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.
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.
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.
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.
Set in eight acres of lush grounds lies the luxurious Phum Baitang resort, offering an authentic Cambodian experience to guests staying in its 45 spacious stilted wooden villas. Phum Baitang means ‘green village’, indicative of the lemongrass meadows and rice paddies in its extensive natural gardens. Feel rejuvenated after a visit to Spa Temple for an indigenous healing treatment and relax by the 50 meter infinity pool. Quench your thirst at the Pool Bar or the Cigar & Cocktail Lounge, or dine at one of the resort’s two dining options, Bay Phsar or Hang Bay.
Under the canopy of the Palace’s trees lies Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection, an intimate resort featuring ten villas, each with private pool and individual walled compound. The villas and their gardens, designed by Bill Bensley, afford guests complete privacy. Your ‘Bensley Butler’ will see to your every need, while you relax. Bathe in splendour under the stars, in your bathroom with wall to ceiling glass or in the outdoor bathtub and rain shower. Indulge in a cocktail in The Elephant Polo Club or sample Khmer culinary offerings in Kroya.
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.
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.
9Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor
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.
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.