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Hotel Highlights

  • Chilled-out sanctuary with two pools and a tropical garden
  • Spacious, light, white rooms with crisp, modern design
  • Choice of delicious Khmer or Italian dining

Overview

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.

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Here's what you get for booking Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa with us:

A bottle of Italian prosecco

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa

25% off November stays 25% off stays from January to April

Facilities

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Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa Hotel – Siem Reap – Cambodia

Need To Know

Rooms

18, including six suites.

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.

Rates

Double rooms from $178.10, excluding tax at 5 per cent.

More details

Rates usually include airport pick-up by tuk-tuk, welcome drink, gift on arrival, breakfast, fruit platter and a tuk-tuk for 12 hours each day for trips to temples or town.

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.

At the hotel

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.

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.

Poolside

Navutu stars not one, but three 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, or flop around in the saltwater Lounge Pool. There's also the child-friendly Plunge Pool.

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

Smoking is allowed on room terraces and in public areas only. The golden coconuts in your room double as Do Not Disturb signs.

Children

Very welcome, and Navutu's quiet setting, spacious gardens and two pools make for a family-friendly getaway. Baby cribs 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.

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Pet‐friendly

Pets are not permitted.

Eco‐friendly

Navutu Dreams serves local, seasonal food, recycles, harnesses solar power for hot water and uses eco-friendly light bulbs and air-conditioning.

Food & Drink

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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.

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.

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.

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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

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

If you need a break from lounging by the pools, yoga or Pilates classes can be booked 24 hours in advance. Navutu Dreams' intimate spa is also a must. Guys should try the Royal Facial for Men, harnessing exfoliating sticky rice, a white mud mask and invigorating cucumber, or how about the honey-laced Queen Bee Facial for the girls? Coconut Shrubs body scrubs are just one of the tropical treatments up for grabs, or chill out with a Khmer, trad Thai or four-hands massage.

 

Shopping addicts should hail a tuk-tuk to the Old Market to check out local produce and food stalls. For more take-home appeal, the Angkor Night Market's illuminated stands tout everything from scarves to jewellery and bags. You're right near many of the city's buzziest bars and restaurant .

 

Obviously, visits to the jaw-dropping temples of Angkor are the numero uno activity in Siem Reap, with Navutu able to hook you up with tuk-tuk tours at sunrise, sunset or any time in between. For a more alternative experience if you're templed out, take a tour of the local villages of the Tonlé Sap Lake, where you can see crocodile and fish farms, houses, schools, temples and food markets all set on the water. The hotel can also arrange horse-riding, elephant safaris or bird-watching excursions, as well as cycling, dirt bike o motorbike rides, quad bike adventures or even Flomo tours (that's dune buggies for the uninitiated). As well as scoping outlying temples by funky forms of transport, you can arrange to visit villages, rice fields or remote jungle areas, or even take it all in from a helicopter or scenic flight. For culture vultures, there's the chance to check out the city's artisans, ceramicists, frangrance-cultivators or puppet-makers. Then again, you could just line up a game of golf...

Local restaurants

Before launching Navutu Dreams, its owners founded Il Forno Restaurant (The Lane, off Pub Street; +855 (0)78 208 174; www.ilfornorestaurantsiemreap.com) in a quiet alley in town. Savour Italian delicacies such as Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, crafted from authentic ingredients, accompanied by wines from Piedmont, Tuscany and Veneto.

 

Set in an old Khmer wooden house, Asana (Street 7, The Lane; +855 (0)92 987 801; www.asana-cambodia.com) is another atmospheric spot in Siem Reap's buzzy centre for Asian tapas and finger food, 'grandmother recipes' such as chicken lemongrass or beef noodles, and Italian cheeses and cold cuts. Angkor beer, wine and Khmer cocktails, including Ginger Mojitos, wash it all down.

 

Behind Wat Preah Inkosei, north-east of town towards the Angkor temples, The Touich restaurant and bar (+855 (0)92 808 040) is worth a visit for tasty Khmer food and barbecue grills. Open from 6pm until late, it can also offer jeep pick-ups if you reserve three hours ahead of time (until 8.30pm), as it's a tad off the beaten track. Expect beef fillet marinated with Kampot pepper, 'pork rib on glowing embers' and tiger prawns from the Mekong River.

 

For something closer to Navutu's neighbourhood, try rated restaurant Cuisine Wat Damnak (+855 (0)63 965 491; www.cuisinewatdamnak.com), open Tuesday to Saturday, 6.30pm until 9.45pm, between the Psa Dey Hoy Market and Angkor High School. Set in a beautifully lit Khmer house and garden, it serves only local, seasonal Cambodian dishes, with changing tasting menus by acclaimed chef Johannes Riviere (formerly at Meric).

Local bars

Channeling 1920s Shanghai, Miss Wong Cocktail Bar (The Lane; +855 (0)92 428 332) is an intimate Sino-chic blend of ruby-red walls, lanterns and carved timber booths. Beat the heat with a tropical fruit cocktail spiked with house-infused vodkas. One of Siem Reap's most popular bars for a reason.

Local cafés

Peace Café (+855 (0)63 965 210; www.peacecafeangkor.org), at Street 26 off River Road in the Wat Bo quarter, is the same side of the Siem Reap River as Navutu. Head here for relaxing, healthy juices, coffees, paninis, salads and veggie dishes in a lush garden. Yoga classes and weekly 'monk chats' may also be on the menu.

 

A café, art gallery, library and alternative performance venue on the Alley West, Art Deli (www.artdeli.org) serves organic fare and tasty Italian dishes in a 1920s French colonial house, near the Old Market in central town. Pick up art to go or just kick back with a cocktail.

 

For yummy home-made cakes, Illy coffee and TWG tea, or heartier soups, quiches and salads, pop to Upstairs Café (+855 (0)97 304 3600) , on Wat Bo Road. As well as whipping up all-day breakfast and lunch, it has also been known to host the odd Stitch 'n Bitch knitting gathering.

 

Order iced coffees by day or enjoy wine, cocktails, tapas and chilled tunes by night at Angkor Photo Gallery Café, (+855 (0)15 906 796), also in Wat Bo at Sankat Salakam Roek.

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Rural outskirts of town

Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa

off Angkor High School Road, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Navutu Dreams Resort is on the south-east outskirts of Siem Reap, off the Angkor High School Road in rural Chunlong Village, about a 10-minute tuk-tuk ride from the town centre.

Planes

Fly into Siem Reap International Airport (www.cambodia-airports.com), which receives direct flights from Bangkok (70 minutes), Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Luang Prabang (although not currently from Hong Kong), as well as domestic flights from capital Phnom Penh (40 minutes). For regional carriers, try Bangkok Airways (www.bangkokair.com), Silk Air (www.silkair.com), Air Asia (www.airasia.com), Jet Star (www.jetstar.com), Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeairlines.com) or Vietnam Airlines (www.vietnamairlines.com). If required, you can obtain a tourist visa on arrival for US$20 cash, plus one passport photo. The hotel is eight kilometres (or a 20-minute drive) away, and includes free tuk-tuk pick-ups from the airport in its room rates.

Trains

There are no train connections to Siem Reap.

Automobiles

There's free on-site parking with a valet service at the hotel, but self-drive isn't permitted here, so we recommend hiring a chauffeur-driven car, tuk-tuk or moto (motorcycle) for getting around Siem Reap's bumpy, busy roads. Navutu provides all guests with a free daily tuk-tuk for 12 hours from the time you first use it; after that, each additional hour will cost you US$2. The roads out to the hotel aren't all paved, and can get muddy and waterlogged, so expect a slightly rocky ride.

Other

If you're travelling overland from the capital, fast boats connect Phnom Penh and Siem Reap via the undulating Tonlé Sap river and lake (it’s still a five- to six-hour ride). Luxury cruise operators also run between Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, if aquatic action floats your boat.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this tranquil boutique hotel, a full account of their Cambodian escape will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa in Siem Reap... So you want to tour Sie…
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Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Every hotel is visited personally by members of our team and given the Smith seal of approval. As soon as our anonymous reviewers have returned from a stay at this tranquil boutique hotel, a full account of their Cambodian escape will be with you. In the meantime, just to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa in Siem Reap...

So you want to tour Siem Reap's legendary temples, but you fancy retreating to a relaxing sanctuary afterwards? Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa offers a real point of difference from many city-centre stays, with more space, tropical gardens and two pools. Sure, you're about 10 minutes by tuk-tuk from the centre of town (or 15 from Angkor's temples), but rustic-set Navutu provides you with your own tuk-tuk to run you around, plus a driver who is yours to command for the day.

First-time or solo visitors may prefer to be in the heart of the action, within easier walking distance to markets, shops and bars, but there's much to be said for this chilled-out sanctuary, which creates an escape for unwinding in style. We reckon it'll really appeal to families with kids in tow, honeymooners or repeat visitors to Siem Reap (especially if you hail from stressful neighbour cities, such as Bangkok).

With a fresh blue-and-yellow palette backdropped with crisp white, both room types offer light, contemporary sleeping and bathing spaces, with simple, built-in furniture, ample seating areas and appealing local accessories. Explorer Rooms sport showers, but for a gigantic bath and rainshower opt for a top-tier Grand Tour Room with romantic roof terraces. Take time out from chilling out to enjoy yoga or a spa treatment, then dine on an impressive choice of Italian or Khmer dishes at the sociable restaurant. There's a generous activities list, but then again the pools are calling.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Perfect place to retreat to after a morning of visiting temples. Fantastic swimming pools, all three of them, and spa. Grand Suite - perfect for our family of four. Welcoming staff and private tuk tuk.

Don’t expect

Bumpy track to reach the hotel and 30 mins to main temples by tuk tuk.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel is out of town and tucked away in what feels like the middle of nowhere. The grounds are beautiful: a well maintained garden, and three beautiful swimming pools. There are not too many guests or rooms so it never feels too busy or full… perfect for peace and quite. The staff are wonderful: super friendly, attentive and sincere. Everything far exceeded our expectations.

 

Rating: 10/10 stars