Without doubt the most stylish hotel in Siem Reap, perfect for those who want to see Angkor in the lap of luxury.
Shinta Mani Shack
Shinta Mani Shack has a charming, courtyard-style layout, with each of its rooms boasting first floor balcony views or direct access to the large swimming pool and tropical gardens. The property has been stylishly designed by hotel architect-designer Bill Bensley, with exclusively-created contemporary artwork and vintage sculptures adding to the resort's sophisticated atmosphere. All day dining is offered at Bai Tong, which has both indoor and outdoor seating areas, and guests may also enjoy the facilities of the resort's sister property, Shinta Mani Club, which stands opposite, including the spa, Kroya Restaurant and Bensley’s Bar.
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There are two main room types, both of which are similar in terms of layout and style, offering 32 or 38 square metres of living space. Poolview rooms are located on the first floor, offering balcony views over the swimming pool and gardens, while Poolside Garden rooms are situated on the ground floor within a few steps of the swimming pool and gardens, offering a private terrace. Stylishly decorated custom-designed beds, a mirrored feature wall and modern artwork, the rooms offer either a king size bed or twin beds, along with TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms.
There's also a 60 square metre Junior Suite available on the first floor, boasting balcony views over the swimming pool and gardens, a king size bed and a separate living area.
The resort is located in the French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area, just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. Local restaurants are only a short walk from the hotel. Although the property is centrally located, it still offers peace and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle - an oasis to return to after a busy day of exploring.
Food and drink
A stay here is on a bed and breakfast basis, but the Bai Tong Restaurant offers all-day dining. Guests may choose from international comfort food and colourful Khmer street food, which can be enjoyed either indoors or outside. There's also Bensley's Bar, where guests can enjoy a refreshing drink in a modern but relaxed setting.
Facilities and activities
Guests can make use of the spa located opposite the property at Shinta Mani Club, which offers a number of relaxing treatments. There's also an outdoor swimming pool, and the resort offers a number of organised activities for guests to take part in, including cooking classes and local excursions.
Environmental and social responsibility
The resort strongly supports responsible tourism through its Shinta Mani Foundation – a stay here assists the on site hospitality training school for less fortunate and disadvantaged children in the local community, with a percentage of the daily room rate donated towards the foundation's activities. Guests can visit The Development Centre or speak to staff about how they can make a difference.
The Shinta Mani Shack is a firm Audley favourite, and gets consistently strong feedback from our clients. It ticks all the boxes for the perfect stay in Siem Reap - a great location, fantastic service, beautifully designed rooms and an oasis to come back to after a day of touring.
Siem Reap tour ideas
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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A chic boutique hotel in a quiet location just outside Siem Reap, Jaya Park River House offers stylish rooms and easy access to the Angkor temples while also supporting local charities and environmental concerns.
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The Park Hyatt is a deluxe boutique hotel situated within close proximity to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat. The art deco inspired design is complemented by strong Khmer influences that embrace the future while respecting the past.
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The traditional Cambodian houses at Sala Lodges have been beautifully restored to offer guests a unique and peaceful hideaway, just a short distance from central Siem Reap.
The most contemporary option in Siem Reap, the Shinta Mani Angkor is infused with innovative design and modern art touches that make this well located hotel like no other.
Exuding the air of an exclusive 1950s bolthole where diplomats and the cognoscenti might meet, Viroth's Hotel offers vintage styling and an air of understated glamour. The chic decor, large pool and quiet location make it an appealing base.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Believed to be the world's largest religious building, this temple is the perfect fusion of symbolism and symmetry and a source of pride and strength to all Khmers. Watching the sun set, sat on one of the temples ancient walls is a magical experience.
This excursion is not only a great birdwatching opportunity but also offers a fascinating insight into life on the lake. The village of Prek Toal is one of the largest floating villages on the lake.
Join a Cambodian chef and go shopping at the local market for fresh locally-grown ingredients. You explore several classic Khmer dishes and enjoy tasting the end result at a traditional Khmer style luncheon. The class takes three to four hours.
Travel southeast to one of the largest and least-visited villages on the Tonle Sap Lake, Kompong Khleang, about 55km from Siem Reap. It has a population of about 10,000 people, all of whom make a living from the fishing industry.
For those with a keen interest in photography and wanting to get the best of their time at the temples in Cambodia, this trip has been designed to help you do just that. All levels of skill are welcome.
Follow your guide into the countryside immediately surrounding Siem Reap for an insight into a different side of Cambodia seeing how local people live and taking in the rural scenery.