We had an amazing evening at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia. One of Asia’s great classic hotels, it originally opened in 1932. It and sister hotel Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh are the only two luxury hotels in Cambodia that pre-date the civil war and Khmer Rouge era. Raffles celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012.
But since our Myanmar-Cambodia trip, there's been a significant refurbishment and upgrading of two enormous private villas in Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor’s lush tropical gardens.
Named Villa Uma and Villa Kama, the spacious two-bedroom villas offer stylish accommodations that include a large drawing room and dining area, butler’s kitchen, wine cellar and private terraces with sundeck chairs, day beds and private access to the largest swimming pool in the Kingdom as it's known locally. Rooms are decorated with original Angkorian artifacts, antique furniture, Persian-style carpets and wooden floors.
For those dreaming of an exotic getaway for the holidays check out this list of more luxurious Raffles properties to suite any taste worldwide.
If You're Going: Our introduction to Siem Reap was through an unforgettable journey with Abercrombie and Kent. Check out their upcoming Cambodia and Angkor Wat tours or call 888.785.5379. To plan a Raffles holiday getaway at any of the featured properties, contact www.Raffles.com or call 800.768.9009 in the U.S. & Canada or +800 1 7233537 (+800 1 RAFFLES).
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