Siem Reap and The Temples
Shinta Mani Angkor, Siem Reap
This eclectic boutique hotel in the centre of Siem Reap is a great base for viewing the incredible temples of Angkor Wat. The sunshine-filled pool provides welcome respite while the decadent Bill Bensley design provides a taste of zany luxury.
Enjoy top notch culinary delights and polish up your charitable credentials at the same time; $5 dollars per night goes towards the Shinta Mani Foundation to support a raft of social projects in the town.
Facilities & Activities
The pool is the main attraction, positioned in the central courtyard and surrounded by palm trees and waterfalls. There’s also a beautiful spa and library as well daily cookery classes for budding chefs. The lovely NGO shop, connected to the hotel’s foundation, sells handmade items made by locals – perfect for stocking up on holiday mementos and unique gifts. The hotel can organise all manner of excursions, such as exploring the temples by tuk-tuk or bike or visiting the local floating villages and silk farms.
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Baitong gives guests a taste of Khmer Street food in its cool green space, while those in search of a taste of home will love the International ‘Comfort Food’ Menu. Chic Kroya is found streetside with dining swings dotted amongst the pools and serves up modern Cambodian dishes using native herbs and spices. The Pool Bar is found in the tropical gardens, super chilled cocktails are the order of the day. Or see and be seen in ‘Bensley’s Bar’ – the perfect retreat for those suffering from a case of being ‘templed out’.
All rooms have the Bensley ‘twist’ from hand crafted light fittings, mirrored feature walls and custom designed beds. Urban View Rooms are on the first floor with views across the leafy courtyard. Pool View Rooms are found on the first floor with balconies overlooking the pool while the Pool View Garden Rooms enjoy their own private terraces situated beside the pool.
The ‘retro-style’ Junior Suites are found on the second floor with balconies overlooking the pool and gardens. They are spacious with separate bedrooms and living rooms while the Executive Suites enjoy views out and over Siem Reap.
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There are several options for connecting rooms here and an additional bed can be added to all room types.
The hotel runs the Shinta Mani Foundation, which aims to be a leader in responsible tourism. The foundation runs various projects in education, clean water well construction and health care. They also provide micro-loans to small start-up businesses.
The hotel is found in the French Quarter of Siem Reap, just a 15-minute tuk tuk ride from the temples and within easy striking distance of the King’s Palace, Old Market and bustling Pub Street.