Hotel of the Week: Phum Baitang, Siem Reap

Phum Baitang’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.

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The property’s glittering pool. All photos are courtesy of Phum Baitang.

Why you’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.

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One of the villa’s bathrooms.

Rooms: The hotel’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.

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Phum Baitang’s spa

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 Spa—with its traditional Khmer massage, sauna, steam room, and relaxation area—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.

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The pool villa

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