“Peaceful, serene and pamperingly simple, this is a very special place, just 15 minutes from Siem Reap”
The stilted villas approximate - rather than copy - Cambodian farmhouses. Walls are untreated hardwood on the outside but concrete on the inside for comfort and noise protection. Double shutters make double-sure.
Inside everything is made of natural materials, though the sheets are top-of-the range. Tall ceilings with exposed rafters make the spaces feel even bigger than they are. Each room has a smart TV, espresso maker, sofa, desk and antique cabinet. Stylish bathrooms come with mod cons, lotions and potions, stone his 'n' hers sinks on either side, and a big half-egg bathtub.
We slightly preferred the Terrace Villas because of their lovely raised decks overlooking the fields: a great place to relax. The bigger Pool Villas have a little manicured lawn and private plunge pool.
There are 2 restaurants on site. Bay Pshar dishes up a vast breakfast buffet (included in the room rate) and simple lunches. Hang Bay near the entrance is the only public air-conditioned space, with ‘fusion’ cuisine at night: it can be opened to the elements. Alternatively, guests can shop for their own ingredients on-site and get a Khmer meal cooked for them in their villa - the rice will one day come from the hotel’s own paddies.
The pool bar serves drinks and juices all day, while the magnificent Cigar & Cocktail Lounge is set in a 100-year old authentic farmhouse, for a whiff of the Joseph Conrad.
Further afield, the Bo Street area of Siem Reap has a range of restaurants. Barrio is a great if unprepossessing French place run by an old-school Frenchman who’ll give you a free glass of rotgut if he likes you. Good Khmer restaurants abound in the heart of town.
The resort has a dedicated kids' club in a corner not too close to the adult recreation areas, and Cambodians are very good with children. That said, no kids were present during our visit, and perhaps it's not for the very boisterous. The resort is all about peace.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Teens (over 12)
All villas have a kingsize bed and space for 1-2 baby cots or rollaway beds.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kids’ club offers a range of activities including arts and crafts, water play and cooking classes. Children can also take part in an Angkor discovery tour and rice-harvesting activities.
Kids' menus in the restaurants
Dengue fever exists in southeast Asia, and the sun beats down hard for most of the year