At the foot of sacred Mount Phousi, sits the UNESCO-protected Luang Prabang, Laos, home to Amantaka, Aman’s opulent oasis. Resting on a large garden estate, the resort is a sanctuary of calm with an array of private pools, yoga studio, spectacular central pool and state-of-the-art Aman Spa. Amantaka has launched a Buddhist Learning Centre, designed to educate and immerse guests on the practice and principals of Buddhism, bringing the resort closer to the local community and customs.
With strong ties to the spiritual community since its conception ten years ago, Amantaka, true to its name which means ‘teaching of the Buddha’, is supporting local monasteries by creating this Buddhist Learning Centre within the resort. As part of the experience abbot Sengdao Santikaro offers daily private teaching for guests for up to an hour and a half, asking pertinent questions to gauge the guests’ knowledge of Buddhism, before talking through the five principals of good living.
Each session also explore how meditation enables individuals to recharge, switch off and be present. The activity takes place at the resort’s yoga studio, which is converted into a space of openness, learning and connectivity, where guests come away enlightened and bonded. In addition to this practice, Senior Monk Sombath Watsiphoutthabat offers personalised tours of Wat Siphoutthabath temple, giving a glimpse into his world for a truly authentic encounter.