If you’re looking for warm hospitality and a delightful dip out of reality into Cambodian luxury, look no further than Shinta Mani Club in the heart of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
With a welcome glass of bubbly on arrival and a jasmine-infused heated towelette to diminish any lingering jet-lag, you will soon become acquainted with the impeccable level of personalised attention and care that has made this philanthropic luxury hotel the favourite of all travellers to Siem Reap; just ask Trip Advisor.
Located a scenic 15 minute walk from the heart of the popular ‘Pub Street’ precinct, temples and a bustling local market where you will find an impressive range of fresh produce, Shinta Mani Club is ideally positioned for exploring the bustling streets of Siem Reap. While you’re not exploring, the overwhelming midday heat of Cambodia provides guests with the perfect excuse to while away a few luxurious hours at the club, making the most of the charming pool just steps away from your deluxe room. Float idly between the palm trees or order yourself an exotic cocktail from the friendly staff who make it their personal priority to educate you about the local culture and enhance your experience of Siem Reap; a touch which puts Shinta Mani in league of its own.
This intricately designed accommodation offers 39 beautifully crafted rooms and any will do if you’re just not sure which one to choose. However, those who like to be within arms reach of a pool should book the Superior Poolside Room; the minimalist and chic interior is perfect for enjoying some down-time and the complimentary Wi-Fi is a welcome addition. Refresh from a hard day of exploring in the large open shower or sit outside on your patio enjoying the complimentary drinks from the well-stocked fridge or fruit from the platter, replenished daily.
As you step out of your room each morning and make your way to breakfast you will be greeted by name by the staff arranging the daily lotuses; a beautiful touch to the chic hallways of the club.
The breakfast spread is all-inclusive, showcasing the best of local Khmer cuisine and the general Western Continental Breakfast if you’re stomach is feeling a touch home-sick and in need of something familiar. Australians will be pleasantly surprised by the addition of Vegemite, something the chef sourced especially for visitors from this corner of the globe – however, nothing quite beats trying the local specialties so travelers are encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone. Enjoy your breakfast inside or make the most of the rustic hanging outdoor setting.
Nothing is too much effort for the staff who greet you on arrival from your daily activities with a homely smile, cold bottle of water and a towelette to refresh. If you’re at a loss of what to do for the day, reception are more than happy to make local suggestions, book you a sightseeing tour or guide you towards the resort’s Tuk Tuks that cost no more that $10 hire for the entire day. The hotel’s trip to the Cambodian ruins (including the majestic Angkor Wat) is simply a must and your informative local guide will provide you with a picnic breakfast prepared by the hotel as you watch these ancient ruins present themselves to the world in the early morning. A truly magical experience that everyone should encounter at least once.
If it’s dine-in options you’re seeking, you won’t be disappointed for choice. The pool bar is a convenient option serving a range of snacks and light meals for those looking for something quick and easy. Other options on site at the accommodation include mouth-watering Bensley’s Bar and AHA, but the hotel will be the first to encourage you to get out there and support the local restaurants. Haven restaurant in particular is an absolute must and is a local teaching restaurant where they educate and provide skills to young Cambodians to improve their chances of employment. The local Khmer cuisine is mind-blowing and reservations should be made by the hotel in advance to avoid disappointment.
At Shinta Mani, your wish is their command and you will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Don’t miss a visit to this luxurious club on your next visit to Cambodia.