Need to know
Noon; check-in, 2pm, but both flexible subject to availability. A room for changing or showering can also be made available for early arrivals or late check-outs.
Double rooms from $181.49, excluding tax at 23.42 per cent.
Rates include welcome drink, breakfast and a daily fruit platter.
Make time for a session in the soothing, top-floor spa, which sports one spa suite with a massive bath tub, three double treatment rooms and an alfresco relaxation and yoga terrace. Aromatherapy massages kick off with a choice of fragrant oils and a footbath or banish jetlag with a Khmer Coffee Scrub, using white clay and coffee beans from Ratanakiri Province.
At the hotel
Spa, concierge, fitness centre, charity centre, library with books, DVDs, games and magazines, guest computers, gallery, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen cable TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, iPod dock, free minibar (replenished with snacks, soft drinks, local beers and bottled water daily), coffee machines, toiletries, pillow menu.
Our favourite rooms
For views over the courtyard pool from your balcony, opt for a spacious upper-floor Deluxe Room, or for privacy and a small garden, make it a ground-floor Deluxe pad. Our personal faves are the Superior Poolside boudoirs with chill-out porches just steps from the refreshing lap pool. Showers get more sumptuous as you upgrade.
In a tranquil internal courtyard, the sculptural black-tiled lap pool encourages cooling dips, backed by a soothing waterfall feature and flanked by palms and sleek loungers. The adjacent Pool Bar is a stylish spot for cocktails, smoothies, juices, coffees, teas or snacks, with a cabana den for private dining or shaded snoozing.
Trainers for temple-hopping; flip-flops for tackling town in the wet season. The hotel provides umbrellas, but bring your own mosquito repellant and sun cream (afternoon rays can be scorching).
Welcome, although the hotel has a sophisticated, adult feel, with lots of toddler-unfriendly antiques and stairs. Baby cots are free and extra beds can be supplied for older kids for US$49 a night. Babysitting costs US$5 an hour, with an hour's notice.
Shinta Mani is a sophisticated, adult retreat, but children are welcome and the spacious rooms can suit a family stay.
Older kids, who can cope with the tranquil mood, breakable ornaments and flights of stairs (the bar, spa, library and two floors of rooms are upstairs, and there are no lifts).
Ground-floor Superior Poolside rooms offer the easiest pool access, with a small terrace outside, but only some Superior Rooms interconnect. The family-friendly Deluxe Living room has an extra sofa-bed and TV. Twin beds can be requested in all rooms.
There are no specific child-friendly activities, but older children will enjoy half- or full-day tuk tuk rides to the temples of Angkor or exploring the ruins by bike. Teens will also get a kick out of souvenir shopping at the night market. Khmer cooking classes at Shinta Mani's Kroya restaurant might appeal to mini gourmets. The hotel can also organise visits to the local silk farm, the floating villages of the Tonlé Sap Lake, Kulen Mountain or village tours.
The lap pool at Shinta Mani is a fairly deep, adult affair, but it's quite small, so you can easily keep an eye on children in the water from the nearby loungers or Pool Bar.
The wide choice of food and drinks at the hotel should mean picky little eaters are covered, with informal, day-long snacks at the Pool Bar, tapas small plates at Bensley's Bar and a range of Asian and western food at Kroya, from breakfast through to dinner. Room Service is fairly extensive, and you can request breakfast boxes to go if you want to eat early while catching sunrise at the temples. Switched-on staff will happily accommodate any requests they can.
Babysitting is available for US$5 an hour, given at least an hour's notice.
No need to pack
Baby cots, which can be supplied gratis.
One extra bed for children can fit in all rooms types, and is free for kids up and including age four; from age five up to and including age 12, they'll cost US$49 a child a night. Superior Rooms can work better than Deluxe Rooms if you want to add an additional bed as the lay-out is more flexible (Deluxe Rooms include a desk area behind the bed headboard, which eats up usable floor space). Families can also opt for a king-size double room, with a twin room for children nearby.
US$5 of each night's booking goes towards the Shinta Mani Foundation, which trains local Cambodians in the hospitality industry (guests can visit the development centre at the hotel). The foundation also supports a raft of other social projects in Siem Reap, including health and dental care, a village school and small businesses.