Amansara, Siem Reap

Mar 18, 2019

The 1960s are regarded as a gilded period of prosperity and peace for Cambodia. And the Amansara abounds with callbacks to this so-called Golden Era. Once a royal guesthouse, the elegant low-rise collection of rooms was used by late monarch King Sihanouk to host notables such as Jackie Kennedy and actor Peter O’Toole. Aman’s signature panache means today’s guests will feel every bit as pampered as their celebrity predecessors. The brand’s curated experiences—ranging from cooking classes to powwows with Siem Reap’s cultural movers and shakers— are all very now. But retro-style décor throughout and the property’s spectacular circular restaurant—formerly a dancehall—are grist to any James Bond fantasy. Further period allure is displayed in the airport pick-up service where guests are whisked to the property in one of Sihanouk’s 1960s Mercedes sedans. Very groovy indeed. — DUNCAN FORGAN

aman.com; doubles from US$1,500. 

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