Colonial elegance in Cambodia's Siem Reap
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Now beautifully restored, with many of its original Art Deco features retained and polished up, the legendary Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is as magnificent as it was when it opened its doors in the 1930s. Set across from the Royal Palace and surrounded by 15 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, the iconic hotel combines old-world glamour with a sense of deep peace that befits such a spiritual destination as the Angkor Temples. Located in the French Quarter of the town, it is only 8km from Angkor Wat itself.
Traditionalists will want to head for the 46 Landmark Rooms in the main building, where Art Deco flourishes abound and rooms sport period touches like wooden floors, marble bathrooms, claw-foot bathtubs, four-poster beds and handmade silk bathrobes. For something more modern try any of the 53 State Rooms in the hotel’s new wing, which offer views of the pool and lush gardens. Or opt instead for a suite or villa. Cabana Suites have a French-Indochina style, Colonial Suites more of a colonial character, while Landmark Suites are furnished with a luxurious blend of Cambodian and Art Deco themes. All feature private balconies and terraces, mini bars and butler service. For the ultimate in privacy, the two-bedroom villa has all you could ask for in a home away from home, including its own pantry and generously stocked wine cellar.
The popular Restaurant Le Grand showcases Royal Khmer cuisine and Western fine dining in an elegant setting. Champagne breakfasts are the speciality of Café d’Angkor, which is also open for lunch and dinner, serving Asian and Continental dishes. The Poolside Terrace is the perfect place for light meals or drinks, just as the Conservatory is ideal for afternoon tea. If you’re looking for entertainment while you dine, make your way to the Apsara Terrace, where Khmer and pan-Asian cuisine is served during evenings of cultural dances and martial arts. Finally spare a word of appreciation for the sommelier at the Wine Cellar, who will guide you expertly around one of the finest wine selections in Asia. Though if wine is not your thing then the cocktails at the Elephant Bar are equally appealing.
The Raffles Spa features exclusive and rejuvenating treatments that combine Western technologies with Eastern therapies. Beside a full range of massage, body, facial, eye and water treatments, there is also a range of Cambodian treatments available for guests to -explore. Other services include 24-hour room service, and a 60,000-square-metre landscaped garden.
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