Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa
- Style Med beach resort
- Setting Rural outskirts of town
Upping the oasis factor at Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa in Siem Reap are two pools, tropical gardens, smart Italian and Khmer dining, and an intimate spa. You'll think you're at a blissful beach retreat, but in fact you're on the rural fringe of Cambodia's famous inland temple town. Light white-and-blue contemporary boudoirs add to the soothing Mediterranean mood.
Need to know
- Rooms 18, including six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $145.71, excluding tax at 5 per cent.
- More details Rates include airport pick-up by tuk-tuk, welcome drink, gift and 20-minute foot massage on arrival, breakfast, fruit platter and a tuk-tuk for 12 hours each day for trips to temples or town.
- Facilities 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.
- Poolside Navutu stars not one, but two pretty pools, set around its central restaurant and fringed with shaded loungers, relaxation salas and white umbrellas. Exercise fans can do lazy laps in the linear freshwater Sports Pool; kids will love the squiggly saltwater Lounge Pool, where you can paddle around a palm tree or perch in the adjoining shallow area. Both are open from 6am until 10pm, with blue beach towels in baskets.
- Check–out 12pm; 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.
Children 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$5 an hour, ideally with one day's notice.
- Eco‐friendly Navutu Dreams serves local, seasonal food, recycles, harnesses solar power for hot water and uses eco-friendly light bulbs and air-conditioning.
- Also You can have your free 20-minute foot massage on arrival or any time on your first day, by the spa, pool or on your veranda. Smoking is allowed on room terraces and in public areas only. The golden coconuts in your room double as Do Not Disturb signs.
In the know
- 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.
- Packing tips 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.
- Also Book a pampering session in the intimate Honey Comb Spa above reception, open from 9am until 10pm. Treatments span trad Khmer, Thai and tropical therapies inspired by the South Pacific, where Navutu's owners run a sister stay in Fiji.
Food and drink at Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa
- Hotel restaurant Fringed by pools and gardens, simple, circular, open-sided Navutu Restaurant sits at the heart of the hotel, and is open day-long for tasty breakfasts of fruit and pastries, lunch, dinner and snacks. It offers the best of both culinary worlds, with delicious Italian fare inspired by its three owners Manfredi, Maddalena and Giovanna, and a creative southern Khmer menu whipped up by its talented local chef. Top Cambodian treats include grilled fish amoc wrapped in spiced nhor leaves, imperial curry in fresh coconut, and salad with mango, pepper and herbs. For European flavours, it's hard to resist the house-made tagliatelle with ragu' alla Bolognese, washed down with mango pannacotta or an affogato al caffé. Produce hails from organic gardens, and breakfast boxes can be ordered for sunrise temple tours.
- Dress code Floaty linens and flip-flops will suit the relaxed resort mood.
- Top table Any of the tables at the restaurant's outer rim for aquatic views. We like the pew for two nearest the bar, overlooking the Sports Pool. For private dining, request a table on your terrace, by the pool, or for Grand Tour Room residents, up on your rooftop
- Last orders Chef Sopheak Sao keeps the kitchen whirring, with breakfast from 6.30am until 10am, lunch from 11am until 3pm, and dinner from 6pm until 11pm. The bar sees action from 11am until 10pm.
- Room service Available from 6.30am until 10pm, free room service lets you raid the breakfast, restaurant and pool snacks menus. Favourites include salmon and avocado ciabattas or Asian starters such as Indonesian chicken satays.
- Hotel bar Sharing space with the restaurant, Navutu Bar is the go-to spot for cocktails and an affordable list of tempting global wines, as well as juices, coffees, teas and soft drinks. Signature sips include passionfruit and mint caipiroskas and mango daiquiris, perfect for rewarding yourself after a hard day of temple-hopping.