Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Siem Reap

Shinta Mani Siem Reap is comprised of 10 private villas shaded by the gardens of Siem Reaps royal residence right next door. Each villa is its own oasis with a private 30ft pool, roof terrace, and outdoor bathtub in a private garden and naturally, your own private butler.

When (and if) you decide to venture out of your private villa you will be pleasantly surprised by every detail of the Bensley Collection hotel like the gargantuan sculpture showcasing the swirling robes of 12th century Khmer king Jayavarman, the vibrant streets of Siem Reap, and of course the magic of Angkor Wat, a mere 15 minutes away.

The hotel has conjured a very special way to to live – and sleep – through the regal two-levelled residences, set in lush private gardens. Each spacious villa overlooks its own serene green garden through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, with an outdoor bathtub and rain shower to spy on. In the living room, bold murals evoke the folds of Khmer king Jayavarman’s robes – famed for his pioneering spirit, it’s only right this trailblazing stay should pay him tribute.

Custom-made furniture, handcrafted light fittings and artwork bringing Khmer lore to life. Even sleeping here is an indulgence, thanks to blissfully comfortable beds, Khmer-inspired bed sheets, personalised pillows and golden bamboo bedside towers. The intuitive Bensley Butlers are there when they’re needed, invisible when they’re not. Traditionally trained and endlessly resourceful, our butlers work miracles with a smile.

As tempting as it is to hide away in your villa, the Hotel encourages you to explore, especially as the hotel has its own eateries to steer you to. You can try the seasonal, seven-course Khmer Tasting Menu (inspired by the local harvest) at Kroya, pause for a sundowner at Bensley’s Bar, or sample a selection of fine Khmer beef farmed and aged locally at The Steakhouse. Alternatively, let the in house “Bensley” Butlers recommend a night spot in the bustling Old Market.area.

Spoiling spa treatments include the house-made Khmer Tonics, which can be taken on the rooftop or in the privacy of your villa. The simple, distinctly indigenous approach to wellbeing spans healing rituals to stress-busting and balance-setting therapies, which riff on traditional Khmer herbs and wisdom. Just ask your Bensley Butlers to explain the treatments. Yoga and meditation can also be arranged.