We've stayed in hotels of all sorts all over the world. Up until this point, we thought staying in an overwater bungalow on a coral reef in French Polynesia couldn't be topped. We were so wrong. Shinta Mani Club takes services and comfort to a whole new level. All of the reviews are glowing so I'm going to include a few specific examples from our stay to convey how amazing this place is. I had forgotten to arrange transport from our hotel and we had been traveling SE Asia for weeks, so I really didn't feel like dealing with another price bargaining experience for a cab. 90 minutes before we were supposed to touch down in Siem Reap, I emailed the hotel requested a ride on the slim chance that they might receive, notice and respond to my message even though we were boarding our plane at that moment. As we exited the Siem Reap airport, Den was there with my name on his sign and took our bags. He was extremely courteous and explained that he was taking us to our new home. The people at Shinta Mani Club make a big deal about wanting it to feel like home, but there's simply no way for that to be the case, because NO ONE gets treated as well at their own home. We couldn't leave the property without them calling for transport and providing us with complimentary, cold bottles of water. When we'd return, they'd hand us jasmine scented, cool face clothes to wipe our hands and faces. When you'd go to the pool, only minutes would pass before someone would set down some complimentary, ice waters and fresh fruit. When I called to inquire as to a price sheet for the minibar (I was deciding between the local beer and an heineken), it was explained that it's all free-of-charge. WHAT? A free mini-bar? When was the last time you saw that? Same goes for the amazing breakfast options... buffet? A la carte? All included.
But this was probably the most mind-blowing part of the experience: We had a 11pm flight, so we had a tour arranged for the morning and afternoon and, therefore, needed to check out right after breakfast. This time of year is extraordinarily hot and humid and we were going to be climbing all over a rain forested area. The prospect of waiting around for hours for 30+ hours of travel after having sweat profusely for 5 straight hours was daunting. We asked the front desk to hold our bags and before we could come to a solution to the timing of everything, the front desk offered and arranged for our bags to be held in a room in their sister resort across the street where we would then be given access after our tour so that we may shower and rest until we'd head to the airport at 8pm that night. Again, a complimentary service. I'm still floored.
The rooms and hotel were elegantly appointed and it was still small enough to feel like the boutique hotel it is. The front desk organized reliable, timely tours for us down to our every request. We are still reeling. It was like living in a spa surrounded by the kindest people you'll ever meet. I've never actually felt sad to leave a hotel before. I don't think there are words to adequately explain how much more your trip will be enhanced by staying with the people at Shinta Mani Club.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Angkor is an upscale boutique property in the French Quarter of Siem Reap town. It boasts 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in a European style with Khmer inspiration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat. Shinta Mani Angkor, with a culture of Open Doors, Open Hearts, reflects its commitment to responsible tourism. The staff hope that during your visit you will open your heart to the beauty of the Kingdom of Cambodia, its gentle people and its fascinating culture. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap