Siem Reap has a way of making you feel like you’re stepping into true old-world splendour.

The allure of the Cambodian ancient city has become known as a City of Temples, with Siem Reap becoming a Southeast Asian point of entry into a whiff of the olden times. One of the World’s Wonders lies here at Angkor Wat, making a mark of charm and human craftsmanship on a sacred ground amidst the forest.

Yet whilst all its attractions conjure up an image of religion and history for Siem Reap, the city needs to be equally celebrated as a world-class sanctuary, where a plethora of world-renowned hotels and resorts are giving its Southeast Asian counterparts a true run for their money. One of these is the Anantara Angkor Resort.

Set on the rim of the city amidst lush greenery and by its own built-in pond, the all-suite Khmer-style resort, will make you feel totally disconnected from the city, whilst linking you closely with the local artistry and elegance. We had the privilege of staying in the resort to check it out. Here’s our full review of the property and of our time in the city of Siem Reap.

Location

Anantara Angkor is unbelievably easy to reach from Siem Reap International Airport – 5 minutes to be exact. What’s more, the resort is only 15 minutes away from Angkor Wat and 10 minutes from the city centre, making it somewhat detached from the urban but not completely disconnected from the main attractions. This makes it perfect for commuting by local remok (similar to a tuk-tuk), motorcycle taxi, or even bicycle.

The resort lies in a secluded space, enveloped gently by gardens and beds of green grass. Nestled amidst the establishment is a long courtyard pool with the resort’s iconic lying lady statue. Her plumpness generates a pool area with a great laid-back air.

Suites

Nestled into two-storey buildings set around the courtyard pool, the resort consists of only 39 suites. We stayed in the Anantara Suite, which is sized at 78 square meters and features a living area, a spacious reading room, a bedroom, and a bathroom.

The space features teakwood floors throughout, and is fitted with Khmer silks, Buddhist statues, and woodworks. Each suite also comes with a butler service to give you a hand whenever a wish needs granting.

Dining

Anantara Angkor offers up a selection of food for gourmands who love to try progressive Khmer fare at their main restaurant, Chi. Our word of advice? Get the Royal Seafood Amok, which is a Khmer staple consisting of barfish, squid, and tiger prawns swimming in a creamy mixture of warm spices and coconut milk.

For afternoon or evenings, those who prefer a champagne high tea and cigars can also head to L Lounge.

Furthermore, Anantara Angkor also offers an exclusive cooking class at Spice Spoons, a fully equipped kitchen where guests can learn tips and tricks on how to recreate delicious Khmer food at home.

Wellness

Zone out, detoxify, and get fit with Anantara. The resort boasts an in-house fitness centre, an outdoor pool, and a spa, providing a variety of treatments inspired by Khmer healing traditions. We tried the Traditional Khmer Massage, an oil-free massage which aims to improve flexibility and blood circulation, and revitalises mind, body, and soul.

Verdict

Thanks to its location and design, Anantara Angkor Resort possesses a full-on Khmer charm for those who want to traverse fully over the time-tested glory of Cambodia. The resort checks all the boxes when it comes to attentive, unpretentious hospitality. With plenty of sightseeing to do and see around the city, Siem Reap will give you visual delights as you explore the cultural sites, whilst the resort acts as the perfect spot to retreat and rejuvenate in between explorations.

Anantara Angkor Resort, NR6, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.