La Résidence d’Angkor, a Belmond hotel, the best hotel to book for easy access to fabled Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the world’s largest religious building and the finest temple in South East Asia: enjoy five star luxury, relaxation, pampering and famous cuisine at this magical spa hotel on the Siem Reap River

The one and only Angkor Wat is the largest religious building in the world, the perfect blend of symbolism and symmetry, and the finest temple in South East Asia. Almost every inch of this immense complex is covered with intricate carvings and motifs—Angkor Wat is famous for having more than 3,000 beguiling heavenly nymphs) carved into its walls, each of them unique.

As such fabled Angkor Wat is the heart and soul of Cambodia, a source of fierce national pride, and it is top of the historic must-do list for travellers worldwide. Which is why, just 7km away, La Résidence d’Angkor, a Belmond Hotel,​ is a must-stay for the discerning Angkor Wat visitor.

To stay here in this stylish sanctuary facing the east bank of the Siem Reap River gives easy access to Angkor Wat at the time of day of your choosing, to pick and choose your timings to be there to see the magic of sunrise and sunset over the temple complex, and to avoid the crowds. Of course the five-star La Résidence d’Angkor will happily organise your private guided visits at whatever time you choose to go. By this means you may stroll around the vast maze of colonnades, rooms and towers of the 12th-century temple complex which predates the Palace of Versailles by 500 years.

There is much to do here: the Rolous temple group and Beng Mealea are farther afield (similar to Angkor in layout, but deep in the jungle), as well as sunset boat trips on Tonlé Sap Lake. Take an adventurous visit to Kompong Pluk, a Tonlé Sap village. Explore a stretch of flooded forest by dugout, the houses towering like bamboo skyscrapers when the water recedes. Visit the Psa Leu morning market, and an outdoor Khmer cooking class back at the hotel. There are local golf courses, museums and markets (including the Angkor Night Market in town), silk farms, artisan workshops and tours by bicycle, kayak or helicopter. And be sure to reserve a table for one of the regular Khmer dance performances at La Résidence.

For La Résidence d’Angkor is a destination hotel for more than temples alone. One of the first luxury hotels to open in Siem Reap, it faces the east bank of the Siem Reap River, a tree-lined waterway bisecting this gateway to the ancient kingdom’s one thousand temples. It is a mere 10-minute stroll from the bustling town centre, though it feels like light years away in terms of peace, tranquillity and luxury.

Arranged around a serene courtyard and pool, the peaceful La Résidence is a leafy retreat, where ancient tradition meets contemporary style. A tropical garden lines one side of the 35-metre pool; the other is set with loungers for guests to relax. Each suite offers a peaceful haven just moments from the buzz of neighbouring Siem Reap. Enter into an airy space adorned with local teak and rich, textural fabrics. Bathe in your own free-standing bathtub, or recline on your private terrace for alfresco serenity. As butterflies dance overhead, order a tropical fruit breakfast or refreshing sunset cocktail to your balcony. All the suites, from Junior to One Bedroom Deluxe Poolside are a delight. Amenities include free WiFi throughout. Rooms have flatscreen TV, DVD player, iPod dock, coffee machines, Euphoria Collection bath products from Nature Touch, minibar, tropical fruit and bottled water.

And this is a spa hotel par excellence. The state-of-the-art Kong Kea Spa is amazing, with an indoor plunge pool overlooking a serene bamboo garden. Discover ancient Cambodian healing at this celebrated Siem Reap spa. Designed to offer a unique sensory experience, the spa’s tranquil interior pacifies as the spa team guide you through a choice of organic spa experiences.

Performance and art as well as revitalisation are part of life at La Résidence, with cultural pursuits from meditation to dance and music. Evenings are for entertainment. As the sun sets the pool becomes magical, framed by flickering torches and rustling fronds, overseen by a stone lion. This is the moment for captivating performances, for example from the Sanskrit epic Ramayana, with shadow puppets and a small orchestra.

Sip cocktails include mojitos, Singapore slings and martinis in the second-storey Martini Lounge. After which, in the restaurant beside the ornamental moat, you can choose to dine on delicious Khmer lobster, king crab, tamarind-spiced beef and more. La Résidence d’Angkor is home to some of the best Siem Reap restaurants, from authentic Khmer street-style fare to international fusion cuisine, the dining options are world class.

How to get there: Siem Reap International Airport is about 8km from the hotel. Flights from major Asian hubs include Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City. Ferries connect Chong Khneas, 12 kilometres from Siem Reap, and Phnom Penh.</p>

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La Résidence d’Angkor, a Belmond hotel
River Road
Siem Reap
855 063

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