“A superbly stylish hotel with slick rooms, a salt-water pool and mouth-watering Khmer cuisine”
This is the perfect bolthole for couples after action and adventure paired with ultimate relaxation. The hotel has its own tour company offering tailor-made adventure trips: try quad-biking through the forest into Angkor’s secret temples, or overnighting in their jungle camp, or a private yacht cruise on Tonle Sap, Asia’s largest freshwater lake.
- The suites are seriously spoiling and romantic: fabulous beds, steam rooms and power showers, private gardens and massive terrazzo tubs
- The pool terrace, with its smart loungers, lush gardens and staff on hand to fix you a drink
- This is a very private place: if you’re looking to be left in peace, you will be
- Set in a pleasant and peaceful area, and just a 10-minute drive or 30-minute cycle ride from Angkor Wat
- The loveliest staff in the world
- You’re not that far from the centre of town, but you’re not really close enough to walk and the immediate residential area is somewhat ordinary
- On the temple side the chanting starts before dawn, goes on for a long time, and the abbot has a very peculiar voice
- The redecoration of the rooms - all made by local craftsmen - is easy on the eye but a bit bland
- Despite all the luxury the towels are curiously mean in conception
- It’s keenly priced
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant + bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Tour company
All rooms and suites are in a style known as Asian modern, with indirect fluorescent lighting and an almost-achieved tadelakt effect that pretty much washes over you. Bathrobes and slippers are provided, as are hairdryers, air-conditioning, lotions and potions.
Along the second-floor of a smart colonial building, the Heritage Rooms sit between the main house and the pool. They’re compact at best but make up for it with their wonderful location.
Given the choice we'd opt for a Bungalow Suite. All have green roofs, are named after local herbs and fruit, and sit either side of a winding path. Inside, one whole wall is glass and opens onto your private garden, where a largely decorative outdoor shower is safely walled from prying eyes. Inside, uniquely, is your own programmable steam bath as well as a power shower and an oval terrazzo bath opposite the bed. As for the rest of your micro-palace, super-comfortable beds come as standard, and colour-washed walls come in blues, greens, reds and yellows.
Equally luxurious are the Colonial Pool Suites, which each have their own private outdoor swimming pool as well as a private steam room. For an additional splurge, you can opt for a Colonial Jacuzzi Suite or The Residence, which each have added square footage and an outdoor sunken Jacuzzi. There are bowls of fruit, paper lanterns, clever espresso machines and a sound gewgaw. TVs are available on request, a nice touch.
- Air conditioning
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Internet access
- Safe box
The main building is a great barn-like structure with Eiffel-style steel struts supporting an upstairs gallery, with myriad French windows. You eat here by default, but all meals can be served in your room or, in good weather, poolside. Lunch and dinner share the same menu, but snacks can be arranged throughout the day from the pool bar (sandwiches, salads, a bowl of pasta). The menu mixes European and Khmer dishes, so try crispy duck salad, baby calamari soup, pan-roasted chicken marinated in lemon, then crepe suzette or banana and walnut spring rolls. The wine list and cheese board are both excellent.
Breakfast is seriously excellent, with a choice of eggs including (delicious) Benedict and Florentine, good bread and pastries, good tea, and homemade jams. Staff are tear-inducingly lovely.
The grand open space also serves as a lobby bar with an impressive range of cocktails, and hosts a popular jazz night on Thursdays that brings in the posher expats. Tuesdays in high season see the Khmer BBQ which is accompanied by Apsara dancing - reports are excellent.
Head into town and find loads of restaurants to choose from, especially nearby Bo Street.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Vegetarian menu
- Book an à la carte adventure day trip with the hotel’s tour company. Try jungle-trekking, mountain biking, a Champagne sunset cruise, or even guided tours of temples by resident archaeologists
- Visit Angkor Wat, the principal temple of this ancient capital and the largest single religious building in the world. It is surrounded by an impressive 5km moat
- Equally striking is Ta Prohm, where the roots of giant banyan trees hold temple ruins in their mighty grip as they soar towards heaven
- Bayon, the state temple of Angkor Thom, is where 216 giant faces have been chiselled into the stone
- Drink in the Old Market/Pub Street, the bustling and deliciously horrid tourist ghetto. It has plenty of restaurants and bars, of which Miss Wong’s, down an atmospheric alley, is the best
- Hotel staff can arrange elephant rides near the temples, golf at a nearby course, even a ride in a balloon hovering over the Angkor temples
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Mountain biking
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Traditional cultures
- Well being
Children of all ages are welcome, and the lush grounds are great for little ones to explore.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
The Residence has 2 kingsize beds, and all of the suites can fit an extra bed or a baby cot.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Families Should Know:
The pool is not supervised.
Heritage Suites Hotel is located in Siem Reap, opposite Wat Polanka and about 1km north of the old market. It's 8km from the temples at Angkor Wat (a 10-minute drive or 30-minute cycle ride).
Fly into Siem Reap International Airport (7km). If you're flying in from abroad, aim for Bangkok, then take a connecting flight.
From the Airport
The hotel offers free transfers, and you may even be collected from the airport in a Lincoln limousine or an ancient Mercedes, which once belonged to an erstwhile prime minister - very cool.
It's possible to take a ferryboat or speedboat from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap via Tonle Sap lake (4-6 hours), but choose your vessel with care. The crossing can be extremely rough, the boats overcrowded, and the lifebelts non-existent. Some of slower cruises (2-3 days) are much more civilised.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Cambodia and getting around
- Siem Reap International 7.0 km REP
- Phnomh Penh International 235.0 km PNH
- Beach 500.0 km
- Shops 0.3 km
- Restaurant 0.5 km