- Upmarket, exclusive resort
- Tranquil location
- Pool, spa, gym, yoga and cookery classes
- Short drive to Siem Reap and temples
Phum Baitang is an upmarket resort situated outside the vibrant tourist hub of Siem Reap in northwest Cambodia. Part of the Zannier hotels portfolio, Phum Baitang or ‘the green village’ offers a spacious, tranquil, and exclusive retreat to travellers with a higher budget. Numerous facilities on site include two fine dining restaurants, a spa, a large infinity pool, lovely gardens, and 45 stylish villas spread out within eight acres of sugar palms, woodlands and rice paddies. This peaceful, secluded resort is only 15 minutes from Siem Reap and the famed temples of Angkor, including the UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat.
The resort has two elegant restaurants with stunning views of the surrounding landscape. ‘Bay Phsar’ focuses on Cambodian cuisine using locally sourced ingredients, including rice from its own paddy fields. In contrast, ‘Hang Bay’ offers an international menu, with specialities including seafood and meat dishes. Private dining can be arranged, either in villas or within the rambling grounds. The cigar and cocktail lounge has an extensive wine and spirits list, and a pretty outdoor terrace for watching glorious sunsets. There is an impressive 50 metre infinity pool, and an adjacent pool bar which serves light meals and refreshments. Numerous treatments and massages can be enjoyed at the spa, which houses a sauna, steam room, yoga studio, and a fully equipped gym. There is also a boutique gift shop on site, and traditional Cambodian cooking classes can be arranged.
The accommodation comprises 45 wooden stilted villas, combining traditional materials with a contemporary, stylish design. Each well-appointed, spacious villa has a king size bed and a comfortable lounge area. The generous bathrooms come with freestanding bathtub, separate rainfall shower, twin basins and WC. Satellite TV, air conditioning, a coffee machine and a mini bar are also included. Outside is a lovely private terrace or lawn overlooking the gardens, complete with loungers and alfresco dining furniture. Many of the villas also have their own private plunge pool.
Families are warmly welcomed at Phum Baitang, and discounts are offered for guests under 17 years of age. Up to two adults and two children can be accommodated in each villa, in one king size bed and a double sofa bed. There is a kids club on site with enthusiastic, trained staff on hand to organise games, water activities, cooking classes, and arts and crafts. Last but not least, the expansive grounds and pool are perfect for entertaining guests of all ages.
We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
Level of service, quality of food throughout
Catherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019
We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!
The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).
A few points:
Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.
Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.
Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!
The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019