September 08, 2016
Palms and sunloungers line the main pool at Phum Baitang.
45 villas are dotted amid rice paddies and verdant gardens.
Villas have private terraces with cushy couches...
...or float n' gloat private pools.
Interiors channel trad Cambodian abodes with naturally hued furny and textiles.
Large raw wood-paneled bathrooms have soak-tastic free standing tubs.
Hang Bay restaurant offers alfresco international cuisine...
...or go for classic, tongue-tingling Khmer at Bay Phsar.
Antique brushes adorn the walls at the colonial-chic Cigar & Cocktail Lounge.
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Phum Baitang, Siem Reap
On the outskirts of temple town Siem Reap
Over recent years, the Kingdom of Angkor has become more like the Kingdom of Coachloads, but there is one new high-design hotel that'll have you stepping back to tranquil, tourist-free times and living like Jayavarman II himself.
Phum Baitang (translation: Green Village) channels rusticity, simplicity and privacy while seamlessly weaving in slick modern conveniences and incredible attention to detail.
Designed by multi-gonged Parisian archi firm AW2, the expansive jungle-enveloped retreat is set amid 8 acres of verdant gardens and rice paddies. 45 wired-up, raw wood and stone-appointed villas channel the trad Cambodian abodes of yore with naturally hued furny and textiles, plus a choice of terrace en privé or skinny-dipper pool.
When you eventually tumble out of your stilted sleeper, a slew of of drink n’ dine treats await. There’s classic, tongue-tingling Khmer at Bay Phsar, int’l culinary hits at Hang Bay, tipples by the palm-fringed pool, and our fave late night hang – colonial-chic Cigar & Cocktail Lounge set in a centenarian farmhouse replete with lashings of rattan and oriental carpet.
And, of course, no tropical escape would be complete without a sigh-worthy spa. Phum Baitang’s sauna, steam, fitness and yoga-suite’d relaxer will have you scrubbed, kneaded, polished and spiritually centred care of age-old healing techniques and indigenous ingreds. Temples, what temples?
Phum Baitang, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. +855 63 961 111. phumbaitang.com
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