We always encourage travelers to visit Phnom Penh. The city offers a glimpse of modern, vibrant Cambodia that is a dramatic contrast to the ruins of Angkor. Enjoy cosmopolitan streets lined with cafes, and cultural treasures such as the Silver Pagoda and the world class National Museum. What’s more, Phnom Penh is home to Hotel Le Royal, the leading hotel in Cambodia. This lovely hotel features long, elegant marble corridors displaying antique furniture and artwork, and international standards of cuisine and service. A night or two at Hotel Le Royal is a highlight of any visit to Cambodia.
Nothing beats returning to the historic Grand Hotel D’Angkor after a hot day in the sun exploring the awe-inspiring ruins at Angkor Wat.
Rooms in the hotel’s original building are preferred, with their high ceilings, marble bathrooms, and suites decorated with period-style furnishings and oriental rugs. Sip a gin and tonic in the Elephant Bar and celebrate your visit to Cambodia as did Somerset Maugham and Jackie Kennedy. It’s worth pointing out that the hotel’s cuisine is the best available in Siem Reap. The hotel echoes of times past, yet the services and rooms are truly modern. This is the place to stay if you want to experience the grandeur and tradition of Angkor.
An intimate hotel on the banks of Siem Reap’s tree-lined river, La Residence d’Angkor is surrounded by lush, verdant foliage and offers an exquisite swimming pool decorated with 45,000 handmade individually glazed tiles, each reflecting a different shade of green.
Khmer style is evident in each of the 62 spacious rooms and suites at La Residence d’Angkor, constructed using traditional hardwoods, bamboo and natural textiles such as silk and cotton. Light and airy, jewel-toned silk scatter cushions and floor-to-ceiling windows exude peace and tranquility. Constructed of wood and furnished in the local style, the hotel conveys a welcoming atmosphere with modern comforts and luxurious touches.
Devotees of the Aman resorts will be pleased to learn of the debut of the Amansara in Siem Reap. Once King Norodom Sihanouk’s guest villa, the property has been transformed into an intimate luxury retreat that is a lovely place to relax after a hot day spent exploring the ruins.
Clean, modern lines and muted tones in the guest rooms reinforce the peaceful atmosphere; suites feature spacious bathrooms that open onto a private sun-drenched courtyard with a small water garden. The circular dining room offers both western and Khmer cuisine and the comfortable roof terrace is a perfect place to retire with a post-dinner cocktail and enjoy the starry night sky. There’s also a library, bar, swimming pool, and a team of expert massage therapists on hand.
With a prime location close to the iconic Opera House on Lam Son Square, the Park Hyatt Saigon combines the Park Hyatt’s signature high style with an elegant, traditional aesthetic. It has quickly become the premier property in Saigon and is the place to stay.
The stylish rooms and suites all have flat screen televisions and marble-tiled bathrooms with a separate bath and rain shower area. There is also a full-service spa with seven treatment rooms, steam room, whirlpool and fully-equipped fitness center. Three restaurants serve Italian, Vietnamese, and Western cuisine; the Park Lounge has floor to ceiling windows, offering a perfect spot to sip a cocktail and admire the city view.
Built and designed to blend seamlessly into the existing landscape, this property epitomizes a sustainable luxurious aesthetic. Sitting on the bay, surrounded by intricate rock formations and miles of secluded beach, in villas meant to capture the traditional Vietnamese architectural style and made with locally sourced sustainable materials, guests feel an immediate sense of history and place.
Tradition is carried throughout the property in both style and experience; you can enjoy traditional bamboo massage, sip on tea grown in the on-site organic garden, spend a day with local fisherman learning an age old practice or relax in your deep soaking tub made of locally sourced wood in an immersive rock pool villa and take in the beautiful surroundings.
Aman chose the perfect spot for their first property in Vietnam. Set just on the edge of the Nui Chua National Park, Amanoi peers over the tree-line and looks out on the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of Vinh Hy Bay. Just reaching Amanoi is an experience. Guests drive through the beautiful National Park then climb a set of broad stairs to arrive at spectacular views of the boundless coastline. There are no harsh divisions between wild and built spaces: open-air dining pavilions, an infinity pool that appears to touch the bay, and outdoor hidden spots for quiet moments, yoga practice, or meditation epitomize this embrace of the natural setting. The 31 pavilions nod to traditional Vietnamese architecture with pagoda roofs, paper shades, open-work shutters and bamboo decks. The interiors are fresh and cooling with their blonde wood furnishings, inlaid floors, soaring ceilings and sense of openness. Choose the Ocean Pool Pavilions for private swimming pools and views of the East Sea.
Remote but accessible aptly describes the Thai island of Kood, on which Soneva Kiri is set amidst the lush tropical rainforest, off the south-east coast of the Gulf of Siam. The all-year-round, comfortable, tropical temperature requires only light and natural fabrics so Polo-style shirts, summer dresses and sarongs are ideal. Shoes are not practical on the soft sand or on the paths, so bring sandals or simply enjoy barefoot freedom. Natural woods and white linens comprise the various accommodations under the veil of a family of palm trees. Enjoy a range of dining from relaxed Thai-style seating, Mediterranean cuisine, an ice cream parlor, chocolate room and multiple lounges and wine cellar.
Deep in the mountain jungles and bamboo forests of northern Thailand is the Anantara, a lovely base from which to explore the Golden Triangle. Rooms at the Anantara feature dark teak wood and crisp white linens with Thai silk adding colorful accents.
We recommend a room with a balcony, where guests can sit on their outdoor sofa and enjoy the view over the gardens to Laos and Burma. Additional amenities include a beautiful infinity pool, two restaurants, and the Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace, where most people gather for an evening cocktail. Another major draw of the Anantara is the Elephant Camp, a branch of the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre that is supported by the Royal Thai government. Learn to guide an elephant like a true mahout, ride elephant-back through the jungle, or jump in the river and help bathe the gentle beasts – spending time with the peaceful pachyderms is one of the most compelling reasons to stay at the Anantara.
If you have been pining over iconic images of long-tail boats, secret bays awash in vivid shades of blue and green, and horizons dotted with islands, then Point Yamu by COMO is sure to be the cure to your wanderlust. Occupying the very tip of Cape Yamu in Phuket, Point Yamu by COMO gazes out over the Adaman Sea and the dramatic limestone karsts that splinter the calm turquoise waters of Phang Nga Bay.
The hotel’s sleek architecture and décor is the ultimate compliment to the organic beauty of the surrounding area. Listed as one of the Best New Hotels in 2014 by the Five Star Alliance, the 79 room and 27 villa property features rooms with private swimming pools, Italian and Thai dining, and holistic treatments at the COMO Shambala Retreat spa. Whether you choose to spend your days enjoying outdoor island life or exploring the city of Phuket, you will savor unwinding at Point Yamu by COMO.