Where to stay in Cambodia
Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh
Combining a distinguished history with a refined style, Raffles is Phnom Penh’s most luxurious hotel. Established in 1929, the hotel quickly became a magnet for politicians, journalists and travellers. Taken over by the Raffles group in 1997, the hotel was fully refurbished and became the award-winning and luxury destination it is today.
Belmond La Residence d'Angkor, Siem Reap
This beautiful Khmer style hotel, a member of the prestigious Belmond hotel collection, is filled with ambience created by dark wood, lily ponds, dramatic local fabrics and a lush riverside jungle garden. With only 55 rooms, the hotel has an intimate, boutique feel.
Phum Baitang, Siem Reap
Phum Baitang, meaning ‘Green Village’, in Khmer is a totally unique collection of 45 private villas set in eight hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens and rice fields. Located in the countryside just ten minutes’ drive from the centre of Siem Reap, this heavenly retreat is a complete contrast to the bustling town centre and the perfect antidote to a day spent exploring the spectacular Angkor Temples.
Sala Lodges, Siem Reap
Authentic and enchanting, Sala Lodges resembles a rural Cambodian village. This unique collection of lodges features eleven traditional Khmer wooden houses on stilts, collected from villages in the Cambodian countryside and lovingly rebuilt and restored in the countryside just a mile outside Siem Reap.
Shinta Mani Shack, Siem Reap
Shinta Mani is a charming stylish boutique hotel, ultra-modern but with delightful Cambodian touches. Perfectly located in the heart of Siem Reap, this small resort enjoys a peaceful setting yet is within walking distance of the buzzy local restaurants and bars plus it has its very own night market, supporting local artists.
Alila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia
Alila Villas Koh Russey is a small island off the Cambodian coast, nestled within the Koh Rong archipelago – an unspoilt collection of islands with powder soft beaches, swathed with tropical forest. On landing at Sihanoukville airport you will be just a short drive from the private mainland launch where you will board your speedboat to the resort.
Knai Bang Chatt, Cambodia
Located along the southern coast of Cambodia, this little known stylish retreat is truly enchanting. Set apart from other hotels in the unspoilt coastal resort of Kep this serene haven is just 4 hours from Phnom Penh by road, 3 hours from the Vietnam border at Chau Doc or a thrilling 45 minute helicopter ride - yet it is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Shinta Mani Wild is an uber luxurious tented retreat, located in the heart of Cambodia’s Southern Cardamom national park. A two-and-a-half-hour drive from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville it is the perfect combination with the temples of Angkor and a stay on one of the exquisite new island resorts off the south coast. The camp is designed by visionary Bill Bensley, who has set out to protect the 400-acre river valley from poaching, mining and logging. The fifteen custom designed tents have fabulous creative touches, from the outdoor bathtubs overlooking the river to the retro decor. Bill has proclaimed that this is ‘what it would have been like to be on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’ and a real sense of fun will follow your jungle journey. Make like Tarzan and zipline into reception where a welcome drink will be waiting for you.
Six Senses Krabey Island, Cambodia
A scenic ten-minute drive from Sihanouvkville airport, with direct flights from Siem Reap and Saigon, followed by a short boat ride and before you know it you’ve arrived in pristine, unadulterated paradise on the island of Koh Krabey. This idyllic sanctuary is the perfect antidote to a visit to the Angkor Temples and a sublime finale to a top-to-toe journey through Vietnam. Six Senses have transformed this tiny volcanic island into a gorgeous intimate jungle retreat, with 30 acres of jungle carefully landscaped to preserve the natural environment.
Song Saa, Cambodia
The islands of Cambodia lie in the glistening waters of the Gulf of Thailand and the divine resort of Song Saa Private Island makes up part of this magnificent seascape. Set on two small islands, which are connected by a footbridge, you are surrounded by reef teaming with life. This is a private and intimate experience for the lucky few who are privileged enough to stay here. Just an hour by plane from Siem Reap followed by a 35 minute speedboat journey, it is the perfect place to relax after a visit to the temples of Angkor.
Royal Sands Resort, Cambodia
Set on the beautiful island of Koh Rong with powder-white beaches that rival any found in the Maldives, The Royal Sands makes a gorgeous addition to any Cambodia trip. The island it’s nestled within is swathed in pristine rainforest and fringed by unspoilt beaches and kaleidoscopic coral gardens. While Koh Rong is a popular destination for off-the-beaten-track travellers, they often make a beeline for the opposite side of the island, leaving The Royal Sands to boast nearly 2,000ft of sugar-soft sands lapped by turquoise waters.
Cardamon Tented Camp, Cambodia
Located in the remote Botum Sakor National Park, close to the Thai border in south-west Cambodia, Cardamon Tented Camp is a small simple eco-lodge camp with nine simple but super comfortable but en-suite glamping tents. Built in partnership with the Wildlife Alliance this not-for-profit camp was designed to provide guests with an all-encompassing nature experience, while actively contributing to research, protection and conservation efforts of the existing natural reserves.
Four Rivers Floating Lodge, Cambodia
Offering a wonderful wilderness experience, Four Rivers Floating Lodge is located in the south-west wilderness of Botum Sakor National Park, in a region called Koh Kong and is a great addition to a temple and beach itinerary to Cambodia. This is as remote as it gets and a few days of peace, tranquillity and beautiful scenery is the perfect tonic to reconnect with nature.
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