Need to know
28, including four suites.
Noon; check-in, 2pm, both flexible subject to availability. The hotel will try to arrange late check-outs until 4pm when possible. Changing rooms are also up for grabs for guests who've checked out but want to hang by the pool.
Double rooms from $49.57, excluding tax at 17 per cent.
Rates usually include airport pick-up by tuk-tuk, welcome drink, gift on arrival, breakfast, fruit platter and a tuk-tuk for 12 hours each day for trips to temples or town.
Mindfully stretch and de-stress with Navutu's daily yoga sessions; choose from Ashtanga, Hatha, Vinyasa, meditation and gentle flow classes.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, yoga lawn, boutique, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen satellite TV, radio, iPod dock, minibar, own-label toiletries. DVD players can also be rented from reception for US$5 a day.
Our favourite rooms
We love the six upper-tier Grand Tour Rooms, divided into two sleek, white pavilions, each sharing a roof terrace with a dreamy day-bed for soaking up rural views at sunset. Set out like spacious apartments, they also sport enormous corner baths, a separate rain shower and walk-in wardrobe. The 12 entry-level Explorer Rooms offer showers only and a dash less privacy. For the best pool vistas, bag number 2, 3 or 4. All rooms feature a small terrace out front, for lounging alfresco.
Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat has not one, but three pretty pools, set around its central restaurant and fringed with shaded loungers, relaxation salas and white umbrellas. Exercise fans can swim up and down to their hearts' content in the linear freshwater lap pool, or flop around in the saltwater lounge pool. There's also the child-friendly plunge pool.
Book a pampering session in the intimate Navutu Spa, open from 9am until 10pm, where treatments span trad Khmer, Thai and tropical therapies inspired by the South Pacific, where Navutu's owners run a sister stay in Fiji. Go for a brightening coconut and papaya scrub, a hydrating aloe vera body wrap or a knot-banishing Thai massage.
Bring snazzy swimwear, as the pools are front and centre here, so folk in the restaurant or glass-fronted rooms can check out your look. Leave space in your bag for buys from the smart lobby boutique, which sells quality Khmer scarves, handicrafts and bath products, as well as tribal art from Laos.
Smoking is allowed on room terraces and in public areas only. The golden coconuts in your room double as Do Not Disturb signs.
Very welcome, and Navutu's quiet setting, spacious gardens and two pools make for a family-friendly getaway. Baby cots are free and extra beds for older kids cost US$30 a night. Babysitting costs US$10 an hour, ideally with one day's notice.
Children are very welcome at Navutu Dreams, which offers a respite from busy Siem Reap thanks to its tranquil, Chunlong Village setting, spacious gardens and two pools.
Kids of any age will enjoy this chilled-out sanctuary, from babies to tweens and teens.
Entry-level Explorer Rooms come with double or twin beds, with some interconnecting options for families. Grand Tour Rooms are bigger, but the space doesn't work as well for an extra child's bed.
There's no dedicated nursery for infants.
Most of the hotel's activities would appeal to older kids, from trips to the Angkor temples to tours of Tonlé Sap Lake's overwater villages and croc farms. Active teens might fancy cycling, quad biking, dirt-bike riding or Flomo dune buggy off-road adventures. Elephant safaris, horse riding or bird watching should please your nature-loving brood. Teens can also hit the night market to bag souvenirs to take home, or try a Dr Fish foot spa massage for freaky fun.
Both pools have shallow, entry arcs where kids can perch, but the squiggly saltwater pool is more suitable for children, with a separate shallow pool alongside (50cm deep). There are no lifeguards, but you can keep an eye on things from the restaurant.
Children are welcome in Navutu's restaurant or bar at any time, and although there's no specific kids' menu, staff are happy to adapt the western or Khmer dishes to suit junior tastes. High chairs are available, and the team can heat up baby food or milk.
Babysitting costs US$5 an hour, ideally with a day's notice to secure a good babysitter. Non-professional babysitters may be available at shorter notice.
No need to pack
Baby cots or high chairs.
Baby cots are supplied for free. One extra bed for a child can be added to any room type, for US$30 a child a night. Request an Explorer Room with a pool view if you want to keep an eye on swimming kids from your front terrace; for more privacy though, you may prefer the garden-view rooms.
Navutu Dreams serves local, seasonal food, recycles, harnesses solar power for hot water and uses eco-friendly light bulbs and air-conditioning.