Road to Angkor
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, is situated on the edge of Siem Reap just 10 minutes from the entrance to the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site. It derives its name from the twinning of two Sanskrit words – aman (peace) and apsara (the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu mythology). Set in a garden compound, the 24-suite resort has the ambience of a private home and is the ideal base for travellers seeking to explore Khmer culture and the majestic ruins of Angkor. A variety of temple tours and cultural walks is available as part of the guest experience.

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Travel + Leisure says..."Amansara used to be the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk, so you know you’re in for private luxury. Located a mere ten minutes away from the magnificent Angkor Wat, the largest Hindu temple in the world, the 24-suite hotel features swimming and lap pools, a spa, a rooftop terrace, high-end gallery gift shop, library, and gorgeous outdoor dining room, which offeres both traditional Khmer and western cuisines. The aesthetics are simple, with a focus on clean lines and muted tones; the rooms are done in grey terrazzo, dark timber and ivory. It’s just the retreat you need to explore the amazing world of Angkor Wat." ~From

Travel + Leisure says..."As the former guest villa of Cambodian royal King Norodom Sihanouk, this serene, all-suite retreat was once an oasis for luminaries including Jacqueline Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, and Peter O’Toole. Twelve of the 24 earthy suites—all done up in timber, stucco, and terrazzo—are set around a verdant, central courtyard, while the other half have private plunge pools. The retreat’s central house is a chic living room, regularly replenished with freshly baked cookies and a steady supply of wine and cheese. Its jasmine-scented spa, flanked by an intricatesandstone bas-relief, is equipped with four state-of-the-art rooms, each with a steam bath, shower, and private sound system. For an exclusive look at the nearby Khmer landmarks, Amansara will arrange for you to head out on a guided tour at dawn or dusk on one of its custom-fitted remorks (cycle-rickshaws).It’ll feel like you have the ancient sites almost to yourself." ~From

Conde Nast Traveler says..."The former guesthouse of King Sihanouk is “like a home away from home.” Hosting the likes of former French President Charles de Gaulle, and Jacqueline Kennedy, the classic 1960s structure is in an “excellent location,” minutes from Angkor Archaeological Park. Accommodations include “lovely low-slung chalets” done in minimalist gray and white, and public areas with white lotus blossoms and white orchids. With 23-foot-high ceilings, the dining room offers “the best cheesecake in Asia,” as well as traditional Khmer cuisine and fresh produce like dragon fruit and mangosteen. “The staff are always great.” Cool off in a slate pool." ~From

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