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.

Maxx-M - - COVER STORY - _ Text by Me­lani Se­muel Pho­tos cour­tesy of Shinta Mani Angkor – Bens­ley Col­lec­tion

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.

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