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Belmond La Residence D'Angkor

Smart and sophisticated

What we say: 4 stars

A sublime five-star riverside retreat, we only wished our rented Cambodian wooden house looked a lot more like the beautiful Khmer-inspired Belmond La Résidence D’Angkor.

A hideaway in central Siem Reap.

A hideaway in central Siem Reap.

Smart and sophisticated without being showy, this high-end haven in Siem Reap, a 10-minute stroll to downtown, comes with high prices and international luxury standards to boot. Punctilious in perfecting service levels, classy and charming in equal measure, Belmond La Résidence D’Angkor offers discerning travellers an indulgent bolt-hole to splash your cash on.

It would be hard here not to succumb to simply lazing under the palm trees by the leafy courtyard saltwater pool. Don’t be surprised if you need to be prised away from the sun loungers or the hotel’s Kong Kea Spa to actually take in any of those world famous Angkor temples you thought you came for, located 15 minutes down the road by car or tuk tuk. Given the heady heat in the months of April and May, just use the excuse of the weather when staying here to kick back and make the most of this welcoming property that you’ll be glad you left some extra time for to enjoy.

Tropical oasis to blow your budget on.

Anl oasis to blow your budget on.

Taking traditional Cambodian design and blending it with modern, Western aesthetics produces a chic property with a clear Indochina identity. Belmond (re-branded in early 2014, formerly Orient Express) is part of a luxury hotel chain, but its relatively small size compared to large resorts knocking about town, with 62 rooms and suites in total, endows it with intimacy you’d expect from a smaller boutique.

Chill out in the bedroom or balcony.

Chill out in the bedroom or balcony.

The rooms are well equipped with enormous bath tubs – you can almost take a dip here if the pool doesn’t take your fancy. Suites are twice as large as deluxe rooms, with an additional living room adjacent to the bedroom. Decor is neutral, with crisp white linen and only simple splashes of colour to offset the dark, traditional wood. All rooms have balconies overlooking garden areas or the pool. There are deluxe rooms that face the river though the view is limited, so you are just as well off in any deluxe.

We reckon this tub fits more than one...

We reckon this tub fits more than one…

Come sundown you needn’t leave the hotel if you’ve run out of steam, with a fine dining restaurant, the relaxed Martini lounge and Apsara dance performances in the evening to keep you entertained.

If you’re thinking of treating yourself to a five-star property for your stay in Siem Reap the other top choices are Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Park Hyatt, Le Meridien and Sofitel. Raffles has history and character. Park Hyatt similarly offers top end service, though with a modern, contemporary design, clean lines, less greenery and more of a city hotel vibe. More corporate in feel, but ticking all the boxes you’d expect from top of the range hotels, Sofitel and Le Meridien, located on the road to Angkor Wat, also offer an above average place to rest your head. If your budget doesn’t stretch as far as these, check out Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa, offering characteristics that are of five-star calibre, without the same price tag.

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River Road, Siem Reap.  T: (063) 963 390 
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Added to Travelfish on: 2nd June, 2014
Last visited or updated on: 2nd June, 2014

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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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River Road, Siem Reap. 
T: (063) 963 390

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