Where to stay: CAMBODIA
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Raffles Hotel Le Royal | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
First opened in 1929, Raffles Hotel Le Royal is one of Cambodia’s true heritage hotels, and presents a wonderful fusion of colonial, Khmer and Art Deco styles. Writers, royalty and celebrities have stayed here, and walls are lined with historical black-and-white photographs. One wing was only built in 1997, but many of the interiors are original, from the polished tiles and restored staircase to the bookcases and bureaus lining the elegant corridors. Even with 175 rooms, it feels intimate.
Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor | Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Cambodia has reopened following an extensive six-month restoration. First opened in 1932 and widely celebrated as the Grande Dame of Angkor, the hotel has been welcoming discerning travellers and famous faces – from Charlie Chaplin to Jackie Kennedy and Michelle Obama.
Phum Baitang | Siem Reap, Cambodia
A design hotel iniscent of Khmer houses, built on stilts with local wood, timber and stone that have been used in Cambodia for decades. Not trying to imitate, but rather integrate a luxury resort into its enviroment, the resort is set among 8 acres of rice fields and gardens giving guests an authentic rural experience just outside the bustling city of Siem Reap.
Viroth's Hotel | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Viroth’s Hotel, in Siem Reap, Cambodia has come out top of the 2018 Best Hotels in the world for travellers, as rated by TripAdvisor. “Chic, tranquil, green and luxurious oasis. Friendly, helpful and yet unobtrusive service. Viroth’s is not just a great place to see the stunning temples, but a destination in its own right,” TripAdvisor says. With 95 per cent of their 994 reviews being five-star, it’s no wonder Viroth took the top spot.
Rambutan Hotel & Spa | Siem Reap, Cambodia
In many cases “hotel and resort” is just a fancy way of saying “hotel,” but Rambutan Hotel & Resort styles itself as two properties in one, side by side in the heart of old Siem Reap, just across the river from the city center. To be perfectly fair, they share everything, including the spa, the swimming pools, and the restaurant and bar.
Pavilion | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Pavilion, converted from four historic villas, is one of those hotels you walk into and instantly relax. Trees line the walkway to reception and as you turn the corner, a glorious pool surrounded by pavilions and a shaded restaurant and bar come into view.
The Balé Phnom Penh | Cambodia
This 18-suite modernist compound is located directly on the mighty Mekong river, a few kilometers north of the city. Long rectilinear corridors and footbridges slash through white pavilions and internal courtyards landscaped with frangipani, lemongrass, black-bottom ponds with spider lilies, a sacred Bodhi tree, and thick jungle foliage.
Sala Lodges | Siem Reap, Cambodia
If you are looking for a luxurious way to experience authentic Cambodian country life, Sala Lodges is the place. Eleven traditional Khmer houses from the 1950s and 1980s have been lovingly rebuilt in a tropical garden. The attached restaurant serves excellent Khmer cuisine.
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat | Siem Reap, Cambodia
A design boutique hotel in Mediterranean style located on the quiet outskirts of Siem Reap, a 7-minute TukTuk drive from the hustle and bustle of Old Market and Pub Street. Tonle Sap Lake and the Angkor Wat temples can be reached in 20 minutes' drive by the hotel's complimentary shuttle. The hotel is well-known for its detox and de-stress spa programs.
FCC Angkor | Siem Reap, Cambodia
Located across from the Royal Independence Gardens and Royal Residence, FCC Angkor was once home to the elegant mansion of the French colonial governor, as well as the renowned Foreign Correspondent’s Club – a place that holds an abundance of history and recognised as a popular meeting place for international journalists, celebrities and travellers from around the world.
Viroth's Villa | Siem Reap, Cambodia
A DNA Hotels favorite, the Viroth's Villa sits squarely in the sweet spot between cheap guesthouse and big-box hotel -and unbeatably priced. It has a simple, clean design that is accented by gray Khmer tile floors, rosewood railings, and the occasional indigenous objet or scarlet wall. Each of the artfully lit rooms has a 1950s vibe to and features its own balcony or terrace that looks out over the street, pool, or private courtyard.
Jaya House River Park | Siem Reap, Cambodia
With a unique design inspired by 1960s Cambodian Modernism, this boutique hideaway mixes style and a social conscience. It boasts a one-of-a-kind swimming pool – lined with sparkling, solid silver tiles – and is the country’s first plastic-free hotel, helping to launch the ReFill Not Landfill initiative.
Shinta Mani Wild | Southern Cardamon National Park, Cambodia
A game-changing luxury tented camp built along a river valley in the waterfall-laced Cambodian rainforest. With an ethos of eco, Wild’s funds are used to preserve its surrounding private nature sanctuary from poaching, mining and logging — a stay will make you feel like you’re at the front line of conservation.
Alila Villas Koh Russey | Cambodia
A 63-key hotel occupying 15 per cent of the island of Russey in the Koh Rong archipelago, a ten minute boat ride off the country’s south coast. Architect Chioh-Hui Goh, of Singapore firm Studiogoto, was inspired by the ‘krama’, a traditional Cambodian scarf; the geometrical patterns of which informed Alila’s architectural design, including the impressive pool area.
Song Saa Private Island | Koh Rong, Cambodia
A remote private island resort off the coast of Cambodia, offering ultra-luxurious villas built into the jungle or perched on stilts over the sea. The food is fabulous, there’s a soporific spa, and a ravishingly relaxing vibe. Rates are expensive, but include all meals and most drinks. Worth saving up for.
TAMU Otres Hotel | Sihanoukville, Cambodia
A sleek boutique hotel right on the sand. There are just fifteen rooms, situated around a swimming pool and facing the sea, each with a private balcony. Some have small gardens; others have Balinese-style outdoor showers. Inside, the look is minimalist — polished cement floors, wide white beds, low sofas and cushions that invite a lazy afternoon lounge.