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Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor

  • Where:Siem Reap
  • Why:Holiday Escape.
  • When:December 2019
  • Who:Me and my "Santa baby."
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Enchanté Hotel d’Angkor.

We fit right in with our white, linen shirts.

How is this pool empty right now?

Probably shouldn’t gorge yourself at the buffet before getting on this antique.

Breakfast in bed will never be the same again...

Enjoying egg rolls the same way the King of Cambodia does, crispy AF.

I don’t believe we’ve been properly introduced yet? Hi, I’m Jo.

(Champagne) breakfast included daily.

Highs & Lows

  • The historical charm in every nook: wrought-iron, wooden cage elevator, pigeon hole box at reception for your metal room key each time you leave the property, antique bathtub, etc.

  • Heritage hotel tour filled with stories happy to be shared by white-gloved friendly butlers; genuine smiles everywhere.

  • Expansive, heated pool feels like your own private oasis that is never crowded.

  • Raffles curated experiences to partake - cruise through the temple ruins on the back of a Vespa or get a monk blessing within hotel grounds before breakfast.

  • Champagne breakfast available daily, simply because life is an indulgence here.

  • Gym is too basic for such an expansive resort with its small size and outdated equipment.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 49/50

Important Bits

  • Vibe

    Wear white all year here in this perpetual summer of white-washed, French colonial languidness.

  • Location

    Siem Reap feels like a small town, so everything is within a 15 minute tuk-tuk ride.

  • Rooms

    119 renovated rooms and suites.

  • Music

    ‘Live’ piano player in the evening, when he feels like playing.

  • Year Opened

    1932

  • Designed By

    French architect Ernest Hébrard.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes, the dreamiest outdoor, resort-style pool + tennis court + small gym + spa.

  • Restaurant

    Multiple choices. Flagship option of “1932” serves a tasting menu from the Cambodian royal court plus resort has a nightly dinner + show option.

  • Bar

    Elephant Bar serving iconic slings.

  • Minibar

    Well curated, with local snacks and spirits, including gin and rum distilled in Cambodia.

  • Children

    Bring them, just don’t let them run around and scuff the historical marble tiling!

  • Price

    Expensive luxury, so go splurge on a suite or villa (like the one Michelle Obama stayed in) while you’re at it.

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