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Best Top Luxury Hotels & Resorts in Angkor / Siem Reap 2024
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Though it is owned and expertly managed by Luon Thea, the leading hotelier and restaurant developer in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, this awesome Khmer villa isn’t a hotel, but a five-star homestay that can be used for families, friends, or a small company incentive best luxury priva poll villa in angkor siam reap cambodiaweekend. There are many villas for rent in Siem Reap. Few come with such a perfect elegance, generous volume, a large pool set in a tropical garden, and full service by a real professional and his team. Everything is made to cater to the demanding guest. The residence is just for you, and no one will interfere with your intimacy. Except for a cook, which you can hire on special request and at a cheap fee, who can cater to any of your preferences, providing the freshest ingredients from the nearest markets. Many guests prefer to visit the nearby restaurants, or use a BBQ provided by the owner. Note that there is a great terrace atop the villa, with a nice view, particularly fitted for relaxed dinners al fresco. The poolside is also a dream place for a romantic supper.

My Key Polanka is situated in one of the favorite areas of the city. In front of the picturesque and authentic Wat Polanka temple, in a lushly Angkor Park area surrounded by centenary trees, it is the ideal home away from home. Fully airconditioned, it has 4 bedrooms, a living room / looby on the group floor, another «Khmer sala» typical living room on the first floor (we consider it as the heart of the house, with its high tropical wood ceiling and parquets), a fully equipped kitchen / dining room with a microwave and a kettle. There are 6 bathrooms (4 of them are directly attached to the bedrooms), with a shower and toilet.

There is free high-speed WiFi, and all the equipment and services necessary for a comfy stay are provided.

Just a 5 minutes tuk-tuk or motorbike ride from the Old Market and Pub Street / Old French Quarter, this is the ideal place to base yourselves for adventurous tours to Angkor Wat and other temples which is only 7 km away.

At the time of our stay, in May 2022, the daily rate was really low cost, at USD 120 per day for the whole villa hosting 8 people at ease.

Airport pick-up is provided by My Key. Motorbike or car rental (the villa has parking) can be managed by the concierge service attached to the villa. The assistance is permanent for its happy guests. We warmly recommend the experience!

Note that My Key operates a second, modern luxury villa, in another part of the city. A short tuk-tuk ride from the touristic center of the city.

MY KEY POLANKA: Group 2, Boengdaunpa Village, Sangket Slorgram, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 99290295

MONTRA NIVESHA (*****): A splendor! One of the most elaborated small luxury hotels in the Kingdom, it has two enchanting pools hidden in lushly gardens of Eden, and artifacts everywhere our eyes can see. A celebration of the divinities, Montra Nivesha has been designed out of a dream by montra nivesha best luxury boutique hotels angkorSotho, the exquisite owner A fervent Buddhist, and also a film producer, she transformed her resort into a temple of serenity and well being… and somehow into a movie set, as the place is quite cinematographic: it even has its private theater, where guests can request a private projection!

Sotho explains that Montra Nivesha comes with a magic protection over its guests. Nothing wrong can happen; but relaxation, happiness, romance, and the pleasure of swimming, dreaming, reading, and eating. Sleeping also… in stunning rooms and super large suites.

We experienced a Studio Suite: one of the largest open-plan rooms in the hotel, it gives a very pleasant impression of space and quietness. We liked the colonial tiled floor, awesome artworks, precious silk, individually-crafted circular terrazza tub, and comfy bathroom with water pouring from the trump of a copper elephant. A green hotel, it has a second tap for filtered drinking water. That was the first time that we had seen so in Siem Reap. When aesthetics meet the respect of the planet. Even the priciest palace hotels which we visited in Paris, London or New York didn’t meet such a perfection.

Breakfast at the poolside Amok Khmer Restaurant is served in style by the always smiling staff in a silk uniform: it is five-star, with the freshest ingredients, natural fruit juices, and Khmer soups and noddle specialties a la carte. Though we had a coffee machine in the room, we preferred the foamy double expressos enjoyed with freshly baked danish pastries. The signature Reahoo Restaurant serves one of the top five best royal Khmer cuisine in Siem Reap. We ordered by the set, with the all dishes displayed together on a rattan wood tray. Only the dessert came separately, one year later, after we had finished the generous portions of vegetable, meat, and fish specialties. Amok was the best which we ever enejoyed in Cambodia, with generous portions of sappy and pleasantly textured fish from the Tonle Sap.

The new Amok Khmer restaurant, inaugurated in 2023, serves one of the top 5 best Fish Amok in the Kingdom!

The lovely, well-established Diva Wellness Home, proposes a menu of traditional Khmer massages and treatments at a fair price.

Montra Nivesha is located in a quiet street, halfway between the city centre and Angkor Wat (where the hotel can organize intimate temple dinners, on special booking made days in advance, in its private Sala Kdei traditional wooden house ). It takes just a few minutes by tuk-tuk to go either direction.

Bringing perfection to the top, the stay includes a complimentary village walk to discover the traditional local neighborhood and a monk blessing at a local temple.

Imbued with beauty and an expression of love, this is one of our top ten recommended hotels in Siem Reap and the Kingdom of Cambodia.

MONTRA NIVESHA: #5, Krom 2, Phoum Mondol 3, Siem Reap 17251, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 77 681 787

SOMADEVI ANGKOR RESORT & SPA (*****):  This well-established hotel shows that grandeur can pair with intimacy. Crossing the threshold of the cyclopean marble lobby, with its impressive wood-carved reception desk, nicely displays the seamless integration of modern aesthetics with traditional somadevi angkor best spa resort hotel in siem reap angkorKhmer motifs setting the stage for an unforgettable five-star retreat. We selected this traditional hotel, with timeless charm, for its very central location on Sivatha Boulevard: the main shopping lane in Siem Reap. It has all the shops and banks at a stone’s throw, and the Old French Quarter / Pub Street is a short walk away. We found ourselves immersed in the vibrant energy of Siem Reap's bustling nightlife and culinary scene. That’s the ideal place for those who like to wander easily in the city, quickly walking back to the hotel to relax, shower, or swim.

An authentic resort, it has one of the largest swimming pools in town. Those who like swimming will enjoy the semi-Olympic dimensions of the pool, indeed. It has much space for tanning, and an inexpensive and attractive pool bar: ideal for sipping a Singapore Sling, or a chilled Angkor beer sitting in the cool water. 

The hotel has 170 rooms and suites. We stayed in the Premium wing, just across the pool. From the instant we stepped into this upgraded part of the hotel, we were enveloped in an ambiance of refined sophistication.  At every turn, the Premium wing exuded an air of understated luxury. Our Premium Deluxe Room was nothing short of a sanctuary. We liked the elegant mahogany hardwood flooring, and the plush traditional Khmer furniture made in the same noble material. The kingsize bed's crisp linens ensured our fast sleep after partying in Pub Street. We adored the ritzy bathroom, with a large tub and separate rainfall shower. As we lounged on our sunbed on the balcony, with a plunging pool view, a sense of serenity washed over us.

No visit to Hotel Somadevi Angkor Resort and SPA would be complete without indulging in the rejuvenating treatments offered at the onsite spa. Drawing inspiration from ancient Khmer healing traditions, the Bayon SPA menu boasted an array of indulgent massages, facials, and body scrubs designed to pamper the body and soothe the soul. After a blissful afternoon spent in the capable hands of skilled therapists, completed with steambath, Jacuzzi, and sauna, the happy few guests emerged feeling refreshed, revitalized, and utterly pampered.

The culinary offerings at Somadevi Café were impressive. From the rich buffet breakfast offer (try the fantastic waffles with organic honey, slightly crispy and so tasty!), to the delectable Khmer dining options using locally sourced ingredients to showcase the rich flavors of Cambodian cuisine, not to forget the Devi Lobby Bar with its yummy French cakes, everything was perfect.

Whether seeking a tranquil retreat or a cultural adventure, this exquisite haven in the heart of Siem Reap promises an unforgettable experience that resonates long after the journey has ended.

SOMADEVI ANGKOR RESORT & SPA: Sivatha Blvd, Mondol II, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 063 967 666 (HOTLINE: +855 081 967 666)
RESERVATION: +855 012 915 515 / 012 215 007 (+Live Chat on website


THE BLISS ANGKOR (*****): The name of this villa-style boutique hotel is promising. We felt the peak of happiness just stepping into the bright lobby decorated with fresh flowers, welcomed like «Okhnas» (Khmer aristocrats) by one of the best-trained staff in Siem Reap. Thea, the gentle general the bliss angkor best luxury hotels siem reap angkor cambodiamanager, was the key man for the Temple Group of Hotels before he privately owned this delightful 12-room property. He and his charming wife welcomed us like being part of the family.

Though The Bliss Angkor is a four-star superior hotel, the high standard of service matches the palace hotels which we visited around the world. It could be the Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc, or the Gsaad Palace, there would be no difference in terms of excellence… except the rate. It is difficult to find better value for money, even in Siem Reap where accommodation is reputedly one of the most affordable on the planet.

The rooms are quiet. Discreetly, yet tastefully decorated. The equipment doesn’t need the description, as it features everything the demanding traveler needs to feel at home. We liked the high-speed WiFi connection, and the large-screen TV. The lovely bathroom and the stone-carved tub. The toiletry is complemented with a magic waxing lotion that Thea elaborated on for the Temple SPA; it makes the skin so smooth… Though there is a small massage parlor, guests can wax by themselves, rainfall-showering in the intimacy of their lovingly appointed Khmer-style bathroom. The king-size beds were comfortable, and our room had a cozy pool terrace.

The swimming pool is large and the temperature of the water is ideal. This is where we had our breakfast: a la carte, with a small buffet for super fresh fruits, yummy local desserts, and some extra dishes. It offers of course plentiful international options. Yet, this would be a pity not to enjoy the Khmer cuisine at The Bliss. Only organic and local products are used for a simple but sappy culinary experience. The barbecued frogs, stuffed with herbs and garlic, are Lucullan.

Note that The Bliss Angkor has an independent three-storey villa, with a kitchen and a lovely rooftop terrace. It is tailor-made for families.

Well worth the visit, Wat Bo is next door, and the location of the hotel is ideal to fully enjoy Siem Reap and the temples of Angkor (The Bliss can manage tours and transportation to Angkor or any point of interest in this still secret region). We don’t need a long review for such a praised hotel. Just check what has been already published on Tripadvisor. Bliss for the guest. Bliss for the soul. Bliss for the palate. We love this dreamt hotel. Trust us, and try it out!

THE BLISS ANGKOR: Wat Bo Road, Siem Reap 17252, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 89 290 295

Set within the lush embrace of Siem Reap, this sanctuary of tranquility and refinement embodies architectural elegance. Upon entering its gates, we were enveloped in an aura of opulence and sophistication. The lobby, adorned with intricate Khmer motifs, with a anansaya la maison best five star luxury hotel in siem reap angkornoticeable 1960s twist, exudes timeless grandeur. We immediately recognized Si Sokvann’s unique architecture. Making each hotel he designed a landmark, he did a great job at Anansaya La Maison. The al fresco lobby, with its stone statues of Khmer divinities honored with fresh lotus flowers, is as inviting as the adjacent Ananta Lounge bar, where we checked-in, comfortably sitting, sipping coconut milk as a welcome drink. The procedure was very fast, the staff gentle and anticipating, young and naturally smiling, calling us by our name during our all stay.

We have been guided to our exquisitely appointed room. It had a cozy bathroom, with a rainfall shower and a large tub (some of the 29 rooms have an open-air tub; the awesome «Cabanas» with direct pool access, for instance). The double sinks were located behind our king-size: an odd setting, which is now more and more common in boutique resorts in Southeast Asia. It’s quite nice, and finally practical. The pullman mattress, carefully ironed top-quality linen, and collection of pillows had nothing to envy to the best palace hotels which we have visited around the world. Snacks, fresh tropical fruits, and a bottle of red wine were presented as our welcome gifts on the large writing desk. Minibar, filled with soft drinks, and laundry, are also provided on a complimentary basis! All guests are VIPs here!

A lavish treat extended to the poolside. Anansaya La Maison has one of the two most beautiful, precious, unique pools in Siem Reap. Not so say in all Southeast Asia! The two silver-tiled large swimming pools, which we could from our terrace, invited us to immerse ourselves in its rejuvenating waters. As sunlight danced upon the shimmering surfaces, with that very special reflection offered by silver and enhancing perfect tanning, we relaxed under the coconut trees. The staff catered all the guests with complimentary natural fruit juice, and snacks updated every day. We liked the super fresh spring rolls, with their sweet sauce. We ordered a Singapore Sling: cocktails are authentic and fairly priced. There were enough sunbeds for everyone. The guests were all upper-class individual travelers. David, the omnipresent owner, doesn’t accept groups: making his hotel one of the top five most exclusive in town, just by its frequentation.

A haven, where the weary wanderers sought solace amidst serenity in an aura of opulence and sophistication, the pool area is flanked by one of the best SPAs in town. One of the most affordable too, where we paid only 30 USD for a one-hour aromatic oil massage by a skilled therapist, in one of the luxury treatment rooms. It seems that many guests are using the SPA: because of the high qualities of the masseuses, and also because it is included in some of the attractive packages, together with further bonuses.

We had the gastronomic buffet breakfast at Saya Cuisine Restaurant: included in the room rate, it was updated daily with different super fresh and healthy meals, Danish pastries, cheese, and the best fruit juices ever. Their mango juice is thick and sweet, not cut with water and sugar. We only find such top quality in the leading luxury hotels. Breakfast was our daily joy.

It was not merely the physical comforts that distinguished Anansaya La Maison, but also the unparalleled service bestowed upon its esteemed guests. Every whim was anticipated with grace and precision, from personalized concierge services to bespoke tours and leisures crafted to please the most demanding traveler.

This beacon of resplendent hospitality is one of our preferred hotels in Siem Reap, very reminiscent of the amazing Jaya House, its sister hotel before it went under a new ownership after COVID… but with a 50 % cheaper room rate! Making Anansaya La Maison an amazingly attractive home away from home.

ANANSAYA LA MAISON: Street 30, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 16 297 298

SHINTANA SAYA (*****): Close to the heart of Siem Reap, amidst the bustling thoroughfares, lies the discreet haven of Shintana Saya Residence. An enclave of contemporary sophistication, this posh modern mansion, with contemporary Khmer architecture, extends an invitation to travelers seeking shintana saya best luxury boutique hotel siem reap angkor cambodiarefuge amidst the urban clamor, promising not just luxury but an exquisite retreat from the mundane. Upon crossing the threshold into Shintana Saya, we found ourselves ensconced in a harmonious fusion of modern aesthetics and Khmer heritage. The small lobby radiates an atmosphere of subtle magnificence.

Our sanctuary, the ground floor "Family Room" #555, provided a haven of unparalleled comfort and refinement. Its spacious volume (46 sqm), 3.5 meters-high ceilings, tropical hardwood floorings, and sober yet elegant furnishings, stood as a testament to the discerning taste that permeated every inch of Shintana Saya.

There was a private bar, equipped with an Espresso machine, and a complimentary minibar, giving the room a trendy appearance. A large bay window opened to the lushly private garden, giving much light to the room.

Within the confines of the tastefully designed bathroom, equipped with a rainfall shower and a tub, and displaying Bodia all-natural toiletry made with essential oil, we surrendered to a languorous immersion, enveloped in a cocoon of tranquility. Shintana Saya's meticulous attention to detail manifested in every element, from the sumptuous bath linens to the fragrant accouterments that graced the space.

The a la carte breakfast experience at Saya Cuisine surpassed mere sustenance. We liked the local options (soups, wok-fried yellow noodles with chicken, mangoes…), enjoyed with fresh orange juice, which offered a tantalizing glimpse into the rich tapestry of Khmer gastronomy.

Beyond the sheltering embrace of the hotel, Siem Reap beckons with its ancient temples and vibrant markets. Yet, amidst the clamor of the outside world, Shintana Saya remains an oasis of serenity. The secluded swimming pool, with a Jacuzzi, offers respite from the sweltering heat, inviting us to recline and savor the moment, before a SPA experience.

This heaven, where luxury intertwines seamlessly with tranquility, is Anansaya La Maison's sister hotel. It has the same excellent management, and the same high level of staff. We noticed and particularly liked the elegance and friendliness of the guests. This is not a hotel for groups, but a private mansion for classy travelers. Well worth the stay!

SHINTANA SAYA: Street 30, Phum Veal, Sangkat Kouk Chak, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 97 7820 888

LE CHANTHOU (*****):
Nestled amidst the lush landscape of Siem Reap, giving the impression of being in a remote Cambodian province… though only five minutes from Pub Street by rickshaw, well hidden in a cul-de-sac, Le Chanthou boutique hotel stands as a rural bastion of discreet luxury and le chanthou secret retreats best boutique hotel lodge in siem reap angkortranquility. One of the marvelous treasures that we found in the marvellous Secret Retreats’ catalog featuring luminaries in the realm of hospitality, this five-star lodge transcends the ordinary: offering discerning travelers an immersive experience steeped in Khmer warmth and contemporary elegance.

We liked our stay at Le Chanthou, as it can be used as an easy access to the region's most iconic attractions, including the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat. Whether embarking on a guided tour of ancient ruins, exploring the vibrant markets and artisan boutiques of the city, or simply relaxing amidst the serenity of the lodge grounds, we were perfectly positioned to discover the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of Siem Reap and its unique region. It can alternatively be a haven where we’d like to stay for one week, without trespassing the limit of the property. Relaxing, working, swimming, eating (well!), pampered by Seng, the friendly manager, and its devoted staff. That’s, indeed, a secret retreat, from where we can ignore the rest of the world, immersing into another much more peaceful and pleasant universe. That’s a bit what we did, though we only stayed a couple of days.

Accommodation at Le Chanthou, sprayed in different modern villas with a discreet Khmer touch, is a testament to refined living, with each of its meticulously designed rooms and suites exuding a blend of opulence and comfort. Guests can choose from a selection of stylishly appointed accommodations, ranging from deluxe rooms/suites up to a couple of spacious family villa with their private pool. Each offers modern amenities and picturesque views of the rice field, chanthou flowers, palm trees, and of the quiet and so pleasant swimming pool.

Le Chanthou's centerpiece is undoubtedly this expansive pool, nestled amidst lush tropical gardens. Surrounded by sun loungers, next to the restaurant and bar, it provided us with the perfect setting to unwind and soak up the Cambodian sunshine in absolute tranquility. We particularly enjoy bathing at night, in the lukewarm water, listening to the ritual song of the frogs.

The bucolic restaurant tantalizes the taste buds with a delectable array of Khmer and international dishes, sourcing fresh, locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast, a la carte, was succulent. We particularly liked the fresh, 100 % natural orange juice, and the organic coffee. Drinks are extremely affordable. We liked sipping a well-chilled Angkor Beer at the poolside.

Whether seeking a romantic escape, a family adventure, or a corporate retreat, this hidden gem promises an unforgettable experience that will linger in our traveler’s memory!

Khooc Phnout Road, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 766 417        MOBILE: +855 87 992 992  &  +855 93 552 535.

SAKMUT BOUTIQUE HOTEL (*****): We loved our Spring 2024 second stay in this luxury boutique hotel, full of charm and with a remarkable service, standing only 10 minutes by tuk-tuk or richshaw from the Old Market / Pub Street, and also to the temples. It is located in one of the cleanest residential areas of Siem Reap, surrounded by lovely wooden houses and smart mansions. Arriving at Sakmut Boutique Hotel gives an engaging impression sakmut boutique hotel spa best luxury boutique hotel siem reap angkor cambodiaof the wonderful Siem Reap. The open lobby is very boutique, mixing charming touches of the Khmer culture (with elegantly displayed lotus flowers and an opulent spirit house) with supreme European comfort. Guests don't check-in at the reception counter, but seated in a classy pale-blue sofa, sipping a welcome drink.

From our first contact with Sakmut, we noticed that it hires lots of well-trained bilingual staff, poached from the best hotels. It therefore just took a minute to obtain whatever we wanted: should it be at the reception, in the rooms, restaurant or SPA.

Due to its location, the hotel, which we rather like to call a resort, is amazingly quiet. It has a lot of greenery all around. Which doesn't seem to be enough, as the management is growing banana trees on a terrace to make it greener and greener. The fitness center has been set in nature, al fresco: which is unique in Siem Reap. The pool is among the most pleasant in Siem Reap: almost oversized for such a tiny 56 rooms and suites hotel. As far as the Infinity SPA, surrounded by water ponds, with a semi-open roof planted with a tree. Very classy, it offers more space than in many boutique hotels. Besides the three luxurious therapy rooms, it has a mixed male and female sauna/steam room / and a hot Jacuzzi (around 40 degrees) among gardens in a semi-open setting. So well designed! We experience this SPA many times during our stay, as it was actually atmospheric. The Khmer, Chinese and Swedish treatments are more than affordable.

The contemporary rooms and suites are large and appealing. Featuring colors of sand, deep blue, white and light gray, with a most pleasant writing desk behind the king-size bed in Premier Deluxe Rooms. Some of them are set like a “cabana”, with a direct access to the pool.

The Sakmut Boutique Hotel has been designed like a seaside resort. Getting there, back from the temples, is particularly refreshing and pleasant. The bathrooms are smart: particularly in the Premier Deluxe Rooms, with a Japanese style sliding door separating the bath, with a nice hardwood flooring, from the bedroom. Room rate and packages start from approximately USD 60 during the low season. 

The Candi Restaurant is trendy and cool, serving one of  best breakfasts in Siem Reap. The bacon served with the fried farm eggs is crispy, tasty and light. We also liked the cheese, and salami. Bakeries are yummy (excellent “chocolatines”!), enjoyed with one of best espresso coffees in town. The fruit juice (we particularly liked orange and mango) is 100% natural, made from instantly pressed fruits imported from the hotel organic farm. We recommend the Asian dishes: like “Mee Cha” Cantonese style yellow noodles stir-fried with seafood, or “Kuy Teav” soup with vegetable and chicken. At lunch or dinner time, don't miss the “Fish Amok”,
“Pan-Seared Seabass”, or “Lok Lak” typical Indochinese beef stew.

This dreamed hotel is a perfect place to enjoy Siem Reap in style, with one of the best gastronomic table in town: Samnang, the friendly general manager, worked long time as a food and beverage manager in the top hotels in Siem Reap; Sakmut is one of them now.

SAKMUT BOUTIQUE HOTEL: No #441 Phum Krous, Sangkat Svay Dangkum, Khrong Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia 
PHONE: +855 63 766 256

JAYA HOUSE RIVER PARK (*****): It usually takes decades to build a legend; a few months were enough at Jaya House to meet the challenge. Ranking on the top of Tripadvisor, fully booked during our visit at the beginning of the high season, this is already a respected jaya house river park  best luxury palace hotels boutique hotels siem reapbrand in a city featuring around 400 hotels... An alchemy of successful recipes in term of architecture, management, service, and F&B, quickly acquired this new property a patina. The design by V-Asia (a concept which made the success of all the concurrent -and excellent- Temple hotels and restaurants) is a big hit: we love hotels which doesn't look like hotels. The lobby, opening to the riverside, is reminiscent of a modern private residence. It has lots of vintage appliances (Toshiba TV, Sony radio, old iron fans...), Khmer statues (caressing the stone elephant brought us much energy), and elegantly striped armchairs. Stepping in this distinguished lobby comes with a special thrill. At check-in, when a myriad of staff treats you as a VIP: with fresh towels, well chilled sparkling wine, and all the charm of Cambodia over the young faces obviously happy to work in one of the very few hotels keeping 100% of its employees even during the low season.

Definitely boutique, the Jaya House has only 36 rooms and suites. Amongst the most spacious in Siem Reap, they have either a balcony or a direct pool/garden access. We booked the first option, in a 38 sq.m Deluxe Room, simply classy, with a lovely tile flooring adding texture and style to the tropical interior. The large writing desk gave us the envy to seat and write our memoirs... The room bathed in a delightfully relaxing and inspiring atmosphere. Maybe because it was not over-decorated, with only some drawings depicting local singers and comedians, bakelite phones from the 1960s, and discreet lotus flowers next to the Malongo Espresso machine using natural filter capsules which can be recycled, providing a full blend, fantastic coffee. We liked this, as much as we appreciated the complimentary minibar refilled every day (and more) with water, soft drinks, and beer. The JBL Horizon radio and Bluetooth speaker provides a clear and powerful sound, quite comparable with Bose. We noted the thickness of the King Size bed mattress: twice the standards of many Siem Reap five-star hotels. We felt like sleeping on a cloud...  There is, of course, a large multichannel flat screen TV, which nobody will use; attracted by the many attractions of Siem Reap, Angkor, and of the hotel itself.

There are two pools. The smaller one, intimate and shady, which we could observe from our balcony surrounded by lushly tropical trees. Pleasant and peaceful, this was our favorite. Yet, the principal pool, exposed to the sun, is impressive. This the unique silver tiles swimming pool in Cambodia...and the rest of Asia. What amazed us the most is that it wasn't bling nor tacky at all: the tiles reflecting the sun, in the middle of the carefully kept lawn, is a must be seen. In a sought after part of the city, where the square meter of lands is worth a fortune, the owner purchased the next door, inesthetic building, and demolished it to provide the Jaya House guests an unspoiled view on the lush gardens, neighboring “Ecole Française d'Extrême Orient”, temple and river banks!

There is a small SPA, with a steambath which we used complimentary and by individual appointment.  We also noticed, which was a good surprise, that laundry was provided with the hotel's compliments. We ordered wine and soft drinks from the lobby bar, without being charged. It seems that there is not a clear policy on this, but when guests drink with moderation, house drinks and beer are not charged on the bill. Which is particularly fair.

Breakfast does matter. We would rate our experience as a top 5 best in Siem Reap. The buffet is so refined, with sparkling wine, fresh fruit juices, selection of cheese, and completed by a most distinguished “à la carte”. Cooking Eggs Benedicte requires a perfect orchestration: well buttered toasted muffins, a perfect cooking time, and much attention concerning the Hollandaise sauce. Only two hotels in Siem Reap do it as well as Jaya House. Their French ham is simply the very best in the world: three weeks sooner, we had a brunch at Thierry Marx two-Michelin star restaurant Camelia at Mandarin Oriental Paris. Though he serves the best delicatessen, the quality of the ham, cooked following the recipes of our childhood, was superior here. We congratulated the local chef for his skill. The rooftop bar is a must be seen, at sunset: the panorama is magic, and the cocktails are classy.

Last but not least, Jata House River Park does a lot for NGOs and saving the planet. This is even what does matter to Christian, the enthusiastic GM (who took Shinta Mani to the top before launching Jaya House), and his team. Established in Siem Reap for many years, he saw the hotels mushrooming in this small city, and fights again the pollution involved by the booming of tourism. Actively involved, with many other hoteliers, restaurants and pub managers, travel agents, backed by NGOs and some large companies, the hotel issues branded “Refill Not Landfill ” bottles to the guests The back of the bottles feature the names of all of the free-of-charge water refill locations across the city. Knowing that one refillable aluminum bottle can last more than 4 years, a single bottle can replace as many as 4,380 plastic bottles. The “Refill Not Landfill” campaign has already received orders for 65,000+ bottles, and rising, representing a potential saving of 175,200,000 plastic bottles over the next four years!

Enjoying one of the top 10 best hotels in Siem Reap and Cambodia has a price (approximately USD 300 / night during the peak season for a Deluxe Room) which, considering the amazing quality of Jaya House and its high profile, discreet and distinguished guests (the same kind of demanding travellers staying at The Raffles Singapore or Mandarin Oriental Bangkok), we would say that the value for money is well worth the exquisite experience.

This is one of our preferred hotels in Southeast Asia.

JAYA HOUSE RIVER PARK: River Road, Treang Village, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 639 62 555

GOLDEN TEMPLE RESIDENCE (*****): We found in Siem Reap the zero default hotel, and experienced it four times in three years already! If perfection would get a name, it would be called Golden Temple Residence. When it could make an easy benefit from its ideal location, next to the Night Market, at a short yet quiet distance from golden temple residence best luxury boutique hotel in siem reap angkorPub Street / Old French Quarter, this so-chic boutique hotel develops a myriad of qualities and bonuses to catch the demanding upper-class guest... and treat him like a VIP.

An oasis of tranquility settled amongst greenery, this modern interpretation of a Khmer temple of hospitality makes concrete seducing: modeling and painting the walls such a warm and elegant way, that this modern building comes with a touch of nostalgia. This might be of the carved stones, wood and copper,  flowers everywhere (from the lobby till the beds and… sinks in the palatial bathrooms), or precious silk displayed over the sofas where we received the most impressive check-in a luxury hotel. No comparison with the standard welcome drink that we experienced in almost any hotel in South East Asia; at the Golden Temple Residence, our eyes popped out when we saw a smiling hostess bringing an antique carved silver tray, with iced herbal tea, sticky rice in banana leaves, the best-grilled peanuts ever (with garlic, lemongrass, basil, and nuts), and fruits cuts. Should we write it?: it beated the unbeatable Mandarin Oriental Bangkok!

All rooms are tastefully decorated with local items, paintings, precious wood furniture, and lotus flowers refreshed each evening. The thick stone flooring and the brick-walls procure a pleasant note of serenity. Our Suite Pool Viewwas large (55 s.qm), opening to a spacious balcony with deep chairs for relaxation. We almost never used the air-conditioning. Our bathroom, with sand-watched walls and precious tile-flooring, was splendid and large enough to host a Khmer family… We liked the well-sized desk, on which we could actually world at ease, listening glamourous music piping from the Samsung SoundBar with Dolby Subwoofer equipping the Samsung Smart TV (with direct connection to YouTube and Netflix). There is a courtesy minibar (only in the suites). We also noted that, thought the hotel has a powerful power generator in case of an electricity blackout, each room has its personal generator to keep on the light and TV working… Looking for more elements to spoil the guest, the hotel provided us with a mobile telephone with an emergency contact number, so the staff could assist us anytime, anywhere and for anything: a private concierge in our pocket! WiFi is high-speed, indeed, and guests can use the business center equipped with Apple computers, sipping a glass of lemongrass tea and eating dried fruits snacks... all complimentary. The transfer airport-hotel-airport, escorted in the hotel Range Rover (we have been transported by their vintage Chrysler New Yorker one time also!) by a gorgeous hostess taking care of the guests from arrival until departure, is another bonus provided to all clients by the Golden Temple Residence.

We had no time to experience the beautiful Lotus SPA, preferring to focus on the pool. Superb! Sunbeds are set on two levels: we loved the highest one: so quiet, and with a nice view over the pristine water. The staff came on the spot to display the towels… bringing a complimentary refreshing set on a silver plate, with two glasses of orange juice and coconut over a mattress of ice, plus one scoop of passion fruit sorbet! Each evening the poolside welcomes an Apsara dance show, with live music: introducing the mysteries and charms of the Orient to enthusiastic spectators sipping a beer or a glass of wine billed at a ridiculously low price (USD 2 for a can of local beer!).

The general manager worked as an F&B at Raffles. He transferred to the Golden Temple Residence the quality inherited from the years passed in this legendary hotel, and improved it with a personal touch: cuisine at the Golden Temple Residence is definitely the best value for money available in a high-end hotel in Siem Reap. It starts with the breakfast at Sala Chhan. Welcomed by our name by the brigade, we were astonished to find on the buffet exactly what we could expect from a palace hotel. The Asian corner provides authentic soups, and well-textured dim-sums. The selection of hot dishes featured high-quality meat and fish. The bakery is Parisian: with real mini-baguette, and croissants reminding us of the lively cafés on the Champs-Elysées. Juices were 100% natural. Honey imported from farms nearby. Butter was French (Président). This all explains why the restaurant was quite full for dinner, despite the proximity –and competition- of Pub Street.

A premium hotel in Siem Reap, The Golden Temple Residence ranks atop Tripadvisor, in a city where fine lodging is legion, before much more expensive resorts like Jaya House, Templation, or Phum Baitang.

PHONE: +855 63 212 222        FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 222

VIROTH’S (*****):
This lavish, green boutique hotel, has been recently ranked amongst the top 10 best hotels in the world. You will judge by yourself, but what is sure is that it deserves 10/10 on «the triple big S»: standard, style, and service. The latter being, from our long experience in Siem Reap, viroth's best luxury boutique hotels angkorabsolutely unique. As good as in the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, one of our best references in Asia. From the airport pick up by Rolls Royce Silver Shadow (bi-colour… so fancy!), or rare stretched Mercedes-Benz 230, the Viroth’s experience is worth the trip as much as the visit to the Temples (you can rent one of their chauffeured collection cars to give more spice to the tour).

We knew the hotel by reputation from friends living in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The poolside is a haunt for the expatriates established in the city, capital city, or large metropoles from China and Southeast Asia on an extended weekend in the green and relaxing Siem Reap. The bar is their meeting point. This gives this lovingly designed hotel, in the 1950-60s style, a colonial atmosphere. During our stay, we felt like traveling back in time...and style.

The lobby is cool, and welcoming. The staff is plethoric, young, fluent in English, and perfectly trained. Even during the COVID, when most of the hotels in Siem Reap, fired 80% of their employees, Viroth’s remained fully serviced. We just hold our hands, and three people rushed to assist.

A good service always rhymes with a good style. The rooms and suites mix ancient Khmer elegance with nostalgic French sophistication (the owner is French). We like the rooms located on the third and last floor, indeed. They are not more beautiful than the others, but the balcony is at the level of the treetop. This is so lushly. The weather was exceptionally not too warm, and we spent much time enjoying our beautiful tropical balcony. Smoking a cigar by night, before sleeping in under the soft linen of our large bed, was a sybaritic delight. Besides the artifacts decorating the room, we liked the black-tiled bathroom very much. It has the French 1960s «Nouvelle Vague» design. Very different from the "Tomb Raider style" bathrooms generalized in the other Siam Reap hotels. Hotel bathroom aficionados will put Viroth’s on their hotlist.

The swimming pool is the place where the hotel vibes. It has something colonial, as already mentioned, and also Provençal. We could be at Hotel de Paris in Saint Tropez, for instance. Maybe because there were many French guests, the ambiance was more hip. There was this little bonus missing at other hotel pools. It is quieter. No children running and shouting. That’s posh bathing. The pool is long, and active swimmers will appreciate a lap. We are just splashers, and preferred the cocktails elaborated by a professional barman: refined and extremely affordable, like everything at Viroth’s.

Thumbs up for the F&B. It starts from the very high-quality breakfast served à la carte. The portions were generous, like a bit everywhere in Siem Reap. But the ingredients used by the chef are much superior to those used by most of the competitors. The home-made jam for instance. Or the sappy herb sausages: the best in town. The bread is as good as in Paris. There was an appealing Khmer breakfast which we shall experience next time. We liked to make it a bit French that time, after two months spent away from our country. The restaurant is pleasant, at the poolside. There is an air-conditioned «aquarium», more formal, nicely designed with large banquettes, halfway between the VIP lounge and the Parisian bistro-chic.

The SPA is pleasant, fairly priced (one-hour treatment starts from USD 20 only), and much visited by the residents of Siem Reap.

The location is very convenient to walk along the nearby riverside, and visit its pubs and restaurants. Pub Street is a five-minute reach by hotel tuk-tuk.

VIROTH’S: Street 24, Wat Bo Village, Siem Reap Angkor, Kingdom of Cambodia.
PHONE: +855 12 778 096

RAFFLES GRAND HÔTEL D'ANGKOR (*****): Owned by Prince Al-Walid bin Talal and managed by Accor under the renowned Raffles brand, the one only historic palace hotel in Siem Reap has been established by the French in 1932: providing best luxury hotels in angkor siem reap accor raffles grand hotel d'angkoraccommodation for the first wave of travellers exploring the temples and the rest of Indochina. This is the most luxurious and most expensive hotel in town; maybe also in Cambodia. Located in front of a well kept public park, which used to be the private 15 acres French-style garden of the hotel, opposite the discreet Royal Residence, the Grand Hotel d'Angkor retained its surprisingly authentic colonial atmosphere. With the exception of the pool, which is quite new, the public areas, restaurants (serving an average cuisine), and rooms make you feel like travelling back in time. The mahogany lift has been imported from France by steam-boat on the 1930's: restored in its former glory, it still transports the happy fews (statesmen, pop stars, Hollywood actors, and lots of famous writers and reporters) to splendid rooms and suites fitted for the elite.

Unless you visit Angkor during the low season (from the middle of April, until October), the hotel might be fully booked if you didn't schedule your stay a few months in advance. But no need to sleep there to enjoy the brilliant signature Champagne breakfast at Café d'Angkor,  or to experience one glass of Airavata: Siem Reap’s most celebrated cocktail, served only in the most celebrated Elephant Bar, this delicious blend of rum, coconut passion, lime juice, crème de banana, pineapple & coconut juice tastes as much colonial as the bar, patronized by so-smart French and British expats, reviving in style the good old time of a dreamed Indochina. If the staff is one of the best trained in Siem Reap, service can be surly at the bar...

RAFFLES GRAND HOTEL D'ANGKOR: 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, .
PHONE:   +855 63 963 888        TOLL FREE: +800 1 7233537  FACSIMILE:    +855 63 963 168

GOLDEN TEMPLE RETREAT (*****): With Lourdes, Siem Reap became a miraculous land: one year after its grand opening in 2017, this luxury hideaway already ranks number 6 in Tripadvisor, between Golden Temple Residence and Golden Temple Boutique.  A cheerful leading trio, with a golden temple retreat best luxury boutique hotels angkormyriad of enthusiastic reviews truly motivated by all those factors making Golden Temple group the best hotels operator in the city.

We won't spend time reviewing all the merits of the hotel in term of excellent services and remarkable staff attitude, 100% copied on what we experienced at Golden Temple Residence and Golden Temple Hotel. The bonus at Retreat comes from the VIP check-in and check-out, with all the staff queuing to meet each guest personally, and even a photographer sending your complimentary set of pictures by e-mail the same day. Giving a moment of fame to the surprised and flattered visitors, certainly not expecting to be treated like a royalty in a resort at around USD 100 per night only (and less during the low season).

The architecture is modern Khmer. Just like Golden Temple Residence, this is a 100% concrete construction: but the design has been done that a way that the basically austere material develops warmth and charm. Each detail has been carefully sought of, without any faux-pas. The long and straight, canal-like swimming pool deserves all ground floor rooms. For a quieter atmosphere, you might prefer to stay on the first floor, and  relax in the intimacy of the pool-view balcony.

All rooms are large, indeed, with a comfort comparable to Golden Temple Residence. The high-tech Samsung Smart TV with Curved LED Screen and SoundBar are part of the five-star equipment. We could watch YouTube and NetFlix, and listen to the music from our smartphone via Bluetooth. Geeks will like staying here. We found the bedding even superior to the others hotels of the group: the quality of the linen, specially waved in Italy for Retreat, is impressive. As smooth as satin. Money has not been saved to invest in the best fabrics, materials, and concepts: look the bathroom, accessible through a heavy rotating door made of tropical wood, with so much space and such a splendid display that it looks a private SPA. We love the large stone tub and the rain-forest shower with such a toiletry, featuring cream for a professional scrub, specially prepared by the Senpidor SPA. We used it, if course... It made our skin so soft. This is part of all those bonuses by Golden Temple, offering always something tailored made to satisfy the most demanding guest.

We had our dinner at the traditional restaurant, where Royal Khmer Cuisine is lavishly served in silver dishes by supernumerary, devoted staff, entertained by gracious dances from the time of Suryavarman II...What a banquet for less than USD 20! Thanks to Golden Temple for transforming one more time the spoiled traveler and gourmet in a wonderstruck child...

GOLDEN TEMPLE RETREAT: Wat Damnak, Sala Kamreuk,
Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia.
PHONE: +855 63 217 777     FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 222

Though all the Golden Temple hotels are 100% "boutique", this classification is now branded with one more distinguished property still in its soft opening. We reached the lobby in style, chauffeured in a white Chrysler NewYorker Brougham 1975, golden temple boutique best luxury boutique hotels angkorescorted by a cute hostess, and welcomed in the Golden Temple tradition: checking-up smoothly, just handing our passport to the reception staff before enjoying the welcome snacks (tea, fruits, sweet steamed rice, peanuts with basil and garlic...) presented over a precious silver tray.

We wondered whether we stayed at Golden Temple hotels to visit Siem Reap... or visited Siem Reap to enjoy the Golden Temple hotels. This is always a delight to experience the perfection in term of hospitality. The happy few, used to stay in Ritz-Carlton or Peninsula, always say WOW! discovering the splendors of the GT properties. Managed brilliantly by Luon Thea, a master hotelier in Siem Reap, they always come with the “no-fault” factor. All the competitors envy their leading position in Tripadvisor (number 7 during our last stay in May 2019!). It is well merited, indeed.

So what's new with the “Boutique”? Nothing! Why should GT reform a winning recipe? The architecture and interior design by Vasia are conformed to what we gladly enjoyed in the other properties of the group: a concentration of exotic good taste, with a soothing, slightly uplifting, refined, and colorful atmosphere. The Apple computers (with super fast Internet), the statues of Buddha, the deep sofas, and the pool view from the lobby: the GT signature is flamboyant, as always. The staff is not anymore the best trained of the city, for one simple reason: all the competitors copied Thea's teaching, sometimes quite successfully. But this is still the most charming and anticipating in all Cambodia. Working for the elite, with the elite, is their best motivation.

The 19 rooms are all suites. Quite similar, in term of generous size and bright eye catching design, to those at GT Retreat and GT Residence. The palatial beds, decorated with fresh lotus flowers, are still the top 10 best comfy in town. We noted the “pillow menu”, with an extended choice in term of texture and size. The Curved Samsung Smart TV, definitely unique in Cambodia, and ideal to watch a program on YouTube. The Samsung Bluetooth Bar, with a perfect sound quality. And all the rest: we liked the “Sihanouk-style” 1960's furniture, in its simply elegant and practical display. The “smallest” (48 sq.m) category of rooms, “Deluxe Suite”, with its brick walls, is not less luxury than the “Premier Suite” and “Courtyard Suite” (69 sqm.). The later sports a shower enclosure, an elegant stone bathtub, and twin hand-basins separated from the SPA-like bathroom. It has a balcony. We liked the complimentary in-room coffee by a Malongo Espresso machine.  The room rate starts from USD130 up to USD 250.

Thumb up, as always, to Golden Temple for serving bluffing breakfast looking like a five-star brunch. We can't say thank you enough to the staff for its kindness: we caught a cold with air-conditioning on our way to Siem Reap, and have been cured with the lemon-ginger-honey tea which had been repeatedly served to us with a smile (and complimentary). Each time we swam in the awesome pool, we received a tray with cold tea, peanuts and small snacks (the coconut milk soup with gelly is yummy!).

There is an excellent SPA. The concierge can manage tailor-made tours in the region, and book the rare and so comfortable Chrysler for a visit to the temples of Angkor (at USD 150 / day or USD 80 / half day, excluding entrance fee).

The gate to Heaven is located in the heart of the city, and is well worth the stay.

GOLDEN TEMPLE BOUTIQUE: Night Market Road, Stueng Thmei, , Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 216 666
      FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 222

That's our second stay in this Khmer contemporary resort (Spring 2024), and I must say that this was a pleasure to visit back this discreet, romantic getaway. The staff is still exquisite, and the lobby really eye catching with fresh flowers and statues: establishing an ambiance that camabana residence resort and spa best luxury boutique hotel in siem reap angkor cambodia asiawould linger in memory as an undeniably unforgettable journey. A luxurious base for exploration, it is located halfway between the city center and the temples.

We like the
inviting canal shaped swimming pool: protected from the sun, it has a pleasantly fresh water which provides a refreshing escape from the tropical heat. It is flanked along the pleasantly breezy restaurant-bar serving Khmer and international food. Depending of the number of guests, breakfast is served either a la carte, either under the form of a buffet. The daily Khmer Cooking Class is well attended.

Our lodging, a commodious suite exuding contemporary grace, was a haven of comfort and elegance. The meticulous attention to detail was discernible in every facet: from the sumptuous bedding, to the tasteful adornments inspired by Cambodian artistry. Each of the 10 spacious suites features a separate living-room, with a large screen TV and a fully equipped kitchen with fridge and electric kettle. The awesome bedroom, designed in the modern Khmer style, was well lit and spacious. Cherry on the cake, it had a large terrace equipped with a stone hot-tub.

The serene SPA offers an array of invigorating treatments inspired by ancient Khmer therapeutic practices.

This fairly priced boutique hotel exudes elegance and refinement. It is the perfect option for the seasoned traveller seeking tranquility and sophistication. It is ideal for honeymoon.

Cambana Residence has a warmly recommended sister hotel in Battambang: Cambana La Rivière. A splendour in the heart of one of the most capturing cities in Cambodia.

CAMBANA RESIDENCE: National Road No.6, Salakanseng Village, Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia.
PHONE: +855 12 677 392 ,   70 661 887,   70 644 168  FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 840

KHMER MANSION RESIDENCE (****L): This fairly priced hotel is real family heaven, close to the city center, and close to plentiful small Khmer restaurants and pubs. The palatial, Buddhist temple-shaped lobby, gives an impression of grandeur. But the rest of the hotel is tiny and intimate, green and khmer mansion residence best luxury boutique hotels siem reap near angkorenchanting, settled around the lovely swimming pool where we liked to swim and relax all day long: we were lucky, and booked in one of the 10 ground floor Residence Suites, with direct access to the pool. It has other pleasant rooms, including well-thought ones with three beds and more, ideal for families; but should you come for a romantic stay, don’t hesitate and request a Residence Suite, indeed.

Larger than the other rooms (yet spacious with an average of 50sq.m over colorful tiled flooring), our 80 sq.m suite was lavishly decorated with Khmers artifacts, had a large bathroom with a stone tub, and also a secret flowered garden in the back of the room which was unexpected and most pleasant. Just like the best hotels in that category, it has a 43’ LED Smart TV which we used a lot for mirroring our music and video from our smartphone, fridge, safe, and everything you need, or not, in a nicely equipped four-star luxury resort. Hotels in Siem Reap are amongst the best in Southeast Asia, and the Khmer Mansion is a part of them.

We visited the hotel during the peak of COVID in Cambodia, and the restaurant didn’t reopen yet. But it looked lovingly designed, settled along the pool area. The Kalyaney SPA was still closed also, but both facilities should operate again in Summer 2022.

There is a cooking class at the poolside, featuring a tour of the local markets by tuk-tuk to select the fresh ingredients used for a great and easy introduction to the Khmer cuisine by a local chef. This is an inexpensive and funny experience.

The Khmer Mansion Residence is a popular address in Siem Reap, due to its smart service and really good value for money accommodation.

KHMER MANSION RESIDENCE: Sok San Road, Steung Thmei Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Kingdom Of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 210 888 / +855 12 850 909

KHMER MANSION BOUTIQUE (****L):  Operated by the same company as the precedent hotel, the Khmer Mansion Boutique Hotel is truly a hidden gem in this beautiful city. From the moment we arrived, we were blown away by the stunning architecture. Designed halfway between Khmer khmer mansion boutique best luxury hotels angkor siem reap cambodiatemple and a sala, the cool lobby opens to the large and quiet swimming pool. We were lucky enough to book into a pool-level room, with its private terrace, absolutely ideal for fully relaxing or having breakfast, lunch, or a romantic dinner.

The hotel has another great bonus: it is located at the end of a small lane, in the very center of Siem Reap most wanted area. The Night Market, Old Market, and lively Pub Street are located next door; yet, except for the curious songs of the geckoes, not a single note of loud music disturbed our quiet night in our large room, decorated with beautiful artwork and furniture that sets the tone for the rest of the hotel. Just like its sister hotel, the Khmer Mansion Boutique is immaculately clean, and looks like an island of subtle luxury capturing the essence of Cambodian sophistication and unmatched hospitality. The bathrooms are spacious and modern, with large rain showers and all the amenities you could need.

What sets Khmer Mansion Boutique Hotel apart is the level of service provided by the 90 % feminine young staff. A beautiful team, indeed! All of them are perfectly bilingual, and amazingly well-trained. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with those true, warm smiles and genuine hospitality characteristics of Cambodia. We particularly liked the check-in: sitting in front of a rich welcome set (perfumed iced towels, chilled fruit juice, grilled spicy Cambodian peanuts…); and not standing anonymously behind a desk, like in a Western hotel.

More than the temples and all the so unique landmarks of Cambodia, hospitality is one of the factors which should incite anyone to visit this fantastic destination. The staff was always available to assist with anything we needed: from recommendations for local restaurants and attractions, to arranging transportation or booking tours. Their attention to detail was truly impressive, and we felt like valued guests throughout our stay.

Another highlight of the Khmer Mansion Boutique Hotel is the distinguished service at the poolside. Cold tea is served in style, with succulent grilled banana snacks, spontaneously... and free of charge. It reminded us of the ways more expensive Mandarin Oriental Bangkok…

The restaurant at Khmer Mansion Boutique Hotel is another standout feature. The menu is a fusion of traditional Cambodian and international cuisine, and the food is delicious. We highly recommend trying the fish amok, a traditional Cambodian dish that is expertly prepared. The breakfast buffet is also excellent, with a wide variety of options to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. It is served within a few minutes, with waiters always inquiring about anything which could be eventually missing…

The hotel offers a free shuttle service to and from the airport, and it's easy to arrange transportation to visit the temples of Angkor Wat.

Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, Khmer Mansion Boutique Hotel is the ultimate retreat in the center of Siem Reap.

195-183 NR63, Siem Reap, Kingdom Of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 762 333 / (0)17 686 802

VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA (****L): Replica can sometimes look nicer than original. The best four-star luxury urban resort in Siem Reap, a direct competitor to the neighboring Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, has been designed in a refined colonial victoria angkor resort spa tours by vintage citroen siem reaparchitecture without any “faux pas”. This is remarkable. It would have been so tempting to boost some marble here and there, alternating old and new, vintage and high-tech. Easier, and surely cheaper. But the investors at the origin of the project initiated in the 1990s were maybe also little bit poets: they let the architect play with the time, redistributing the 1920s into the 21st century.
The result is bluffing! The façade reflects the retro charm of the Belle Epoque, and guests picked up at the airport by an original Citroën C6 model 1930 are welcome with iced towels by anticipating, super-efficient staff. The lobby is not air-conditioned, but pleasantly swept by a natural draft, coming from the magnificent pool area and the Royal Gardens, located just in front the hotel. The boutique are smarts, some young and ravishing Khmer girls gently smile while working behind their silk waving loom, and a groom comes to show you the way to your room via one of the two sublime lifts made of mahogany in the 1900s…or much more recently. Some said they have been imported from France by steamboat; others, from South Korea, by Jumbo Jet. Never mind: we are indeed in the colonial atmosphere of French Indochina, and nothing could interfere with this impression. Even the bathrooms which some would call shabby (lots of wood, and an old tub), and which actually pair the lustrous rooms -and top-notch suites- opening to a pleasant balcony with a pool –or Royal Park- view. Of course, the flat-screen TV, telephone, and high-speed WiFi are here to reset our watch when needed; but travel into time started, and won’t stop until check out.

The Victoria Angkor attracts the same category of sophisticated tourists as the Raffles. American, Australian, British. Not so many Asian. Few Chinese: which is noteworthy in a city packed with tours from mainland China. French tourists literally fall in love with that place: their regular invasion participates, as much as the walls and furniture, in providing a living colonial atmosphere. With a cornucopia of delicacies available from the five-star buffet, breakfast at L’Escale pool-terrace is  usually echoing the accents of France, giving a sample of what living in Siem Reap was during the rich hours of the “Protectorate”. 

Managed by French, visited by French, the colonial essence of Victoria Angkor extends in one of the best F&B in town. The occupant from yesterday dropped the weapons, but still raise the fork and spoon to provide a distinctive cuisine to the regiments of gourmets visiting “Le Connaisseur”. We enjoyed there one of our most distinguished dinners in Cambodia. The place is classy. The waiters and waitress also. The chef is British, but a good translator to Escoffier.

We spent much time at pool-side. Large, nicely designed with a safety level for children (who can also enjoy the entertaining kids-club while the parents rest on their sun-bed), it is reputed top-5 best pools in Siem Reap. We loved the flowers and old trees carefully preserved by the architect. As much as we loved the worth-the-visit atrium, with its trees, fountains, pounds hosting fishes and turtles, and where the manager grows up lovingly a couple of young yet creepy crocodiles destinated to receive the rare claims from the clients... The hotel is very much involved in the protection of the nature in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

We couldn’t conclude our enthusiastic review  of Victoria Angkor without mentioning its signature: the temples tour by Citroën C6 1930 (sadly recently equipped with Japanese engine...), with a stylish driver in white uniform waiting for you at sunrise for a unique exploration of the Angkor Park ever. We visited it by van, tuk-tuk, bicycle… but never got the unmatched excitement of discovering Angkor like the privileged travelers did when the word "tourism" wasn't printed yet in the dictionary. Stopping our car in from of Angkor Wat, surrounded by local people (and hordes of tourists) asking to see the engine, and of course shooting us like if we were Hollywood movie stars. The price for the excursion was around USD 250. This is very fairly valued for such an emotional, guaranteed unforgettable journey.

The hotel is temporarily closed for an ambitious refurbishment. It is scheduled get back to activity by the end of 2024.

VICTORIA ANGKOR RESORT & SPA: Central Park, PO Box 93145, Siem Reap
PHONE: +855 63 760 428

Situated in the semi-rural area of Salakamreuk, only ten minutes from the Old French Quarter («Pub Street»), we enjoyed a few marvelous days in this nicely designed resort. It is smart, indeed, displaying a modern architecture contrasting with antique Khmer statues
metta residence best luxury boutique hotels siem reap near angkorsettled amongst the lushly gardens. The poolside is particularly attractive, and some rooms have direct access to the awesome swimming pool. This is where a «happy hours» Palm Pool-Bar party is traditionally organized at sunset, with excellent cocktails served free of charge, daily, between 6 and 7 pm! This is a bonus usually reserved to the club lounges of much more expensive five-star luxury hotels; we found here a sample of the legendary Khmer hospitality.

Though we visited the Metta Residence during the peak of COVID in Cambodia, the service was better compared to a vast majority of the other hotels in Siem Reap. 50 % of them were still closed, or operating with much-reduced staff. This was the case here too, but they worked so hard and efficiently, always with a smile, that we have been treated like nawabs. At breakfast for instance, served a la carte (or buffet when the occupancy is higher), with anticipation and quality. The Maitri restaurant is stylish, and it has an open-air theater for traditional Khmer ballet shows.

Aesthetically designed and furnished, all rooms are large, bright, and clean. Equipped with a private balcony, they are extremely quiet, with a soothing atmosphere after a tiring day-long visit to the nearby Temples, located 20 minutes away by cheap tuk-tuk.

For more intimacy, and ideal for those on a honeymoon, there are three Villas
. Two of them are equipped with a small pool.

There is a nicely appointed, reputed Spa.

METTA RESIDENCE & SPA: Phum Salakamreuk, Sangkat Salakamreuk, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
PHONE: +855 85 87 0000 / +855 15 83 8888

ANJALI BY SYPHON (****L): Situated away from the dust and craziness of the city center, yet only seven minutes from Pub Street by complimentary tuk-tuk, Anjali has many qualities. First of all, it doesn't look like the other hotels in Siem Reap. Ninety percent of them anjali by syphon best luxury romantic boutique hotel five star siem reap angkor temple cambodiacopying more or less successfully the contemporary temple design, making us visiting a property after another without feeling a real difference. One single step into the ultra cozy lobby, decorated from wall to ceiling with shives of tropical wood and a deep velvet sofa for comfy check-in, makes all the difference. Owned by a Cambodian family, operating Anjali like a four-star luxury private house, it has plenty of personal touches which we loved at first sight.

The rooms are among the chicest which we have experienced in Cambodia. We have seen two categories. The “Superior King Room”, with a lovely balcony invaded by the greenery, offers a refreshing pool view. Large (35 sq.m), tastefully appointed, they are more than enough for a short stay. We booked in a “Junior Rooftop Suite”. An attic, with a very high ceiling, this is the dreamed lodging for a honeymoon. The consequent volume of the 52 sq.m suite, with a sophisticated in-room-bathroom, features a cozy seating area and, like it or not, a tub beside the kingsize Pullman bed (as comfy as the sumptuous Sofitel MyBed, which remains our reference in term of bedding quality). There is a large 10 sq.m lushly terrace, privately attached to each suite.

A high-tech hotel, Anjali is equipped with actually fast Internet (this is worth the mention in Cambodia..). Reading at bed was a pleasure, thanks to an efficient new generation round shape LED lamp. We could also plug a USB to watch our personal videos on the 42” LCD TV, equipped with a Samsung Sound Bar. Five-star indeed! We noted that our suite was efficiently sound-proofed: we visited Siem Reap during a peak wedding-season, with loud festivities starting from sunrise until sunset, and didn't even noticed it.

Hunkaar, by Chef  Hak Serey, taught in the Paul Dubrule School of Hospitality, before he joined Park Hyatt Hotel de La Paix, then Anjali, is one of the top 10 best gastronomic restaurants under a Siem Reap hotel roof. It seems that it welcomes more outsiders, usually local patrons, than hotel guests escaping to the animated French Quarter from 6 pm until late at night. This is a regretful, as the cuisine is worth an established Parisian bistro. We had a lavish dinner there, with the French general manager who spent her career with Accor. This largely explains the impeccable service, both in Hunkaar and the rest of the hotel. Starting from the poolside, magnificently invaded by the jungle, where we always received fresh water and an anticipating service each time we refreshed ourselves in the cool salted water pool.

We discovered this still confidential green hotel thanks to the Secret Retreats' essential catalog of the most refined hotels (cruises, restaurants, journeys, private villas...) in Asia.

ANJALI BY SYPHON:  #1705, Korean-Cambodian Friendship Road 30, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 965 600

GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA (****L): The “Villa” used to be one of the first Golden Temple properties established a few years ago in Siem Reap. When the city was still a haunt for backpackers. Times changed, the quality of the visitors also. It was logical that the aging golden temple villa best luxury low cost boutique hotel in siem reap angkor cambodia“Villa” had been upgraded two years ago into one of the most charming, luxury yet affordable boutique hotel. Oddly ranked three-star by most of the on-line booking websites, it is obviously worth one more star in the luxury classification.

Meeting now all the extolled virtues the Golden Temple group, the GT Villa has one little bonus compared to its sister hotel: it is extremely affordable. The low rate (USD 50 until 100, depending on room type and season) is particularly exciting, due to the fact that the rooms are almost as comfy as in the GT Retreat or Residence, ranking top 10 best lodging in Siem Reap by Tripadvisor. The rooms are large: starting from 32 sq.m for a Deluxe Room or Luxury Room. The Premier Room offers a little bit more space (36 sq.m). We didn't notice much difference in the design: superb, and 100% Khmer. Mixing nostalgy and modernism, as always with Golden Temple. The group employs the best architects and designers in the country, and we always searched in vain anything tacky or inconvenient in their hotels. This is a frustrating game, as we are in the complete no-fault plan. Even the display of fragrant lotus flowers in the form of a heart over our bed was geometrically perfect: it took exactly 30 minutes to the charming room maids to manage this so romantic welcome procedure in our room... though we visited the hotel single. But never mind: pleasing the guest is the essence of the Golden Temple philosophy.

We liked the letters of the Khmer alphabet over the bed. We missed a little bit the curved Samsung Smart TV available in the other hotels of the group, but not at the Villa. It is unique in Siem Reap, and certainly the rest of Cambodia, and features YouTube and all the Samsung apps. But we are too demanding, and easily forget that we stay in a “low cost” Golden Temple property. All the rest conforms to the five star and five-star luxury hotels of the group: the bathrooms look like a small SPA, the design of every single item is sophisticated and... the breakfast is not four star at all, but six!

We are not trying to advertise the group, but Golden Temple is so omnipresent in Siem Reap, and also so competitive in everything, from night-clubs to massage parlors, that F&B should share the same standard. And it does. We were expecting a “boutique breakfast”, which tends quite often to be very limited in term of choice and quantity. Which was not the case at the “Villa”: we had everything... and more. Top quality, ultra fresh, and almost as gastronomic as at the unmatched GT Residence or splendid GT Boutique.

The service is perfect. On the occasion of our second stay, in March 2019, we found it almost as extravagant as in the Golden Temple high-end hotels. Two of the staff even recognized our face! We liked the pool very much: with ginger tea, grilled peanuts, and freshly cut fruits served as soon as we reached our sunbed ... Like in the priciest GT hotels, where the rate can be twice or thrice higher. Also, upon check-in (featuring a fancy welcome drink with Khmer desserts), we received a voucher for complimentary snacks, fruits and sandwiches available anytime we couldn't be back in the hotel for lunch or dinner!

If you are on a limited budget and look for a classy experience not far from Pub Street, do not hesitate: this is from our long experience the best address in Siem Reap.

GOLDEN TEMPLE VILLA: Sok San Road, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 215 555          FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 222

LYNNAYA URBAN RIVER RESORT & SPA (****L): We enthusiastically discovered this refined resort, nestled along the riverside, in such a strategic location that you won't need a tuk-tuk to wander in the pleasant park between the Royal Palace and the historic Raffles lynnaya best luxury hotel romantic hotel riverside hotel angkor siem reap cambodiaGrand Hôtel d'Angkor, or experience the excited night-life in the effervescent Old French Quarter. Despite of such a premium touristic environment, Lynnaya remains an oasis of peace and greenery, with paths shadowed by banana trees, statues of Khmer divinities all around, and nostalgic pictures of a nostalgic time when Cambodia was unanimously described as the pearl of the French Indochina.

When more and more hotels cater groups of middle-class Chinese tourists, Lynnaya deals with premium hospitality. By a lot of aspects (riverside location, anticipation of the young and well trained staff, exclusive rooms, refined F&B... and stylish guests), it looks like very much one of our top five preferred resorts in Siem Reap: the amazing Jaya House. This is its low-cost reflection: at only one-third of the price, we met the same exquisite luxury. The average rate during the low season is approximately USD80 per night // USD 120 during the high season. Such an exceptional value for money makes it one of the most booked hotels in town, and it took us two approaches to find a room in November (beginning of the peak season). Like most of the hotels in Siem Reap, it has more availability -and special last minute offers- from March until the end of October.

We have been welcomed by a reception staff in its 20s, very much service oriented. Smiling and efficient. Check-in is fast, sitting in the bright lobby, enjoying a welcome drink. The one and three-story buildings are nicely designed, and partly hidden by the urban jungle. We prefer the rooms oriented to the gardens and pool. Some rooms with a riverside view can be slightly noisy at daytime; yet very quiet after the night falls, because this area is strictly residential. There are only 18 Deluxe Bungalows rooms and 7 Junior Suites in the new wing. And 21 Deluxe Garden View rooms in the main wing. We stayed in one of them. It has the Khmer minimalist style, with lots of space (40 sq.m), quality Khmer contemporary art items designed by local artists, and handmade tiles providing a cool temperature (we didn't need to switch on the air-conditioning a lot, despite the scorching heat outside). Some rooms have a lovely hardwood floor. We like the long concrete writing desk, the LG 42' Smart TV connected to the Internet, and the beautiful bathroom, with a rain shower (but no tube, available only in the Junior Suites, and romantically set in the open air). The beds are extremely comfy, with four anti-allergic pillows, and prime quality linen sheets by Siesta BWM.

We spent much time at refreshing pool-side. Though the hotel was full during our visit, 60% of the sunbeds were not occupied. Making relaxation and swimming particularly easy. No children. We got the impression that Lynnaya was a place for couples, enjoying the facilities (pool, massage, restaurant) until the sunset (best observed from the Palate Sky Bar), then heading to Pub Street for dinner. Though F&B is very tempting in the hotel.

The breakfast at the chic Palate Angkor restaurant is faultless, with a rich buffet, and a five-star service. We had a classy and tasty dinner, preferring to seat al-fresco in the Palate Sky Bar. The place is popular between 5 and 7 pm for its “happy hours” cocktails, on the deal “pay one get two”. We sipped one of the best Singapore Sling in the city, and one Strawberry Daiquiri as original as in La Havana for... less than USD 6 for both! The price of a coffee in Paris. There was a great “a la carte”, illustrated with depicting picture to ease our choice; but we went for the best set menu (at USD 25), featuring a selection of prime specialties, like Cambodian River Lobster and Australian Sirloin Steak.

The resort is the house to the Nirvana SPA, reputed for its Khmer Therapeutic massages and Body Wrap Therapy.

Best location, best service, and best value: this is one of our most recommended hotels in Siem Reap.

LYNNAYA URBAN RESORT: Acha Sva Road, Street 20, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 96 77 55    FACSIMILE: +855 63 96 77 56

NAVUTU DREAMS (****L): Siem Reap one and only wellness retreat, this five star resort has been tailored made for those wishing to re-balance, rejuvenate, meditate...or just relax in style. A travel destination in itself, Navutu Dreams, mixes perfection, originality and navutu dreams wellness spa resort best luxury hotels siem reap angkor cambodia southeast asiabeauty. Three unforgettable days in that gate to Paradise were enough to understand why so many guests are returning, flouting the nearby Angkor Wat to make the most of the resources of this pride of South East Asian hospitality.

Our Navutu experience started with a short ride to a still undiscovered part of Siem Reap: a “road to Hell”, shaken like milk, catching hold of our seat until we stopped in from of our well merited Heaven. During the quick, exclusive check-in, we had been instructed of all the facilities. How to use our complimentary tuk-tuk to go anywhere, anytime in the city center (Pub Street and the Riverside are only 5 minutes away)! Introduction to SPA, yoga, meditation, acupuncture and traditional medical massages, and further activities.

The property features 28 rooms. Ours was a one of the six, exclusive 70 sq.m “Grand Tour Rooms”. Isolated from the neighbors by a  welcoming, well-manicured private garden with a veranda, it faces one of the three swimming pools: boasting the largest green space of all hotels in Siem Reap, the resort offers to its surprised guests a 18 meter freshwater sports lap pool, a saltwater lounge pool and -that was our favorite- a lagoon style pool with a child-friendly plunge pool. The resort is made of bonuses like this or, for instance, the access from our room to a roof terrace where private dinners or cocktails can be managed spontaneously: admiring in style the beautiful rice fields surrounding the property. It took us less than a few minutes to understand why this category of room was booked far in advance for wedding, honeymoon (this is a Top 15 Luxurious Honeymoon Hotspots by Condé Nast Johansens),  or simply to relax away from the crowds of tourists storming Siem Reap during the high season... Each “Grand Tour Room” has a stylish, unique lay-out. No bling at all; but a so-classy, yet unpretentious minimalist design which shows up a quality hotel for quality guests. A large suite? A private villa? Our room reflected both. We liked the atypical shape of the “Grand Tour”, the local hardwood, sandstone and lake pebble flooring. Precious pieces of Laotian and Khmer Tribal Art bring a cultural feel in a room, which initially comes with a Mediterranean touch (the owners are Italian). The lovely semi-circular tub with a view of our private garden is appointed with a generous set of organic toiletry.

Two other categories of rooms are available in the same eco-chic design. The “Explorer Rooms” are smaller (45 sq.m), but cozy and comfy. The cream of the crop, the 4 “Grand Suites” occupying the newest two pavilions, are large enough (100 sq.m) to host a family: with one bedroom with a king-size bed, plus a separate living room which can be converted to a second bedroom with 2 single beds.

The space, equipment and specialists dedicated only to wellness is by definition better than in any other hotel in Siem Reap. Yoga and meditations constitute one of the residents' favorite activity. Hatha / Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Iyengar Yoga are some of the main disciplines taught and practiced at Navutu Dreams. Meditation is part of it, transforming the resort in a chic temple.  Reiki, Chinese and Ayurvedic Medecine are successful specialties which inspired us quite a lot. We experienced a traditional Shiatsu massage with François: an interesting French gentleman who, after spending a few years as a monk, initiated himself to traditional medicine (TCM) in Vietnam. A master in acupuncture,  he also practices “Cupping”: applying pressure by creating a vacuum on the skin to dispel stagnant blood and lymph nodes, thereby improving Qi flow. François also likes to treat his patients with Auriculotherapy; stimulating the ears to create multiple nervous reflections to the rest of the body. This is ideal to re-balance the brain and global equilibrium. Was it by auto-suggestion or not, we left his cabinet in a  great shape, actually.

The Navutu SPA is the place for classical massages, body scrubs, facials and wraps incorporating local organic ingredients.

Some guests like the serene ambiance of the resort so much, that they don't step outside during their stay. This is why the management considers F&B seriously. “Niam Niam” restaurant serves a palatable organic cuisine, in a breezy “sala” pleasantly located between two swimming pools! Besides the “a la carte”, all personal options are possible if you want to have your fish or meat panned, grilled or steamed. Due to the concept of this wellness resort, vegetarian cuisine is delectable, with rice paddy herbs, lemongrass, fresh basil and plenty of fruits from the neighboring gardens.  

Besides the excellent service and the amazing beauty of this resort, our best souvenir is as simple as life may be in Cambodia: smoking a cigar laying in front of the deserted poolside, when all the guests are fast asleep, observing the stars and listening to the song of the insects and the psaulms by the monks protecting our souls behind the wall separating us from their secret temple. The brand doesn't lie: Navutu feels like a dream, indeed.

NAVUTU DREAMS RESORT: Navutu Rd, Krong Siem Reap 17251, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 964 864

SALA LODGES (*****):  Siem Reap has got lots of “special lodgings”. From the most improvised (and often worst), till the nec plus ultra concentrating in four or five resorts only. Sala Lodges is the newest and surely one of the best. This is amazing to be so close to all the sala lodges private villas traditional khmer houses siem reap angkor best luxury hotels cambodiaattractions (Pub Street, temples, airport...) and to discover a dreamed Cambodian village which, instead of being a local Disneyland, comes with much authenticity. That would have been so tempting to introduce a little bit more of this and that, just to bling five-star; the Swiss owner (designer, host, developper...) escaped any “faux pas”. The stars are in the sky, by night, when the frogs sing their odd melody. Luxury seen by Sala Lounge means a supreme comfort, refined service, fine dining, in a worth the trip ethnological resort.

Eleven houses dating from 1956 to 1985, coming all from the region of Siem Reap, have been reunited in a carefully maintained lushly land, among pounds and mini rice paddies.  Spreading out over this Garden of Eden, they provide a complete intimacy to the guest.

Our large terrace had a 180° view of the property, but didn't overlook our neighbors. Those coming at Sala Lodges are obviously looking for intimacy. We had actually few if none contact with the other residents. We feared quite a lot that those wooden houses, kept 90% authentic (the lacking 10% are the toilet and bathroom, imperative in a five star resort!), with gaps little bit everywhere in the disjointed floor and wall panels, might be overheated; but two air-conditioners and fans actually do the job, maintaining an ideal temperature. We liked the fan over the terrace, where most of the guests like to sit and let the time go by with a book or tablet in hands: forgetting that there is no TV in the house. A few days away from CNN is one of the bonuses provided by Sala Lodges...

Each house has a booklet with its always picturesque history. Ours was “Bram Bei” (“The house with the horizontal cladding”). Built in 1965 it was recovered from Yeang, in the Russey commune, 50 kilometers from Siem Reap. Its owners, specialized retailers in the sale of “prahoc”, the fermented fish paste, wished to switch to a brick and concrete house designed for the modern family life. Thanks to the owners of Sala Lodges, their house survived the bulldozers and proudly stands in the heart of the resort, a few meters from the lovely and quiet swimming pool. The bedroom is large (38 sq.m), with high ceiling, a large poster bed with a mosquito net, rustic Indian furniture (one cabinet hosts a mini-bar with a daily selection of complimentary soft drinks and beer), and the cozy bathroom equipped with a rain shower. The glass windows have been discretely added to increase the efficiency of the air-conditioner; it might surprise the western visitor, but local people use mosquito nets instead of windows regarded as a “gadget”... The walls have been naturally patinated by the years. This was our daily enchantment to have the thrill of experiencing a wild and hard peasant's life... ventilated, one can of well-chilled beer in hand, reading a book in our rocking chair (the one and only modern piece of contemporary furniture in the room).

Some guests looking for rejuvenation, or on a honeymoon, don't wish to leave the resort during their stay: happy to enjoy the simple yet aromatic Khmer cuisine or tapas, elaborated from local ingredients  (some freshly picked up from the organic gardens of the resort), served al fresco at The Long Table & Lounge, or at the breezy Monolith & Bar, where a refined breakfast is served “a la carte” any time of the day. A classy variation on room-service, a romantic fine dinner can be served at the guest's private terrace...

So much refinement, so much authenticity, and such a good service have a price. A "Best New Hotels in The World 2014" by Condé Nast Traveller, Sala Lodges is part of the top ten most expensive hotels in Siem Reap; remaining good value for money on the western standards, at approximately USD 250 – 450 per night, depending a lot on the season and special offers.

SALA LODGES: 498, Salakomroeuk, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE +855 63 766 699


Reflecting such a nice colonial atmosphere, this nostalgic and quiet boutique hotel made us quite an impression just stepping in the shady lobby, with greenery everywhere, and lovely artworks of Khmer contemporary artist Theam exhibited pavillon d'orient best boutique hotel angkor siem reapamongst period furniture. If the management doesn't wish to promote the hotel in the luxury category, it is a definition of a classy lodging at a fair price.

Welcome in one of our favorite hotels in Siem Reap! We liked many factors at Pavillon d'Orient. This is, first of all, a fairly priced hotel, with rooms from USD 45 in the low season: nice, reflecting three star superior standards, they are located in the older pavilion, with a view on the first swimming pool. The hotel newest extension has got a second more contemporary salted-water pool (the hotel is eco-responsible) with a SPA room nearby. Its rooms and junior-suites / family suite are actually four-star, with private lacquerware and Khmer art exhibition in each room, which is quite unique in Siem Reap, a ceiling fan, colonial furniture... This all provides more character to a perfectly homey lodging, with a large terrace with a romantic pool-view. We felt like staying in a villa, not in a hotel.

Another bonus is the location. Mid-way between the city and the temples, by a privatized hotel tuk-tuk, which guests can use as much as they want on a complimentary basis if they booking their stay directly with the hotel. It takes ten minutes maximum to get to Pub Street, and the same time to get to Angkor, after purchasing a pass on your way at the official Ticket Office, 600 meters from the hotel. Upon check-in, each guest receives a well-documented book about the temples, which he can keep during the whole stay. Of course, the reception staff can manage plenty of exciting attractions like helicopter flights (starting from around USD 100), diner cruises, Apsara shows...

The breakfast is most pleasant at Pavillon d'Orient. It can be enjoyed absolutely anytime...even in the afternoon! Which is another bonus. The buffet is limited to a few items, and guests can order hot and fresh dishes a la carte (the chicken sausages are the best we had in Siem Reap). It is of course included in the room rate. The restaurant “Le Planteur” is not air-conditioned, but located in a breezy “sala” opposite the new swimming pool, in the lush gardens. We enjoyed there most pleasant breakfast, with a very personalized service as, between 8 and 9 am, most of the clients are visiting the temples or still sleeping. Once again, we had the impression to stay in a private mansion, served by stylish staff. It makes Pavillon d'Orient more like a “special lodging” than a hotel, indeed.

PAVILLON D'ORIENT: Road no 60, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 63 760 646,  +855 98 655 738


SOKKHAK BOUTIQUE RESORT (****L): In Sanskrit “sokkhak” means tranquility, and its materialistic expression is located in a remote, very local street of Siem Reap. Halfway between the city center and the temples, tucked away from the hustle and bustle, this secret sokkhak  boutique resort best luxury hotel siem reapresort hides behind white walls along a bumpy street. One single step in the carefully maintained gardens, concentrating the precious essences of hibiscus, frangipanis, and orchids, made us say to ourselves: “-We found the dreamed hotel!”.

Initially a private residence, it represents the antithesis of a hotel. The staff behind the monumental doors walks barefoot, like servants in a Khmer private mansion. Check-in is managed in style, sitting in the living room; the reception is discreetly limited to a small desk. The restaurant features only four or five tables. It serves remarkable Khmer cuisine, at a bargain price. Hotels guests are offered a 10% discount on F&B,  returning just for the Beef Tenderloin Salad, with lemongrass and shallot, the Fresh Spring Rolls with Khmer herbs, or the Khmer Seafood with Kampot Pepper. Breakfast, a la carte, is really gourmet with Traditional Khmer Waffles or Pan-Fried Ginger Bananas wrapped in Bacon. Few restaurants wake you up the Khmer way in the international Siem Reap!

All rooms are different in size, design, and luxury. The hotel was full the day of our stay: which gave us the chance to experience two categories of accommodation in two nights.

We started with a Junior Suite, and loved it immediately. First for or its setting just opposite the ravishing salted water pool: we had a direct access to the gardens, with only a few paths to get to our sunbed. That was the opportunity to see how classy were the residents; a mixture of cultured French, British and Australian travelers during our visit, at the end of the rainy season (November). That type of room reflects all the charms of Asian hospitality. Spacious, indeed, with hardwood / tiled floor, a smooth king-size bed, decorated with modern and antique Khmer nicely handcrafted items, orchids, and lotus flowers, it has that touch of class which actually pleases the eye. Thumbs up to the bathrooms, with a super large stone tub, and much space for showering (with a good water pressure...which is worth the mention in Cambodia...). Also, we liked the actually high-speed WiFi complimentary connection.

Our second night, with an upgrade to the Home Suite, the most prestigious and largest room, positioned in a traditional Khmer wooden house with inspired contemporaneous decorum, was supremely comfy and classy. Chesda, the excellent, anticipating manager, was proud to introduce us his best product. Few hotels in Siem Reap, even in the five-star category, can propose such a personalized and richly appointed suite. A  home in the home, it is located on the first floor, with a jumping poolside view from the large terrace. We liked the precious statue of Buddha, the antique furniture, and all the imaginative decoration of this room fitted for relaxation and brainstorming. Its refined atmosphere is alternatively soothing and energizing. The cherry on the cake consists in enjoying an en-suite Khmer massage, as a ultime bonus from the stay in this warmly recommended resort.

SOKKHAK BOUTIQUE RESORT: Kok Chork Village, Trorpeang Ses Commune, Wat Thmery, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 (0) 63 76 56 60/ 63 76 56 97


 ANGKOR PARADISE (****L): During your stay in Angkor, if your budget doesn't match the Raffles or Golden Temple Residence rates, do not hesitate and straightly book in the nearby and very central Angkor Paradise Hotel. This is also a real four-star superior property, which we would rank in the same upper class tourist category as Meridien. The difference comes best luxury charming hotel angkor siem reapfrom the fantastic quality of this 169 rooms serene hotel,  which is 100% Cambodian; both in style and services. Though the classy, well kept building is not more than 12 years old, it looks like authentically colonial: constructed with solid stones and concrete, featuring precious tropical wood everywhere from the palatial lobby, monumental stairs, up to the huge rooms with shinny parquets and precious Khmer furniture, we loved at first sight our home away from home. Should you stay in a "Deluxe Double Pool View" (our favourite, with a large terrace and a relaxing view on one of the largest and deepest -2.2m- swimming pools in Siem Reap), in a ravishing 2-rooms "Executive Suite", or in the 130 sq.m "Presidential Suite" (we spent one privileged night in this impressive apartment with a fabulous Temples view, featuring a master bedroom and a large living-room with a large bar and individual dinning-room, much visited by the ministers and state guests) , you will be impressed by the richly hand-crafted, amazingly comfortable beds.  It will take ages before the owner makes a benefit out of such an investment, as the rate is more than reasonable (starting from USD 65). All rooms are equipped with five star amenities, including minibar, safety box, large satellite plasma TV, and complimentary WiFi connection with a very good data speed compared on the Cambodian standards. The upper, “Paradise Floor” is very quiet, and usually reserved for individual and VIP guests. The service is surely the best in town with Victoria Angkor and Royal Temple Residence: assured by a well trained, smiling, English-speaking anticipating local staff, under the supervision of Piseth, the very active general manager who was always in the lobby checking how much guests enjoyed the hotel, what can be done to please them, providing individual travellers like us with captivating tips on how to explore his beloved country (Cambodian people are patriots, and love to promote the resources of their homeland).  We would say that the somehow unexpected big bonus of the Angkor Paradise is a relatively high popularity amongst five star tour operators (Kuoni for instance), providing the hotel with more than 90% of its guests. A proof of quality and security, it has another great advantage, which we enjoyed a lot: buses are catching the tourists form the lobby before 7am, bringing them back after sunset... during that long period of time, you have the whole hotel -staff, Palm Restaurant (good and great value for money) and swimming pool- only for your own, very personal use! One tip: do like us, and enjoy the excellent breakfast after 8:30am, once all the groups left the hotel; avoid the large though quite impersonal dinning room, and rather sit at the pool terrace, enjoying the view and the breeze of the fans over your head. That's the best way to start your day in style.

ANGKOR PARADISE HOTEL: National Road No.6, Phum Sala Kanseng, Sangkat Svay Dangkoum
KH-1700 Siem Reap
PHONE: +855 63 760 690 / 63 965 658         FACSIMILE: +855 63 760 691

TEMPLATION (****L): Back to the swinging 60s! A very unique four-star luxury hotels in Siem Reap, one of the most classy, this all suites and villas property made us feel like traveling back in time, in the Age of Gold of the French Riviera.

A refined, aesthetically perfect resort, this was one of our favorite hotels in Siem Reap; though, our last inspection was a bit of an anticlimax; post-COVID, it has lost much of its superb, and a revamping in term of service and maintenance is urgently needed. Yet, it still has that touch of class lacking in those large hotels catering groups templation maads resort hotel best luxury hotel largest pool siem reap eco tourism palace hotel sofitel siem reapof tourists on their way to the temples. Templation integrates and respects the eco-system very much. The main pool, one of the largest in the region, is shaped like a pound. One thousand cubic meters of water treated naturally. A swimmer's delight, it naturally integrates the landscape all around, with divisions of trees, brigades of fragrant flowers, and troupes of friendly lizards, frogs, butterflies and colorful birds all around.

The suites over the pool area, and the cinematographic villas, with a botanical rooftop, have been designed in the Le Corbusier characteristic style. Inspired by the weekend / summer holidays bungalows from the south of France, but also from Kep-sur-Mer, a nostalgic seaside resort located between Kampot and the Vietnamese border. With a Zen, almost austere structure, made of raw stones and concrete, our “Pool Suite” villa boosted a warm interior: with hardwood flooring, Knoll style furniture with vintage colours. We liked the neo-cubist chairs flanked along the 4 x 7 m private pool (equipped with jet-streams), and the deep sofa in the living room separated from the bedroom by the pool area. We could sleep and work in our bedroom, and entertain ourselves in the living room. A few seconds were enough to open the sliding windows, transforming it into a “sala”. Those traveling with kids or friends will like the intimacy procured by the plan of the villa, offering two separate structures. Cheers to the designers of this ideal hotel! Nevertheless, our last visit, in 2023, was an anticlimax; we found the rooms poorly maintained compared with the golden time when Ayub was managing the hotel....

From the picture windows of our bedroom, we could observe the natural surrounding and the evening rain, then see the geckos visiting our garden with their unique “tok-kai” sound (be informed that calling seven times means good fortune!). The ceiling floor was rotating as fast as a plane propeller: we didn't use the air-conditioning. More and more classy hotel have a free mini-bar policy; Templation is part of them. There is complimentary WiFi, and a yummy Khmer/International “à la carte” breakfast is included in the room rate. The TV sets are too small. They would fit a three-star hotel; not a luxury property like Templation. They were fine one decade ago; now any decent hotel in Siem Reap has Smart TV with a large screen.

Toiletry in the open-air bathrooms comes from Bodia. The brand, producing only 100% top quality natural products, also operates the small luxury hotel spa.

The restaurant pairs the rest of the resort. Opening to the gardens and the swimming pool, this is the place for a relaxed lunch or a romantic dinner al fresco. We just regret that Chef Sopheak and the French chef left Templation, making the a la carte not as attractive as it used to be before. It would take some efforts to make Templation the five-star luxury it used to be before COVID. Missing those golden years, and the Jaguar operated transfers from the airport to the hotel...

Templation operates also a 100% eco-friendly extension, Jungloo, located next door. It is managed by Maads.

TEMPLATION: Rok Rak Street, Modul 3, Phum Sla Kram, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +855 (0)63 969 345,  +855 (0)92 783 622 


The hotel is ranked three stars superior, as the rooms are slightly simpler and smaller compared with its newest sister hotels, Golden Temple Residence and Golden Temple Retreat; but our experience was the same, with a top location, golden temple hotel best luxury hotels in siem reapdesign, comfort, service, and management worth at  least four star.

A ten-minute walk, or a three-minute tuk-tuk lift to the Old Market and “Pub Street”, make this family-oriented boutique hotel actually urban. Check-in is five-star: we received the same totally unique treatment like in the superior hotels of the group. Fresh perfumed towel, and that lavish “welcome kit” presented on a silver tray, with carved silver plates, bowls, and glass: lemongrass tea, mango sticky rice marinated in a banana leave, fresh fruit cuts, grilled peanuts with garlic and basil... The “low-cost” Golden Temple experience extends to the complimentary refreshments at the lovely Khmer style pool with a really powerful Jacuzzi, the brand new Apple computers accessible free of charge at the reception, and the staff with the signature attitude... So well trained. Anticipating each need. Addressing us by our name.

The 29 rooms are actually pleasant. Which hotel of that category (and rate) is equipping all rooms with a Samsung Curved Screen Smart TV (with YouTube, NetFlix...), designer bathroom, and finest bedding? Don't search... Only Golden Temple Hotel does it. We liked the small terrace with pool view. Everything has been sought off to make us feel like living at the shadow of the Temples. We imagine the tourist freshly landed from Paris, London or New York, discovering such a dreamed resort with many wows!

Thumbs up to the extravagance of F&B at the poolview restaurant, specializing in Royal Khmer cuisine. At breakfast (included in the room rate), few boutique hotels can afford such a quality buffet, with the same dim-sum, fruits, fresh bakery, savory delicatessen, and cheese, as in the Golden Temple Residence and Retreats. We enjoyed one dinner there, and still remember the quality of the chicken curry cooked with local vegetable, and the BBQ meats. They have set menu which is really affordable. Though there was no Apsara dance show that night, the sala-style dining-room was full; which is noticeable, as most of the hotel restaurants in Siem Reap can't keep the clients after 6 pm, when everyone heads to “Pub Street”. This is a sign of particular quality, also explained by the fair value of a dinner (around USD 15 with one glass of local beer) Those staying more than two nights should experience the nearby Preah Peay restaurant, under the same management as the hotel: it has the best Royal Khmer Cuisine and Apsara show in all Cambodia!

There is no good hotel without a SPA. Small but convenient, with a selection of 100% Khmer treatments at a reasonable price, Senpidor is as reputed in town as the other massage parlors operated by the Golden Temple group in the Old Market area, which we always preferred for the professionalism of the staff and their serious reputation.

GOLDEN TEMPLE HOTEL: Wat Damnak, Sala Kamreuk, Siem Reap Kingdom of Cambodia.
PHONE: +855 63 967 996   FACSIMILE: +855 63 761 222


CHHAY LONG ANGKOR BOUTIQUE (****): The intimate, atypical lobby, with its collection of statues of Buddha, makes this delicious property different from the boutique hotels mushrooming in Siem Reap. It is still in its soft opening, with all the bonuses involved in chhay long best luxury cheap boutique hotels in siem reap best rank tripadvisor close to temples pub streeta new hotel. Miss Ponn, the manager, worked for Accor and Raffles. She trained her anticipating staff accordingly to her five-star experience. Launching a hotel pairs with an enthusiasm, which we found everywhere and everytime at Chhay Long.

The rooms are spacious (from 38 sq.m) and tastefully designed. Contrasting with the simplicity of the lobby, they transported us in a modern transposition of the temples of Angkor atmosphere. Quiet and intimate, equipped with a very comfy king-size bed, they all feature Smart LCD TV, allowing to watch YouTube and the best Internet streaming. From our experience, only the plush Golden Temple five-star hotels bring this technology to their rooms. There is, of course, WiFi, and well-stocked minibar. The awesome bathrooms have rain shower with a  powerful water pressure: which still comes as a luxury in Siem Reap. What we actually loved in the rooms are the artistic drawings applied directly on the wall by valued artists, and depicting scenes of the Khmer life and traditions. In our room, it was painted in gold over a deep blue support, which we found extremely classy. The same fresco, on a larger display, decorates the attractive pool, within a patio next to the welcoming Morodock SPA, lobby, and restaurant.

A place for a simple, traditional, savory Khmer cuisine, the “Blue Lotus” has a name reminding us of the Adventures of Tintin, in a nostalgic Orient still preserved in the magic city of Siem  Reap. The specialties are the mirror of the hotel itself: family oriented, served by the kindest -and prettiest- waitresses ever. This is the place for a good -and safe- pork BBQ, Fish Amok, and tempting vegetarian dishes. It is, in term of price, on par with the small restaurants all around: definitely inexpensive. And the memorable kindness of the staff is priceless. A good breakfast is served at “Blue Lotus”, with an authentic Khmer orientation.

Miss Ponn wants to rise her boutique hotel to the level of a five star in term of services, yet charging a discounted four-star rate. Checking the enthusiastic reviews in and Tripadvisor shows that she already reached her aim.

If you like being pampered like in a private Khmer house, this is the best, very central address.

CHHAY LONG ANGKOR BOUTIQUE: Steung Thmei, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia
PHONE: +85563 766 515








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