The tranquil getaway tucked along the Mekong River outside Phnom Penh's bustle
DESIGN IN THE DETAILS
While the design of the resort is inspired by its mother getaway in Bali, imitating its archways and architecture, the Phnom Penh escape draws upon elements of local art and culture. The floors of its in-house restaurant, Theato, are lined with mosaic cement tiles often found decorating the country’s pagodas. Dark woodwork commissioned from local furniture makers compose the delicately curved furnishings – from bookshelves to low-sitting lounge chairs – that fill the dining room and suites. Men pedalling rickshaws, street scenes and market-side moments caught on black and white film by Japanese photographer Minoru Masuyima and scattered throughout the resort bring glimpses of authentic Cambodian life to the escape.
Theato restaurant provides a delightful fusion of traditional Khmer cuisine, Modern Asian and traditional cuisine, with the four chefs behind the scenes having been pulled from the renowned kitchens of Phnom Penh’s Chinese House, Tiger’s Eye and Sokha Hotel. Avocados sourced from Cambodia’s northeastern province of Mondolkiri adorn the menu of Theato’s bottomless breakfast, while jungle honey and lemongrass are among a spectrum of flavours on the menu to be explored over a candle-lit gardenside dinner overlooking the Mekong waters.
The resort’s intimate spa offers a range of rejuvenating massage treatments, from jasmine aromatherapy and traditional Balinese kneading to traditional Khmer stretch massages followed by soothing herbal hot compress care. Guests can also unwind in The Balé’s 25 metre riverside pool, perfect for basking in the sun or swimming lengths in after a morning workout in the fully equipped on-site gym. For those who would prefer a private dip, book up one of the resort’s four riverfront suites featuring luxurious patio plunge pools.