The Hotel: Sakmut Boutique Hotel
Holidaymakers are invited to treat their senses at the five-star Sakmut Boutique Hotel which combines traditional Cambodian hospitality with a myriad of facilities such as tropical rooftop garden and a swimming pool. The World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat temple, vibrant markets and nightlife hubs are all only minutes away from the resort. The restaurant titillates the taste buds with local and Western treats which can stay with travellers thanks to the cooking class included.
Contemporary interiors peppered with local influences welcome guests to their Deluxe King Pool View Room. Each one features a balcony overlooking the pool, tea- and coffee-making facilities, as well as in-room media and communication hub. Relaxation can be brought to the next level at the on-site spa tempting the imagination with an array of massages and treatments.
Deluxe King Pool View
- Bed size/type: King bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Additional adult can be added at the advised rate of US$50 per adult per night, payable direct
- Additional child (under 12 years) can be added free of charge sharing existing bedding; if an extra bed is required a rate of US$30 per child per night will apply, payable direct
The Area: Siem Reap
The vast complex of ancient temples that make up Angkor Wat is one of the wonders of the world and a bucket-list essential for every traveller. Magnificent stone spires rise eerily out of dense tropical jungle, particularly enchanting when seen in the filtered light of early morning or golden glow of sunset. Inside the temples, soaring trees take on an almost human quality as they slowly spread a tangle of roots around the stone, enveloping and swallowing the man-made marvels back into the jungle once more. The nearby town of Siem Reap has become a vibrant destination in its own right, with bustling markets, authentic street food and lantern-strung streets lined with boutique shops and restaurants.
Angkor Wat is best visited over a number of days. Cycle out along the flat 5.5km road from Siem Reap to Angkor in the cool early morning, marvelling at the mysterious temple Angkor Thom which is slowly being swallowed by the jungle. Continue on to Bayon temple, where huge, serene stone faces stare down at visitors from every spire
On another day, hire a tuk tuk driver to visit other temples, making sure to arrive early for sunrise over the imposing silhouette of Angkor Wat. Visitors with a bit of extra time should head to Banteay Srei, a small outlying temple with exquisitely detailed carvings and beautiful red-pink stone. Those keen on blissing out track down a day spa where they can recharge with a traditional massage using aromatic oils.