Simply put, Shinta Mani Club raises the bar so high that a stay in any other hotel is a disappointment. I arrived late last month to a smiling staff and a cool, lavender scented towel. I was ushered to a comfortable sofa and given a fruit drink. The check-in was seamless and I was escorted to my room.
The room, just off the pool area, was immaculate with soft music already playing as I entered. A large comfortable bed was flanked by end tables. Lighting was excellent. TV was well positioned and lots of channels to choose from. The bathroom was chic, with good water pressure and all amenities.
I arranged a few tuk-tuks and one car during my stay. Each time it was extremely well organized. You have the choice of paying either the driver directly, or charging it to the hotel.
Most sites, such as Angkor Wat are within 15-20 minutes from the hotel.
My day consisted of the following:
Wake up at 4:30am.
Tuk-tuk to archaeological site for sunrise
Return to Shinta Mani for an amazing breakfast buffet.
Back out to a different site.
Return to Shinta Mani for nap/refreshments
Back out to a site for sunset
At each of these, the staff of Shinta Mani were courteous and thoughtful.
Meals at Shinta Mani were special. Breakfast consisted of main menu items which were well prepared western breakfast classics. Portions were medium which worked well since there was a substantial buffet to supplement the plated entree.
Lunches were equally delicious. More of a variety of local and western food for lunch.
For dinner, each night there is a chef's tasting menu; a 6-7 course meal of Khmer foods. In short, fantastic. And an extraordinary value. A similar meal in the US would be closer to $100.
The last day of my stay, my flight left Siem Reap at 9pm. Shinta Mani graciously moved all of my luggage while I was touring to a new room across the street at the Shinta Mani Resort. I was able to return, take a shower, pack and head off to the airport.
A couple of notes:
1. There is an ATM cash machine right across the street which provides US dollars.
2. Every transaction I made during my stay was in US dollars.
3. Photos can't capture the fantastic aromas that emanate from every corner of Shinta Mani. From the scented towels, to burning incense, the scented are subtle but fabulous.
4. This location feels more like an intimate boutique experience. The Shinta Mani Resort, which is across the street, is equally beautiful but has more of a hotel feel to it.
5. The manager of Shinta Mani, Christian de Boer, is a first class individual, and his professionalism shows in everything that Shinta Mani has to offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shinta Mani Siem Reap 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 inspiriration. This exceptional hotel enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting just a 15 minute tuktuk ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.Shinta Mani, 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