With yoga classes on the rooftop garden, a spa and extensive grounds to wander in, this is a prefect sanctuary to unwind after a day exploring Angkor Wat.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Witnessing sunrise over Angkor Wat must have felt surreal when it was first spotted by French explorers in the mid-19th century. The Buddhist complex, the largest of its kind on the planet, rises from the jungle like a behemoth from another age – and yet today it is only 7km from the bustling heart of Cambodia’s second metropolis.
It is difficult to fathom how important this grand temple complex is to Siem Reap. It defines dozens of aspects of city life (everything from beer to cigarettes to souvenir T-shirts are emblazoned with this icon) and it is a veritable lifeblood for hotels, restaurants, bars and sumptuous spas. Naturally, it has more than its fair share of other treasures and lesser-known temple sites, but without the ever-increasing two million plus visitors that come to gawp each year, Siem Reap would face a very different future.
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From Khmer teak to a veranda in every suite, what makes this centrally located luxury 62-room hotel stand out is its subtle details.
Located in a renovated whitewashed mansion once belonging to the former French governor, guests can expect an air of chic joie de vivre when staying here.
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French chef Joannes Riviere excels in bringing together French and Cambodian culinary histories, bringing you the kind of a-la-carte Michelin-star fare you’d expect in Paris.
Open for quirky bites of tapas breakfast, noon and night, this NGO-run eatery helps build new lives for students, street children and marginalised teenagers.
Another French-run restaurant, diners can expect a menu heavy on Khmer-French fusion, and a shaded terrace setting that screams St Tropez. Fantastic for Francophiles.