Need to know
15 tented suites.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability, and guests are welcome to use the in-spa showers.
Double rooms from $1900.02, excluding tax at 23.42 per cent.
Rates include airport transfers, plus all activities, food, drinks, spa treatments, excursions and activities, and a portable WiFi device to borrow during your stay.
This jungle retreat sprawls across a long stretch of the river, so be prepared to walk. You don’t have to zipline your way to the hotel, but it’s part of the fun. Slide across the water straight into the Landing Zone bar. Embrace the rainforest setting: there may be slithering and creeping critters about, but a keen eye can also spot the flash of colourful feathers and gibbons swinging in the canopy. Come nightfall, rangers are at hand to escort you back to your tent.
At the hotel
Zipline, private boat, lounging deck, spa. In rooms: free WiFi, air-conditioning, well-stocked minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee kit, Khmer Tonic toiletries.
Our favourite rooms
Wonderfully secluded in their own pocket of jungle-fringed luxury, Shinta Mani Wild’s suites give the humble camping tent a terrible name. Dressed in Bill Bensley’s distinctive style, they’re vast indoor-outdoor affairs decked out with carved teak, jewel-bright textiles and handpicked objets d’art. Nurture your inner exhibitionist with a soak in the roll-top tub, which takes pride of place on the riverside terrace. Ask for a tent close to the restaurant if you’re likely to suffer from weary legs, or opt for a Waterfall Tent to fall asleep to the gentle sound of rushing water.
Picture an exceptionally oversized bath tub and you might just get the measure of the camp’s striking 25m freshwater swimming pool. Sleek and black, it’s flanked by a hardwood terrace and a neat row of sunloungers – just the spot for long post-adventure soaks.
Harnessing the secrets of traditional Khmer medicine, the Boulders Spa rustles up home-made lotions and potions from plants foraged in the rainforest, before bottling them on-site. Book one of the two treatment rooms for soul-soothing ministrations such as hot herbal compresses or an ache-relieving foot massage in one of the river pools.
Bring plenty of active wear: the surrounding roads and paths can get muddy and dusty in turn, so you’re bound to need a fresh set for each day’s escapades. Thankfully, a Bensley butler can help you unpack (and repack) your gear.
Extra beds can be added on request (and for an extra charge).
Leave the little ones at home: Shinta Mani Wild is for grown-up adventurers only.
Shinta Mani Wild’s approach to conservation is hands-on, thanks to collaborations with the Wildlife Alliance, local researchers and government agencies helping to protect the vast river valley from poaching, mining and logging. The resort has introduced clever alternatives to single-use plastics, and makes the most of organic-, seasonal- and locally sourced ingredients in the kitchen.