My strongest memory of my experience and stay at Anantara is of the staff. In particular, the staff at breakfast were so kind and friendly to me and my mother. We looked forward to breakfast each morning for that fact. Also, one specific front desk staff member (whose name unfortunately slips my memory), was particularly helpful in orchestrating a surprise birthday cake for my mother. She planned it perfectly.
Much has already been described in other guests' reviews here so I will try not to be redundant. We were very pleased with the room, especially the comfortable beds and the over-sized bath. The sink area did not provide enough room to place toiletries for one person, let alone two. The expansive windows provided good sunlight and a nice view. If you want privacy, just pull down the shades and draw the curtains. We were able to watch the finals of the Australian Open in the comfort of our room, but if you didn't like what was on the tube and wanted your own choice, you could order a DVD or pop one of your own into the DVD player. Again, the housekeeping staff was very gracious in providing extra water, mosquito spray and anything else we needed.
Now, some of the downsides. In this case I will be redundant about the location...it is a bit removed. For some who want to be away from the hustle-and-bustle, this location is perfect. I prefer to be closer to the attractions, so not having my own transportation and having to arrange or find a tuk-tuk was at times a hassle. Also, the entrance to the hotel is a bit hard to see and find off of Hwy 6. Our driver didn't know where to go when we first arrived. Having so much water around the resort was calming and soothing, except for the fact that they attracted so many mosquitoes. The staff does a good job of fumigation and such, but you can never get rid of all of those pesky buggers. Having citronella candles in the room or other ways to ward off mosquitoes would have been appreciated.
All in all, our stay at Anantara was very pleasant. It's clearly set up as an oasis and should be marketed that way. Thanks once again to the wonderful staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience Cambodia's ancient wonders in unparalleled comfort with Anantara's all suites luxury experience. From complimentary airport transfers and delightful culinary amenities to the undivided attention of your discrete but attentive personal butler, no detail has been overlooked. Customise your journey with an all-inclusive Discovery Package including à la carte dining options, daily activities and temple pass, or select an indulgent Wellness Package focusing on refreshing treatments to have you looking and feeling your best. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alila Sothea Hotel Siem Reap