Location: Situated in the heart of Siem Reap’s old French quarter, this luxurious hotel enjoys all the benefits a central town location, whilst the glorious Angkor Wat Temple is only 15 minutes away by taxi or tuk-tuk.
History: Designed by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, this relatively new boutique hotel is part of the luxurious Shinta Mani brand who also have a popular resort under the same name nearby.
Service: With four stars to its name, expect a whole host of on-site services, including all-day pampering at the spa, a luxurious swimming pool and private cooking classes.
The acclaimed architect Bill Bensley has worked his magic on this gorgeous 39-room boutique hotel, creating an altogether contemporary space with Angkorian-inspired designs throughout. As well as looking the part, Shinta Mani Angkor (formerly Shinta Mani Club) enjoys an ideal location in the heart of Siem Reap, tucked away down a quiet, leafy road in the city’s famous old French quarter. The position is ideal for touring the town, enjoying the splendid array of Asian-French dining options and of course, taking a trip to Siem Reap’s prized possession: Angkor Wat. The temple complex is only a 15-minute tuk-tuk or car ride away from the hotel, and other nearby attractions include the National Museum, night market and the Royal Gardens. The range of 39 rooms at Shinta Mani Club have a distinctly boutique feel to them, with quaint, artistic references to the ancient history of Cambodia sitting alongside a wide range of facilitates making this a relaxing and comfortable place to stay. Away from the rooms, guests can take a dip in the inviting garden-side pool, ease their aching muscles in the hotel’s spa, or enjoy one of their many swanky restaurants and bars spread across the hotel and surrounding area.
Rooms at Shinta Mani Angkor ooze style and sophistication, featuring a subtle orange, black and white theme alongside additional artwork referencing Angkor Wat. Spacious, comfortable and stylish, rooms here all come well-equipped with TVs, minibars, air conditioning, WiFi and a whole list of other facilities.
Shinta Mani Angkor’s range of superb deluxe doubles occupy the hotel’s brand new wing, and take full advantage of the poolside and garden views from the first and second floors. As well as a pretty outside rainshower and terrazzo bathroom, rooms come well-equipped with all the latest technology such as a mounted DVD and LCD TV, soundbar and iPod docking station.
The pool at Shinta Mani Angkor is one of its defining features, and the superior poolside rooms take full advantage by offering direct access to it. The 440-square-feet rooms come with all the modern conveniences you’d expect from a luxury hotel and feature the hotel’s contemporary designs and Angkor Wat-inspired decor.
The superior rooms are a sizeable 440-square-feet, offering plenty of space as well as large beds with crisp white linens, modern installations and contemporary Angkorian artwork. They also come with pretty terrazzo-style bathrooms with rainshowers.
It’s no surprise that this stylish hotel comes with plenty of facilities for guests to experience in their down-time, adding to the resort-like ambiance that Shinta Mani effortlessly creates. Take a dip in the tropical pool surrounded by a lush garden, hit the gym, or head over to the spa for some relaxing treatments.
This small but beautifully-designed library provides some comfortable seating space, great for those wanting to read or catch up with their emails. The space can also be reserved for private meetings and dining events.
One of the standout features of this hotel is its pool, set around a lush tropical garden and adorned by palm trees and newly-installed decking. When you’re not doing laps, lay back on one of the sun loungers or sip a cocktail from the poolside bar.
Treatments here are inspired by traditional Khmer healing rituals and include the popular ‘Khmer Coffee Scrub’, highly recommended for aromatic rejuvenation. This idyllic spot offers private suites, two-person treatment rooms and an outdoor massage terrace under the trees.
The Shinta Mani experience goes much further than just providing stylish and tranquil rooms. Their signature restaurant, Kroya, blends international dishes with local Khmer recipes, and there are also two swanky on-site bars and a separate restaurant in town.
AHA is an off-site restaurant just a short walk away from the hotel, located within Siem Reap’s ‘Old Market’ area. Food here strictly uses local flavors and is served in both tapas-style portions, as well as heartier main meal offerings.
Named after Bill Bensley, the acclaimed architect who designed Shinta Mani, this lavish grey-toned bar is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of sightseeing. Cocktails, beers and a good selection of wine can be enjoyed on this second floor spot.
The exciting menu at Kroya, the hotel’s signature restaurant, finds the perfect balance between international food and local Cambodian cuisine. Those feeling adventurous (and hungry) should opt for the seven course ‘Khmer Tasting Menu’ that uses locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.
Cocktails, smoothies and a range of light snacks prove popular at this lush venue - a great place to come after your swim in the hotel’s impressive pool. Lay back on one of the sun loungers and sip one of their signature ‘Icy Green Ginger’ cocktails.