This week, we’ve mainly been dreaming about towering temples and lush, perfumed landscapes. Better hop to Siem Reap then for Shinta Mani Club, in the Old French Quarter of the city, within easy reach of the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat.
Style Contemporary Angkorian
Setting Open-hearted oasis
Why this week? Well, we want to go shopping and we’re a little bit thirsty. Siem Reap’s Well Made in Cambodia Market occurs on the first Saturday of every month between 4pm and 9pm. Admire artisinal goods made by up-and-coming Cambodian designers and sample locally produced sombai (a Cambodian rice spirit) right outside the hotel doors. To sweeten the deal, Shinta Mani has an exclusive offer (35 per cent off and a free meal) when you book with Mr & Mrs Smith, so you have no excuse not to buy that Cambodian curio at the market or have that spa treatment at the hotel. Kroya, the sensational restaurant at Shinta Mani, takes its inspiration from Khmer cuisine and adds an international twist. Nab a seat at one of the outdoor Khmer swings and you’ll slowly sway your way into foodie bliss.
Our favourite bits… Superior Poolside rooms are seconds away from the cool reprieve of the lap-pool, but if that’s not an issue or you, ground-floor Deluxe Rooms are just as alluring and a tad more private. The hotel gives US$5 from your nightly room rate back to the community; guests are also encouraged to pack medical and school supplies to donate on arrival. Hop on a tuk-tuk for a 15-minute ride to the unforgettable temples of Angkor Wat. Go at sunrise for stellar imagery of the sun’s golden glow behind the main temple.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Set in the sleepy but central French Quarter, the hotel embraces the outdoors, with alfresco balconies, terraces and corridors linking its evocative public spaces, dotted with pools and palms. As with the best retreats, as soon as you enter its temple-like portals you feel like you’re in a sanctuary, with a chic yet inviting reception ushering you into a calming cocoon…’
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*Copy compiled by Katherine Williams