CAM­BO­DIA CALL­ING

DestinAsian - - GOOD TO GO HOTEL NEWS - —JL

When French nat­u­ral­ist and ex­plorer Henri Mouhot came upon the jun­gle-clad ru­ins of Angkor Wat in the mid-19th cen­tury, he ex­cit­edly wrote that it was “grander than any­thing left to us by Greece or Rome.” Fast-for­ward a cen­tury and a half, and the Anan­tara Angkor Re­sort ( angkor.anan­tara

.com) in neigh­bor­ing Siem Reap has recre­ated that ex­hil­a­rat­ing sense of dis­cov­ery in two brand-new pres­i­den­tial suites. Draped in Thai silk and fabrics, both ac­com­mo­da­tions have a lounge and bar area, a pri­vate spa room with a Jacuzzi bath­tub, and a plunge pool in an en­closed gar­den. The two-bed­room Henri Mouhot suite fea­tures an Angkor-in­spired sand­stone relief, while the one-bed­room Anan­tara Ex­plorer suite takes its design cues from Jim Thomp­son, the for­mer ar­chi­tect and one­time spy who helped re­vive the Thai silk in­dus­try in the 1950s and ’60s.

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