CAM­BO­DIA, BILL BENS­LEY STYLE

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CAM­BO­DIA’S TROP­I­CAL LAND­SCAPE, awe- in­spir­ing ru­ins and French Quar­ter neigh­bour­hoods are eye candy enough, but it never hurts to add a touch of ac­claimed de­signer and ar­chi­tect Bill Bens­ley’s style into the mix. Shinta Mani Ho­tels, which has been of­fer­ing Siem Reap trav­ellers bou­tique stays with Bens­ley’s dis­tinct aes­thetic since 2004, has plenty in store. Cur­rently op­er­at­ing two prop­er­ties in the French Quar­ter dis­trict, each has just re­vealed a re­brand: Shinta Mani Re­sort be­comes Shinta Mani Shack fol­low­ing a re­fur­bish­ment – along with two new Ex­ec­u­tive Suites, the pool has re­ceived a makeover with a show­stop­ping black-and-white de­sign – while Shinta Mani Club is now known as Shina Mani Angkor. The most ex­cit­ing news is that of the group’s new col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bens­ley, “The Bens­ley Col­lec­tion”. Com­pris­ing a small port­fo­lio of ul­tra-lux­ury ho­tels, the first to open will be Shinta Mani Angkor – Bens­ley Col­lec­tion in Novem­ber of this year. Just 10 vil­las will make up this world-class prop­erty, each with a Bens­ley But­ler, out­door bath and pol­ished con­crete walls pro­ject­ing sculp­tures of the Ap­sara. Fol­low­ing in Q3 2018, Shinta Mani Wild – Bens­ley Col­lec­tion can be found two hours out of Ph­nom Penh in Tmor Rung’s re­mote wilder­ness. A lux­ury camp fea­tur­ing 16 tents el­e­vated over the des­ti­na­tion’s wa­ter­falls, guests can ex­pect a fo­cus on con­ser­va­tion and a de­sign “to in­voke the feel­ing of what it would have been like on a lux­ury sa­fari in the jun­gles of Cam­bo­dia with Jackie O.” Our over­sized sun­glasses are at the ready.

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