La Résidence d'Angkor
Style Tranquil, artistic haven
Setting Leafy hidden courtyard
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 55, including eight suites.
Double rooms from $284.38, excluding tax at 17.8 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency ($284) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Rates include buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Free Wi-Fi throughout, library, spa, gym. In rooms: TV, preloaded iPod, Nature Touch Puriya toiletries, minibar. In suites: flatscreen TV and DVD player.
- 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 penis).
- 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.
- 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. More...
- Also Three-night minimum stay at Christmas and New Year; two-night minimum year-round in Spa Suites. Smoking rooms on request.
Food and drink at La Résidence d'Angkor
- Hotel restaurant The Dining Room, with its menu of Khmer and western dishes whipped up by chef Alexis Voisin, is the venue for a dinner date. Cambodian creations include the Angkor Wat Tower, a tasting selection of local delicacies starring Mekong lobster. For a more casual affair, the alfresco BBQ Restaurant serves light grilled meals throughout the day.
- 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 evenings, an outdoor table near the ornamental pond sets the mood for a romantic rendezvous. By day, order from the BBQ Restaurant but ask to be served poolside.
- Last orders The BBQ Restaurant opens till 6pm; the Dining Room till 11pm; the Pool Bar keeps pouring till 9pm and the main bar plies its trade till midnight.
- Room service Available from 5am–10.30pm, 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, snacks, pizza and noodles.
- Hotel bar The Martini Lounge is a refined drinking area overlooking the gardens and Siem Reap River. With 14 martinis, including the Lemon Drop Martini, to choose from, you could work your way through the entire list during a stay. Happy hour (and a half) is from 6pm–7.30pm. During the day, the Pool Bar offers cocktails, beers, juices and light meals.
La Résidence d'Angkor River Road, Siem Reap. Cambodia, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 855 063
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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. The Spa Suite comes with complimentary spa treatments, and all rooms offer a turndown treat each night, such as macaroons or home-made chocolates.
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.
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. Truly spatastic.