29 March 2017

Anantara Angkor Resort reopens

Source: Anantara Angkor Resort website. View of the exterior.
Source: Anantara Angkor Resort website. View of the exterior.
Anantara Angkor Resort has reopened as Siem Reap’s premier all-suite boutique resort and gateway to the heart of Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire.

The 5-star resort is a seven-minute drive from the city centre,  allowing travellers to investigate bustling markets, riverside attractions and the French colonial quarter nearby. Siem Reap is also home to the Angkor Archaeological Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 10 minutes away from the Anantara Angkor Resort.

Each of the 39 suites have undergone a complete upgrade and come accented with teak wood trimmings and sandstone sculptures. Guests are invited to relive the traditional Cambodian (Khmer) lifestyle through ample lounging space. Premier Suites feature bathtubs while Terrace and Premier Terrace Suites offer private plunge pools.

The top-of-line Anantara and Sothea Suites feature a private garden, and those on the second level have a large balcony. The most luxurious of the suites, these provide a separate living area. The bathrooms are equipped with twin wardrobes and vanity units, a rain shower and an en-suite spa room with daily massage inclusion while the Sothea also includes a whirlpool jacuzzi bath.

Of note are the Jim Thompson Explorer Suites. Boasting 178 and 235 sq m acreage for the one- and two-bedroom versions respectively, imported Thai silk accent each suite, draping the furniture in bold colours and lustrous appeal.

Each guest experience automatically  includes chauffeured roundtrip airport transfers, the Experience Butler service, unlimited private tuk tuk transfers to and from the city centre, a complimentary in-room minibar, plus exclusive in-suite spa treatments for the Anantara and Sothea suites. Two all-inclusive packages are also available for wellness and exploration enthusiasts.

Experience Butlers offer guests curated local knowledge. Butlers greet guests with a white lotus – a symbol of purity and enlightenment in Khmer culture, before whisking them to the Anantara Spa for a welcoming foot ritual. They remain on-hand to personalise each moment of the journey. More than 100 uniquely created activities are on offer through the resort’s Discovery Guidebook.

Dining at Anantara Angkor is also refined with a new concept at Chi Restaurant and Bar. Offering progressive Khmer cuisine, ‘Chi’ derives its name from the Khmer word for ‘herb’ and indigenous herbs and spices are very much the star here – flourishing in the resort’s garden, plucked fresh each day and interwoven into a thoughtful menu that fuses local sensibility with contemporary artistry.

Dining by Design journeys include a private chef and butler, a choice of connoisseur menus, and a local settings including rice paddies. The Spice Spoons cooking class, an Anantara classic on local food expertise, invites guests to join Chef on his morning market reconnaissance to choose the freshest produce of the day and learn Cambodian-specific herbs, such as the superfood moringa. Upon return to the resort, guests learn nore about the cuisine at a private, open-air kitchen overlooking the resort’s central courtyard.

At ground level the Anantara Angkor is reminiscent of a grand Khmer villa, with a central courtyard pool inspired by an ancient royal bathing pool. Featuring naturally salted water, its therapeutic properties ensure no chemicals are necessary, thereby providing soothing relief to a sun-drenched or travel-weary body. Poolside service from Salt provides modern comforts.


Suite prices start at US$192 per night. The Angkor All-Inclusive Discovery Package starts at US$565. Book or view special packages