In this article, our experts explore the best luxury hotels in Siem Reap. With soaring tourist numbers and with Siem Reap being announced as the #2 tourist destination in the world by TripAdvisor and Angkor Wat as the #1 destination according to Lonely Planet, if Siem Reap’s not on your hit list it definitely should be! Located in north west Cambodia, Siem Reap is known as the gateway to the epic, UNESCO World Heritage ancient temples of Angkor. The town itself is a chic, cultural haven and you’ll want to extend your time here to ensure you have enough time to fully soak up Angkor as well as Siem Reap. And go soon before the bustling town is transformed any further by the descending crowds! It’s best to visit in the dry season from November to April, though the equinoxes in March and September are popular with photographers. The shortest flights from London to Siem Reap are with Thai Airways, take a little over 13 hours and go via Bangkok, but there are lots of other options and flights also go via Vietnam and China if you are planning a multi-location holiday. Read on for our pick of the top 3 best hotels in Siem Reap…
Park Hyatt Siem Reap
For a refined, contemporary hotel in graceful garden settings, look no further than the exquisite Park Hyatt Siem Reap (pictured above). Located right in the heart of the town at the most prestigious address you are within walking distance of excellent bars, restaurants and boutique shops and just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. This is the place to stay if you want a tranquil haven to return to after the intensities of Siem Reap. There are 104 rooms and suites beautifully furnished in a modern take on Khmer style; the bathrooms are divine here, set in Italian marble with separate rain showers and bathtubs. For an extra bit of room, opt for one of their very fine suites and enjoy a private garden of private plunge pool. To restore your zen after some extreme sightseeing, book into The Spa, their therapy techniques have been inspired by the fluidity and grace of Apsara legends. There’s also a 24-hour Fitness Centre and two luxurious pools; one is a lap pool and the other, a heavenly free-form infinity pool surrounded by lush gardens, the most inviting place to relax with a cocktail! Prepare yourself for a culinary treat too; the Signature restaurant, The Dining Room serves delicious French and Khmer cuisine in an elegant environment or for proper comfort food in a retro-chic lounge, try The Living Room. It’s not just us that this place has tempted either, it’s multi-award-winning; they recently won the 2017 DestinAsian Readers’ Choice Award, 2016&17 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award and the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
Relax in the largest green space of all the hotels in this area at Navutu Dreams, located just outside Siem Reap. Amid these tropical gardens are three stunning pool areas, switch between the 18 metre sports pool when you are feeling energetic and relax by the saltwater Lounge Pool after a busy day sightseeing at nearby Angkor. There are 28 spacious guest rooms and suites spread across five separate pavilions. We’d definitely recommend the Grand Tour rooms, which benefit from private lap pools and have access to the roof terrace, the perfect spot for a sunset dinner for two. The resort is a luxury wellness retreat, there is a tropical spa, daily yoga classes, mediation classes, acupuncture, massages and Traditional Chinese Medicine on offer to ensure you leave re-balanced and rejuvenated. Fine dining is served at Niam Niam Restaurant which incorporates the best Southern Cambodian flavours, authentic Italian recipes, contemporary international cuisine and vegetarian dishes; you can even take cooking classes so you can recreate your favourite Cambodian dishes back at home.
Green Leaf Boutique Hotel
The Green Leaf Boutique Hotel is the place to stay if you want your travels to be sustainable and meaningful. The hotel is non-profit and the Canadian humanitarian owners put all the profits towards the Green Leaf Foundation. There are several projects that benefit from the Foundation, including a unique and revolutionary water purification program (which uses seeds from the Moringa tree to provide free and clean drinking water to the less fortunate around the world); an education program for women; support for local schools; and a recycling program. Guests staying at Green Leaf Boutique Hotel have the chance to be educated on the Moringa tree and the water purification methods and can also take part in several volunteer projects locally if they wish.
The hotel itself is a charming, chic treat just minutes from Siem Reap in a beautifully, peaceful spot. The facilities are first class; with just 10 guest rooms, free Wi-Fi and complimentary use of an Android tablet during your stay; the pièce de résistance is definitely the lovely swimming pool and don’t miss the heavenly poolside foot massages on offer! The restaurant caters to both western and Khmer tastes and they pride themselves on sourcing all the organic ingredients locally. They offer free shuttle services and a range of local tours too. The Green Leaf Boutique Hotel also has excellent yoga facilities with their new zen tropical Yoga opening in November 2017.
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