"Situated in Siem Reap, just 10 minutes from the entrance to Angkor, Amansara was once the guest villa of King Norodom Sihanouk."

Once known as Villa Princière or Villa Apsara, this former royal retreat was built by French architect, Laurent Mondet, in 1962 for King Sihanouk to accommodate visitors unable to stay at the royal residence nearby. Quintessentially ’60s in character, it featured cool, low-slung chalets spaced around an irregular-shaped swimming pool and a shady lawn.

Amansara derives its name from the twinning of the words ‘aman’ (Sanskrit for ‘peace’) and ‘apsara’, the heavenly nymphs of ancient Hindu texts. The apsaras, it is said, emerged from the primordial churning of the oceans with the power not only to change their form at will, but also to bestow luck on those they favoured. So all-embracing was their influence on Cambodian mythology and its numerous expressions, that delicate apsara bas-reliefs decorate practically every Angkor temple.

Accommodation

Amansara has 24 suites, similar in design. Each enjoys an open-plan setting with finishes in terrazzo and timber, as well as outdoor courtyards. Suites are stylishly designed and offer luxurious refuges for weary travellers. 

 

Facilities

The walled garden compound serves as a tranquil 24-suite Angkor Wat resort with all the ambience of a gracious home. The suites surround a pool and gardens, providing a lush environment in which to relax after a long day sightseeing. The spa also offers decadent massages and treatments in tranquil surroundings.

  • Spa
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Tours
  • Biking
  • Cooking
  • Library

Restaurants

Located near the main swimming pool, the circular Dining Room with its soaring seven-metre ceiling and shaded terrace is the focal point of the property. The menu offers both traditional Khmer and Western cuisines and features the freshest of seasonal produce. The dining area also includes a walk-in wine and cheese cellar where guests can make their selection, and a casual lounging area where they can help themselves to homebaked cakes on display. Guests can also dine poolside or in-suite. Every suite features a complimentary mini-bar with a range of alcoholic beverages as well as alternative drinks and snacks.

 

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Weather

As typical for Cambodia, Siem Reap enjoys warm, tropical weather all year round. The dry season lasts from November to March, with hardly any rain falling in December and January, although these two months are part of the Cambodian winter, meaning cooler climes. This time is ideal for sightseeing, allowing visitors to cycle and visit the temples comfortably. The wet season begins in May and lasts until November, and often brings spectacular storms.

Weather information for
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temp 27 ℃ 25 ℃ 26 ℃ 28 ℃ 29 ℃ 28 ℃ 28 ℃ 27 ℃ 26 ℃ 26 ℃ 25 ℃ 24 ℃
Rain 7MM 10MM 40MM 77MM 134MM 155MM 171MM 160MM 224MM 257MM 127MM 45MM
Sunshine 9HRS 9HRS 8HRS 8HRS 7HRS 6HRS 6HRS 5HRS 5HRS 7HRS 8HRS 9HRS

Location

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