- Chic and contemporary boutique hotel
- Peaceful yet central location
- Pool, spa, restaurant and bars
- Near temples, markets and Royal Residence
Shinta Mani Angkor is an upmarket boutique hotel in the thriving tourist town of Siem Reap, northwest Cambodia. This sleek, contemporary establishment offers 39 stylish rooms, a tranquil pool, a spa, two bars, and a restaurant all set within leafy tropical gardens. Centrally located in the peaceful French Quarter, yet only a short walk from Siem Reap’s vibrant markets and restaurants and 15 minutes from the renowned World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, Shinta Mani Angkor offers a chic, urban oasis to travellers at the higher end of the budget spectrum.
Communal spaces within this stylish property include a choice of indoor or alfresco dining at the Kroya Restaurant. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, its cuisine embraces international and Cambodian dishes, including a seven course Khymer tasting menu. Cocktails and tapas can be enjoyed with lovely views of the hotel gardens at the 2nd floor Bensley’s Bar, named after the hotel’s renowned designer, US architect Bill Bensley. There’s a refreshing lap pool with loungers, and an adjacent pool bar serving light snacks and refreshments throughout the day. A selection of massages and beauty treatments are available at the spa.
The bustling markets, shops and restaurants of Siem Reap are a few minutes’ walk away, and include Kandal Village, a recently opened artisan hub of galleries and craft shops selling unique Cambodian jewellery, fashion and furniture. It’s a short walk to the Royal Residence and the charming riverside area, whilst a 15 minute tuk-tuk ride leads to the famed Angkor Wat temple complex.
The accommodation comprises 39 chic bedrooms featuring stylish, minimalist design and contemporary Khymer artwork. Rooms vary in size from spacious ‘superior’ to the larger ‘deluxe’. Each well-appointed unit has king or twin beds, air conditioning, satellite TV, DVD player, Wi-Fi, a writing desk, a minibar, and a generous ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower. Deluxe rooms have a private balcony with pool or garden views.
Children are warmly welcome at the hotel. A number of larger, ‘deluxe living’ rooms are available, which offer a substantial living area and can accommodate an extra bed, making them ideal for families.
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