Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort truly understands what makes a heavenly holiday to Siem Reap, on just about every level.
The low-lying complex for example – although large – radiates a natural zen-like aura throughout, from the regal lobby to tranquil lily ponds found amongst expertly tendered gardens; it is very much understood here that your wellbeing is directly influenced by your idyllic surrounds, while away. As such, the pool area is of equal standing. Gently curving with an island in the middle housing loungers and hammocks, surrounded by palms; order a tasty drink from the poolside bar or lie back and let it come to you, usually arriving on a bicycle so that prompt delivery is as good as ensured!
For those who wish to practice their swing in the exotic surrounds of rural Cambodia, the hotel’s very own 18-hole Siem Reap golf course can be found close to the hotel, with a plethora of world-class holes, lagoons and bunkers that will challenge even the most accomplished player. Further activities come aplenty here, with excursions out to the surrounding temples and sites easily arranged, plus a gym and kids’ club back onsite at Sofitel Angkor. For something altogether more serene, however, head to the spa where a selection of massages, traditional treatments, a steam room, sauna and bubbling Jacuzzis surrounded by native greenery are sure to leave you feeling totally reinvigorated each day. A sumptuous addition to any stay, though one that this luxury Siem Reap resort was just made for.
Of course, visiting Siem Reap will not be complete without a trip to Angkor Archaeological Park and the temples within. Thankfully, it is just a few minutes from the resort, so there is no need to squeeze everything into one single excursion if looking to really explore this iconic area of Cambodia in comfort. Your cultural journey will indeed continue upon returning to Sofitel Angkor, as the artworks, ornaments, red-topped buildings and carved wooden furnishings are unmistakeably Khmer by design. And the same can be said when evening comes as while dining at The Citadel Restaurant, several times a week you will be enthralled by traditional dancers as you feast on European-inspired and Cambodian cuisine; marvellous.
Mirroring the opulent French colonial influences that can be seen throughout Siem Reap yet also featuring furnishings, fabrics and artwork that is all typically Cambodian, guestrooms at Sofitel Angkor ooze a tangible sense of place, and are much-the-better for it. They feel like a calming refuge thanks to both the room itself and wider surrounds, yet are also decked out with their share of modern amenities and in-room comforts. These include a furnished terrace or patio in nearly all categories, king-size or twin beds (including signature Sofitel MyBed mattresses), a separate bathtub and rain shower, L'Occitane toiletries, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning and plenty more besides.
Open kitchens will delight as resident chefs prepare the long list of lip-smacking dishes available at The Citadel. A beautifully presented buffet takes centre stage here throughout the day, with Khmer design and motifs on show throughout the space itself, al fresco dining options and occasional dance performances too.
Named after Henri Mouhot, whose adventures in the region inspired a generation of travellers in the 1800’s, this contemporary restaurant offers a divine menu full of exquisite French cuisine. With a wine cellar as rich and varied as the food that’s served here, an evening at Mouhot’s Dream will be one remember.
Taking décor cues from the height of French Colonial days, this lounge bar actually invites an informal atmosphere, with its fun pillar candles sat beside vintage-style birdcages hanging from the ceiling. Comfortable seating and a grand piano in the corner, with occasional live playing, is all intended to take you to a bygone age.
Perfect for light bites in the sunshine, Serpent Bar is a casual haunt for those who enjoy a bit of time by the pool during the day. Open from lunchtime daily, it can also be a great place to have a pre-dinner drink al fresco.
If you are celebrating something special or need an exclusive private dining room, The Sanctuary is the place to find it. Fine wines, intimate surrounds and personal service – live music can also be arranged here too.
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There are so many reasons that Siem Reap is an area ever-growing in popularity, with the discerning traveller, that is. And when staying at Sofitel Angkor, all of the must-see sights are just a short Tuk-Tuk ride away. Spend the day immersing yourself in the history of these mystical monuments, ancient royal bathing pools and the iconic Angkor Wat itself. The National Museum also gives an excellent insight into the Khmer Empire, meanwhile nearby markets are teeming with locally produced craft items and trinkets. Hire one of the resort’s bikes and discover Angkor Archaeological Park for yourself or take a guided tour instead, your dedicated concierge team will happily make the arrangements. Once night falls, retreat to Explorer’s Tales at the hotel were surrounded by quirky décor, your post-dinner drinks are accompanied by soft piano music drifting across the bar.
Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort is an expansive property, meaning it has enough room for a menu of facilities worthy of its five-star credentials. The spa is a joy with various treatments available, a sauna and steam room, plus there’s a beautiful outdoor swimming pool, kids’ splash pond and Jacuzzi all surrounded by a sun patio and gardens. Between day trips treat yourself to some room service, make the most of a compact yet well-equipped gym, perhaps let little ones enjoy the kids’ club or book a slot at the hotel’s own golf course; all available at Sofitel Angkor.
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