What we say:
With a plethora of impersonal large resorts dotting the National Road Number 6 that cuts through Siem Reap, Natura Resort offers the contrasting intimate, leafy-green getaway you might just be looking for.
With just nine rooms, you’re almost guaranteed a quiet stay with so few neighbours. Its location helps too: a little out-of-the-way from some of the bunched up resorts, without being remote. It’s a US$2, 10-minute tuk tuk ride to the downtown area. However, the setting might feel a little further since if you walk around the immediate vicinity there are no shops catering to tourists but rather local homes and a pagoda (a potential cause of sunrise ting-a-ling that is Cambodia’s musical soundtrack).
Tucked along the leafy River Road heading in the direction of the temples, the trees tower over in the property too. Well-kept gardens welcome you; the green setting provides a lush forest environment, albeit modest in size in keeping with the relatively minimal number of rooms.
Fewer bedrooms means fewer people to clamber for sun beds – which are positioned in both the sun and shade. Though this isn’t the place to train for the Olympics, sun seekers will appreciate the lower risk here of not getting a sun bed, which might not be the case in much larger properties housing far more guests yet proving a similar sized pool.
If you don’t just want to slip straight into the salt water, you can order from either the poolside bar or restaurant ‘V’ with split level seating areas and a menu that offers vegan as well as vegetarian dining options.
There are six deluxe rooms and two garden view rooms, the latter being slightly larger than the former, plus one family suite that fits four. All rooms come with their own private terraced balcony (upstairs) or patio (downstairs). We’d suggest requesting upstairs since the downstairs rooms nearer the hotel entrance offer less privacy as other guests will need to walk by. The ensuite rooms offer contemporary design suited to Western tastes using concrete and natural wood. Though comfortable, the outdoors spaces are more impressive than the indoor.
Service is that of a fledgling boutique – the hotel opened in 2013 and their staff are due credit for being warm, welcoming and attentive, though this isn’t a five-star resort so we sensed there may be some relative inexperience.
If a relaxing retreat appeals but you require a higher level of amenities and polish – there’s no spa at Natura Resort — Navutu Dreams fits the bill with its white-washed Mediterranean inspired villas on the outskirts of Siem Reap in the opposite direction of the temples.
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Contact details:Riverside, by Wat Preah Enkosei. T: (063) 763 980
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Deluxe- Double||75 USD||n/a0||Pool view $85|
|Family room||145 USD||n/a0||Sleeps four|
Added to Travelfish on: 29th January, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 29th January, 2014
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Riverside, by Wat Preah Enkosei.
T: (063) 763 980
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