Cambodia – a quick look – Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Belmond La Résidence D’Angkor
This was one of the first luxury hotels in Siem Reap, the tranquil, 59 suite hotel borrows from classical Khmer meets French colonial design motifs to create a garden immersed sanctuary. A saltwater pool, Kong Kea Spa and a martini bar offer diversions from temple hopping, though guests will want to go off property, too, for hotel-organized activities. The best option is the Deluxe One bedroom Poolside Suite, which has an expansive terrace.
Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor
A grande dame built in 1932 during the French occupation, this Raffles Hotel reopened in October after extensive restorations. Bright and shiny, it continues to celebrate a bygone era with Art Deco flourishes, a caged elevator, period architectural details, art and antiques. Its new signature restaurant, 1932, serves Khmer cuisine, while the famous Elephant Bar, a hot spot for decades, continues to showcase a heyday stylishness. The two bedroom Royal Villa has verandas and a four-poster bed.
Shinta Mani Wild
Designed by Bill Bensley the Shinta Mani Wild was conjured from a personal dream. In this case, he imagined the 15-tent camp, concealed beside a river, wedged amid waterfalls and thick foliage. Theatrically constructed as a nostalgic colonial safari camp among a landscape with wild Asian elephants, Malayan sun bears and Indochinese tigers, the retreat is almost four hours by road from Phnom Penh. Guests can helicopter to camp or even zip-line a few thousand feet through the forest for a dramatic arrival. It was created to combine opulence with conservation goals, Shinta Mani Wild collaborates with Wildlife Alliance, giving guests the opportunity to work with rangers.
Chaotic, chic, offbeat and sophisticated, Phnom Penh epitomises everyone’s vision of an enlivened Asian city. With a lot of traffic, busy markets, Buddhist monks, and acclaimed eateries and hotels, this metropolis at the confluence of three rivers has a provincial elan all its own.
Embodying that vibrant spirit, Rosewood Phnom Penh soars to the sky in the show stopping, 39-story Vattanac Capital Tower, it is the tallest skyscraper in Cambodia. Taking the form of a rising dragon, oriented toward the east, the 175-room hotel offers peerless city vistas, a spa and four dining venues. Its acclaimed bar, Sora (‘sky’ in Japanese), has a lofty perch on the 37th floor, the highest bar in the city. Rosewood’s signature 2, 422 sq-ft Norodom House is sublime: an urbane suite with multiple rooms including a bedroom, study and dining room, all studiously tended by a dedicated butler.
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