While the 108-room hotel is near a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the 12th Century ruins of Angkor, which is the world's largest single religious monument—it's a also a 15-minute drive from Cambodia's second-largest international airport (Siem Reap-Angkor International Airport). Also close by is the Old French Quarters, home to dozens of shops, restaurants, and bars, reachable by just short walk.
In all four of the room categories—standard, view, deluxe, and suite—are custom furnishings, contemporary art, a Nespresso machine, and fresh fruit replenished daily, plus dual vanities and Italian marble in the baths. Each of the suites features either a private garden or a private swimming pool for the ultimate in luxury.
There are three food-and-drink destinations within Park Hyatt Siem Reap. Black-and-white marble floors evoke a classic, refined ambiance at The Dining Room, just off the lobby, where dishes merging French and Cambodian techniques include locally sourced ingredients. Examples of dinner entrees are Mekong River prawn, Australian Wagyu beef tenderloin or stuffed baby calamari with straw mushrooms. Open for breakfast and dinner, The Dining Room also looks out on a 100 year old Banyan tree tucked into a courtyard. At The Living Room, edible options seamlessly move from continental breakfast served at a communal table to upscale bar fare (like grilled Australian sirloin in a baguette or a Nicoise salad) at night paired with glasses of wine. Afternoon tea from the veranda offers a view of the courtyard, gardens, and pool. Sweets like jelly doughnuts and house-made ice cream are served at the glass-enclosed Glasshouse Deli.
At the Park Hyatt Siem Reap's spa, which has six treatment rooms, massages and other services rely upon locally-sourced flowers and other naturally occurring essences. Spa guests have access to an infinity-edge pool, lap pool, and lush gardens to relax in either before or after treatments. Catering to busy travelers, the fitness center is open 24 hours.
Kristine Hansen is a freelance writer based in Milwaukee where she reports on food, wine, and travel topics around the globe for Fodors.com, along with new-hotel openings. She also writes for Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Whole Living and American Way. In 2006 she co-authored The Complete Idiot's Guide to Coffee and Tea (Alpha Books/Penguin). You can follow her on Twitter @kristineahansen or through her web site.
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