La Résidence d'Angkor
- Style Tranquil, artistic haven
- Setting Leafy hidden courtyard
As if seated in meditation, Siem Reap’s hotel La Résidence d’Angkor gazes towards a contemplative courtyard with a midnight-blue swimming pool and exudes an ambiance that encourages a relaxed pace. The tranquil rooms blend the traditional with subtly contemporary touches, ensuring that both modern-design mavens and heirloom habitués will feel right at home at this stylish sanctuary.
Need to know
- Rooms 54, including eight Résidence suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $365.03, excluding tax at 17.8 per cent.
- More details Rates include buffet breakfast.
- Facilities Restaurants, bar, pool, library, spa, gym, boutique, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, Euphoria Collection toiletries from Nature Touch, minibar, tropical fruit, free bottled water. In suites: Nespresso coffee machine.
- 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 phallus).
- 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.
- Eco‐friendly The hotel's spa uses organic products and its restaurant favours conservation-canny Cambodian Ibis rice. As well as employing local trainees, the team supports the area's orphans and schools.
- Also Three-night minimum stay at Christmas and New Year. Smoking rooms on request.
In the know
- 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. All rooms offer a turndown treat each night, such as macaroons or home-made chocolates.
- Packing tips 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.
- Also 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, or enjoy a private yoga workout or a free meditation class with a Buddhist monk.
Food and drink at La Résidence d'Angkor
- Hotel restaurant Circle restaurant, with its menu of international dishes and Khmer cuisine with a contemporary twist, whipped up by executive chef Richard Bias and chef Mey Samorn, is the venue for a dinner date. Dine indoors in the elegant wood and white space or outside in lush gardens. For a more casual affair, alfresco Ember by the pool is the ideal spot for a light lunch or snack of house-made pastries and cakes by day; come early evening, it transforms into a grill, with meat and seafood treats hot off the barbecue. Favourite dishes include lamb and cumin kebabs and spicy green mango and shrimp salad.
- 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 nights, an outdoor table at Circle sets the mood for a romantic rendezvous. By day, perch poolside at informal Ember. You can also request seductive private dining set-ups in the spa or out on the garden terrace.
- Last orders Circle serves breakfast from 5am to 10am and dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm; Ember is open from 10.30am to 10pm; the Martini Lounge plies its trade from 8pm until midnight.
- Room service Available from 5am to 11pm, 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, soups, pizza and burgers.
- Hotel bar The Martini Lounge is a refined indoor-outdoor bar overlooking the gardens and Siem Reap River. With 14 martinis, including the Lemon Drop Martini, to choose from, as well as global wines, you could work your way through the entire list during a stay. Happy hour (and a half) is from 6pm to 7.30pm, there are tapas up for grabs, and you'll find board games and free WiFi if you need more distraction. During the day, you can also savour drinks at Ember.