Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Redolent of a bygone era, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor could easily have been plucked from the pages of a novel. Glorious inside and out, think of it as the doyenne of Cambodian hospitality. It was designed, back in 1932, to draw in globetrotters of the upper echelons. Mission accomplished. It’s since been the backdrop for guests such as Somerset Maugham, Charlie Chaplin, Barack Obama and the Clintons. Set amid tropical gardens in the heart of Siem Reap’s French Quarter – gateway to Angkor Wat – this is the last word in style. The whitewashed facade opens into French colonial interiors enriched by Art Deco accents that transport guests to the golden age of travel, with butlers pre-empting guests’ every need across the rooms and villas. A peaceful, frangipani-scented 35-metre pool, inspired by Angkor’s ancient baths, runs off from the spa, where Khmer treatments come recommended. Popular local haunt, 1932, delights the palate as the chefs navigates decades of Khmer culinary heritage, while Elephant Bar is one of the hottest spots in town for a libation. While the Raffles name comes with certain cachet, it would be churlish not to acknowledge the deft, discreet and carefully choreographed service on offer here.

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1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap, 17252