The Cambodian city of Siem Reap is popular due to its close proximity to the Ankhor Wat Temple Complex. Visitors travel from all over the world to explore these world famous temples, which form one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Siem Reap itself boasts a vibrant nightlife scene that comes complete with bars and restaurants in all styles. In the last decade a large number of luxurious hotels have sprung up in Siem Reap, which offer guests the chance to unwind in style in between exploring the magnificent temples and other surrounding attractions. Here are some of the leading hotels in Siem Reap that are sure to satisfy lovers of luxury.
Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor
Set right in the heart of Siem Reap, this intimate luxury hotel boasts 59 elegant suites that cleverly blend traditional Khmer style with contemporary design. The choicest suites feature large balconies that overlook the towering palms and tropical greenery that surround the magnificent outdoor saltwater swimming pool. Guests are invited to unwind on one of the large parasol-shaded loungers while the attentive staff serve them a range of delicious drinks and snacks. Lovers of fine dining will also want to make sure that they take the opportunity to indulge in a meal in the onsite restaurant, which highlights the French culinary influence in Cambodia. Complimentary activities are also arranged for guests such as cycling tours of the surrounding area.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Dating back to 1932, the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor was one of the first luxury hotels to establish itself in Siem Reap. A large number of famous travellers have spent time here over the years such as Somerset Maugham, the Clintons and Charlie Chaplin. While the hotel has managed to hold onto much of its original charm, areas have also been updated to make way for state-of-the-art amenities such as an excellent spa that includes six spacious treatment rooms and a fully loaded gym. Guests are also invited to take part in one of the weekly wine and cheese making workshops. Traditional Khmer dance performances are also held in the large garden in the evening and guests have the chance to take in one of these unforgettable performances while they dine in style.
Phum Baitang Resort
Guests at Phum Baitang Resort are treated to a unique way to explore Khmer culture without even having to stir from their sun lounger. This impressive luxury resort has been modelled on a traditional Cambodian village and comes complete with wooden villas that are reminiscent of local farm houses and are set in a lush rice field scattered with palm trees. Some of the villas boast private swimming pools and guests are treated to a butler service. While the onsite restaurant is excellent, there will be no need for guests to move a muscle as they can choose to have their choice of dishes brought right to them on their private veranda.
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
People who enjoy messing about in the water are sure to love the series of interconnected pools that form the heart of the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. This provides the perfect place for guests to keep their cool when the Cambodia sun beats strong. The aquamarine water is highlighted by crisp and clean surrounding walls and lush green plants. There will be no need to stir far from the water, as a number of large dining platforms have even been created at the water’s edge for guests to make use of.
Hôtel Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
People who are looking for a way to get back into the swing of things while they surround themselves with pure luxury are sure to love staying at this elegant establishment. This is by far the largest luxury resort in the whole of Siem Reap and the 280 guestrooms are situated around a picturesque lotus pond. The colonial-inspired architecture is combined with traditional Khmer elements to create a very stylish and chic getaway. Guests who are searching for pure pampering can enjoy a range of spa treatments here, unwind beside the enormous outdoor swimming pool and take advantage of the complimentary chauffeur-driven transfers to and from Poketheera Country Club.