We visited this lovely hotel as part of a three week tour of Indochina. Siem Reap is a very buzzy exciting town with very much a holiday atmosphere. It is the only sensible place to stay when visiting Angkor and the many other temples, large and small, which are spread out over several miles around. It is also handy for a visit to the vast inland lake of Tonle Sap, well worth an afternoon's boat ride to see the incredible floating village (some travel guides are rather anti a visit but we were glad we were not put off).
The hotel is mostly constructed of beautiful teak and built round a lovely pool. There is a small restaurant near the pool for lunch and more formal one in the main building for breakfast and dinner. Eat outside here but please note that the lovely dancing girls and puppet theatre perform on alternate nights. The food here is first class and we regretted having gone out to a local restaurant on our last night. The best bit was the tuk-tuk ride there and back (the best tuk-tuks in Indochina and the only ones we felt comfortable to ride on) but the restaurant we went to was disappointing compared with the hotel. There is an inside area to eat at the hotel restaurant and this is better if you have already seen the puppets (which do go on for rather a long time and even when there is an interval, the loud music continues so conversation is difficult).
There is a fantastic spa which we made good use of and a lovely open sided bar area at first floor level above the pool. An enchanting setting for a drink after nightfall with flaming torches reflecting in the pool. Sheer bliss!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Belmond La Residence d'Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia is an intimate retreat that beautifully captures the region's history while offering every modern luxury. Located close by Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Tonle Sap Lake, it's an ideal base to explore the wonders of the region. Siem Reap's lively markets, galleries and thriving restaurant and bar scene are just steps away. Local elegance and stylish luxury are the hallmarks of the hotel's rooms and suites, furnished with traditional hardwoods and bamboo and exquisitely decorated in soft cottons and jewel-toned silks. At Circle restaurant, enjoy a unique gastronomic experience of International and Khmer cuisine or enjoy more relaxed fare at Ember. The Martini Lounge is a relaxed cocktail lounge with impressive views of the gardens. A tropical oasis-like large swimming pool is at the heart of the hotel and is complimented by the tranquil Kong Kea Spa. The hotel also benefits from a fitness centre, two boutiques, a tour desk and complimentary daily activities such as a monk blessing or shopping tour. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Residence d`Angkor By Orient-Express Hotel Siem Reap