Phum Baitangâ€™s pared-down, 45 wooden-private villas are reminiscent of Cambodia’s slower, quieter, pre-tourism boom era. Disconnect from modern life and see why the two-year-old property has earned multiple awards since it opened.
Why youâ€™ll want to go: Its idyllic, bucolic location and locally inspired interiors make it an ideal haven to recharge. Surrounded by verdant fields, it’s a good refuge after an entire day spent jostling against other travelers at Angkor Wat.
Rooms: The hotelâ€™s fragrant villas stand on lemongrass fields, surrounded by acres of frangipani and sugar palms. Its high ceilinged rooms, punctuated by solid, exposed beams, come with custom-made furnishings, soft linen, stone sinks, and bathtubs.
Things you can do: A 100-year-old farmhouse was converted into a cocktail and smoking lounge that offers both traditional and experimental drinks. For those who choose wellness, Temple Spaâ€”with its traditional Khmer massage, sauna, steam room, and relaxation areaâ€”is the place to soothe travel-weary muscles. Tots can gain a better appreciation of Cambodian culture by indulging in organized games and cooking classes.