Published on : Thursday, November 7, 2013
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, a leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, resorts and spas, today announces the 25th portfolio – Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa in Siem Reap, Cambodia. In what has been described as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’, the spectacular Angkor Wat and its surrounding breathtaking ruins have made Siem Reap one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world.
Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa now offers travellers a new boutique retreat and a luxurious base from which to explore the heart of the ancient Khmer Empire.
Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotel Group, Anantara’s parent company, commented, “We are very excited to add Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa to the brand’s luxury portfolio and in doing so reach the significant milestone of 25 Anantara properties. Cambodia is also a new country for the brand – the seventh. The first Anantara opened 12 years ago, so to reach 25 within this timeframe is a real achievement and testament to the strength of the Anantara brand. With a pipeline of more than 20 hotels and resorts under development, we are confident that Anantara will continue to go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
Anantara Angkor is a sanctuary for the senses and the resort pays tribute to Khmer tradition and culture throughout every touch point. A bird’s eye view reveals that the resort is shaped to resemble Angkor Wat and at ground level it is reminiscent of a grand Khmer villa with a courtyard pool inspired by an ancient royal bathing pool. Each stone pillar at the resort has meticulously carved fans which represent a royal welcome and the Khmer wooden carvings throughout the resort showcase the country’s rich history.
The collection of 39 guest rooms and suites of between 48 and 140 square metres are designed in contemporary Cambodian style, with handcrafted teak wood furniture, rich textiles and a unique local artwork. All include a private balcony overlooking the central courtyard pool, as well as a lounge space and a luxury bathroom with a separate bathtub and rain shower.
Royal Deluxe Rooms invite guests to relive the lifestyle of a traditional Khmer home with an outdoor shower and traditional bathing jar. Prestigious Sothea Suites on the ground floor feature a private garden and those on the second level a large balcony, and all of these suites offer a private library which can convert into a lounge, dining room or meeting space, as well as a bathroom area with his and hers closets, twin vanity units, a rain shower and water closet, and also an en-suite spa room with two treatment beds and a whirlpool Jacuzzi bath.
In between cultural exploration, quiet time can be spent relaxing on loungers or swimming in the regally inspired salt water pool. Extending the feeling of royal treatment, Anantara Spa offers indulgent pampering in a tranquil sanctuary that features three spa suites with an outdoor Jacuzzi and rain shower, two Khmer massage rooms and a foot massage room for four people. Signature rituals include traditional Khmer massage performed by expert therapists, accompanied by an extensive treatment menu of rejuvenating scrubs and wraps, personally prescribed facials and healing massages, as well as carefully crafted packages and yoga in a rooftop garden.
Guests setting out early for an excursion can enjoy a sunrise breakfast at The Gallery and for lunch it offers international cuisine, as well as the unique flavours of authentic Khmer dishes which are influenced by cuisines from across the Indochina region. A poolside menu is also available.
Sophisticated evenings take place at The Sothea Restaurant, where inside the restaurant brass chandeliers recreated by master craftsmen depict the “chats” – or umbrellas in Khmer Buddhism – which are believed to offer divine protection to royalty. Dining is equally meaningful, with international and Khmer dishes inspired by the day’s fresh market produce, and savoured with dance and music performances. For tailor made occasions, Dining by Design journeys include a private chef and butler, a choice of connoisseur menus, and a courtyard setting amongst fragrant frangipani trees and cascading water.
Interactive elements add to the gastronomic appeals. Khmer cooking classes at Anantara’s Spice Spoons Cooking School begin with a local market visit, after which students return to the resort to hear about Khmer cuisine’s fascinating history and unique techniques, before learning to cook their selected dishes, enjoying a chef hosted meal, and leaving with a shopping bag full of culinary accessories. Combining Anantara’s gourmet cuisine with a true destination experience, guests can travel by remork tuk-tuk to Angkor Thom and picnic in historic grounds. While culture lovers can benefit from the insider knowledge of Anantara’s Streetwise Guru during a private local market tour.
A stay at Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa is not complete without discovering the intriguing local highlights and world famous ancient wonders. Just a five minute stroll from the resort, Anantara guests can visit the museum and 11 distinctive villages of the Cambodian Cultural Village to find out about the traditional customs of the nation’s diverse ethnic minorities. Half and full day guided bicycle tours provide up close and riveting personal encounters of Siem Reap’s bustling markets, charming French Quarter, riverside attractions and arts centre, as well as the illustrious Angkor Wat – the best preserved of all the temples in the the UNESCO listed Angkor Archaeological Park – the world’s largest religious monument.
Conveniently situated within a five minute drive from Siem Reap International Airport, Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa can also be reached by land from Thailand, Laos or Vietnam as well as via the Mekong River.