We're so glad we spent an entire week at Navutu, and decided not to breeze through Siem Reap and Angkor Wat in the three days that most do.
My wife and I were travelling to Malaysia for a wedding, and rather jam-packed itinerary. We wanted to stop-off in Cambodia to see the famous Angkor Wat temples and surrounds, but also wanted to relax after what was to be a busy week. Navutu was the perfect solution. You could not help think you were at a breezy island, secluded hideaway in the South Pacific at times. It's the perfect place to escape after a few hours at the temples - which are in one of the hottest, humid climates on earth. The pools are beautiful, the food is fantastic, and the spa services are great. There is almost no reason to leave - but you should.
As you drive around Siem Reap, you see all the options - a homogeneous panorama of quickly built, tacky hotel, after hotel. But the owners here clearly made something special.
The hotel provided us with an exclusive driver for the whole trip. Our driver, Samraj, was amazing, and took us every where we wanted to go - even on several medium-distant day trips. Travelling the roads in the Tuk-Tuk seemed a much better experience than those tourists locked in a mini-bus - or worse - giant coach bus. We simply never needed to worry about hiring transportation on our own for the whole week. However, in hindsight it had made us slightly uncomfortable as we were not used to that level of service, and hope the hotel gives drivers time-off to spend time with their own families.
I also want to thank the manager, Reaksmey, who helped us with some last minute, visa panic advice from Malaysia, as we had forgotten to bring extra passport photos for Cambodia.
NOTE: It's taken me a while to write this review. When we were there in 2013, it seemed they were expanding and building a few more bungalows. I'm not sure if this has changed the atmosphere, as at most times the resort was empty, and probably had capacity for more guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Slightly tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the more touristy zones of Siem reap and a few minutes drive from the Angkor Archaeological Park is the stunning wellness retreat and resort - Navutu Dreams. Well-manicured gardens, three (3) free form swimming pools, contemporary architecture featuring eco-friendly, low-slung chalets combine to form a tranquil oasis fit for relaxing, refreshing and rejuvenating holiday. Twenty eight (28) well-appointed rooms and suites, unique wellness venues, delectable cuisine and authentic Cambodian hospitality make Navutu Dreams the resort of choice for discerning travelers. Navutu Dreams is the only wellness retreat in Siem Reap and is ideal for travelers opting to stay true to a healthy lifestyle. Daily yoga sessions, acupuncture and other healing practices as well as programmes for detox, de-stress are offered at the resort. The Honeycomb Spa offers facials, scrubs and therapies enriched by local healing and beautifying traditions. Healthy menus, authentic Cambodian cuisine and a selection of Italian and international favorites are featured at Niam Niam Restaurant. Tuk-tuk shuttles to the center of town are readily available for free. The Concierge is a well of knowledge for places to see and explore and is always on hand to assist. ... more less
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