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Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh: Grand Dame

Colonial charm oozes from every pore of Phnom Penh’s iconic grandmammy Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

The Cambodian capital’s history may be a turbulent one, but intertwined in its remarkable tale is this beacon of chequerboard-tiled and colonnaded refinement. Since 1929, Raffles Hotel Le Royal has welcomed an illustrious roster of international travellers, and to this day the landmark’s impeccable service and inherent style remain as prevalent as they were all those years ago.

Melding Khmer, Art Deco and French influences, cool creamy rooms and suites exude restrained elegance, with private balconies, clawfoot bathtubs, own-brand amenities and LCD TVs. Fine diner Restaurant Le Royal delivers elevated renditions of royal Cambodian and haute French cuisine; jazz and cocktail aficionados should beeline to the safari-chic Elephant Bar; while the leaf-shaded pool and signature adults-only spa are on hand for quiet pause and reflection amid the bustling, busy comings and goings. If it’s good enough for Jackie O, we think it’ll do just nicely for us.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal, 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. +855 23 981 888,

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