Guests venturing into Cambodia to visit Siem Reap can now pay a visit to the newly-renovated Anantara Angkor Resort. The recently reopened premier all-suite boutique resort is a prime gateway to the heart of Cambodia's ancient Khmer Empire.
Anantara Angkor carves out a quiet nook in Siem Reap, bringing a retreat-like atmosphere to guests at its central location between downtown, airport and temples. Only a seven-minute drive from the city center, travelers can investigate a charming town of bustling markets, ambient riverside attractions and a French colonial quarter.
Most notably of all, Siem Reap is home to the magnificent Angkor Archaeological Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient Khmer ruins, including the Eighth Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat.
Renovations to the suites, restaurants and common areas plus the addition of several amenities and services ensure that every step of the guest's local immersion and high adventure are seamlessly navigated and masterfully personalized.
Each of the 39 suites has recently undergone a complete upgrade and are accented with teak wood trimmings and sandstone sculptures reminiscent of the famed Apsara dancers. Guests are invited to relive the traditional Cambodian (Khmer) lifestyle while enjoying ample lounging space. Romance and relaxation abound between the bathtubs of the Premier Suites or the Terrace and Premier Terrace Suites with their private plunge pools. Lush greenery provides privacy, emulating the jungle-clad temples that still stand only a few minutes from the resort.
A number of included amenities and services make Anantara Angkor Resort the clear choice for those seeking the ultimate in luxury and authentic experiences, including chauffeured roundtrip airport transfers, an Experience Butler service to create bucket-list adventures, unlimited private tuk tuk transfers to and from city center, a complimentary in-room minibar, plus exclusive in-suite spa treatments for the Anantara and Sothea suites. Two all-inclusive packages are also available for wellness and exploration enthusiasts.
Dining at Anantara Angkor is refined with a new concept at Chi Restaurant and Bar. Offering progressive Khmer cuisine, 'Chi' derives its name from the Khmer word for 'herb' and indigenous herbs and spices are very much the hero here – flourishing in the resort's garden, plucked fresh each day and woven into a thoughtful menu that fuses local sensibility with contemporary artistry.
Dining by Design journeys include a private chef and butler, a choice of connoisseur menus, and an enchanting courtyard setting. Guests may also opt for local immersion by taking their dining experiences to hidden temples or countryside rice paddies – offered exclusively to Anantara guests. Foodies will love Anantara's signature Spice Spoons cooking class, where they can learn how to prepare traditional Khmer dishes.
A stay at Anantara is incomplete without visiting the rejuvenating spa. Khmer massage is heralded as the front runner to Traditional Thai massage. A Khmer massage is a fantastic way to invigorate explorers after a day of quad biking through the countryside, trekking at Kulen Mountain or to prepare travelers for their next destination.
Anantara Angkor's design pays tribute to Khmer culture in thoughtful ways. A bird's eye view reveals that it is shaped to resemble Angkor Wat. At ground level it is reminiscent of a grand Khmer villa, with a central courtyard pool inspired by an ancient royal bathing pool.
Featuring naturally salted water, its therapeutic properties ensure no chemicals are necessary, thereby providing soothing relief to a sun-drenched or travel-weary body. Poolside service from Salt provides modern comforts.