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Navutu Dreams Resort and Spa

A taste of the Med

What we say: 4 stars

A chic boutique retreat on the outskirts of town, Navutu Dreams Resort and Spa is well suited to those looking to indulge in a little luxury and linger a little longer in Cambodia to enjoy the surrounds as well as the temples.

Beach retreat style

Beach retreat style.

A 10-15 minute tuk tuk ride from the centre of the town — relatively far in Siem Reap terms — it doesn’t take long to leave behind the city streets and come upon the fringes of rural Cambodia, as you bump down a rusty red coloured track to the property entrance tucked away in a quiet area.

You enter another world entirely by stepping into Navutu Dreams. Whitewashed villas with curved arches border the two separate swimming pools exuding a distinctly Mediterranean vibe. Take a dip in the alluring curved saltwater lagoon pool, divided from the rectangular fresh water lap pool by the dominant circular thatched roof of the open-sided restaurant. With a trio of Italian owners, the resort’s restaurant serves up both Cambodian and Italian cuisine – this lot is also responsible for the popular Italian eatery Il Forno in Siem Reap.

Villas lifted from the Med

Villas lifted from the Med.

Navutu Dreams embraces the resort concept without losing intimacy and character partly thanks to its small size; it’s a place to relax and unwind without feeling the need to leave. With a spa on site, Navutu Dreams is developing its status as a health and wellness retreat, providing daily classes in its yoga studio with resident yoga teachers, as well as a resident acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine specialist from 2014.

The stylish sanctuary consists of 12 “Explorer” ground floor rooms – connecting rooms are available which will appeal to families – and a further six “Grand Tour” rooms, which have their own rooftop terraces that look out over the resort to the countryside where you half expect to see a shoreline. A further four suites form the newest part of the resort which are made up of a bedroom and separate living room, or alternatively two bedrooms, which also provide a good solution for families.

Explorer Rooms. Not far to explore that inviting pool.

“Explorer” rooms. Not far to explore that inviting pool.

The rooms of all categories adopt a style of simplicity with a palette of bright blue and white and a rustic feel to the bathrooms with the use of sandstone and pebbles. The Grand Tour rooms and suites additionally come equipped with oversized bath tubs.

There may be no sea or sand, but there's still sunshine.

There may be no sea or sand, but there’s still sunshine.

Despite being slightly further afield than more centrally located city-style hotels, the wonders of Angkor are made easily accessible as each room is assigned their own designated tuk tuk driver for 12 hours a day – included in the room rate. If you feel like extending your temple touring, you simply pay a fixed rate.

Only the sound of lapping waves is missing from this cosy hideaway.

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Angkor High School Road, Chunlong.  T: (092) 141 694 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Standard - Double 90 USD 125 USD "Explorer" rooms. High season October 1 to April 30.
Suite 170 USD 230 USD "Grand Suites". High season October 1 to April 30.
Deluxe- Double 125 USD 175 USD "Grand Tour" rooms. High season October 1 to April 30.

Added to Travelfish on: 30th October, 2013
Last visited or updated on: 30th October, 2013

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Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.
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Angkor High School Road, Chunlong. 
T: (092) 141 694

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