Ho­tel Re­view: The River Vil­lage Manor

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Wel­come to the first ever “Ho­tel Re­view” fea­tured ar­ti­cle in Cam­bo­dia In­sight.

In each is­sue our “in­side eye” will take you to a Siem Reap Ho­tel or Guest House.

River Vil­lage Manor – lo­cated 2km from the Old Mar­ket, is a lux­u­ri­ously ap­pointed 10 bed­room guest house with an out­door restau­rant and a se­cluded salt wa­ter pool at the rear of the prop­erty. River Vil­lage Manor is set in 864 sqm of land with beau­ti­ful views over­look­ing the river, hav­ing a paved frontage and nat­u­ral shade pro­vided by ma­ture trees.

“Wel­come home!”

This is the greet­ing to guests as they re­turn to River Vil­lage Manor from a day at the tem­ples, or shop­ping, or tour­ing, and it’s meant sin­cerely. Bud and Jeannie Davis, the own­ers, have a nat­u­ral friend­li­ness that makes their guests feel, well, right at home. The Manor, as it’s af­fec­tion­ately termed, it­self adds to this feel­ing of wel­come, and is lo­cated along the banks of the Siem Reap River, close to both town and Angkor Wat. A 3-story villa painted light yel­low with white trim, it’s framed with ma­ture green­ery lead­ing to the wide porch,

which houses two red wicker chairs (in case you wore your­self out be­tween the tuk-tuk and the porch). The dou­ble doors lead into the large re­cep­tion area, a tes­ta­ment to the wood­work­ing skills of Kh­mer crafts­men. A hall­way run­ning to the back of the villa beck­ons you to the sparkling pool just be­yond, the per­fect spot for re­lax­ing and cool­ing off af­ter a hard day. Ev­ery­where you look you see freshly-painted walls, shin­ing wood­work, gleam­ing floors and fresh flow­ers. A ma­jes­tic, carved stair­case leads to the up­per lev­els where the 10 spa­cious guest rooms are lo­cated. Each one fea­tures flat-screen TVS, ca­ble, in­di­vid­ual air-con­di­tion­ing, mini-bars, and lux­ury bed linens and ameni­ties, all with en-suite bath­rooms. There’s a grand roof-top ter­race which af­fords long views of the river, as do the bal­cony rooms lo­cated on the first and sec­ond floor. Jeannie, putting her cook­ing skills to work, pro­vides a sub­stan­tial and de­li­cious Western-style break­fast for her guests, and Bud en­sures that travel and tour­ing re­quire­ments are met, from tem­ple tours to on­ward trans­porta­tion from Siem Reap (although most peo­ple re­ally don’t want to leave for some rea­son...)

The out­door break­fast pav­il­ion is the per­fect spot for a cold drink af­ter a day of “tem­pling”, as is the sparkling salt-wa­ter pool. And let’s not for­get Yapa, the res­i­dent re­cep­tion­ist-cat, who as­sists with check-ins and check-outs, and in-be­tween those du­ties poses for pho­tos. www.rivervil­lage­manor.com Phone: 096 22 465 73 / 063 760 425

The front en­trance

Spark­ing Salt Wa­ter swim­ming pool

A beau­ti­fully carved bed

Another lovely bed­room

The beau­ti­ful front doors

Out­door seat­ing at the restau­rant

The bal­cony

Twin beds

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