Belmond La Résidence d’Angkor
What We Love
- Sipping martinis and watching small boats glide along the river from the breezy first-floor bar
- Taking a dip in the large saltwater pool, surrounded by palm trees
- Bathing in an oval soapstone tub in the spacious suites
What To Know
- The hotel is a 10-minute walk from the town center and a tuk-tuk ride from Angkor Wat
- Free WiFi
- Light sleepers might find rooms near the road a bit noisy; request a garden room
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A short tuk-tuk ride from the jungle-buried ruins of Angkor Wat, this Khmer-style property is an elegant two-story hotel surrounded by tropical gardens. With interiors awash with varnished teak, split bamboo, gleaming silk and natural cotton, the look is a canny blend of Cambodian and colonial influences. The grounds are a labyrinth of shade-dappled paths, lotus ponds and gardens dotted with statues.
Bed and Bath
The 62 spacious guestrooms and suites are clustered around the pool, and each has a private terrace or balcony. With gleaming hardwood floors, sliding bamboo doors, pale walls and patterned silk accessories, rooms have a delightfully airy, back-to-nature feel. Vast bathrooms have oval soapstone tubs that are big enough for two and come with luscious local Puriya toiletries.
Soothing water features, including a giant aquarium, lead to the spa, which has black lava stone–tiled floors and driftwood art pieces. There’s an extensive menu; the vigorous Ancient Khmer massage is a highlight. There are two bars: the Pool Bar and, for those retiring from the heat, the first-floor Martini Lounge, which overlooks the river. The Dining Room is a stylish spot with tall pillars, teak furniture and French windows opening out onto lush gardens. The menu is an inventive mix of Khmer and international cuisine, including the Angkor Wat Tower — a dizzying mountain of plates full of traditional delicacies. Dig into Mekong lobster, grilled river fish and spicy sausage, serenaded by local musicians playing Khmer harp and flute music.
How to Get There
We were only at the Belmond one night but so wished it could have been more. Quite expensive but well worth it. Our room was huge and beautiful, the pool area was stunning, and I could have spent hours in the exquisite lounge area by the bar, just sipping cocktails and feeling we were in another, slower age.
I had never stayed at a Belmond property before and after this stay I will seek them out. Our room was immaculate. The food on the property was superb. But the best thing about our stay was the employees of the hotel. They were magnificent all the way around. We booked a tuk tuk food tour through the hotel and I would highly recommend this to anyone as it was so much fun. My only recommendation would be not to eat at least two days before because the amount of food and drink you get is overwhelming. We also did a cooking class at the hotel and it was also fabulous. Before the cooking class we went to the market with Dominic a sous chef at the hotel and that was great also. I wish I could remember more names because I have never been treated so well anywhere I have traveled on this planet. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough. Fantastic
My husband and I were traveling throughout Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia with friends and decided to book La Residence d’Angkor since we had such amazing stays at the Belmond Napasai. We were not disappointed and really love the level of service and care we’ve always experienced with the Belmond. We were married at the Belmond Napasai in 2017 and returned in 2018 to celebrate our one year anniversary. When planning our trip we mentioned to Eszter, our fantastic wedding planner from Napasai, that we were going to Cambodia and she connected us with their Siem Reap property and even helped to set up an excursion to Angkor Wat. We were picked up by one of the Belmond’s shuttles at the airport and greeted with refreshing cold towels, coconut water with metal straws (a nice touch for conservation), and a lovely driver who had impeccable English. Our Khmer is limited to just a few phrases so we appreciated the conversation in English. We were just coming off another perfect stay at Napasai and so our expectations were high coming into our stay La Residence. We have a special place for the Napasai property since we were married there but La Residence is a beautiful property in its own right. It’s an oasis amongst the bustling streets and is within walking distance to shops, tasty restaurants, Pub Street, and the river. Our room was well-appointed and the bathroom was beautiful with a huge standalone tub that had the best smelling jasmine and lemongrass salts. We had fresh fruit and dessert along with a “Happy Anniversary” spelled with fragrant flower blossoms on our bed to welcome us. We were surprised with an anniversary cake and a birthday cake for friends in their restaurant during our late dinner the first night there. Their spa is divine and a must during your stay. We loved it so much that I think all of our group booked services daily. Everyone in the spa is so accommodating and have magical hands to really work the knots out. The staff is truly pleasant and warm. They really make the difference in your stay. We attended a complimentary cocktail hour provided by the resort where guests and management staff could mingle. We had such a great time speaking with Sai and other managers on staff we ended up going well beyond the hour but they continued to keep our glasses full. The concierge made great recommendations for dinner and even helped with setting up reservations for our group...always with a smile. The pool is well shaded and quite relaxing. Take advantage of the free ice cream poolside and grab a complimentary bamboo hat if the sun gets too intense. While we were having a late lunch by their serene pool on a rainy day, Elizabeth, La Residence’s events coordinator, recognized us from our wedding she had helped with at Napasai during her one month rotation in Koh Samui in 2017. She stopped by and wished us a happy anniversary while also catching up on the past year which was really nice. I really could go on and on about how the Belmond’s little touches and staff really make your stay exceptional. The excursion they arranged for our group to Angkor Wat and other temples was well worth it. The guide was knowledgeable and personable. We highly recommend going this route as you have an air conditioned van with an ample supply of refreshing cold towels and ice cold water to take you between temples. You don’t realize how much the sun can take out of you and it puts your mind at ease knowing you have a trustworthy guide and driver to escort you. He even arranged for us to have lunch at a local Khmer restaurant on our way back from the temples which was delicious and a nice treat to break up the day. I have so many good things to say about the Belmond and their staff especially now having stayed at multiple properties. We are definitely loyal to the brand and couldn’t imagine spending our anniversary anywhere else. Our friends wholeheartedly agree and are just as sad to leave when it’s time for checkout. Hoping they have properties in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the future :-)
This hotel couldn’t be lovelier. The room was so well appointed with the most amazing bathtub. We had the fortune to eat 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts at the hotel, all of which were simply fabulous. The entire facility was just beautiful. We also really liked the gift shop, and we even brought home some Cambodian items from their shops.
Our stay at this hotel was truly wonderful. Quaint and authentic with such care and attention! Friendly staff with wonderful service not to mention the small luxuries. The food was excellent, the spa indulgent and professional and the cocktails delicious!