The Destination: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap is a travel destination steeped in ancient history now showcased through a living museum of the overgrown ruins of 12th century Angkor Wat and the sacred hills of Phnom Kulen, the birthplace of the Khmer Empire. A visit here can be soul awakening.
The tranquility of the river overlooking these stunning ancient temples that mother nature is slowly taking over creates a sense of awe. It is both adventurous and peaceful. Breath-taking and humbling. This is both a destination for the adventurous as well as those seeking to balance their perspectives.
Known as the gateway to the Angkor ruins, Siem Reap was once just the waypoint where adventurous travelers stopped to recharge before exploring the nearby ancient temples. Yet in recent years, luxury travel hoteliers, adventurers, explorers, artists and chefs have all converged in this unlikely spot to create a booming and unique ancient-meets-modern culture hot spot.
Now a destination unto itself, Siem Reap is equally a luxury travelers’ and adventurous backpackers’ haven. These top luxury hotels create an amazing experience:
The Anantara Angkor Resort offers true luxury exclusivity with only 39 rooms and suites. That means it really feels like a true escape. The rooms are centered around the outdoor saltwater pool, creating a cozy social environment with the few people you’ll happen to run into. The resort also features a full service spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, a rooftop garden, yoga classes, two restaurants, cooking classes, a library, bicycle rental, a “Streetwise Guru” local market tour, curated area excursions, a boutique gift shop, as well as meeting and event spaces.
Accommodations at the Anantara Angkor are pure luxe. Even the most basic of rooms offers amenities far beyond most resorts, including rich textiles, private balconies, a separate soaking tub and rain shower, bathrobes, kimonos, slippers, and complimentary bottled water.
The most luxurious accommodations are the Sothea Suites, which are exquisite and expansive residences with private gardens or large balconies. They offer private libraries which can be converted to lounges or a dining room, a dedicated spa room with private Jacuzzi, as well as his and hers closets.
The Angkor Palace boasts luxurious serenity on a 27 acre lush estate. This resort features a full service spa, sauna, fitness center, and a crystal blue lagoon-style swimming pool. A foodie haven, this resort also offers three restaurants, a club lounge, and two bars. Accommodations include both suites and villas, including one, two or three bedroom private pool villas.
Promoted as ‘French colonial elegance’, Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Resort boasts lush landscaping, waterscapes, and an 18-hole championship golf course that will all make a stay here quite the experience. The hotel also has a swimming pool with swim-up bar (nice!), full service spa, two restaurants offering French-Cambodian fusion and international cuisine, and even a piano bar.Foodies look out, French-Cambodian fusion sounds very enticing.
The prestige suite offers almost 1,000 sq ft of luxury, classically furnished, with a living room, dining room, a personal butler, and complimentary champagne and high tea.
The Privilege Floor is located on the fourth floor of the Borei Angkor Resort & Spa. The Borei Angkor features several lounges, a pool, fitness center, full-service spa, beauty salon, sauna, indoor jacuzzis, four restaurants/lounges, an outdoor performance pavilion, and a pool bar.
The Privilege Floor offers a higher level of luxury beyond the amenities of the Borei Angkor Resort. There are tiers of complimentary services based on the room level you book. The premiere landmark room includes daily laundry service, a complimentary mini-bar, exclusive access to a lounge, complimentary breakfast, even a cell phone with 30 minutes of calls.
The sunset landmark package includes the premiere landmark amenities as well as a larger room and balcony with lounge swing, a daily tour guide and temple pass, one spa treatment for two, one in-room dining service, and one lunch at the Khmer Restaurant.
The royal suite offers the highest luxury, including all lower tiered amenities with a private dining room, kitchenette and bar, 24-hour access to a private car service, a 2-hour daily complimentary cocktail service in their exclusive lounge, and complimentary lunch and in-room service throughout the stay.