If your vacation must-have list includes sumptuous decor, indulgent dining and personalised service, look no further than Siem Reap. The city has a number of top notch hotels and resorts to tempt you, ideal for when luxury is a must – a special occasion, a long-awaited family getaway or a romantic break ‘a deux’. Let us help you with your search for serenity with our top 10 luxury resorts in Siem Reap. Whether you’re looking for a wellness retreat, a glimpse into a bygone era or stylish interiors to die for, we have it covered.

Imagine checking in to one of Park Hyatt Siem Reap’s 104 rooms, some of which are suites with a private garden or swimming pool, complete with a separate living area, spacious bedroom and bathroom. All this space to relax in, yet you’re in the heart of the city, in walking distance of shops, markets, restaurants and night life. Guests staying here can luxuriate in the resort’s two swimming pools or find bliss with a holistic therapy in The Spa. Find signature dishes at The Dining Room, the resort’s French and Indochinese inspired restaurant, or relax in the retro-chic bar, The Living Room, for high tea and refreshing cocktails.

Address: Sivutha Boulevard
+855 632 1234 or [email protected]
Website: siemreap.park.hyatt.com

Fusing modern Cambodian style with European design, the 213-room Le Meridien Angkor is truly international. Explore the spa’s private treatment rooms or the Khmer-inspired swimming pool before retiring to the hotel’s largest suite, the Grand Suite. Guests will appreciate the marble bathrooms, oversized bedroom, and separate study. The dining area seats eight – perfect for an elegant soiree, or indulge in complimentary nonalcoholic drinks from the Lobby Lounge, daily. Dining options include brasserie-style offerings at Angkor Royal Cafe or Italian fine dining in L’Angelo.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration. The hotel is rich in Cambodia history and full of original treasures, right down to the original working cage elevator in the lobby. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, in the Old French Quarter only 8 kilometers from the extraordinary Angkor Wat temple complex, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is the ideal place to explore the spiritual and archaeological masterwork. Relax and revitalise beside a magnificent pool inspired by Angkorian architecture or take a short stroll along the riverside to discover the vibrant local markets.

Address: 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle
 +855 63 963 888 or [email protected] 

Website: raffles.com/siem-reap

Promising a home away from home, these suites, by Navutu Dreams, with eco-chic design offer guests assured privacy along with special touches – from super-sized rain showers to handmade objets d’art. Complete your wellness retreat with the use of three swimming pools, daily yoga classes or a meditation session timed to perfection with a magnificent sunrise. The restaurant’s ‘farm to table’ ethos is evident in its fresh and vibrant Italian-Cambodian wellness cuisine.

Address: Angkor High School Road, Tropeang Treng Village, Sala Komreuk Commune
Reservations: +855 63 964 864 or [email protected]

Website: suites.navutudreams.com

In conceiving Templation, opened in January 2016, this luxury hotel in Siem Reap wants to bring relaxation, aesthetic gratification, and affordable luxury to a new level: the oasis-hotel, offering the soothing virtues of water, the enjoyment of resting after a day among the breath-taking remains of an ancient world, the uncluttered space of each and every one of their 33 suites and villas. The place itself is their yoga instructor.

Address: Rok Rak Street, Modul 3 Phum Sla Kram
+855 12 233 350 or [email protected]

Website: templation.asia

Although the soothing views from each guest room across tropical gardens and tranquil lakes are tempting enough, the Sofitel’s world-class 18 hole golf course and five luxury dining options will be the icing on the cake. Relax with a treatment in So Spa, or a cooling dip in the free-form swimming pool. The hotel’s 238 rooms include 23 suites offering amenities such as iPod docking stations, espresso machines and bath treats by L’Occitane.

Address: Vithei Charles de Gaulle
 +855 63 964 600 or [email protected] 

Website: sofitel.com/angkor 

If you have ever wondered what it might be like to have your very own Experience Butler taking care of your every need, the Anantara Angkor Resort is for you. With 39 suites, designed in classic Khmer style and set in a tropical plant-fringed courtyard, this luxury resort offers guests every comfort and convenience they need to begin their Angkor adventure. Each suite features a balcony or terrace, as well as floor to ceiling windows allowing natural light to flood in. Some of the larger luxury suites, which can accommodate a family of up to five, also boast private plunge pools. Luxuriate in the hotel’s spa, with its two Khmer massage suites complete with outdoor jacuzzi and rain shower.

Address: National Road no. 6
 +855 63 966 788 or [email protected]
Website: anantara.com/en/angkor-siem-reap

Amansara’s 24 open-plan suites, 12 with private plunge pools, provide guests with stylish sophistication. In a nod to 1960s French style, floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto light-filled garden courtyards with cushioned banquettes. The circular Dining Room serves dishes made with seasonal produce, created with local flair and the spa embraces holistic Khmer traditions. Guests will love the hidden 25 meter lap pool as well as yoga space and the resort’s central pool.

Address: Road to Angkor
+855 63 760 333 or [email protected]  

Website: amansara.com

9Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor Close

After a day of adventure, retreat to the leafy sanctuary of Belmond La Residence D’Angkor, situated by the river, where individually designed suites are spread out among the tropical garden. Pass the time in the saltwater pool or in Kong Kea Spa. Suites are furnished using Indonesian teak and rich fabrics, and each boasts a freestanding bathtub. Revive the senses at Ember, Spice Circle or the Martini Lounge or order a cocktail to your private terrace or balcony and enjoy the sunset.

Address: River Road
 +855 63 963 390 or [email protected] 

Website: belmond.com/laresidencedangkor

10Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa Close

Graceful 1930s architecture adds an air of colonial elegance to the five star Victoria Angkor Resort overlooking Siem Reap’s Royal Gardens. Each of the 120 rooms and 10 spacious suites features a balcony, luxury Khmer fabrics, original artefacts and décor that epitomises the Indochine history of the hotel. Guests are treated to French fine dining in Le Connaisseur, or they can unwind with indulgent treatments in Healthysens Spa. Families are made especially welcome at the hotel, as children will adore spending time in the kids club or enjoying the salt water swimming pool. Bicycle hire is available, as well as a tour desk, where guests can also arrange to be taken out for a spin in the hotel’s evocative 1930s Citroen, either around the temple complex or the city.

Address: Central Park P.O Box 93145
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Clare Lawrence is a long-time expat, originally from England, with six years in the UAE under her belt as well as over two years 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.