This ambitious luxury tented camp is renowned hotel designer Bill Bensley's latest creation. Inspired by a Cambodian jungle safari carried out by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in the late Sixties, the Shinta Mani Wild blends whimsical touches with safari sensibilities, making for a truly memorable experience. Within the resort’s 15 elevated tent accommodations, bold colors, hardwood furnishings, and rich leathers inspire an atmosphere of adventure and plush style. The luxuriously appointed tents open up to outdoor-decked living areas with bathtubs that provide wonderful views of the surrounding nature. Tents are elevated so as to not disturb the movement of wildlife below, and some are perched over waterfalls and river rapids. Meals are served al fresco at the Waterfall Restaurant. The menu consists of gourmet, seasonal dishes composed of locally sourced ingredients. Khmer classics are heavily featured on the menu, but there are some international options as well. The resort’s best quality, however, may be its location. Scenic river valleys and waterfall-laced rainforest paths are at the guests’ fingertips, and the Shinta Mani Wild is more than equipped to help guests get the most of their experience. There is also a Khmer Spa, an outdoor bar, and an army of private butlers on hand. Moreover, part of the hotel’s revenue is used to help preserve the surrounding private nature sanctuary, and many environmental considerations were made during the construction.
Why We Love This Hotel
Eco-Friendly: Part of the hotel’s revenue is used to help preserve the surrounding private nature sanctuary, and minimal intervention was practiced during construction, meaning no trees were felled to erect the tents.
Bensley Touch: Bill Bensley has made a name for himself designing hotels of unparalleled luxury with a tastefully eccentric flair.
Location: Situated on an 865-acre private nature sanctuary that sits at the confluence of Kirirom, Bokor, and Cardamom National Parks, the Shinta Mani Wild is an ideal base camp for intrepid travelers venturing into the heart of southwestern Cambodia.
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In terms of accommodations, the resort offers 15 luxurious tents that can be grouped in
to three categories: the Wild Tent, the Waterfall Tent, and the Two Bedroom Tent, which i
s perfect for larger parties. Each offers roughly 1,076 square feet of space and is set in it
s own private nook of the jungle. The elevated design of the tents fosters a sense of con
nectedness to the surrounding jungle foliage and fresh-flowing waters. From the outdoor
-decked living areas, guests can catch spectacular views. The interior of each tent is cus
tom-designed to satisfy guests' inner craving for a luxury safari. Certain touches like ani
mal-print sofas and cowhide-covered coolers lend quirk to the rooms, while wooden elep
hant tables and hardwood beds add a masculine touch. Slipper bathtubs and brass doubl
e sinks cement the resort’s luxury status. The private tents showcase the true talents of
designer Bill Bensley, whose gift for producing aesthetics that are at once eccentric and
tasteful truly sets this remote destination apart. A “Bensley Butler” will also be on hand t
o make sure travelers want for nothing.
With 1,076 square feet of space, this elevated tent offers expansive views of the wildlife sanctuary. Its elevated construction means that the movement of animals below is not obstructed, and guests can get superior views from their spacious outdoor-decked living area. The interior is tastefully eccentric with a Cambodian design scheme, antique curios, and custom-made furniture. There is a king-size bed, a river-spying bathtub, and an ensuite bathroom. Altogether, this accommodation is designed to capture the feeling of a luxury safari with Jacky O. décor.
These tents are essentially the same as Wild Tents, with one major exception: they are perched over rushing waters or nestled beside a scenic waterfall. The tastefully eccentric interior is appointed with a king-size bed, and guests can comfortably enjoy the view from their outdoor, freestanding bathtub.
Two Bedroom Tent
Perfect for families or friends traveling together, the resort’s expansive two-bedroom tent covers just over 1,500 square feet, making it perfect for larger parties.
Despite its remote location, the resort still offers a world-class spa and a central pool. Th
ere is also a 1,050-foot zipline, giving the resort a truly unique energy, and a fleet of cust
om-made luxury boats is on hand, allowing for intimate river excursions. A resident botan
ist is also on hand to introduce the more than 70 varieties of orchids, and Tenkara fly fish
ing lessons are available, among other activities that make use of the resort’s facilities an
d natural surroundings.
This full-service Khmer Spa uses natural, chemical-free products by Khmer Tonics to provide guests with relaxing treatments. The spa is located in a charmingly thatched building, from which excellent vistas can be enjoyed.
A relaxing swimming pool is located at the center of the resort.
The resort has a fleet of Bensley-designed, fully equipped luxury expedition boats that are used to explore the untrammeled waterways of Southeast Asia's last wild estuarine ecosystem.
Perfect for the intrepid traveler wanting to make an entrance, the 1,050-foot zipline darts over the canopy and the rushing Tmor Rung River, sending guests directly into the Landing Zone Bar.
Guests dine at the camp's Waterfall Restaurant, which features a seasonal menu of locall
y sourced dishes. Ingredients are sourced through the Shinta Mani Foundation, and while
most are foraged from surrounding forest areas, other ingredients are flown in from all co
rners of the globe. D ishes are, for the most part, locally inspired, and Khmer classics are
heavily featured on the menu. Curries, tofu dishes, and seafood are not uncommon, but
Western dishes like scrambles and baked pastries are available too. Guests are also welc
ome to enjoy a drink at the Landing Zone Bar, which has an inviting atmosphere. Meals c
an also be delivered directly to guests in their tents.
Landing Zone Bar
Designed with a communal atmosphere, the outdoor bar is the perfect place to meet other guests and swap stories over the day’s adventure. Its proximity to a major waterfall, the same one that lies near the restaurant, heightens the atmosphere, and guests can be whisked directly into the bar via a 1,050-foot zipline.
Perched on the edge of the sanctuary’s biggest waterfall is the Waterfall Restaurant. Guests can take in the scenery as they dine al fresco. Dishes are locally inspired, for the most part, and while Khmer classics are heavily featured on the menu, there are also some international options. The majority of ingredients are locally sourced through the Shinta Mani Foundation.
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