Accommodation standards in Siem Reap have improved beyond recognition in the last few years, across nearly all budgets. The gateway to Angkor now has more than 500 inns, hotels and guesthouses and the chances of a soft landing are high. Here, though, are a few of our favourites that won’t break the bank. These are 3 great places to stay in Siem Reap.
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Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa
Starting at the top, Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa is set amid paddy a 15-minute tuk tuk trip away from the centre of town. Featuring white Neo-Moroccan villas in a tropical, landscaped garden, a Polynesian-style straw-roofed dining pavilion forms the centrepiece and is flanked by three Egyptian blue swimming pools, including one lap pool. The effect is stunning, even before you get to see the spacious rooms, which are exquisitely designed with a Mexican cyan backdrop to offset the sculpted white walls and carefully selected pieces of regional crafts. Rooms start at $96 per night during the green season, and it could be worth a splurge for one night even if your budget wouldn’t normally go that far. Alternatively, check out the spa or the yoga centre with classes daily.
You’d be fruit and nuts not to consider it.
Rambutan is not just one but two hotels, the Rambutan Resort and Rambutan Hotel. Not even 50 metres apart from one another, they each offer a gorgeous neo-Mediterranean setting with white-painted villas beautifully offset by red painted doors, lush green foliage and cerulean pools with sprinkling water features. The differences are in the rooms, with the Resort’s being larger with a slightly more luxurious and contemporary edge. They also have larger terraces complete with outdoor showers, bath tubs and loungers.
A peek into the private pool and garden for the villa suite at Maison 557.
You can’t even tell that it’s there from the street. Hidden away behind a white wall and elegant gate, Maison 557 is all about getting away from it all. Centred on a 1950s colonial-style villa, this beautiful retreat offers an exclusive villa, with its own private pool and lush tropical garden, as well as six individually styled rooms, four of which lead directly out to a separate pool and garden. The whole atmosphere is one of tranquil, gentle elegance and the personable owner makes it a mission to ensure that all of his guests get the most out of their stay in the way that suits them best.