Five-Star Cambodian Luxury: Le Méridien Angkor

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Welcome to the gateway to Cambodia’s Eighth Wonder of the World. A place where ancient civilisation once thrived and modern civilisation still does. Siem Reap – and the UNESCO World Heritage site of 12th century Angkor Wat within it – is one of our planet’s most visited travel destinations. With a perfect combination of old-world charm, vivid history, culinary splendour and modern-day luxury; it’s no wonder people flock to experience this South East Asian paradise.

Lonely Planet recently ranked Angkor Wat as the #1 travel destination in it’s ‘World Top 500 Places to Visit’ Ultimate Travel List, and it’s easy to see why!

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The Resort

We took a trip to Siem Reap to experience one of the best hotels the city has to offer and tell you all about it: the five star Le Méridien Angkor.

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The resort offers 213 well-appointed guestrooms that showcase elegant European designs with a dash of enchanting Khmer flare.

The resort has been named Cambodia’s ‘Leading Spa Resort’ at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years from 2011 to 2014, and is also a winner of a 2015 Global Luxury Travel Guide Award as well as a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award.

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Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this central oasis offers top class facilities, plush rooms, exquisite food, splendid modern comforts and tranquil tropical gardens to escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Closely positioned to all the magic of Angkor Wat (in fact the closest luxury resort to the historic site), we found it was the perfect inner-city hideaway and an ideal base for exploring the region at our own pace.

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From the minute we arrived, we felt like royalty. We were collected at Siem Reap International Airport (just a quick 15 minute drive away) and delivered right to the door.

We were even treated to a welcome drink on arrival (Angkor Beer or refreshing fruit punch) and cold towels, the perfect way to begin our getaway.

The Rooms

We stayed in a beautiful Superior Room featuring king or twin bedding, a spacious 36sqm floorplan, peaceful garden views, handy tea and coffee–making facilities, a sofa, work desk and more.

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We also fell head-over-heels for the elegant bathroom, replete with separate soaking tub for an added dash of indulgence.

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Take a Dip

With the sunny tropical weather in Siem Reap, a leisurely dip in the cool water is always inviting and offers a welcome recovery after a day of tours in the temples.

Taking inspiration from Cambodia’s Khmer heritage, the resort’s central swimming pool is an ideal place for an afternoon splash, a poolside cocktail, or a quiet moment alone with a good book.

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Relax and Rejuvenate

When a place has been named Cambodia’s ‘Leading Spa Resort’ at the World Travel Awards for four consecutive years then you know you’re in for something special when indulging in a bit of on-site pampering – and Le Méridien Angkor’s in-house Spa did not disappoint!

We particularly loved the soothing neck and shoulder massages on arrival, as well as the soothing 60-minute Aromatherapy massage.

Dining

Cambodian cuisine may not be the most famous of South East Asia’s regional delicacies, but that just meant our tastebuds were in for a rare treat.

Le Méridien Angkor is home to an appetizing array of restaurants, overseen by acclaimed Executive Chef, Nicolas Rouleau, who invited guests to experience the exotic flavours of authentic Khmer cuisine from the resort’s unique Culinary Calendar. Dishes include regional delights like spicy beef tenderloin, unique frog-leg leaves, crispy gobe fish with cashew nuts and red beans in creamy coconut sauce, roasted eggplant salad, seafood amok curry, akor cake and more.

We were lucky enough to experience a mouth-watering Traditional Cambodian Feast featuring dishes made from traditional recipes and fresh ingredients.

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Siem Reap is dotted with old French shop houses, dating back from colonial times, so the French influence extends easily into food. The highlight from the meal was a Seafood Amok; a decadent traditional Cambodian seafood curry, made with Nhor leaves, creamy coconut milk and exotic herbs and spices.

Each day of our stay, we woke up to a delicious breakfast! The buffet selection offered a dizzying array of choices ranging from eggs-any-style with bacon, tomato, mushrooms, sausage and hashbrowns, to cold cuts and cheese with fresh breads, Cambodian sweet pastries and a selection of hot Cambodian dishes (for something more exotic).

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For couples enjoying a romantic escape, an afternoon spent indulging in a French picnic brunch with delicious macarons, muffins, freshly baked pastries and more should set the scene sublimely.

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If choosing to upgrade to a Deluxe Room, guests will also enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic drinks at the trendy Lobby Lounge – a great way to battle the Cambodian heat.

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To combat all that rich holiday food, guests can workout at the on-site gym (not that we bothered!).

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Angkor Wat, the Eighth Wonder of the World

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They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s hard for anyone to deny the breathtaking scenery of Angkor Wat. We went on an incredible full-day guided tour of this spectacular piece of ancient history and beyond. All we had to pay for was the small Temple entrance fee (around USD$20pp); the rest was all ready to roll.

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Travelling by traditional Cambodian Tuk Tuk was a thrilling way to get from place-to-place. Our knowledgeable English-speaking driver and tour guide was friendly and enthusiastic from the get-go. We learnt how the Khmer Empire prospered between 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built.

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We visited Angkor Thom – not a temple, but an entire walled city of 9km² which served as the Royal Capital from approx. 1181 onwards. We discovered the Bayon Temple crowned with 216 giant, enigmatic, smiling faces.

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We also explored the Terrace of the Elephants and intricate Terrace of the Leper King, followed by famous Ta Prohm. This beautiful temple is overgrown with fig trees, giving it a haunting and enchanting atmosphere.

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Explore Siem Reap

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Siem Reap is a beautiful, charming town made famous by the magnificent temples of Angkor, but the vibrant city streets are also worth their own share of exploration. Old buildings reminiscent of the French colonial years, quaint villages amidst paddy fields and idyllic waterways from the Mekong to the great Tonle Sap create a visually breathtaking landscape that lures travellers from across the globe.

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The resort is located in the heart of Siem Reap and offers easy access to the Old French Quarters where restaurants, bars and shops abound. Also visit the famous Pub Street in the Old Market area if you’re feeling up for a fun night out.

During our stay, we even got to experience a private tour of the popular Sombai Liquor establishment, where we learnt the secrets to making tantalising fruit-infused liquors and enjoyed a guided tasting.

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TripAdvisor Reviews

Excellent location in an exotic place

5 out of 5 stars 

“Friendly people, excellent amenities, Cleanliness, Spacious room and well organised are few important words added to their crown. Well suited for non-veg eaters and a spacious lawn with health club makes people enjoy more. Place to remember forever.”

Awesome hotel in Angkor Area

5 out of 5 stars 

“I was in Angkor area for 2 days and stayed in this hotel. Excellent facilities, great food and service. The pool was very nice and overall the hotel grounds were well kept. I’m a SPG gold members and they treated me as royalty. Strongly recommend!”

Great stay!

5 out of 5 stars

“Great hotel. Peaceful environment, had all the facilities I needed, clean and comfortable rooms, and in close proximity to temples, golf, markets and the town. Well maintained. Very friendly staff, particularly in the restaurant where they remembered me by name, a rarity these days.”