With its centenary fast approaching, the iconic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is very much part of the history and scenery of Siem Reap.
The hotel is a commanding sight as you draw near, oozing an air of refined luxury that continues as you step through the impressive entrance and into the lobby. Styled in an eclectic manner, much like Siem Reap itself, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor proudly showcases many aspects of this ancient city and the people who have passed through it. Art Deco curves flawlessly mingle with Cambodian motifs and colonial furnishings, not to mention the original wooden elevator, which is still very much in use. That being said an incredibly modern feel prevails throughout, thanks to several renovations over the years.
Sharing the perfectly manicured gardens with the swathes of flora and fauna that also inhabit them, lofty palm trees provide a natural canopy during the afternoon as the sun beams down, while low-lying shrubs are a joy to walk among. The pool, however, takes centre stage, gently rippling day in day out. This huge body of water is lined by smart sun loungers, inviting you to take a break after a day of exploring the beguiling ruins and temples at Angkor Wat.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding on where to dine once night falls, so why not make your mind up as you enjoy a luxe massage? With many of the treatments featuring traditional Khmer herbs and spices, the eco-friendly spa at Raffles is a soothing environment, dedicated to, leaving you feeling completely serene and ready to revel in an evening of entertainment and delectable dining.
Comprised of a collection of rooms, suites and villas, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor has an extensive selection of accommodation available. Though they may vary in décor and size, what is a constant throughout is the attention to detail that comes with many years of dedicated service. Each room is fully equipped with useful mod-cons – such as a minibar, flat-screen TV, air-conditioning and more – sure to make your stay even better.
There are eight restaurants and bars at the Grand Hotel Raffles D’Angkor varying from the Apsara Terrace, which is ideal for barbeques and pre-dinner cocktails, to the Restaurant Le Grand, serving Royal Khmer cuisine which has been handed down through the centuries from the chefs of the Royal Palace.
To start the day off in a memorable fashion there is only one way to do it, and that’s with a champagne breakfast at Café d’Angkor. Large windows let the natural light pour into this sunny space as you feast on delicately prepared seabass, flavoursome curries and pizzas with all your favourite toppings.
Dine under elaborate chandeliers and enjoy food fit for royalty at Restaurant Le Grand. Using recipes that have been handed down from chefs at the Royal Palace, Restaurant Le Grand offers the very best of Khmer Cuisine.
After a day exploring the Khmer Empire at Angkor Wat, head to the Apsara Terrace and, while digging into succulent barbecued food under the stars, be enthralled by the traditional Khmer dancers and the athletic prowess of the skilled martial arts experts.
As you gaze out to the pool and natural beauty of the gardens, treat yourself to an afternoon tea in the Conservatory. This bright and breezy lounge area offers both traditional scones and cucumber sandwiches along with Khmer classics and a variety of refreshing loose leaf teas.
Colonial charm is brought right up to date at the Elephant Bar. Leafy plants in oversized pots, echoes of the1930s and Chesterfield sofas create a relaxed, leisurely mood. With a cocktail menu bursting with tasty treats and a whiskey collection to match, many an hour can be spent in these stately surrounds.
Take a break from stretching out under the sun and tuck into a light snack at the Poolside Terrace. Sandwiches, noodles and healthy salads are available throughout the day until early evening. Why not follow your lunch with a decadent ice cream cocktail?
Activities and Entertainment
In such a prime position, there’s no end of attractions in close proximity to Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. With the National Museum practically on your doorstep and a great selection of shops and markets to stroll through, it could not be easier to get a real taste of authentic Cambodian life. If you would rather spend a day closer to the hotel, yoga lessons, cookery classes and wine and cheese workshops are all available to help you while away the hours. Once night falls, be sure to pop along to the Conservatory for a signature cocktail and soak up the atmosphere as Raffles’ very own pianist provides unobtrusive background music.
The comprehensive list of facilities will ensure that no matter what you require during your stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, it will be promptly provided. The large swimming pool takes centre stage, though a state-of-the-art gym and tennis court are also there for you to burn off any excess energy. Meanwhile, the luxurious spa and stunning gardens are heavenly escapes, the former decked out with a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi; bliss.
Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located in the much sought-after French quarter of Siem Reap, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is close to everything you could wish to visit while in the city. Ten minutes from the airport, a short walk from the local markets and museums and less than 9km from Angkor Archaeological Park; this hotel is without doubt an excellent choice.
1/12 - Swimming Pool at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
2/12 - Villa at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
3/12 - Exterior of Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
4/12 - Cafe 'Angkor at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
5/12 - Swimming Pool at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
6/12 - Le Grand Main at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
7/12 - Personality Suite at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
8/12 - Cabana Suite at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
9/12 - Aerial View of Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
10/12 - Pool at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
11/12 - Cabana Suite at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
12/12 - Terrace at Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, Cambodia
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