Raf­fles Spa, Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap

Vacations & Travel - - Global spas - By Danielle Lan­caster

Mean­ing pa­tience and pu­rity in the re­li­gion of Bud­dhism, a lo­tus flower floats del­i­cately in an earthen pot­tery bowl. Sooth­ing song and rhyth­mi­cal hands add to your spa treat­ment at Raf­fles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which opened in

1932 in Cam­bo­dia’s an­cient cap­i­tal, Siem Reap. This spa is one of the few pre­mium five-star spas in Siem Reap.

Choose your lo­tion from po­tions devel­oped over thousands of years, lov­ingly per­fected from local herbs. Treat­ments are a mix­ture be­tween traditional and local meth­ods with sig­na­ture treat­ments in­clud­ing the traditional Kh­mer Herbal Wrap or herbal scrub along with a four-hand mas­sage for total re­lax­ation and de-stress­ing. There are six treat­ment rooms, male and fe­male wet ar­eas, saunas, steam rooms and a Jacuzzi, mean­ing you can let that bliss­ful post-mas­sage feel­ing linger. The spa is sit­u­ated along­side Cam­bo­dia’s largest pool, fringed by el­e­gant frangi­pani trees, and forms the per­fect oa­sis after a day ex­plor­ing the UNESCO World Her­itage tem­ples.

While stay­ing at the hotel, stroll the che­quered-tiled hall­ways and ad­mire im­ages and beautifully re­stored fur­nish­ings from an era long past, visit the Ele­phant Bar and the John McDer­mott Gallery, wan­der the spe­cial­ity shops with au­then­tic Cam­bo­dian art­works or sim­ply slip back into the spa for some more well-de­served ‘me’ time. raf­fles.com/siem-reap

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