In­ti­mate sur­round­ings

A newly-opened ho­tel in Siem Reap serves au­then­tic Kh­mer cui­sine, writes David Bow­den

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SIEM Reap’s lat­est bou­tique ho­tel of just 56 rooms is the Sak­mut Bou­tique Ho­tel (saa-mut) sit­u­ated in a peace­ful res­i­den­tial precinct half­way be­tween the vi­brant town cen­tre and the in­ter­na­tional air­port.

All the ho­tel rooms fea­ture con­tem­po­rary de­sign and colours of the sea. Sak­mut is a ref­er­ence to the sea which is im­por­tant in Cam­bo­dian life and dates back to the “churn­ing of the sea” from the Hindu clas­sic, the Ra­mayana.

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Kh­mer cui­sine is an ex­cel­lent rea­son for re­lax­ing at Sak­mu­tas guests can dine on au­then­tic lo­cal dishes such as amok (spicy minced fish steamed in a ba­nana leaf) as well as learn to cook sev­eral dishes with the ho­tel’s lo­cal chefs.

Guests can dine in the main Candi Restau­rant or re­lax in the Up­stairs @ Siem Reap Sky Lounge with its cool, open-air am­bi­ence and dis­tant city views.

Kh­mer, Asian and Western cuisines are served in Candi Restau­rant. The Lobby Lounge is a more ca­sual din­ing out­let serv­ing sig­na­ture teas and cof­fees, baked-onthe-premises breads, cakes and pas­tries, tasty snacks and freshly-squeezed juices as well as cock­tails and mock­tails.

A healthy choice of low-calo­rie spa food and bev­er­ages has been pre­pared by the kitchen team for guests us­ing the ho­tel’s In­fin­ity Spa.

Up­stairs @ Siem Reap Sky Lounge is an at­mo­spheric space that is avail­able for events and ac­tiv­i­ties like ro­man­tic can­dle-lit din­ners or pri­vate events and par­ties. The is­land bar spe­cialises in serv­ing chilled cham­pagne and en­tic­ing cock­tails and mock­tails.

Other din­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that can be or­gan­ised out­side the ho­tel in­clude events in at­mo­spheric lo­ca­tions at Angkor such as the lake­side set­ting of the Western Baray where guests can en­joy su­perb food, the ma­jes­tic tem­ples and an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ele­phant ride.

LEISURE AND RE­CRE­ATION

Guests can re­lax in the salt­wa­ter swim­ming pool, work out in the gym or be pam­pered in the re­sort’s spa. In­fin­ity Spa is lux­u­ri­ously in­te­grated into the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings and of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of spa and beauty ther­a­pies.

The ful­lye­quipped Fit­ness Cen­tre is lo­cated above the In­fin­ity Spa and fea­tures multi-sta­tion units, weights and com­puter-con­trolled car­dio­vas­cu­lar tread­mills and bikes.

Sak­mut pro­vides ready ac­cess to the fa­mous tem­ple site of Angkor. Tours can be ar­ranged by the ho­tel with a pri­vate guide who of­fers ex­cur­sions by car, van or lo­cal en­closed mo­tor­cy­cle.

Dis­cover the ho­tel’s ‘Be­yond SR’, the ul­ti­mate per­sonal concierge to as­sist guests plan their visit to Angkor and around Siem Reap.

Such ac­tiv­i­ties could in­clude per­son­alised ex­cur­sions, golf, cook­ing classes and the ser­vices of pro­fes­sional guides.

Book other ac­tiv­i­ties such as a sun­set cruise on a kongkear boat from the South Gate to Angkor Thom, an ox-cart vil­lage tour, ele­phant rides, a sun­rise tour of Angkor Wat, sun­set visit to Bakheng Moun­tain, monk bless­ing cer­e­mony or a pri­vate din­ner at ei­ther the ma­jes­tic Ele­phant Ter­race or Kra­vann Tem­ple.

Sak­mut Bou­tique Ho­tel is ide­ally lo­cated just 10 min­utes drive (6km) from Siem Reap In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

ABOVE: Let ‘Be­yond SR’, the ul­ti­mate per­sonal concierge, to take you to Angkor Wat. LEFT: Kh­mer cui­sine is an ex­cel­lent rea­son to stay at Sak­mut Bou­tique Ho­tel. Try spe­cialty dishes such as amok (spicy minced fish steamed in a ba­nana leaf ).

Its lush trop­i­cal gar­dens make Sak­mut Bou­tique Ho­tel ideal for cou­ples, fam­i­lies and hon­ey­moon­ers.

Sak­mut Bou­tique Ho­tel is a lux­u­ri­ous 56-room prop­erty set in lush trop­i­cal gar­dens.

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