Trekking - Swimming Pool - Spa
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12 Rooms | Children: yes

Situated in Siem Reap, just 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, Amansara was once the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, and derives its name from the words “aman”, Sanskrit for “peace”, and “apsara”, the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu texts. The former royal enclave has been transformed into a 24-suite retreat that provides an ideal base for exploring the temples of Angkor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the sophisticated culture of the Khmer civilization. Amansara offers 12 suites and 12 Pool Suites similar in design, with muted and earthy colors. The suites feature a living area, a large writing desk, a king-size bed, a large sofa with a circular dining table, a large soaking tub, twin vanities and separate shower and water closet. Each suite is air-conditioned, with ceiling fans, telephone, room safe and sound system.

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Historic heritage

The villa was built by French architect Laurent Mondet in 1962 to accommodate royal family’s guests: Charles de Gaulle, Jacqueline Kennedy and Josip Broz Tito, among the others, stayed here. In 1992 the villa was converted in hotel as Villa Apsara; Amanresorts acquired the property in 2002 and meticulously renovated it with the help of local community’s knowledge in history and building techniques.

Culture

Amansara is involved in promoting the local culture through an internal library specialized in Angkor temples and Khmer civilization. The retreat also offers a gallery where local artists can showcase their works, like hand-woven silks, jewelry, local handicrafts and textiles. We also arrange helicopter tours and tailor-made excursions, also with elephants, with local English-speaking guides well-informed on Cambodian history.

Temples

A variety of temple tours and cultural walks in Angkor – that between 9th and 15th century served as the seat of the Khmer Empire – are available as part of the guest experience, conducted early morning and late afternoon to avoid the sun and crowds. We also arrange customized excursions in Angkor archaeological park, taking guests deeper in the Buddhist culture.