Weave through the clamour and colour of Psar Kraoum, the thriving street market on the hotel’s doorstep, and you will be rewarded with your first glimpse of the imposing, palatial architecture of the Memoire Palace Resort & Spa. Guests have a lasting impression of regal grandeur, offering a modern take on Cambodia’s prestigious royal palaces. The welcoming and genuinely charming service you’re afforded here is as memorable as it is delightful.

The spacious interiors boast contemporary style while evoking a sense of imperial splendour from a bygone era. High ceilings and rich purple and gold colours accent the harmonious décor, and the specially curated objets d’art displayed in the hotel’s public spaces, are a nod to Siem Reap’s ancient cultural heritage and its proximity to the Angkor temples. The brightly-hued suites set around the stunning pool, combined with the hotel’s trademark rickshaw bikes and vintage cars, make a truly unique backdrop for photographing your special occasion or holiday snaps.

Luxuriate in the sophistication of one of five suite types, each with a vibrant-coloured exterior and some with direct pool access.

Luxuriate in the sophistication of one of five suite types, each with a vibrant-coloured exterior and some with direct pool access. From the Junior Suites to the Grand Suites, every guest is treated to sumptuous beds, exquisite marble en suite bathrooms and a balcony or patio set up for maximum relaxation with daybeds and cushions. Be reminded of the hotel’s celebrated location by the addition of antiques and works of art that adorn the otherwise perfectly modern design. Rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art LCD smart TVs, high speed wifi and air conditioning. Suites have plush seating areas to sink into, while enjoying a selection from the room service menu, or taking in the tranquil view of the vast swimming pool or finely-manicured gardens. Two-bedroomed Royal Family Suites accommodate family groups, affording everyone the space to truly unwind.

The hotel’s commitment to reducing waste is most evident in the suites, where glass bottles, promptly re-filled on request, are used to supply filtered drinking water instead of plastic bottles. The hotel encourages re-usable water bottles for staff and guests, as part of Cambodia’s Refill Not Landfill campaign. Drinking straws provided here are made from lemongrass – an inventive alternative to plastic.

Elevate yourself to a state of reinvigorated bliss with the spa’s inviting and extensive menu of massages. For those in need of the restorative powers of massage and aromatherapy, let the spa’s professional and knowledgeable team recommend a therapeutic treatment using oils infused with captivating scents, such as lemongrass, coconut, ginger and lemon, to revive the senses. Elegant treatment rooms complement the refreshing experience. Yoga and meditation sessions, and a children’s play room, offer guests further opportunities to unwind and restore their balance.

A delectable breakfast buffet and a la cart selections provide an ideal start to the day at Aha Udom (translated as ‘the greatest food’). With its breezy, relaxed style and neutral wood and linen décor, this all day dining restaurant has outside seating, too, and a variety of signature dishes to tempt you at any time.

Mohanoti Pool Bar is home to the hotel’s creative cocktails, which can be served poolside, to your lounger or bean bag on the lawn, overlooking the pool. Snacks and juices are available here, as well as a fun weekend brunch with live cooking stations and a relaxed atmosphere.

Enjoy signature dishes and sunset views at The Stage 1960s, which opens for dinner. The first-floor restaurant is inspired by history and culture from a decade when the music, food and art scenes in Cambodia were flourishing and prosperous, and enjoying a spectacular heyday. Romantic table settings can be arranged, as well as cooking classes and special celebration menus.

The luxurious suites, attentive service and pampered relaxation will undoubtedly lure you back to Memoire Palace Resort & Spa in the future. If the renowned Memoire hospitality has piqued your curiosity, the brand has two further hotels in Siem Reap to tempt you. Perhaps the Memoire Siem Reap Hotel’s contemporary art concept or the elegance of Memoire d’Angkor Boutique Hotel will lure you back for more adventures in the Kingdom of Wonder.

Clare Lawrence is a long-time expat, originally from England, with six years in the UAE under her belt as well as over a year here in Siem Reap. She has written on expat life, saving money, holidaying with children and budget travel for a number of magazines and websites, including Siemreap.net.