Lose your­self in Jaya House River Park, a tem­ple to el­e­gance along Siem Reap river

On the banks of the sleepy Siem Reap river, this new re­sort is a stylish and sus­tain­ably minded hide­away from the bus­tle of down­town – and just a five-minute ride from the ru­ins of Angkor

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Fes­tooned with lush hang­ing gar­dens, the 36 el­e­gant rooms and suites at this swish prop­erty are spread out over a three-storey struc­ture that pays homage to the an­cient tem­ple of Prasat Thom in the Koh Ker tem­ple com­plex. With its al­most pyra­mid-like ap­pear­ance, the de­sign in­spi­ra­tion is also ap­par­ent in a grand en­trance pav­il­ion, as well as its pil­lars and ter­races. Fit­tings and dé­cor are a dif­fer­ent story, how­ever, ref­er­enc­ing a va­ri­ety of pe­ri­ods: there’s Angko­resque stone stat­ues as well as an Art Deco mono­chrome colour pal­ette, while por­traits of Cam­bo­dia’s swing­ing 1960s singers adorn the walls.


Rooms are spa­cious – the small­est are 38 square me­tres – with pri­vate bal­conies and pa­tios, espresso ma­chines, or­ganic teas, plush beds and huge bath­rooms with out­door rain show­ers. You’d be wise to re­quest one of the four light-filled Ju­nior Pool Suites, how­ever, with your own plunge pool. Al­though it’s a new re­sort, some se­ri­ous land­scape de­sign has been in­vested in its gar­dens. It sports two salt­wa­ter swim­ming pools fringed by sugar palms, ferns and frangi­pani trees. The big­ger pool is lo­cated on the re­sort’s outer edge and is clearly its piece de re­sis­tance, lined in glit­tery sil­ver tiles.


Jaya House is just a fiveminute drive from the ru­ins of Angkor, and there’s much to ex­plore around the re­sort’s Enko­sai neigh­bour­hood. A block south is the leafy École Française d'Ex­trême-Ori­ent cam­pus, a French in­sti­tute that for over a cen­tury has been a ma­jor ac­tor in the restora­tion of the Angkor mon­u­ments and is well worth a visit.

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