Thursday, 20 September 2012

In 1962, Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia built the Villa Princiere as a guesthouse for fabulous visitors to a nearby Royal Residence.

The likes of Jackie Kennedy and de Gaulle stayed here.

In 1964 it became a proper hotel but during the "civil war" - 1975 to 1979 - it was used as a barracks. After this it became rundown and until 2002 was basically a wreck.

Aman came along and in December 2002 opened Amansara ("Aman" means peace and the "sara" is derived from a nymph water dance). You can still see the original swimming pool, dining room and some suites. It - of course - has been totally refurbished.

It has 24 suites - 12 with pools and 12 without. I have a pool! All suites are around 60 m2 in area ... have HUGE bed, freestanding bath and living room ... it's an open-plan suite.

The resort is run by the delightful General Manager Sally Baughen ... complete with her gorgeous, wonderful and lovable pooch called Emma.

There's a big swimming pool, a lap pool (for me later!), Spa (awesome), dining room, library (with grown-up books) ... and a wine cellar (yum). We've been filming all day ... and it's VERY VERY hot & sweaty out there... even my hair went frizzy! Ha!

Song of the Day: Twinkle, Twinkle Star - Federika Stahl

Fancy a dip anyone?
Emma and Sally and "that car" ...


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