Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort
What We Love
- Superb location: It’s the closest five-star hotel to the temples of Angkor Wat
- The beautiful tropical grounds, complete with an ornamental lake
- Lounging around the enormous pool on a daybed under a thatch roof
What To Know
- The hotel has five restaurants, so there’s something for everyone
- It has its own off-site golf course, a 20-minute drive away
- Don’t miss the traditional Khmer dance show at the Royal Court
- A 5 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This sprawling resort artfully pairs French colonial charm with Khmer elegance in its red-tile rooftops, white arches, gently whirring ceiling fans, parlor palms and cool tile floors. Its beautifully manicured gardens, lovely ornamental lagoon and superb swimming pool create a tranquil haven from the hustle and bustle of downtown Siem Reap. It’s the closest luxe resort to the archaeological wonderland of Angkor Wat, and it draws families, tour groups and business travelers who want to mix their temple hopping with upscale resort amenities.
Bed and Bath
The 238 elegant guestrooms and suites all have polished wood floors, dark wood furniture and ceiling fans above enormous beds, with splashes of color provided by Cambodian fine silk throws and cushion covers. And they all come with stunning views of the lush garden, the lagoon or the swimming pool. The black and white bathrooms are equipped with tubs as well as showers and are stocked with L’Occitane lotions and potions.
The breakfast buffet will set you up for sightseeing, with cereal, yogurt, exotic fruit, bread and conserves, as well as eggs made to order. The hotel’s five restaurants and bars offer something to suit every palate, from the Western and Asian buffet at the Citadel to the French-Khmer fusion fare at romantic Mouhot’s Dream. The perfect end to a long, hot day exploring dusty temples is a dip in the enormous free-form pool and a cocktail at the swim-up Serpent Bar. Or head to the So Spa for Khmer a massage, an herbal body scrub, a mud wrap or an ayurvedic oil treatment.
In the Area
Angkor Wat is the jewel in the crown, but don’t miss the immense walled city of Angkor Thom, home to the stunning Bayon, atmospheric Ta Prohm’s tree-filled temples and the elaborate carvings of the diminutive Banteay Srei. Browse the Old Market and the chic boutiques and galleries around the Foreign Correspondents Club and along Alley West and Passage. A tuk-tuk ride from the center, Artisans d’Angkor sells beautiful silk clothes, bags and soft furnishings made in its own on-site workshop. Round it off with a creative cocktail at expat favourite Miss Wong.
How to Get There
We stayed at this hotel a couple of weeks ago and I must say that it is absolutely perfect in every way.
From the moment we arrived we were treated like we were the most important people to have visited the hotel and everywhere we went we were greeted with smiles, hello’s and made to feel welcome. The hospitality of the staff here are truly world class.
Our rooms were fantastic and opened onto the wonderful pool (very welcome in the July heat in Cambodia!) which we used often. The barstaff at the swim-up pool bar are amazing, remembering our favourite drinks and checking up on us discreetly to see if we needed anything throughout our time around the pool area. They even have bicycles they use to do a lap of the pool taking orders. Simply perfect.
We upgraded to use the Club Benefits which included the use of a Pavilion, free soft drinks during the day and free cocktails early evening and the staff even approached us as cocktail hour was finishing to encourage us to order more complementary drinks. Absolutely worth it.
The efforts the staff go to, to make your stay perfect is incredible. My wife and son are dairy and wheat intolerant and we only ever needed to tell one of the staff once and it then seemed the whole of the rest of the hotel were aware of this. This meant that at every meal, gluten free bread was served to my wife and son and they even made a special batch of gluten and dairy free pancakes for them each morning, without having to be asked. Magnificent.
I could continue but looking at all the other reviews on here I think the reviews are universal in their praise.
One last thing, when we left after our 3 day stay, at least half of the staff made an effort to come out to wave us goodbye, and it was completely genuine and heartfelt. An extraordinary end to an extraordinary holiday.
To the staff of this exceptional hotel and the wonderful people of Cambodia, thank you, we fell in love with your beautiful country.
We booked this lovely hotel via our travel agent in the UK and knew very little about it. We we're not disappointed. It is a colonial style hotel built around a lake with beautiful well kept grounds and pool area. The staff are amazing and could not have looked after us better with even new on shift staff knowing who we were. The dining was excellent at every meal we had. All in all one of the best hotels I have stayed in worldwide and I would thoroughly recommend it to you. I can't wait to go back!
The hospitality of the staff was phenomenal. The grounds and rooms were spectacular. Really lovely breakfasts. The place and staff made it difficult to say goodbye. Thank you for a wonderful service. We will definitely be back.