Set in a garden compound, the 24-suite luxury Angkor Wat resort has the ambience of a private home and is the ideal base for travelers seeking to explore Khmer culture and the ruins of Angkor. A variety of Cambodia temple excursions and cultural walks is available as part of the guest experience.
There are 24 suites, including 12 pool suites. Offering a subtle contemporary take on Indochinese styling, all rooms are airy and open-plan, with floor-to-ceiling glass doors opening onto private courtyards and water features. Suite 1 enjoys proximity to both the swimming pool and restaurant. Consider suites 19 or 20 if planning on inhabiting a Pool Suite, as both are also close to the lap pool. Among the original rooms, number 4 has the biggest courtyard.
The International airport of Siem Riep is only about seven kilometers, or a 15-minute drive, from the resort. Amansara, the former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, is situated on the edge of Siem Reap just 10 minutes from the entrance to the Angkor UNESCO World Heritage Site All guests receive free transfers as part of the experience. Cross your fingers and hope that it's the vintage Mercedes limousine greeting you at arrivals.
FOOD & DRINK
The soaring-ceilinged Dining Room is the eye-catching centerpiece of the former royal guest villa, once used as the king's screening room. The circular design affords prime views in all directions and includes alfresco dining by the pool. Choose between Khmer favorites such as fish amok curry or Western prawn risotto.
The bar is part of the main restaurant and includes a walk-in wine cellar and a selection of fine cognacs and single malts. For loftier lounging, the Roof Terrace offers seductive seating under a canopy of ancient trees for pre-prandial cocktails by candlelight. Let us not forget the private, run-of-the house minibar, as there is no dress code in your own room.
Library with iMac for guests’ use, CDs and board games, free WiFi throughout, spa, gallery. In rooms: iHome sound system and iPod dock, minibar with house beverages, ‘secret drawer’ with handy things such as torches and adaptors.
Amansara's Spa draws on Cambodian therapies and natural, organic products, with four soothing treatment rooms decked out in dark wood and white. Each comes with a private relaxation area with a steam bath and shower, as well as chill-out views of a reflection pond and Angkor-inspired bas-relief.