Below are only brief descriptions of the finer luxury hotels in Cambodia, some long-time favorites featuring fabulous service and scenic settings, with iconic French-colonial properties, such as the Raffles Grand d'Angkor, to traditional Khmer design offerings, such as La Residence d'Angkor, as well as interesting new places like the Phum Baitang that are introducing traditional aesthetic in a luxury package. Make no mistake, the handful of top properties in Siem Reap are as different a can be. Siem Reap also offers private villas with spacious outdoor spaces — let us recommend the perfect place. If you are also visiting Phnom Penh, consider continuing further south for a break on Song Saa private island.
"We were pleased that Indochina Travel was small enough to provide the things larger companies cannot, yet with all the benefits of using a larger one. In Saigon, we were honored to visit our guide's family. The BEST parts of our trip were the PEOPLE we met, especially the real, local people, not just the famous ones (though they were fascinating as well). Cuong made this possible throughout our time with him."
—Ric Haas, Menlo Park
"Chris and I had a wonderful journey. Thanks to you, everything was flawless. All of the guides were superb (especially Thiha in Burma). The accommodations were top-rate in most cases, the special activities and personal service much appreciated!"
—Ann & Chris McMurray, Alexandria, VA
"Overall, we had an excellent trip! Don and I both loved Bhutan and Myanmar. Both countries are beautiful, each in their own way. Our main comment would be to say how wonderful our guides were. As we've discussed in the past, it's really the difference between a good trip and great one. It was really nice to have the same guide for the entire itinerary, you really get to establish a rapport and they get to know us. We thought both guides were very professional, knowledgeable and personable, and we learned a lot from both."
—Irene Ing and Don Ershig, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Boating - "Thank you for an amazing adventure, we were delighted at every turn and the activities and people we met were thoroughly fascinating. We really the appreciated the authentic experiences we shared. Our girls are still talking about the trip, please give Linh and Duc our best!"
—The Anderson Family
Halong Bay Kayaking - "This was our fourth trip with you guys and it couldn't have possibly been any better. Your crew is outstanding in every way-well prepared, attentive, and professional. Again, you planned some very special things for us which we really enjoyed. Thank you for another amazing experience."
La Residence d'Angkor was a longtime favorite fromerly of the Pansea group of hotels (including the Governor's Resdience in Yangon and Phuo Vao in Luang Prabang). Belmond (formerly Orient Express) has continued the quality and authenticity that made La Residence Siem Reap's most charming and pleasant property, and like many of there other hotels, featuring an ideal location on the Wat Bo side of the river within a block or two of the town's main attractions, including the night market. Dark teak wood runs throughout and is furnished in the local style, the addition of modern comforts and luxurious touches create a welcoming but understated atmosphere.
The hotel has fifty four spacious king-bedded or twin rooms and eight newly renovated suites rooms. All have luxurious spacious bathrooms with with generous free-form baths. All rooms also offer individually-controlled air conditioning, IDD telephone and free wireless Internet connectivity available in all guest rooms. The hotel complies with World Bank environmental standards and has a policy to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in Cambodia.
Amansara is situated on the main road leading into Angkor, four miles distant. A stark, modern concrete Deco villa once a guest residence to Cambodia King Sihanouk that captures the 1960's era when it was built.
The central focus of the property is the small swimming pool, lined with and lounges, and moderately-sized dining room. Siem Reap''s many attractions and fine restaurants lie only a few block's stroll or tuk-tuk ride away.
12 Standard suites , 12 Plunge pool suites. Rates: From $1,150 (not including $170 meal surcharge and 23% tax)
Arguably, but in our opinion, Indochina's finest luxury hotel. Located on a quiet street on Phnom Penh's embassy row, the Raffles is Cambodia's most luxurious hotel and in our opinion, is the only colonial period hotel that captures all the details just about right (with Hanoi's Metropole a distant 2nd).
Unparalleled service marks a stay here along with a pleasant and verdant central pool area, the perfect place to relax with a book. Breakfast is served on an outdoor veranda to enjoy the warm mornings the capital typically has. A short walk away is Wat Phnom, where legend has it the city was first founded. The 800 year-old "Mountain Pagoda" situated on a rise in the large park, a popular gathering place for locals and prime spot for people watching.
Dining and bar choices include the Restaurant Le Royal, Writer's Bar and the Elephant Bar. The Raffle's spa includes a fully equipped gym, steam and sauna, as well as a menu of treatments.
If privacy is paramount, Indochina Travel can arrange two private, full-service luxury villas in the heart of the city set within a private compound with lush gardens and a private pool. The villas are 318 m2 with a master and guest bedroom and large outdoor terraces. The villas also enjoy full access to the Raffles Grand d'Angkor Hotel facilities and restaurants.
Each villa has one master bedroom with a king-size four-poster bed, one bedroom with two twin beds and a spacious living room with dining area. Beautifully decorated with original Angkorian artifacts, antique furniture, Persian-style carpets and wooden floors. The two en-suite bathrooms both have an original claw-footed bathtub and separate shower unit; a third bathroom is available in the living area. Each villa has full pantry facilities with a private wine cellar, and 24 hours personal butler service to accommodate all your needs. Home to many rich and famous, this luxurious accommodation is exclusive and private. Ideal for families or guests celebrating special occasions, a stay in this exclusive villa will ensure them lasting memory of a lifetime. Max 6 persons with 2 roll-aways (charge applies).
Set within a private, jungle compound within Siem Reap is this remarkable restored traditional Khmer home. The rustic teak villa is not for everyone, but provides an ultra-private experience in a sprawling compound as spacious as the entire Amansara, but having only two buildings, one the private villa below and the other three-room wooden home.
The property features a large pool for afternoon breaks.
The Raffles Grand d'Angkor sits prominently at the main crossroads of town within the surrounding of a fifteen-acre French gardens. Stylish and beautifully restored, all 131 accommodations feature country-style furnishings and deluxe baths. The Landmark rooms and Personality Suites are richly decorated with pieces of the French colonial period. The four specially created Personality Suites took their direction from people who have been closely associated with Angkor. Named after well-known luminaries Henri Mouhot, John Thomson, Louis Delaporte and Henri Marchal, these suites are located in the center of the main heritage building. Each suite is fitted with a claw-foot bathtub and separate shower; and a relaxing day bed on the balcony overlooking our magnificent pool, which was modeled after the Angkorian Royal bathing pond. Personality Suites size: 48sqm, max 2 persons.
Six Colonial Suites have been converted from Studio Suites in 2011, offering the discerning travelers a new choice of accommodation. Each equipped with walk in wardrobe, separate sitting area and vintage furnishing, the bathroom features separate shower and bathtub. Beautiful French doors lead to the spacious balcony with views of our French garden. Colonial Suite has both King suitable for couples, and Twin beds suitable for family or friends traveling together who would appreciate the finer accommodation. (Size: 48sqm) Max 3 persons with one roll-away (charge applies).
Dining options include Restaurant Le Grand, serving traditional Khmer cuisine. Recreational amenities include a 115-foot outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a health and fitness spa. This is the appropriate choice for those seeking a grander, more traditional full-service hotel. For a more intimate experience, consider the smaller La Residence which is built of wood and furnished in the local architectural style, the addition of modern comforts and luxurious touches create a welcoming but understated atmosphere. A top three choice to consider, especially the semi-private bungalows which are more spacious than the Amansara.
An elegant hideaway is set within eight acres of lush gardens and paddy fields. The architectural design has been inspired by traditional Cambodian wooden housing, comprising forty-five spacious villas, twenty-five with private terrace and twenty with private plunge pool. The wooden and stilted villas and interiors are reflect traditional Cambodian design, offering guests a unique experience in Siem Reap.
A luxurious and tranquil Spa Temple offers seven treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room and relaxation area. A yoga pavilion, fully-equipped fitness room and 50m outdoor infinity pool complete the resort's leisure facilities.
During the day, guests can enjoy a light meal or sample a refreshing homemade juice at the Pool Bar. For elegant dining, Phum Baitang's two restaurants, one locally-inspired and the other offering international cuisine, serve delicious meals using fresh organic herbs and vegetables from the resort's own gardens. At the Cigar/Cocktail Lounge, guests can sip a cocktail while watching the sun set over lush paddy fields.
An authentic "sala" or traditional house lodging experience within a group of eleven actual buildings that have been transported from around the region and restored in a tranquil setting about ten minutes from downtown. Each house, with its own distinctive history and architecture affords Sala Lodges its quality as one of the most unique and intimate properties in Indochina. Voted a Best New Hotel in the World for 2014 by Travel & Leisure.
All spacious lodges are all decked out with large, high quality king sized beds and very well finished. The bathrooms are especially cozy and all are fully air conditioned. A nice two-bedroom house works perfectly for families. There's a lovely infinity pool set in the gardens, a very peaceful setting. A bistro style restaurant, offers delicious Khmer and international fare yet it is only about 10 minutes by tuk tuk from downtown dining and shopping.
It is one of my favorite hotels in Southeast Asia, not just Cambodia and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Note: the lodges are not for travelers accustomed to the Metropole or La Residence luxury properties who may find the the property a bit too authentic. We would rate it as a very good 4-star boutique and something very original and different, which is reflected in the price - more expensive than HanumanAlaya Boutique, but less than La Residence and Raffles.
Cambodia's first world-class beach resort, Song Saa ("The sweethearts"), has opened off the southern coast from the coastal city of Sihanoukville (thirty minutes from the airport, then another forty-five minutes by boat-or an interesting three-hour drive from Phnom Penh). The Song Saa, along with the Nam Hai and Amanoi, now offers three properties to compliment travel in Vietnam and Cambodia, rather than the longer trip down to the Thai islands. This resort offers a setting similar to Maldives properties. The resort is located on two small, private connecting islands in the middle of a marine reserve of the clear waters of the Gulf of Thailand. The resort features luxurious Over-Water, Jungle and Ocean-View villas built with sustainable materials with respect for maintaining the natural environment.
The Song Saa's two dozen one- and two-bedroom villas perch over the water like in the Maldive1s, with several others located in the palm of the island proper, all with unobstructed sight of the ocean and the vivid sunrise and sunsets. A two-bedroom Royal Villa offers complete privacy a private dock for arrivals and departures. All villas are outfitted with king-sized beds, spacious bathrooms (with twin tubs), as well as indoor and outdoor showers, and a private pools. A restaurant and lounge, spectacularly positioned just off the island's shoreline and surrounded by sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry nights. Activities include an ecology program, spa, yoga, swimming pool, and selection of water sports.