Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in Cambodia

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What are the top 10 best luxury hotels in Cambodia? We have already reviewed the best executive club lounges in Phnom Penh Cambodia and the best airline lounges at the airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh. We have also reviewed the best executive club lounges in Siem Reap and the best airport lounges in Siem Reap REP Cambodia, separately. Now we review the very best luxury hotels in Cambodia.

If you want to stay in luxury in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh in Cambodia, if budget allows, you should consider staying at one of the best luxury hotels. These include Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh which is near Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH), Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Bensley Collection Shinta Mani Siem Reap, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor, and Amansara.

Visitors come here to see the temples in Siem Reap, of course, but there is plenty to do in and around the city when you’re templed out. Siem Reap has reinvented itself as the epicenter of chic Cambodia, with everything from backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining across a range of cuisines, sumptuous spas, great shopping, local tours to suit both foodies and adventurers, and a creative cultural scene that includes Cambodia’s leading contemporary circus.

You definitely want to visit Siem Reap and Angkor in the dry season which falls between late November and early April. The nicest months weather-wise are December and January when there’s the least rainfall and temperatures are slightly cooler but of course, these also bring the most visitors and the temples can be packed so going very slightly out of peak season can be a good thing.

If you want to book any luxury hotel, in Myanmar or beyond, use our luxury travel concierge. Our agents offer exclusive free upgrades, free breakfasts, free hotel credit, and VIP gifts at luxury hotels like Four Seasons, Aman, Belmond, Hyatt, Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental, and more for the same price as the hotel’s own websites. You will also get all your usual Marriott Bonvoy or InterContinental etc points and status benefits if you book with us.

Typically, our free benefits at luxury hotels if you book via our luxury travel concierge include:

  • Room upgrade to next category
  • Complimentary breakfast for two per bedroom
  • Complimentary Welcome Gift
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel experiential credit per room per stay
  • Early check-in / Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

1. Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Siem Reap

For an ultra-luxurious sanctuary, in stunning Siem Reap, better known perhaps as the gateway to the magnificent temples of Angkor, book a stay in a stunning private pool villa at the incredible Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection. This is probably the best luxury hotel in Cambodia.

Their chic villas are located by the river in the cultural heart of Siem Reap in Cambodia; near enough to the action for ease but just quiet enough to allow total peace and serenity. You are just 15 minutes from the cultural highlight – the temples of Angkor.

The villas are the latest offering in the Shinta Mani family created by acclaimed designer Bill Bensley. The 10 two-level villas are hidden under the ancient canopy of Siem Reap’s palace trees. Each walled compound offers you total privacy in your very own lush tropical garden with your own personal 9-meter swimming pool. It almost goes without saying but this place is special. Aesthetically it’s simply stunning. Monochromatic tiles, vast murals, handcrafted lighting fixtures, a floor to ceiling glassed bathroom, a freestanding bathtub in the garden and then there’s the rooftop. The beautiful roof terrace includes a huge day bed; sunbathe by day in true comfort, enjoy a seemingly personal display at sunset and sleep under the Khmer stars by night. Unforgettable.

Possibly the most notable part of the service is quite simply that you have your own personal, traditionally trained butler. Sit back and let them spoil you; they have that enviable quality of being there instantly when you need something but being discretely invisible the rest of the time. Don’t think it impersonal though, they are warm and always greet and leave you with a smile. Ask them to arrange your transfers, organize local trips and tours, arrange restaurant bookings, and basically meet your every whim.

Your villa offers 156sqm. of luxury space across two pavilions with views over the garden, that outdoor bathtub, and a rain shower. The bed is outstanding; Bill Bensley designed what he feels are the fluffiest, most comfortable beds imaginable. Custom-tailored Khmer inspired bed sheets, a plethora of feather or pillows, and bedside golden bamboo towers; everything you need for a divine night’s sleep.

As well as your own facilities, you can enjoy complete access to all the facilities of the nearby sister hotels Shinta Mani Angkor and Shinta Mani Shack. Most notably perhaps being the luxe Shinta Mani Spa – alternatively, they will come to you and deliver your treatment in the sanctuary of your own villa.

Your butler comes into his own whenever you are feeling peckish. Let him know what you fancy and the house kitchen can tailor make a delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Dine poolside or on your rooftop or just take breakfast in bed.

The resort is proud of its culture of ‘Open Doors, Open Hearts’. This culture underlines their commitment to responsible tourism and they are passionate supporters of those less fortunate in their community.

Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge and you will get extra free benefits.

2. Shinta Mani Shack Angkor

Shinta Mani Shack Angkor is centrally located in the leafy French Quarter of Angkor, between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area of Siem Reap, just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. You really couldn’t pick a better spot.

The style of the resort is rather fabulous. The boutique resort is a relaxing garden oasis with a striking courtyard design. Inside a chic treat awaits; there is a retro feel with some fabulous features including a mirrored feature wall, custom-designed iron bed, and handcrafted light fittings.

There are 66 elegant and contemporary rooms including 4 suites. If you’re on the ground floor you have direct access to that swimming pool in the Poolside Garden Rooms and if you’re on the first floor you have your own intimate balcony with heavenly views over the pool in the Poolview Rooms; you really can’t go wrong. The retro and spacious Junior Suites have an even better pool view being located on the second floor. Upgrade to an Executive Suite for a separate living area and balcony views of the urban streetscape. All the rooms feature artwork exclusively created for Shinta Mani by Bensley Design Studios, Bangkok which adds a stylish and personal touch to your experience.

Mealtimes are truly celebrated here. There are five restaurants and bars so lots of choices including international comfort food and colorful Khmer street food! All the establishments use only the freshest local, imported, and organic ingredients, prepared at their prime, to satisfy even the most avid gourmet. You can also enjoy poolside refreshments, take a cookery class, or just enjoy a cocktail and tapas at the hip bar which overlooks the inner courtyard.

There is a stunning outdoor saltwater swimming pool which is surrounded by the flourishing tropical gardens. When you return from a hot day exploring, relax those aching bones at the Shinta Mani Spa; a sanctuary of serenity and a haven of refuge where your body has its wellbeing and health restored, all ready for another day out tomorrow!

The service is first-class, you can tell by how immaculate the entire resort is and by how beautifully maintained it is that the staff have a real feeling of pride in the resort. They welcome you with open arms and are efficient and courteous throughout.

The resort is proud of its culture of ‘Open Doors, Open Hearts’. This culture underlines their commitment to responsible tourism and they are passionate supporters of those less fortunate in their community.

3. Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Ideal for World of Hyatt loyalty point collectors, Park Hyatt Siem Reap is a wonderful hotel that one of our reporters visited a few years ago. It was so good that they keep returning! This is their story about their stay in one of the best luxury hotels in Cambodia.

Sitting on the swing seat in the shade of the cloistered courtyard sipping my mojito, I gaze at the most perfect Banyan tree which is the centerpiece of this elegant oasis of sophistication amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Siem Reap. Small birds hop to and fro pecking for ants around the pool. A small woman in a dark green uniform and broad-brimmed hat slowly sweeps away the few fallen leaves from last night. I’ve been here since breakfast and it’s now just afternoon. The atmosphere is perfect and I don’t want this moment to end.

It was a good breakfast. Mr. Pisith cooks excellent traditional Cambodian food, following his grandmother’s recipes. His father before him was also a chef at this hotel. Mr. Pisith, Cambodian noodle soup, and the banyan tree, all perennial. All timeless. If only I could stay forever. I have fallen in love with this hotel to the extent that I fantasize about having my ashes spread under the banyan tree at the full moon. To become part of this place, this serenity, what better ending could there be?

I am shaken from my daydreaming by my wife who reminds me that we have an appointment at the spa in half an hour. Such hardship. I shall have to trudge inside and walk through the vast glass double doors which will once again be held open for me by their twin attendants who appear from nowhere to prevent me from having to strain a sinew. I shall have to take the elevator, scented with a bowl of fresh jasmine flowers, up a floor. I will have to walk through the cool corridors and over the terracotta tiled bridge past the magically tropical freeform pool to the spa reception. I will be forced to drink chilled lemongrass tea, mount the stairs through the secret garden to the therapy suite and allow yet another Cambodian masseuse to work on my knotted muscles with her super sensitive hands for a whole hour. Such hardship can barely be born.

If you’re a European or North American, Siem Reap is definitely otherworldly. Most people who come here do so for one purpose. To visit the largest religious site ever constructed by mankind. Just 15 minutes from the hotel by motorcycle tuk-tuk, Angkor was in the 11th century the world’s largest city. One in a thousand of all human beings alive lived here then. It was the capital of a mighty kingdom unknown to the western world until French archaeologist Mouhot started to map it and cut back the forests which had overgrown its beautiful temples. Over a thousand temples have since been identified. There is much much more to Siem Reap than temples though. Wonderful restaurants, the most amazing, intimate circus troupe, vibrant markets, and even a crazy golf course.

If you want to get to know this crazy, hurly-burly town with a big smile but have a quiet, luxurious hotel to retreat to, you couldn’t do better than the Park Hyatt. Slap bang in the middle of town, walking distance from everything including the famous (infamous?) Pub Street but hidden within plain white walls concealing a haven of tranquility and elegance. There is even a bakery shop, open to the public selling french style bread with a sing-song musical crust.

The smallest room is 35 sqm and beautifully furnished in a modern take on Khmer style. All rooms are very well appointed with Nespresso machines, effective aircon, marble bathrooms, wi-fi large screen TV, and everything else that spells luxury. View rooms have a view of the courtyard and are quieter than the outward-facing rooms. Suites range from the 71sqm Park Suite King to the Presidential Suite. Our favorite though is the Park Executive Suite – there are only four and one of them has two bedrooms. Each has its own courtyard and private plunge pool, which is exactly what you need when you have survived the humidity at the temples.

There is just one restaurant for the 104 guest rooms but it is a very good one and three-course dinner can be as little as $25 USD per person. There are always special offers on wine (including Champagne) and dinner is accompanied by a very tasteful display of traditional Khmer dance and music three times per week. The lounge is a beautiful and cool place for cocktails or meetings and the hotel shop displays some truly fantastic Khmer artworks to admire or purchase. They support a local art charity too.

Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge and you will get extra free benefits.

4. Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra

The Sofitel is one of the Phnom Penh’s leading luxury hotels combining French colonial style with excellent service, good rooms, and two large swimming pools, one with a pool-side bar to cool down in, a sports club, restaurants and a beautiful garden.

The hotel is located about 2 km south of the Royal Palace, very close to the Russian embassy. The main foyer of the hotel is huge with the bar on the left side and the check-in & concierge desks at the back. Rooms are generously sized and very comfortable with a bed and a living room area with a sofa and an armchair, flat screen tv, etc.

The Club Millésime at hotel Sofitel Phnom Penh is one of the best hotel club lounges at hotels in Phnom Penh and is exclusively offered to Club and Suite guests.

The lounge offers a luxury setting with additional five-star services. Be spoiled for choice with a large collection of tea & coffee, gastronomical delights, and free-flow sparkling wine, all included for free in this lounge. The lounge itself has a very chic atmosphere and the free breakfast is very good with buffet and hot breakfast items to order. There is tea and coffee with cakes in the afternoon and cocktails, wines, and snacks during the happy hour from 6 to 8 pm. All are excellent and the food is fresh.

To get Club Millésime access, you need to book a suite or buy Club Millésime access. Book via our luxury travel concierge to get extra free benefits at this and other luxury hotels.

5. Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh

While Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra has a club lounge, when comparing this Sofitel vs Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Raffles is best for luxury.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal has been Phnom Penh’s premier luxury address since opening in 1929. A restoration project has returned the hotel to its original colonial grandeur with five luxurious restaurants and bars on-site.

Besides serving the Jacqueline Kennedy menu, Restaurant Le Royal offers Royal Khmer cuisine with menus crafted by the Royal Palace. The Elephant Bar has welcomed many legendary visitors; its signature Femme Fatale cocktail was created to mark Jacqueline Kennedy’s 1967 visit to Cambodia. Two swimming pools, set in lush, tropical gardens, provide a welcome respite after a day spent exploring this vibrant city.

Book a Landmark Rooms or Suite, Personality Suites, and the Le Royal Suite which are in the original 1929 building and has 14-foot ceilings and original clawfoot baths.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of the best hotels in Phnom Penh. Book a stay here with our luxury travel concierge for extra free benefits.

6. Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is set among tranquil landscaped gardens on the tree-lined Charles de Gaulle Avenue. It is just 10 minutes’ drive to Angkor Wat.

Rooms enjoy a blend of French and Khmer design and decor and the hotel has a wide variety of dining options, including French and international cuisines. The outdoor pool with a swim-up bar is an ideal place for relaxing and there is an indulgent spa center with a hot tub and massage treatments for relaxing. The hotel also has an 18-hole Country Golf Club.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has a newly opened Club Millésime which adds to the luxury experience if you stay at this luxury hotel. This is definitely one of the best hotel club lounges in Siem Reap and it offers superb cuisine and an extensive list of wines, cocktails, and beers from around the world to inspire you as you overlook the peaceful Sala Lake and its colorful water lilies.

Enjoy a Champagne Breakfast or a tea break, this Club Millésime lounge is open throughout the day. In the evening, as you come back from your visits, the Apéro Chic cocktail hour features a luxurious selection off finger sandwiches, cold cuts and imported cheeses all included for free when you book a room with lounge access. It is the perfect way to relax after a tiring day at the Temples.

To get Club Millésime access, you need to book a suite or buy Club Millésime access. Book via our luxury travel concierge to get extra free benefits at this and other luxury hotels.

7. Borei Angkor

The Privilege Floor, which is the club lounge floor at Borei Angkor, offers a true 5-star hotel experience, as does its club lounge. This hotel also offers a lovely large pool with a pop group that performs poolside in the evenings. Take a tuk-tuk from Borei Angkor into town, which takes five minutes to downtown Siem Reap and 20 minutes to the temples.

The Privilege Floor has 19 spacious rooms and suites with hardwood floors, wooden furniture, large bathrooms, butler service, and good-sized balconies with views across the hotel grounds and the city.

The Damnak Restaurant and Lounge is reserved exclusively for Privilege Floor guests. Breakfast is a buffet with cereals, cold cuts, eggs, and fresh fruit plus à la carte food. Within the lounge, you can also enjoy excellent evening Western and Cambodian platters (of chicken fish and beef). The veranda of this exclusive lounge is a wonderful place for a drink overlooking Siem Reap as the sun goes down.

Book The Privilege Floor at Borei Angkor on either the Bed and Breakfast package or the Full Package, which comes with a private “any time of the day” car service, two hours of unlimited cocktails, a complimentary minibar and free laundry.

8. Courtyard Siem Reap Resort

If you are looking for a Marriott Bonvoy hotel in Cambodia, look no further than Courtyard Siem Reap Resort opened in 2018 and has an executive club lounge open daily. With award-winning Khmer architecture, sleek decor, and forward-thinking amenities, the Courtyard Siem Reap Resort is a stunning contrast to the ancient sites of nearby Angkor Archeological Park.

The lobby is chic, the rooftop bar offers cocktails with a view (binoculars are offered to take in dramatic views of Angkor Wat). For all-day hotel dining, Lok Lak brings local inspiration to international fare.

Stylish rooms and suites include balconies views, Bluetooth® speakers, and a 43-inch TV. There is also a lovely saltwater pool and fitness center and Quan Spa with traditional Cambodian treatments. The hotel is close to three Siem Reap golf courses and offers cooking classes, a kids’ club, and 4,400+ square feet of event space.

The Club lounge offers complimentary food including hot buffet breakfast, midday snack, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, Starbucks (R) coffee, tea, & signature espresso-based drinks, free High-Speed Wi-Fi, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages.

Platinum Marriott Bonvoy members get club lounge access, a complimentary gift upon arrival, complimentary internet, late check out until 4 pm subject to availability, and a complimentary room upgrade to the next best category subject to availability on arrival date. If you are booking using the redemption points for your stay, Platinums do not get free executive lounge access.

As a Gold Marriott Bonvoy member, there are no decent benefits at this hotel. No real upgrades, no lounge access, no breakfast. They also charge $45 USD extra per night to have a child in your room even on points stays.

9. Memoire D’Angkor Boutique Hotel

Memoire D’Angkor Boutique Hotel is stunning inside and out. Located in Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, near to the world heritage UNESCO site of Angkor Wat the hotel’s position, quite literally, couldn’t be better.

This is one of those hotels that manages to be both contemporary and achingly stylish yet at the same time maintains a distinctly Cambodian appeal so you never forget where you’re staying.

The beautiful boutique hotel is ultra-modern with a stunning state-of-the-art concept; everywhere you look there is art and the hotel very much celebrates and respects this. The colors are bold and fabulous, with traditional Cambodian motifs, designer furnishings, dark hardwood floors, and a Zen-style to the relaxing guest rooms.

When you return to your hotel after a hectic day exploring Siem Reap or marveling at the sights of Angkor, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be hot, aching, and smiling! Where better to head then than to the gorgeous clearwater swimming pool, cool off a while and then sit back on the relaxed patio swings and let the day memories envelop you. For a real wellness experience, the Memoria Spa is simply beautiful and they’ll really take care of those aching bones here or if you need even more of a workout, there’s a spacious gymnasium that overlooks the pool. For a fun activity at the hotel, you can learn to create a local dish at a cookery class; there’s nothing better than cooking up an authentic masterpiece when you’re back at home to take you straight back to your travels.

The wonderful art concept continues in the guest rooms and can be keenly felt in each of the 48 rooms and suites which are carefully decorated with Cambodian art pieces from Master Artist “Theam”, whose artwork is drawn on philosophical symbolic and conceptual foundation of traditional Cambodia. Choose from Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Artistry Memoire Suites, or the Artistry Family Suite. All the Zen-like, large rooms are fully equipped with all the amenities that you would expect for luxury travel including King Beds, air-conditioning, and a writing desk.

10. Navutu Dreams

Set amidst rice paddy fields and sugar palm plantations, Navutu Dreams is Cambodia’s leading wellness resort which offers luxurious yoga retreats and an array of health, detox and wellness programs founded on Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic healing.

During a stay at Navutu Dreams, guests are welcomed into a tropical oasis that features a hectare and a half of lush gardens, three swimming pools, 28 spacious, well-appointed guestrooms and suites, a spa that offers Asian massages and detoxifying therapies, 2 yoga studios with a variety of yoga classes and a wellness center for detoxing and mind-body healing practices. It is a perfect destination for those who would like to go on healthy holidays and renewing retreats.

Navutu Dreams’ integrative approach to wellness is designed to help guests achieve a perfect balance and restore their well-being. Guests will be guided by their team of professional wellness experts through a holistic journey back to balance, rejuvenation, and a healthy lifestyle. Navutu Dreams’ dedication to wellness and well-being has seen the property recognized by wellness authorities such as Conde Nast Johansens, Spa Finder Wellness, National Geographic Traveller UK – Spa & Wellness and the Leading Retreats of the World.

For those who want to delve deeper into spirituality may opt for their destination-inspired activities such as forest bathing, a calm guided walk through the selected path at the Angkor Archaeological Park, sunrise meditation within the grounds of an age-old temple or ‘Pradakshina’ a sacred forest meditation experience to help soothe the mind and be in touch back with Mother Nature.

Being ‘Cambodia’s only premier resort & wellness retreat’, Navutu Dreams exceeds expectations of what a ‘wellness resort’ could be. Not only are they committed to offering luxurious wellness retreats but they are also dedicated to providing exceptional dining experiences. Local flavors, as well as international contemporary fares, are prepared using only locally-grown produce and the freshest ingredients. Fresh tasting salads, nourishing soups, delectable vegetarian and vegan dishes, and detox juices are on offer for all the health-savvy individuals out there, thanks to its culinary team that crafts their wellness menu.

Should guests be interested in discovering more of the healthy cuisine, they offer amazing wellness cooking classes that highlight the ‘farm-to-table’ concept. The wellness cooking class is an information-packed culinary journey to be overseen by their Resident Chef.

Self-discovery, relaxation, and unique experiences await you at Siem Reap’s only deluxe resort & wellness retreat.


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