Anantara Angkor Opens in Siem Reap

  • Room features include hardwood floors, apsara sculptures, and balconies that overlook the central courtyard’s saltwater pool.

    Room features include hardwood floors, apsara sculptures, and balconies that overlook the central courtyard’s saltwater pool.

  • The intimate property has just 39 rooms and suites.

    The intimate property has just 39 rooms and suites.

  • The hotel is located halfway between downtown Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat temple complex.

    The hotel is located halfway between downtown Siem Reap and the Angkor Wat temple complex.

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Thai hotel group Anantara has finally crossed the border into Cambodia, opening an intimate, Khmer-style retreat midway between downtown Siem Reap and nearby Angkor Wat. After a day of temple touring, guests of the Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa (855-63/966-788; doubles from US$280) can unwind in one of the 39 generously sized rooms and suites, which feature hardwood floors, handcrafted teak furnishings, apsara sculptures, and balconies that overlook the central courtyard’s saltwater pool. A sense of place infuses the spa as well, with Khmer herbal compresses and body scrubs incorporating local ingredients like jasmine rice, honey, and tamarind. –David Tse

This article originally appeared in the December 2013/January 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Khmer Comforts”)

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