Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection

Immerse yourself in the private and exclusive world of Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection, where heaven can wait.

Having stayed in so many hotels around the world, I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. Well, I was wrong. Staying at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection, I encountered numerous surprises. I had such a wonderful time and was incredibly impressed.

A hotel within a hotel, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection comprises ten exquisite two-level 156 sqm villas in the cultural heart of the historic royal town of Siem Reap and offers an indulgent experience. In collaboration with acclaimed designer Bill Bensley, Shinta Mani Hotels ‘Bensley Collection’, is an exclusive portfolio of sophisticated resorts showcasing visionary concepts, extraordinary design, and bespoke service – the very essence of ‘Bensley Collection.’

Villa Fit for a Queen
Entering the villa feels like entering a world of my own and, it is impossible not to be impressed with the first glimpse of the villa. Under the ancient canopy of Siem Reap’s Palace trees, each villa offers its residents privacy and ultimate extravagance, complete with their own Bill Bensley lush tropical garden that literally brings the outside in.

From its dramatic high walled façade with a monumental scale three-dimensional carving portraying the ‘hands of meditation” to signify spiritual perfection, to the oversized 9 meter personal lap pool and gardens with a rooftop living room, the 10 ultra-chic, luxurious two level Khmer inspired villas will delight, surprise and inspire you as you luxuriate in the Khmer Kingdom of your own.

When I saw the villa, I was in awe. It was spacious across two pavilions including a floor to ceiling glassed bathroom with views over the garden and the outdoor bath. In creating his collection, Bensley assumed complete freedom to let his creative spirit run free and showcase his skill in crafting pioneering experiences with his legendary brilliance. He designed the villas as where he likes to live; surrounded by lush private gardens. Knowing the importance of sleep, Bill created the fluffiest most comfortable beds imaginable in a room that totally blacks out. Bill personally oversaw every detail of design and service to ensure an innovative type of indulgence he calls ‘escapism’ (also the title of his book) and one that guests will long remember and want to experience again and again. The atmosphere of the villa is that of a secluded paradise, a veritable Eden.

Royal Cuisine
You will never get hungry staying at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection. My absolute private restaurant is Kroya which means “food” in Khmer, Shinta Mani’s heritage inspires this unique restaurant. Kroya offers blends international as well as local product, combining fresh ingredients, native herbs and spices to create innovative, palette pleasing flavours. Looking at Kroya’s menu, you do not need to ask what the recommendation is, as every single dish in here is just delicious. The executive chef Reza Kurniawan prepared a simple menu that is full of flavours. During my stay here, I had fun trying on dishes which never once failed me. While dining here, make sure you try the Tiramisu which is the best Tiramisu I have ever had in my life, delicious is an understatement when describing it.

I am not an outdoor person, but while dining at Kroya, I love to seat at one of the Khmer swings, enjoying the gentle breeze while savouring my mouth watering food.

Surrender to the Senses
The Shinta Mani Spa is a haven of refuge; it is all about pampering yourself and letting your body, mind, and soul be refresh, and rejuvenate. The spa has a comprehensive menu to choose from; I tried the Shinta Mani Spa Signature Massage, my treatment room is very spacious and cozy. The treatment started with a foot bath ritual, and then I moved to the massage bed. This 90-minute treatment combines a selection of four aromatic body oils, relaxing, detoxification, contouring, and energizing oil. I surrendered to the skillful hands of my therapist as she used various special techniques to alleviate pain, reduce discomfort and promote relaxation. The massage was so good that I did something that a journalist isn’t supposed to do during a spa treatment, I fell asleep. With every stroke, my mind drifted into the utter sense of relaxation, the next thing I realized was when the therapist asked me to lay on my back. I have never felt so relaxed after a treatment. So I decided to book another treatment for the next day. A stay at Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection is not complete without a relaxing and pampering time at The Shinta Mani Spa.

At Your Service
One of the things that stood out during my stay was the excellent service of the Bensley Butlers. During my stay, I was well taken care of by the same butler, Peter. Peter was on hand to cater to my every need. No detail was overlooked, and no request was too much trouble to ensure that I had the most pleasant and memorable stay of my lives.

The night before we went to Angkor Wat, Peter informed me to have a rather heavy breakfast as I had to walk a lot and need all the energy. It was a hot day when we explored Angkor Wat, I forgot to bring my hat, and he bought me a hat. In one of the spots, we had to climb up steep stairs and wearing hats was not allowed, Peter held my hat and drink so I could climb up more easily. The service here is undoubtedly without peer, and the unexpected personalised touches make Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection stand out.

By Melani Semuel | Photos courtesy of Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection

Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection
Junction of Oum Khun Street,
Siem Reap – Cambodia
Phone. +855 63 964 234

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