When in Siem Reap, traipsing around the Angkor temple complex in the unforgiving heat and negotiating the crowds on Pub Street can make you feel decidedly worn out. It’s therefore essential to make your base at a hotel that’s peaceful, and ideally plush and pampering.
Thankfully, our recent stay at Heritage Suites Hotel checked all of these boxes. Located off a tiny side street and set in a colonial-style villa that’s surrounded by tropical walled gardens, this boutique retreat feels a world away from the crowds — perfect for unwinding after a long day of sightseeing.
The 75m2 Bungalow Suites here are an exercise in luxury, with floor-to-ceiling windows and perks such as steam rooms, free-standing bathtubs and even outdoor showers in private gardens. The newly refurbished 30m2 Classic Rooms aren’t too shabby, either, with amenities such as flat-screen televisions and sound systems. Communal facilities include a saltwater pool lined with sun loungers, and a stylish spa with both singles’ and couples’ treatment rooms.
In spite of its modern trappings, the hotel provides guests with a strong sense of place. All rooms and suites are decked out in furniture hand-crafted by local artisans, while the artworks that adorn the walls are labors of love by Cambodian artist Lim Muy Theam. Bath amenities are locally sourced, too, from homegrown spa brand Bodia Nature.
Our only gripe is that there’s only one in-house restaurant, which serves up Khmer and Western dishes, and multi-course menus for dinner. If you’re after a wider range of dining options, the city center is a mere five-minute tuk tuk ride away — though we suspect that with such sumptuous surrounds, you might not want to leave the comforts of the hotel at all!
Wat Polanka, Phum Slok Kram, Siem Reap, +855 63 969 100; heritagesuiteshotel.com. Room rates during low season start from approx US$125++ per night for a Classic Room, and from US$195++ per night for a Bungalow Suite.