CHECK OUT – PHUM BAI­TANG

Zan­nier Ho­tels’ first five-star re­sort in Asia, lo­cated in Siem Reap.

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Founded by Arnaud Zan­nier (son of French fash­ion mogul Roger Zan­nier), the lux­ury hos­pi­tal­ity group Zan­nier Ho­tels was de­vel­oped to em­brace a phi­los­o­phy based on Leonardo da Vinci’s quote: “Sim­plic­ity is the ul­ti­mate so­phis­ti­ca­tion.” Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of its in­au­gu­ral re­sort – a chalet set in the snowy hill­tops of Megeve, France – its sec­ond con­cept is an exclusive get­away sit­u­ated in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia.

Stay­ing true to da Vinci’s quote, the 45 beau­ti­fully ap­pointed guest vil­las at Phum Bai­tang (“green vil­lage” in Kh­mer) were de­signed with mod­ern sim­plic­ity and tran­quil­lity in mind. Spread out over 8ha, the pri­vate vil­las are avail­able in 861sqf and 1,400sqf con­fig­u­ra­tions, and of­fer breath­tak­ing views of rice pad­dies and lush gar­dens. The visu­ally stun­ning in­te­ri­ors and trop­i­cal vis­tas trans­port guests back to the golden era of Cam­bo­dia’s rich his­tory.

The ar­chi­tec­ture is also heav­ily in­flu­enced by the look of tra­di­tional Kh­mer vil­lages, al­low­ing the re­sort to blend in har­mo­niously with the sur­round­ing land­scape. The man­age­ment also worked with lo­cal crafts­men to cre­ate ar­ti­sanal fur­ni­ture for the in­te­ri­ors of the re­sort, as well as to con­struct struc­tures made of straw, lo­cal stone and wood, ac­cord­ing to the tra­di­tional Kh­mer style. These in­clude a cen­tury-old farm­house that has been con­verted into a cigar and cock­tail lounge.

Guests of Phum Bai­tang can ex­pect all the mod­ern ameni­ties, while still stay­ing away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the city. Aside from its prox­im­ity to Cam­bo­dia’s most iconic ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site, Angkor Wat, this ho­tel is also an ideal start­ing point for vis­i­tors who are keen to ex­plore the dif­fer­ent as­pects of daily life in Siem Reap. This in­cludes vis­its to the float­ing vil­lages, fish mar­kets and walks through the rice pad­dies.

Phum Bai­tang also of­fers gourmet food and bev­er­age op­tions with unique de­sign fea­tures. The spe­cial­ity restau­rant, Bay Ph­sar, is de­signed to re­sem­ble a tra­di­tional street mar­ket where guests can choose a starter and dessert from the menu, while the main course is made-to-or­der with fresh in­gre­di­ents and spices picked by the guests. The meal is com­ple­mented by rice grown in the sur­round­ing paddy fields. An­other restau­rant, Hang Bay, fea­tures a menu of fu­sion cui­sine with lo­cal fare such as fish amok, and Aus­tralian An­gus wagyu beef.

PHUM BAI­TANG IS LO­CATED AT PHUM SVAYDANGKUM, SANGKAT SVAYDANGKUM, SIEM REAP, CAM­BO­DIA 1700. FOR BOOK­INGS, VISIT WWW. PHUM­BAI­TANG. COM.

BE­LOW, LEFT The pri­vate bath­room in the ho­tel room was de­signed to be a sanc­tu­ary of quiet calm af­ter a long day.

De­signed to be the ul­ti­mate lux­ury re­sort for guests to get away from the busy city, Phum Bai­tang has a large out­door pool and spa where you can un­wind af­ter ex­plor­ing Angkor Wat. LEFT

BOT­TOM Wood is used in all parts of the ho­tel, from the struc­ture to the frames and shut­ters, for a co­he­sive look. It is also a re­flec­tion of Zan­nier Ho­tels’ com­mit­ment to us­ing bio-sourced ma­te­ri­als.

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