HOME AND AWAY
At Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa in Siem Reap, gateway to Angkor Wat, guests enter the beguiling world of colonial Indochina. At this well-located property with 120 guestrooms and 10 suites, Cambodian staff are immaculately uniformed, the open-air reception area lined with glossy dark timber; there are ceiling fans, tiled floors, caged lifts, the prospect of ginger and citrus juice, and chilled towels scented with lemongrass. Accommodation faces the Royal Gardens or the enormous pool. Smooth wooden floors and linens in pineapple tones enhance the colonial style; furnishings include a campaign desk inlaid with woven rattan. It is tempting to spend the afternoon lazing on daybeds poolside but the city’s attractions are but a short tuk-tuk ride away. Shopping is fun at Kandal Village for the likes of fluoropainted Buddha statues, handcrafted textiles, ceramics, candles and coconut shells lined with shiny lacquer in jellybean shades. Do take drinks at the Foreign Correspondents Club, try a Khmer-style dinner at the atmospheric Chanrey Tree and hit the night markets. Then back to the sanctuary of Victoria Angkor where a 4.30am wake-up call has been requested. Angkor Wat looks its best at daybreak, apparently. More: victoriaangkorhotel.com; wendywutours.com.au.