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...
Before launching Navutu Dreams, its owners founded Il Forno Restaurant (The Lane, off Pub Street; +855 (0)78 208 174) 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) 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), 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).
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.
Peace Café (+855 (0)63 965 210), 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 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.