Zone out in beautiful gardens
Tucked down the warren of red dirt roads to the south of Siem Reap, Angkor Zen is a place to step out of the crowded rush of everyday life and immerse yourself in a relaxing, self-indulgent retreat.
This does not mean doing nothing, however, as Angkor Zen offers a busy schedule of guided yoga, meditation and pranayama, as well as access to things like Reiki training classes and more. There are seven wooden bungalows here surrounded by lush, tropical gardens, in between the restaurant/reception area and the open-air sala hung with Buddhist prayer flags.
You don’t need to bring your own mat or equipment; everything necessary except what you will wear is provided here. The yoga teachers here have always had a good reputation, though we haven’t had the chance yet to test them out. All of the bungalows are shared bathroom, with facilities in a small brick building just 20 metres away from the bungalow garden. The bungalows themselves are simple, but very sweet, with mosquito nets, fans, bedside lights and built-in shelves for storage, and they are spotlessly clean. There is also one “studio” building, with its own bathroom, air-con and a private terrace. Tucked into the back of the gardens, a long saltwater pool will ease out any overstretched muscles. Vegetarian breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate, and can be enjoyed in the open-air, vegetarian restaurant while kittens play under your feet. It is a very homey atmosphere. Lunch can be ordered and costs $10. They have a minimum three-day booking policy.
Rates generally include breakfast, dinner, afternoon tea/coffee & snack, up to four yoga and one meditation class per day, pick-up and bicycle hire.
Address: Svay Prey Village, Siem Reap
T: (077) 416 524;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º49'45.44" E, 13º20'17.05" N
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Room rates: US$35 to 75
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
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Studio single: $100/120
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Studio double: $130/$150
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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