- 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.
Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)
The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.
Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!
Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good
Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.
Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.
Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.
Pippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019
Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
Riva Surya- good location.
Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.
Natasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019
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