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 spa hotels and use your stay to find wellness as well as to explore. Spa hotels in Cambodia will indulge your body. This spiritual country will help your mind reach the well-being state you are after.
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. Visitors come to Siem Reap to see the temples, but the Spas here are second to none, and there is plenty to do in and around the city when you’re templed out.
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. 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.
1. Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is the newest five-star luxury hotel set right in the heart of the historical and modern capital of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. This new hotel is both immaculate and elegant, and the fantastic pool takes your mind on a journey away from the city and over to the coast.
The Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is walkable to the nearby Royal Palace, National Museum, and The Riverside and is equally convenient for the city’s business center. You won’t find a better located hotel in Phnom Penh. If you are flying in, the airport is just 30-minutes drive from the hotel, and travel around the city is easy by hotel limousine, taxi, or tuk-tuk.
If you read any reviews about this hotel, the overriding opinion is that this ultra-modern hotel is pristine with brilliant staff. The look is very “Hyatt” with a modern interior decorated in chocolate tones. In line with the modern architecture, floor-to-ceiling windows share wonderful city views and let in loads of light.
For us, the pool is an absolute highlight. Wooden loungers with white cushions laze on the wooden decking surrounded by greenery and shaded by parasols. This might be the nicest place to relax in the whole of Phnom Penh, and the greenery transports guests to a peaceful location away from the stress and noise of the city.
Beyond the pool are nine multi-functional meeting and event spaces, a 24/7 fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, the exclusive Regency Club lounge, and a brilliant Spa. The beautiful Jivapita Spa, an urban hideaway and contemporary retreat right in the city’s heart, offers a truly authentic Cambodian experience.
Treatments include the Jivapita Signature Massage, which lasts 90 minutes. Jivapita Signature tells a story from various parts of the world where ancient healing takes place. Each journey begins with audio therapy and tranquility touch. Surrender yourself to the gentle caress of Spa artisans who will take you to different parts of the world from Balinese soothing rub, Thai energizing stroke, Oriental deep acupressure, and the gentle rocking of Mediterranean waves that lull you into a state of holistic repose.
2. Park Hyatt Siem Reap
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!
The hotel is designed around a 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 as women in broad-brimmed hats slowly sweep away the few fallen leaves.
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 humankind. 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.
The Spa is a luxury oasis overlooking the city center of Siem Reap. The Spa offers a peaceful retreat for you to have the ultimate wellness experience. Embracing fluidity and grace, The Spa offers an authentic Cambodian experience with contemporary flair.
Explore the plush amenities at The Spa, including a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, steam room, and luxury relaxation room. The Spa houses seven treatment suites, including three suites for couples. Each suite will offer you sanctuary, surrounding you with natural lotus arrangements.
At The Spa, staff strive to provide you with the most soothing spa experience possible. From the moment you arrive, your experience will be completely personalized to fit your needs. Before your appointment begins, the spa team will provide you with a consultation to determine your best treatment regimen.
The Spa will provide you with a robe and slippers for your comfort, and a secured change closet will be available for your personal belongings. Here you can enjoy all the blissful services and amenities The Spa has to offer and let yourself completely unwind during your stay.
3. Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool Villas
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 and Bensley Collection Pool Villas.
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 Khmer Tonics Spa and Gym is a sanctuary of well-being atop the Shinta Mani Angkor Hotel featuring a luxury spa suite, six unique treatment rooms, and an intimate private gym. This haven of refuge will help your body and mind to be restored to exuberant health and wholeness.
Relax after a long day exploring the ancient temples and lush countryside with one of their unique Khmer-inspired dry or oil massages. Therapists use a richly moisturizing base of organic coconut, sesame, and traditional rice bran oils to nourish and care for your skin as they work their skilled techniques.
Therapeutic treatments are based on traditional and modern healing rituals and are designed to reduce stress, boost concentration and awareness, ease tension, and uplift your creative mind and spirit. The Cambodian spa and wellness team are highly experienced and internationally trained in a variety of global therapy modalities and practices offering a journey of health and well-being to remember.
Khmer Tonics products are made to the highest international standards. Carrying COSMOS certification, all ingredients and formulation processes meet thorough regulations and criteria set by five global authorities for the sustainable and humane production of natural and organic body and skincare products.
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, 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 hotel’s main foyer 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.
Sofitel Spa Phnom Penh enables you to experience treatments in ten Spa Suites combining avant-garde Khmer style with a French colonial touch for an unforgettable moment of wellbeing and beauty. Whether you are in need of some sublime relax-time at our Phnom Penh spa, or you are a couple who wishes to enjoy a joint spa experience in the most private of settings, at Sofitel Spa, you are in expert and caring hands, which will help you rediscover your inner harmony in the most graceful and fragrant of surroundings.
Ancient traditions meet the refinement and skill of the latest in French cosmetology to create this Phnom Penh day spa. Awaken your senses and feel re-energized with a selection of health and beauty treatments. Explore a new kind of spa experience with a wide range of poetic and surprising treatments. Discover all the ingredients to enhance your natural complexion and make the stress and strains of daily life fade away with a natural-inspired menu. Enjoy a traditional Phnom Penh Khmer massage, or a Phnom Penh Thai massage, or embark upon one of the spa journeys that combine herbal and floral treatments with finely applied massage techniques with or without oils that will penetrate deep into your tired muscles and leave you supple and fresh to once again face the world.
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. Set in lush, tropical gardens, two swimming pools 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 have 14-foot ceilings and original clawfoot baths.
Raffles Spa is a revitalizing oasis right in the heart of Phnom Penh. Where every element is carefully considered, and authentic treatments are offered with charming and graceful finishing touches. Connected to Cambodia and the world, Raffles Spa offers a range of traditional Khmer and modern treatments.
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