Sign in

Forgotten your password?

Sign up for free Smith membership

×
abc
Forgotten your password?

Enter your account email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password (it should only take a few seconds)

Sign in

×
Are you sure you want to sign out of Smith?
×
Show
Hide

iFrame []

URL:

Hotel Highlights

  • Stunning sculpted motifs will whet your appetite for Angkor.
  • The Dining Room, where Khmer subtlety meets French sophistication.
  • Bathtubs for two if you’re feeling a little mischievous.

Overview

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor is a place of hidden charms. Arranged around a discreet courtyard with an inky swimming pool as its centerpiece, this stylish sanctuary encourages you to slow right down. The rooms are open and inviting, blending traditional materials with subtly modern design, and you can’t help but love the oversize bathtubs. And the spa; oh, the spa. In a word? Special.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor with us:

A cocktail each in the Martini Lounge

Facilities

View Gallery
La Résidence d'Angkor  - Siem Reap - Cambodia

Need To Know

Rooms

62, including eight Résidence suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible subject to availability and at a cost of 50 per cent of the nightly rate (or just take advantage of the free check-out area, with superb bathrooms, if you're leaving later in the day). Check-in, 2pm, unless rooms are ready earlier.

Rates

Double rooms from $285.71, excluding tax at 20.05 per cent.

More details

Rates include buffet breakfast.

Also

The state-of-the-art Kong Kea Spa sports an indoor plunge pool overlooking a serene bamboo garden for chilling out after a pampering session. Try one of the signature treatments with cleansing, purifying and relaxing part of the ritual, or enjoy a private yoga workout or a free meditation class with a Buddhist monk.

At the hotel

Restaurants, bar, pool, library, spa, gym, boutique, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, Euphoria Collection toiletries from Nature Touch, minibar, tropical fruit, free bottled water. In suites: Nespresso coffee machine.

Our favourite rooms

All rooms in the original resort are the same lay-out, with terrazzo plunge tubs, but, for lounge lizards, rooms 7 and 8 are closest to the pool. The newer suites are almost studios with a full-size vanity room and a separate dressing room, as well as freestanding tubs and rain showers. Mr Smith, be warned, it may be difficult to extricate Mrs Smith for yet another temple visit. All rooms offer a turndown treat each night, such as macaroons or home-made chocolates.

Poolside

A leafy tropical garden cloaks one side of the 35-metre pool; the other is dotted with inviting loungers. Guarding the water is an Angkorian heraldic lion, competing for attention with a sacred linga (yes, it's a big stone phallus).

Packing tips

Bring a paperback pocket copy of Ancient Angkor by Claude Jacques, with easy-on-the-eye photography by Michael Freeman, to plan your adventures around Angkor.

Also

Three-night minimum stay at Christmas and New Year. Smoking rooms on request.

Children

Welcome. Baby cots are free; extra beds for kids under 12 cost US$35. Babysitters are on tap for US$6 an hour. Smithereens (little Smiths who like to jump around) will love the spacious rooms.

Read more

Eco‐friendly

The hotel's spa uses organic products and its restaurant favours conservation-canny Cambodian Ibis rice. As well as employing local trainees, the team supports the area's orphans and schools.

Food & Drink

View Gallery
La Résidence d'Angkor  - Siem Reap - Cambodia

Hotel Restaurant

Circle restaurant, with its menu of international dishes and Khmer cuisine with a contemporary twist, whipped up by executive chef Richard Bias and chef Mey Samorn, is the venue for a dinner date. Dine indoors in the elegant wood and white space or outside in lush gardens. For a more casual affair, alfresco Ember by the pool is the ideal spot for a light lunch or snack of house-made pastries and cakes by day; come early evening, it transforms into a grill, with meat and seafood treats hot off the barbecue. Favourite dishes include lamb and cumin kebabs and spicy green mango and shrimp salad.

Hotel Bar

The Martini Lounge is a refined indoor-outdoor bar overlooking the gardens and Siem Reap River. With 14 martinis, including the Lemon Drop Martini, to choose from, as well as global wines, you could work your way through the entire list during a stay. Happy hour (and a half) is from 6pm to 7.30pm, there are tapas up for grabs, and you'll find board games and free WiFi if you need more distraction. During the day, you can also savour drinks at Ember.

Last orders

Circle serves breakfast from 5am to 10am and dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm; Ember is open from 10.30am to 10pm; the Martini Lounge plies its trade from 8pm until midnight.

Room service

Available from 5am to 11pm, handy if you are getting in from a late one… ahem, we mean getting up for an early start to your temple viewing. The menu spans salads, soups, pizza and burgers.

Smith Insider

Dress code

The balmy environs suit light and natural layers, and nothing too showy – La Résidence is not that kind of place.

Top table

On cooler nights, an outdoor table at Circle sets the mood for a romantic rendezvous. By day, perch poolside at informal Ember. You can also request seductive private dining set-ups in the spa or out on the garden terrace.

Local Guide

View Gallery
La Résidence d'Angkor  - Siem Reap - Cambodia
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The hotel can organise guided tours to the Angkor temple complex, Rolous temple group and Beng Mealea further afield (similar to Angkor in layout but buried deep in the jungle), as well as sunset boat rides on Tonlé Sap Lake. You can also sign up for an adventurous excursion to Kompong Pluk, a Tonlé Sap village that looks like a set from Waterworld (if you are unlucky enough to remember that Kevin Costner flop). If you visit in the wet season, you’ll be boating down the high street, but in the dry season it’s a gentle if dusty stroll, boats yielding to motorbikes. Nearby is a stretch of flooded forest that can be explored by dugout during high water. Wet or dry, it’s an otherworldly experience, the houses towering like bamboo skyscrapers when the water recedes.
 
Closer to home, enjoy a visit to the Psa Leu morning market, followed by an outdoor Khmer cooking class back at the hotel. Sporty types can tee off at local golf courses; hedonists can sink into the luxurious Kong Kea in-house spa. You can also ask the team about visits to local museums and markets (including the Angkor Night Market in town), silk farms, artisan workshops and tours by bicycle, kayak or helicopter. On a culture tip, reserve a table for one of the regular Khmer dance performances at La Résidence.

Local restaurants

Like an exile from Bali, Viroth’s (+855 (0)16 951 800; 246 Wat Bo Road) brings the best of alfresco dining to Siem Reap. The lower deck, with its well-spaced tables and lush foliage, is atmospheric and romantic. Chef Viroth uses only traditional ingredients in his artfully presented dishes, and both the amok fish (prepared in coconut milk and lemongrass) and roast Khmer chicken come highly recommended. Set on the balcony of a traditional wooden building, the relaxed yet stylish Sugar Palm (+855 (0)63 964 838; Taphul Road) serves some of the city’s best traditional Khmer cuisine. This is where you’ll find the kitchen and bar staff from Siem Reap’s five-star hotels eating when they’ve finished work.
 

Local bars

A hop, skip and a jump away (don’t try it if you've quaffed a bottle of Chablis), Chilli Si-Dang (+855 (0)12 723 488; East River Road) is a charming little wine bar overlooking the river. The rather inviting happy hour lasts from 5pm–8pm. The intimate Miss Wong (+855 (0)92 428 332; The Lane) is a cocktail bar – concoctions made using house-infused vodkas are a specialty – inspired by the glamour of 1920s Shanghai. Run by New Zealander Dean Williams, it's popular with just about everyone: locals and visitors, straight and gay.

Local cafés

Just a block south of la Résidence lies Le Café (+855 (0)92 271 392; Wat Bo Road) in a hidden garden at the French Cultural Centre. Sophisticated coffee and tempting pastries prepared by the Paul Dubrule Hospitality and Tourism School are the order of the day. All proceeds go towards a local orphanage and educational project.

+ Enlarge
Leafy hidden courtyard

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor

River Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 855 063

Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor has a central riverside location in Siem Reap, just a stone’s throw (don’t try it, as the locals won’t be impressed) from the Old Market. The mother of all temples, Angkor Wat, is just seven kilometres up the road.

Planes

Fly into Siem Reap International Airport (www.cambodia-airports.com), about eight kilometres from the hotel, from major centres throughout Asia including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. Pick up a taxi at the airport for US$7.

Automobiles

Visitors aren’t allowed to hire cars that they then drive themselves – the traffic is so anarchic you must also hire a driver. Chartering a chauffered car from capital Phnom Penh, about five hours’ away, is an affordable option.

Other

Fast boats connect Chong Khneas, 12 kilometres from Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh (US$35) for those preferring a waterborne approach.

Reviews

View Gallery
La Résidence d'Angkor  - Siem Reap - Cambodia

Anonymous review

by John Carruthers , New venturer

In Angkor, capital of the ancient Khmer kingdom, if you made it safely over the temple moat it meant that you were either a guest of the king or you had successfully conquered his realm. Both were significant events and cause for much ado. But it is as more like a couple of ragged scouts than a triumphant army that Mrs Smith and I hobble through the gateway to La Résidence d’Angkor ho…
Read more

Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor

Anonymous review by John Carruthers, New venturer

In Angkor, capital of the ancient Khmer kingdom, if you made it safely over the temple moat it meant that you were either a guest of the king or you had successfully conquered his realm. Both were significant events and cause for much ado. But it is as more like a couple of ragged scouts than a triumphant army that Mrs Smith and I hobble through the gateway to La Résidence d’Angkor hotel in Siem Reap. The overnight flight and the humidity have taken their toll but no matter our rumpled attire, a small retinue of staff, neat in their pressed shirts, descend on us as if we are royalty.

Energetically courteous, they bow and immediately relieve us of our bags. Then, amid more bobbing, they invite us to step across the pretty, gable-roofed bridge that crosses the hotel’s ornamental moat. In its clear waters red and orange carp flick playfully among the lily pads.

We are seated in the low-lit coolness of the foyer, under a ceiling of dark wood beams. A large stone bas-relief, glowing like treasure, is framed by the foyer’s main wall. Fragrant chilled drinks materialise – Mrs Smith stretches, sips and smiles. It is clear already: we may not be nobility but that’s exactly how we’ll be treated here.

Belmond La Résidence, built in 2002, faces the east bank of the Siem Reap River, a placid, tree-lined waterway bisecting this gateway to the ancient kingdom’s one thousand temples. When we are led to our Royal Deluxe Poolside room, Mrs Smith and I begin to appreciate the hotel’s cocooning properties as the buzz of tuk tuks and clatter of jackhammers recede behind its stone walls and palm thickets. We follow a path through the foliage, brushing volcanic brick columns and skirting a stately pool. Our eyes drink in white rendered walls, dark wood louvered screens and gabled terracotta roofs; our new home is a restful combination of neo-colonial French architecture, tropical-modern luxury and Khmer temple art.

Entering our room, Mrs Smith coos appreciatively at the crisp bedlinen and the talc-smooth, scalloped stone bath in the adjoining bathroom. Relaxation instantly kicks in. Later, stirring from her novel in the shade of our balcony, Mrs Smith ventures poolside to languish on a sunlounger, quaff a gin and tonic, and nibble on grilled salmon, one of many treats that hint at the kitchen’s potential. At the nearby Ember restaurant, I pair a chilled gazpacho soup and a spicy noodle dish. Here, west meets east with ease.

Although the more languid can feast until midday, temple-goers eager to beat the heat can breakfast at 5am on freshly baked croissants, friands and pains au chocolat, or Khmer rice-paper rolls. Mrs Smith firmly demurs, so in dawn’s half-light I stroll alone around the vast maze of colonnades, rooms and towers of the 12th-century Angkor Wat temple. It predates the Palace of Versailles by 500 years but loses nothing in sophistication, at least until the day’s first tour buses arrive.

Mrs Smith’s strategy is to raid the spa, which nestles discreetly behind a small pool, ringed by a stone snake. A local monk or yogi periodically pops by for those who are intent on mindfulness. But these daytime diversions are a sideshow. At La Résidence, nighttime is show time. Refreshing by day, come evening the pool is magical, with a guardian lion brooding at its side, framed by flickering torches and rustling fronds. Eerily sub-lit, its emerald-green tiles suggest something sacred. I slip into the cool waters thinking of Tomb Raider, having just heard that Ta Prohm temple’s jungle-infested ruins featured in the film.

Before dinner, Mrs Smith and I are enjoyably distracted by some mojitos, Singapore slings and martinis in the second-storey Martini Lounge. Then, seated beside the ornamental moat, I singlehandedly tackle a towering Khmer medley of lobster, king crab and tamarind-spiced beef at Circle. Fittingly, my feat is topped by a captivating performance from the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, enlivened with shadow puppets and a small orchestra.

Performance and art are part of the fabric at La Résidence, with cultural pursuits up for grabs from meditation to cooking or dancing lessons, and guides for temple tours. But tempting though it is to explore further afield, we realise our home-from-home is where the heart is – and for the remainder of our stay we don’t wander across the sturdy planks of La Résidence’s moat bridge.
 

 

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Belmond La Résidence d'Angkor's Guestbook below.

 

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We went in August, which was rainy season, but we had loads of sunshine. The rain hits in short outbursts late in the afternoon, evening and night. What that meant? There was hardly a soul at the hotel and Siem Reap as a whole was operating at about 20 per cent of its capacity. That means you get more for yourself. More space, more service and more relaxation. I can imagine Siem Reap can get pretty busy especially round the temple area, which will mean more time spent queuing up for everything. We were met by the general manager of the hotel on arrival which added a nice touch and on pick up in the airport we were greeted and offered cool hand towels and bottles of water. Both nice touches. The hotel rooms were beautifully furnished and out suite smelt of lemongrass aromas, which was very welcoming and relaxing. We chose a suite to get more space. The room was very spacious, very comfortable and offered a lot of privacy as it was surrounded by vegetation. The restaurants at the hotel were excellent and the service was flawless. This applies to all three meals of the day… so much so that we found it a struggle to try and leave the hotel to go eat outside. The pool is fantastic, especially as there were hardly any guests so we literally had it all for ourselves – all 36 meters of it! We tried the spa a couple of times and it was excellent.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on no.

We loved

Impeccable service, beautiful environment and great staff who always offered you a smile. The manager, Jacques, took a personal interest in our level of satisfaction, as well as in that of other guests.

Don’t expect

Very little – although the iPod speakers in our room were poor and unusable. The beds, we felt, were also very firm. That's about it.

Rating: 10/10 stars