Amantaka is a luxury hotel in Luang Prabang, Laos. The hotel, located in a French colonial former hospital, is operated by Aman Resorts and opened in September 2009. The hotel is located in the northwestern part of the city in the old town area, several metres from the Mekong River and approximately 400 metres northeast of the Royal Palace.
The hotel is located in a French Indochinese colonial building, characterised by its low height and extensive width, containing many pilasters to support the roof. It is set in gardens and is painted in white with a red-orange roof. The hotel name is derived from the Sanskrit word Aman meaning “peace” and the word taka, meaning “teacher of the Buddha”.
A boutique hotel, it contains 24 lavish suites, encircling a central courtyard and is designed with a mixture of traditional Lao furnishings and modern. The suites range in size from 70 to 120 square metres and include eight suites, four pool suites, eight Khan pool suites, two Mekong pool suites and two Amantaka pool suites. The suites are accessed through louvered doors from the courtyard. All of the rooms have a king-sized bed centre of the suites beneath a traditional high ceiling. The rooms are painted in white and have mahogany or dark wood furnishings and windows.
Jude Law and Sienna Miller stayed at the hotel in August 2010. At the hotel they were reported to have met Prince Nithakong Somsanith, a shaman and cultural and artistic adviser to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation who informed them about a traditional Baci ceremony.The hotel encourages the education of the guests in traditional Lao culture and hires such cultural advisers to teach the guests on a regular basis in traditional Lao customs and practices.