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What we are reading

some of the best travel stories we read over the last few days

  • The Independent: Six Himalayan Retreats
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller has a nice list with Bali’s best restaurants
  • The Australian reviews the Aman New Delhi
  • Resource Magazine reviews Amanpuri
  • Velvet Escape visits the Fish Spa in Kuala Lumpur, our take on this experience is here
  • CNNGo: 9 great places to be a recluse
  • Get in Travel: 15 spectacular skylines around the world
  • Velvet Escape: the Hong Kong skyline by day and night
  • Wild Junket with 7 of the best trekking destinations
  • WSJ: Hong Kong’s hidden cafes
  • The National with a Top 10 hotel pools list
  • The Telegraph reviews some of the best travel apps
  • Telegraph: Hong Kong scores a perfect 10 as a place to live
  • The Travel Editor goes for lunch at Amankila
  • The Frog + Princess Blog has a nice post about Angkor with lots of great pictures
  • Bombastic Life checks in the W Seoul
  • CNNGo: 10 things you haven’t seen in Chiang Mai
  • A new bar opens in Causeway Bay
  • Merian stellt das Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong vor
  • Die Welt über Deutschlands modernstes Reisebüro


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Amansara, a review



what is it

The former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, beautifully restored by Aman with 24 suites in Siem Reap minutes away from the ancient Angkor temples.

what makes it special

  • Amansara makes it possible to see the temples in a way that avoids the crowds, some smaller temples you have for yourself and they manage to be in the most popular temples when they are least crowded
  • Airport pick-up in a vintage 60’s Mercedes
  • You have your own remork and driver at all times
  • Young and extremely nice staff
  • The dining room, once the King’s screening room, is open all times and the open bar
  • The feeling that you stay at a friend’s guest house
  • The contemporary design is the perfect contrast after spending the day exploring the temples

Amansara suite

you should know

  • If you want to see the Angkor temples without the crowds you will have to get up very early, like 4am.
  • Much smaller than other Amans, so not so much public space.


Without a doubt the most exclusive way to explore Angkor.

more pictures on Flickr

Bayon temple, Angkor