After a good few hours of travelling, we finally arrived at the international airport of Siem Reap. The airport is in full function since 2008 and its one of the busiest airports in Cambodia. It took us an hour to get through the visa queue and exchange some money before a Shinta Mani Angor driver welcomed us in the warmest way.
He handed us a wet hand towel smelling of jasmine to refresh and clean our hands before getting inside the car. This is a very nice touch we thought and felt very fortunate to stay at Shinta Mani Angor. Despite being really tired, we felt so at ease and super excited to see our new home for the next few days.
I was so pleasantly surprised when we arrived with the heart-warming welcomes and the reception by Shinta Mani Angor stuff. They handed us a band of jasmine flowers, which in Cambodia is used as an offering to the Buddha due to its fragrant smell and its widely used as an ornament at various celebrations including weddings. Monks also add buds to the holy water used for blessings at ceremonies. We felt very privileged, grateful and so happy to get to know a Khmer culture.
Shinta Mani Angor featured 39 rooms designed by US interior designer Bil Bensley. I’m a massive fan of designer hotels as they really inspire me to create. Every single detail is so well thought throughout oozing a very luxurious feel at every corner. Even the fragrant smell and the abundance of creatively folded lotus flowers really make a person feel so filled with love and happiness. The black, white and grey colour featured in the design gave a sense of sophistication and chicness.
Shinta Mani Angor feels rather intimate considering its located in the centre of Siem Reap, only moments away from the hustle and bustle of its markets and the Pub Street. The hotel offers a large range of facilities from an amazing restaurant, sophisticated hanging chair seating, spa, pool and couple of bars all available for guests to freely use. The luxury feel oozes at every corner of Shinta Mani Angor.
We ate breakfast at The Kroya restaurant every morning and we enjoyed some of the most delicious food we had in Cambodia. We also treated ourselves to a dinner on one of the evenings with a 5 course Khmer tasting menu. I absolutely loved Khmer dishes but Amok ended up being my favourite especially after making one in the cooking class. The dishes were so easy to make using only a few ingredients and I was impressed with the taste.
Aside from Kroya restaurant and Bensley’s Bar, we enjoyed lounging by the pool surrounded by palm trees. The tropical vibes at the pool bar made it one of our favourite spots at the entire Shinta Mani Angor.
The spa was also nothing but amazing and after having a 90-minute massage, we could safely say that we didn’t want to leave Shinta Mani Angor.
Our room was not only comfortable but super chic with a black and white theme throughout. Our balcony overlooked the swimming pool and the palm trees, which was a perfect setting for my Instagram photos. The large bed positioned in the middle room was super comfortable to sleep on but this really comes as no surprise. The luxurious feel was present at every corner of this hotel and made me feel extremely grateful to have a chance to stay here.
As always I took quite a few photos to bring the atmosphere to life, should you want to book your stay at Shinta Mani Angor? I think booking here is perfect if you are after a luxe stay in Siem Reap. We felt at home from the moment we stepped out of the car till the last second we left. The service makes the stay here even more special and I honestly couldn’t fault anything even if I tried.
Let me know in the comments below if you ever visited Cambodia? I will be sharing my top 3 things to do when you visit Siem Reap.