Shinta Mani Wild
Surrounded by three of Cambodia's wildest and most important national parks, Shinta Mani Wild's location is just one of the factors contributing to the property's exclusive feel. On the back of his hotel success in Siem Reap, Bill Bensley, the designer and owner of Shinta Mani Wild, identified and set out to protect a river valley from poaching, mining and logging, but also to introduce new and sustainable opportunities for local people. As a result, this new luxury camp was born, ensuring little impact was made to the surrounding area.
The property hugs 1.5 km (0.9 miles) of river and merges seamlessly into its surroundings, with 15 ultra-luxurious safari-style tents nicely spaced to ensure privacy. Each tent is designed with an indoor-outdoor living concept in mind. Dining options include the Landing Zone Bar and Waterfall Restaurant which combine locally foraged ingredients with exotic global tastes. Boulders Spa offers a full-service, Khmer-inspired spa experience. Several activities exist for those looking to further explore the park. Finally, this accommodation is not without its extravagances: you have the option to arrive by zip line.
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Shinta Mani Wild is a real first for Cambodia, and the definition of a luxury wilderness camp. We feel that this option suits adventure-seekers looking to experience a remote area of the country while at the same time indulging in luxurious surroundings.
The property has 15 luxury tents across three different categories, Wild, Waterfall and a two-bedroom tent. Each tent provides generous living space, with even the smallest tents boasting approximately 100 sq m (1,076 sq ft) of living space. The tents' design combines classic, luxurious safari-esque elements with splashes of Bensley's signature monochromes, blues and yellows, stripes and straight lines.
Located around four hours from Phnom Penh and three hours from Sihanoukville, Shinta Mani Wild sits at the conflux of three national parks, Kirirom, Cardamom and Bokor. Although fairly remote it can be easily accessed from Highway 4.
Food and drink
The Waterfall Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving an array of Khmer and international dishes. Many of the ingredients are locally sourced and foraged in accordance with the property's sustainable principles.
Facilities and activities
Boulders Spa provides a wide range of treatments which can be enjoyed throughout your stay. The surroundings also offer plenty of opportunities for exploring, and the property's resident rangers can accompany you on treks throughout the area.