“Warm wood and lush plants abound at this Khmer-style hotel, offering comfort and hospitality in abundance”
You find everything you’d want of a good hotel room: lots of space, attractive design, excellent bathrooms, a private balcony and a real sense of peace. Interiors come with polished hardwood floors, white walls, padded sofas (that turn into extra beds), warm, jewel-coloured soft furnishings and minibars with surprising oddments like herbal rice wine. Kingsize or twin beds are smartly covered in crisp white linen.
The generous bathrooms are tucked behind a sliding bamboo door. Vast terrazzo tubs are just what you need to really relax, and the linen robes are great for lounging in. Lotions, potions and gewgaws abound.
The newer Residence Suites in the annex have their own terrace, but they’re awkwardly laid out and have indifferent views, so unless you need a lot of long bland space, drop down to a Garden View Room or Pool View Room: they’re all lovely and none are small. The Deluxe Rooms, set back from - but facing - the river may be best as you feel more connected to the life around you. Basically, the rooms are carbon copies; your only decision is what view you want.
You get wood everywhere here, not least in the hotel's Circle restaurant, and it’s all rather beautiful. French windows open onto a shaded terrace, where breakfast is served from 6am (and snacks from 5am), so you can eat early before heading out to the temples. It's the usual Indochinese extravaganza: freshly squeezed tropical juices, platters of sliced fruit, cake stands packed with irresistible patisserie, eggs any way you want them, and as a special treat, you can assemble your own shake from a stand of fruit at the entrance.
Light bites are available in the Martini Lounge and pool bar. Like most places, the menu features Asian and western dishes: Caesar salad, fresh spring rolls, stir-fried shrimps or a burger. Lunch and dinner here are a cut above the rest. Dig into stuffed sea crab with a mild chilli sauce, chicken and lemongrass with jasmine rice, then caramelised banana with black sesame and shredded coconut. There’s evening Apsara dancing 3 times a week, too.
Ember is in the midst of the lush gardens and open all day for drinks and snacks, as well as for BBQ meats fresh off the grill.
If you want to eat out, head to the Wat Bo Road and surrounding streets; new Khmer restaurants spring up all the time and the quality is often good. Or cross over the river and head into the old market, and try Haven or Abacus for good French food.
Children are welcome at Belmond La Residence d'Angkor and all rooms are suitable for families.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Residence Suites can fit an extra bed or baby cot and have a living area.The Deluxe, Pool View and Garden View Rooms can all either fit an extra bed or baby cot; some of these rooms can interconnect (on request).
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is not supervised and there is no secure fence.