Wat's Hot in Cambodia
Cambodia is one of the most talked about destinations of the moment and with a flurry of exciting hotels opening their doors this year, it is no wonder why. Often overlooked in favour of Indochina's heavyweights, Cambodia has established itself as a truly wonderful destination in its own right.
Whilst the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat will never fail to take our breath away, it is the coastline, the capital, the culture and the cuisine - alongside this selection of brand new hotels - that have put Cambodia firmly back on our bucket list.
The Rosewood Phnom Penh is the first Rosewood property to open in Cambodia, providing the perfect base for exploring the country's colonial capital. With elegant interiors as well as panoramic views across the red roofed city, there is no better place to rest weary legs after a day uncovering Phnom Penh's rich and fascinating history. Establishing itself as something of a Phnom Penh landmark, the Rosewood is the tallest hotel in the town, affording spectacular vistas as well as a buzzy rooftop bar with 360 degree views.
Our top three experiences: Dine around Phnom Penh, Meet a Survivor of the S21 Khmer Rouge Prison & Phnom Penh's Hidden Gems
Shinta Mani Wild is without a doubt the most ambitious of all of the Bensley designed properties. Sat between three national parks, Cardamom, Kirirom and Bokor, Shinta Mani Wild offers a unique off the beaten track experience in the heart of Cambodia's natural world. Days can be spent learning about Cambodia's ecosystem aboard one of the hotel's superbly designed expedition boats, accompanying rangers and researchers as they scour and study the surrounding forests or simply drinking in the hotel's exquisite setting. The safari-luxe style resort perches over a dramatic waterfall, offering a front row seat to a completely untouched corner of Cambodia.
The chic and sophisticated design of Alila Villas Koh Russey confirms it as one of the most luxurious properties to open on Cambodia's coastline. This paradisaical spot, set to open in November 2018, is home to a superb spa, sleek villa accommodation and excellent dining choices. Blending in seamlessly with nature, embracing traditional culture and welcoming influences from the local community, this is the signature Alila experience. The contemporary villas compliment the extraordinary setting of the resort perfectly, offering real barefoot luxury on this undiscovered archipelago.
Undoubtedly the most luxurious property in Siem Reap, the recently opened Shinta Mani Angkor - Bensley Collection is the place to stay when it comes to an indulgent escape. Complete with effortlessly chic interiors by Bill Bensley, the property is a complete contrast from the ancient wonder of Angkor Wat, which sits only a stone's throw away. The collection comprises of 10 one-bedroom villas, which all offer a ten metre private pool, roof terrace and interiors to swoon over. Service comes in the form of incredibly efficient Bensley Butlers who remain at your service throughout your stay. What's more, you can enjoy all of the facilities of sister properties Shinta Mani Shack and Shinta Mani Angkor too, ensuring you want for absolutely nothing during your stay.
Six Senses Krabey Island, located off the coast of Sihanoukville, is a wonderful recent addition to the Six Senses portfolio. Only a 15 minute cruise from the resort's mainland jetty, Six Senses Krabey offers a tranquil, secluded retreat which is conveniently in reach of the mainland. With its signature spa menu, delicious offering of local cuisine, a catalogue of on and under water activities as well as spacious, contemporary accommodation, Six Senses Krabey Island is the ultimate place to go to for a dose of R&R in Cambodia. As with all of their resorts, Six Senses put definitive focus on their eco-credentials. Ingredients are sourced from their on-site Earth Lab, a four hectare organic market farm, whilst the resort works with local youth in the community as well as assisting in local marine conservation.