Heaven Can Wait
Natural yet stylish. Secluded yet welcoming. Immerse yourself in the private and exclusive world of Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection, where heaven can wait.
Having stayed in so many hotels around the world, I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. Well, I was wrong. Staying at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection, I encountered numerous surprises. I had such a wonderful time and was incredibly impressed. I have to say that the time I spent at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was my first trip ever to Cambodia, and I was excited to explore Siam Reap and more excited to stay at one of the Bensley Collection.’ First impressions count. That saying is indeed true when it comes to Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection. 2n arrival at Siem Reap’s International airport, I was fast-tracked through immigration and whisked away to the secluded entrance of the villas. A hotel within a hotel, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection comprises ten exquisite twolevel 156 sqm villas in the cultural heart of the historic royal town of Siem Reap and offers an indulgent experience. In collaboration with acclaimed designer Bill Bensley,ShintaMani+otels BensleyCollection’, is an exclusive portfolio of sophisticated resorts showcasing visionary concepts, extraordinary design, and bespoke service – the very essence of Bensley Collection.’
Villa Fit for a Queen
Entering the villa feels like entering a world of my own and, it is impossible not to be impressed with the first glimpse of the villa. 8nder the ancient canopy of Siem Reap’s Palace trees, each villa offers its residents privacy and ultimate extravagance, complete with their own Bill Bensley lush tropical garden that literally brings the outside in. From its dramatic high walled faoade with a monumental scale three-dimensional carving portraying the hands of meditation to signify spiritual perfection, to the oversized 9 meter personal lap pool and gardens with a rooftop living room, the 10 ultra-chic, luxurious two level Khmer inspired villas will delight, surprise and inspire you as you luxuriate in the Khmer Kingdom of your own. When I saw the villa, I was in awe. It was spacious across two pavilions including a floor to ceiling glassed bathroom with views over the garden and the outdoor bath. Inside the living space, over-size three-dimensional murals have been carved to portray the rippling folds of Jayavarman’s robe – one of the Khmer Kings who reigned from 1181-1218 and was known for his powerful, pioneering spirit - the perfect complement to such incredible surroundings. The atmosphere of the villa is that of a secluded paradise, a veritable Eden. In creating his collection, Bensley assumed complete freedom to let his creative spirit run free and showcase his skill in crafting pioneering experiences with his legendary brilliance. +e designed the villas as where he likes to live surrounded by lush private gardens. Knowing the importance of sleep, Bill created the fluffiest most comfortable beds imaginable in a room that totally blacks out. Bill personally oversaw every detail of design and service to ensure an innovative type of indulgence he calls escapism’ (also the title of his book and one that guests will long remember and want to experience again and again.