From black and white snapshots taken when it first opened, it’s clear that not all that much has changed since the Prince welcomed visitors here; the round dining room, for instance, is the same space used in the same way, but the place benefits from the Aman group’s commitment to aesthetic perfection.
Simply put, Angkor is overwhelming, and Amansara’s pristine sixties-inspired modernism with an Asian twist is just what you need after the carved cacophony of the Khmer temples.
It’s the scale of Amansara that makes it so comfortable: it retails the feel of staying in someone’s villa, without the occasional headache of having to be nice to the host. And yet because it’s an Aman hotel, the level of service creates the impression that you’re the only one there.
Architect Kerry Hill’s renovation of the Villa Princiére is comfortable, clever and appropriate. He has taken the 1960s as a starting point and introduced furniture inspired by Jean Prouve, executed in the distinctly Asian materials of teak and raffia.
Amansara’s clean, sixties-inspired lines have more in common with Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs than with Jayavarman VII’s great capital of the mighty Khmer Empire. Exploring the monumental remains left behind by a succession of Khmer kings is a fascinating pastime.
Guests lounge by the pool in Californian Palm Springs fashion; it's just that here the golf courses are (thankfully) replaced by the world's most captivating temples.
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