The Lush Life

De­signed by renowned ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior de­signer Bill Bens­ley, the Shinta Mani Angkor Bens­ley Col­lec­tion in Siem Reap is all about trop­i­cal glam­our

Singapore Tatler Homes - - STYLE - shin­ta­­ley-col­lec­tion

The raz­zle daz­zle of Art Deco and ex­u­ber­ant fo­liage that char­ac­terises trop­i­cal style may make an in­con­gru­ous pair, but un­der Bill Bens­ley’s stud­ied eye, it some­how clicks and makes for a happy mar­riage. Com­pleted last year, the Shinta Mani Angkor Bens­ley Col­lec­tion in Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia, are the very em­bod­i­ment of the de­signer’s pen­chant for es­capist glam­our. Con­ceived as a ho­tel within a ho­tel, the col­lec­tion of 10 two-storey vil­las are a lux­u­ri­ous ex­ten­sion of Shinta Mani Angkor, a bou­tique prop­erty that also boasts the Bangkok-based de­signer’s inim­itable aesthetic. Think graphic tiles and a strik­ing black-and­white pal­ette, set against abun­dant fo­liage and hand­crafted de­tails that hark to its lo­cale. Its main restau­rant Kroya, for in­stance, shows the orig­i­nal plans of the Angkor tem­ple com­plex, recre­ated on its ceil­ing.

The vil­las fea­ture dra­matic mould­ings that flank the pool and con­tinue indoors in the bed­room. The drap­ery-like folds of the plas­ter­work line the sides of the bed­room and the en­trance of the pow­der room, play­ing up the elon­gated lay­out of each villa. Gilded trim­mings and co­pi­ous use of mar­ble—par­tic­u­larly along the hall­ways and in the stand­alone bath­room—com­plete the lav­ish treat­ment, while the tac­tile com­forts of plush cush­ions, as well as the am­ple in­door and out­door lounge ar­eas cre­ate a cosy am­bi­ence. Each villa is also ac­com­pa­nied by a per­sonal lap pool and but­ler ser­vice, and is con­tained within a walled com­pound, de­signed for op­ti­mal pri­vacy to cre­ate an in­ti­mate en­clave.

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