A soothing back-to-nature escape awaits at this 15-tent jungle encampment in southern Cambodia.
Conservation-minded travelers seeking a low-impact vacation this year have even more reason to pick Shinta Mani Wild – A Bensley Collection, a luxury tented retreat in the biodiverse rain forests of Cambodia’s Cardamom Mountains. Its newly launched all-inclusive Wellness at WILD package offers a three-night stay with a dizzying array of benefits and immersive experiences.
Prospective guests will get to choose between three itineraries. Fitness enthusiasts should opt for “ReWILD,” which incorporates activities such as trail running and mountain biking, while those seeking a healthy balanced lifestyle can pick the “Reconnect” program; “Restore” caters to holidaymakers in need of relaxation to rest and recover from stress. All three include a sunrise yoga session with the camp’s wellness director Dr. Solveig Gevers atop a seven-story tower overlooking the forest canopy. This experience is followed by a thrilling 400-meter zip-line ride before breakfast.
Available for groups of two to six adults, the offer promises unlimited spa treatments, including a post-travel recovery massage on the day of arrival. Other inclusions? Healthy plant-forward food and drinks (including cocktails or mocktails), yoga and/or fitness classes, forest bathing, and a spa experience in which guests try their hand at making natural body products while learning about ancient Khmer beauty practices.
Also part of the package are round-trip private land transfers from the airports at Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville, a half-day river cruise in a pontoon boat, and the chance to join an anti-poaching patrol with the rangers of conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance. Rates start from US$1,900 per tent per night (based on twin or double occupancy) plus service charge and government taxes. A minimum age of 10 years is required for all guests at the luxury camp.