Stylish and socially responsible
Shinta Mani is now two multiple award-winning properties: super-slick Shinta Mani Club is the original, while its more classical sister Shinta Mani Resort looks on from the other side of the road. Both set new standards for style and service in Siem Reap, and a powerful commitment to the wellbeing of their staff that radiates from the first smiles that greet you.
The original Shinta Mani Hotel was rebranded as the Club when the Resort opened in 2013. Both bear the distinctive style of American architect Bill Bensley.
The Club, which was remodelled in 2011, feels more like a temple than a hotel, or a club, where moulded pillars and archways guide you into an interior along passages flanked by pools of folded lotuses, statues and candlelight. It almost feels like stepping into another dimension, and in a way it is.
Even the pool is a work of art, set between palms and overlooked by the book-filled bar.
The 39 rooms are contemporary without being overwhelmingly so; the style is subtle and gentle. Each room comes with DVD and TV, iPod player and dock; the tea & coffee making gear includes a proper espresso machine.
For every room night booked, $5 goes towards the Shinta Mani Foundation, which runs free hospitality and agriculture training, and wide-ranging and reaching community programmes that actively support people in need. Guests are welcome to visit the Development Centre to learn more about the Foundation’s activities.
Shinta Mani has developed a range of tours and community-based excursions. And to crown your day, there is a spa offering a range of massages, facials and body treatments all rooted in traditional Khmer ingredients.
The hotel has a strong environmental commitment, and is pioneering strategies for waste and plastic reduction while also being an active participant in “clean up Siem Reap” programmes, along with a number of other hotels.
Time your visit right and you may also get to go to the Made In Cambodia weekly street market, every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 16:00 — not that you need to be a guest to head over and browse the hub of quality produce, artisanal gifts and live shows held every weekend (though not during the low season).
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.