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Shinta Mani Resort

Stylish and socially responsible

What we say: 4 stars

In the old French quarter of Siem Reap, just five minutes’ away from Pub Street, the Shinta Mani Resort opened September 2013 in what was once the Royal Bay Inn. Slick and hip, the resort is an urban escape and boasts the characteristically tasteful design trademarks of US architect Bill Bensley.

Spot the difference at Shinta Mani Resort

Guilt-free style.

Colour and vibrancy is injected into the otherwise minimalist resort thanks largely to the palm-studded green gardens and inviting bright blue swimming pool of the central courtyard, where there is loads of space for catching the sun’s rays and splashing about.

With 62 rooms and one suite, all have a view onto the pool. Two room types (aside from the suite) are on offer: pool view rooms upstairs have a balcony and prices start from US$183 during high season. Poolside garden rooms lack the balcony, but instead give you direct pool access, and start at $214. Other than being upstairs/downstairs there is little to differentiate the two types.

Touches of Angkorian design influences are evident throughout the hotel and the seductive aesthetics will appeal to Western sensibilities, while not letting you forget which part of the world you’re in.

Courtyard pool says come hither.

Shinta Mani Resort courtyard pool says come hither, even in the rain.

Just across the road you’ll find the original 39-room Shinta Mani Club, a similarly chic hotel that underwent a lengthy makeover to reopen in 2012. Rooms here start at $256 during the high season. This is a design hotel suited to those with an eye for the beautiful — it’s a 4.5-star property geared more towards couples, with the peace and quiet here coming at a price premium. Shinta Mani Resort, on the other hand, is a solid four-star family friendly retreat, and offers better value for what you get. Shop online for significant discounts at both hotels.

The two hotels have some common design traits, but also boast shared strong social responsibility credentials. The Shinta Mani Foundation runs free hospitality training, with a small percentage of the room prices supporting community outreach programs, one of the latest being a vocational training school for the agricultural industry. Guests are welcome to visit the Development Centre to learn more about the Foundation’s activities.

Time it right and you may also get to visit the ‘Made In Cambodia’ monthly pop-up street market, not that you need to be a guest to head over and browse the hub of quality produce and artisanal gifts held on the first Saturday of every month (less frequently in low season, April through to September).

A step above Shinta Mani Club, five-star Park Hyatt Siem Reap offers some similar design hallmarks courtesy of Bill Bensley; alternatives to Shinta Mani Resort in the four-star category include the wallet-friendly Tara Angkor.

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Junction of Oum Khun and 14th Street, Siem Reap.  T: (063) 7611 998 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double n/a 183 USD Downstairs with direct pool access is $214

Added to Travelfish on: 29th September, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 29th September, 2013

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Shinta Mani Resort
Junction of Oum Khun and 14th Street, Siem Reap. 
T: (063) 7611 998

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