Shinta Mani Club
- Style Contemporary Angkorian
- Setting Tranquil French Quarter
American interiors whizz Bill Bensley has worked wonders at Shinta Mani Club boutique hotel in Siem Reap, which seduces with soft lighting, fragrant scents and stylish mod-Cambodian design. Mission out on tailored tours to Angkor's dazzling temples, then retreat to the luxe suites, cool pool, soothing spa and romantic swing-seat dining.
Need to know
- Rooms 39.
- Rates Double rooms from $224.09, excluding tax at 17.81 per cent.
- More details Rates include welcome drink, breakfast, daily fruit platter, pool bar cocktail on day of arrival, 30-minute foot massage bath with your first spa treatment.
- Facilities Spa, concierge, charity centre, library with books, DVDs, games and magazines, guest computers, gallery, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen cable TV, DVD player, CD player, radio, iPod dock, minibar, toiletries, pillow menu.
- Poolside In a tranquil internal courtyard, the sculptural black-tiled lap pool encourages cooling dips, backed by a soothing waterfall feature and flanked by palms and sleek loungers. The adjacent Pool Bar is a stylish spot for cocktails, smoothies, juices, coffees, teas or snacks, with a cabana den for private dining or shaded snoozing.
- Check–out 12pm; check-in, 2pm, but both flexible subject to availability. A room for changing or showering can also be made available for early arrivals or late check-outs.
Children Welcome, although the hotel has a sophisticated, adult feel, with lots of toddler-unfriendly antiques and stairs. Baby cots are free and extra beds can be supplied for older kids for US$49 a night. Babysitting costs US$5 an hour, with an hour's notice.
- Eco‐friendly US$5 of each night's booking goes towards the Shinta Mani Foundation, which trains local Cambodians in the hospitality industry (guests can visit the development centre at the hotel). The foundation also supports a raft of other social projects in Siem Reap, including health and dental care, a village school and small businesses.
- Also Pets are not permitted. All rooms are non-smoking, but guests can smoke on Deluxe Room terraces.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms For views over the courtyard pool from your balcony, opt for a spacious upper-floor Deluxe Room, or for privacy and a small garden, make it a ground-floor Deluxe pad. Our personal faves are the Superior Poolside boudoirs with chill-out porches just steps from the refreshing lap pool. Showers get more sumptuous as you upgrade.
- Packing tips Trainers for temple-hopping; flip-flops for tackling town in the wet season. The hotel provides umbrellas, but bring your own mosquito repellant and sun cream (afternoon rays can be scorching).
- Also Make time for a session in the soothing, top-floor spa, which sports one spa suite with a massive bath tub, three double treatment rooms and an alfresco relaxation and yoga terrace. Aromatherapy massages kick off with a choice of fragrant oils and a footbath or banish jetlag with a Khmer Coffee Scrub, using white clay and coffee beans from Ratanakiri Province.
Food and drink at Shinta Mani Club
- Hotel restaurant Meaning 'food' in royal Khmer, streetside Kroya restaurant includes a chic grey dining area with stripy floors and temple maps on the ceiling, and a breezy terrace slung with suspended dining swings and lined with lotus-dotted pools. Enjoy smart à la carte modern Cambodian dishes, such as prawn skewers, crab bouillabaise, fish amoc curry with rice, or ginger and lemongrass pannacotta.
- Dress code Informal by day, elegant by night (linen trousers beat skirts for decency on the dining swings!).
- Top table Anywhere in Kroya's air-conditioned interior for breakfast or lunch; the seductive outdoor dining swings for dinner.
- Last orders Breakfast is served from 6am until 10.30am; Kroya takes last orders by 10pm.
- Room service Mirroring the restaurant menu, room service can be yours from 7am until 10pm, offering tasty soups, salads and curries. You can also order breakfast boxes, including coffee, pastries, fruit and yoghurt, at extra cost for sunrise temple trips.
- Hotel bar Perched above Kroya, Bensley's Bar is a relaxed, airy space with smart charcoal-grey screens and booths cantilevered out over the terrace below. Snaffle a style mag, then kick back with Asian, Spanish or dessert tapas platters and an Open Heart cocktail, a heady mix of Cuban rum, passionfruit, mint leaves and palm sugar, picking up on the hotel's motto 'Open Doors, Open Hearts'. The lounge tune-toting Pool Bar, dotted with slouchy sofas, saffron accessories and striking ornaments, also dispenses drinks and delicious day-long snacks (look out for daily cocktail deals or ask the staff to whip up your preferred tipple).