Siem Reap in Cambodia is home to the famous Angkor Wat, attracting over two million visitors a year, so it’s no wonder the hotel industry is booming. With over 600 accommodation options to choose from, it’s tough competition. The Palace Residence and Villa stands out amongst the rest due to its service, dining and luxury standards.THE ARRIVAL
After landing into Siem Reap off a short flight from Kuala Lumpur, we immediately experienced the first of the impeccable service we would come to appreciate at Palace Residence and Villa. A short and picturesque shuttle drive from the airport, and we were quickly ushered up to reception to relax in the bright, open lobby while our room was finalised and paperwork was completed. A delicious welcome drink and cold towel were accompanied by a complimentary traditional brightly-coloured Khmer scarf for each of us. We were shown to our room by Sophea, who didn’t stop the stream of bubbly conversation as we wandered along.
Stepping into the Residence Deluxe, we were greeted by a luxurious king-size bed with canopy, fresh fruit platter and spacious bathroom, not to mention the balcony with pool views. The desk was perfect for working on-the-go, while the lounge chair is great if all you wish to do after a morning of exploring Angkor Wat is to collapse and read a book (although this is best done by the generous sized pool!). This is just one of many room options at Palace Residence, treat yourself to a villa with private pool, or make it a family affair in the Presidential Villa, sleeping up to six people. With an Asian and Western buffet breakfast available each morning, you’re spoilt for choice with everything from fresh pastries and waffles, to cold meat and salad, soup and fried rice, to omelettes upon request. If you’re getting up at the crack of dawn to catch the sunrise, all you need to do is let reception know and they’ll have a packed breakfast box ready for you to collect before you leave.THE SERVICE
Every time we stepped out of our room or returned to the hotel, we were greeted with the warm smiles the Khmer people are known for. A complimentary shuttle service running from 7-11:30pm into town is perfect for grabbing dinner on Pub Street or checking out the night market (but be sure to book it in, it fills up quickly!). However, if you’re peckish a little earlier or just want to spend the day exploring, tuk tuks are always at the ready to take you wherever your heart desires. With the luxurious Kainnora spa, tennis courts, driving range, cooking classes, pools and restaurants, there’s no reason to even leave the residence (although it would be a crime to visit Siem Reap and not see those incredible temples!)!Dining at Phyumkreus Khmer was a highlight of our visit. The restaurant, which is set in a traditional Khmer house on stilts, serves three different set Khmer cuisine menus depending on the day. We indulged in the mouth-watering Nakry Flower menu, a sumptuous spread of river lobster, fish soup, crispy shrimp and pork, topped off by Khmer sweets and palm fruit in coconut milk. The traditional setting and floor seating created the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a long lunch.If you’re looking for an oasis escape in Siem Reap, Palace Residence and Villa won’t disappoint.
Rooms begin at $130USD per night for two people. Book your stay here.
LENSES&LOCALS was welcomed as a guest by Palace Residence and Villa on our visit to Siem Reap.
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