Situated on the outskirts of vibrant Siem Reap, just 10 minutes from the Unesco World Heritage Site of Angkor Archaeological Park, Amansara is a masterpiece of 1960s New Khmer architecture - an unabashedly modern style.
Once a residence for guests of the king, Amansara has undergone a careful and sensitive restoration bringing the building back to its former glory, retaining the original single-level layout, curvilinear pool and monochrome minimalism. Gardens and a canopy of mature trees create an introspective atmosphere, continued in the Suites, which open onto private courtyards and ponds. The property features two tranquil swimming pools and a spa with four treatment rooms and a yoga space as well as a sleek, circular Dining Room offering Khmer-centred cuisine under soaring ceilings while Amansara’s traditional Khmer village house in Angkor serves rustic meals cooked over charcoal. Custom itineraries lead guests intuitively towards less-explored destinations – cycling through crowd-free ruins, meditating amid ancient forest, or cruising to the floating villages of Tonle Sap lake by one of two of the resorts Amanbala boats.
Finished in pale terrazzo and timber, Amansara’s Suites offer a combined bedroom and living area which steps down into a light-filled bathroom with an island bathtub. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open to a private garden courtyard with sun loungers, a reflection pond and, in 12 suites, a private plunge pool. Sandstone reliefs reference the famed ruins of Angkor temples just minutes away.