The 8 Best Luxury Hotels & Resorts in Cambodia

Private islands, wilderness retreats, city skyscrapers, luxury boats and everything in between. Discover Cambodia's best hotels
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Keith Jarman

Published on: February 13th, 2024

Last modified: April 12th, 2024

Cambodia has become one of Southeast Asia’s most sought-after destinations – and it’s easy to see why. Beyond the breathtaking beauty and sheer scale of Angkor Wat, the seemingly endless ancient temples, the pristine wilderness, peaceful beaches and spirited cities, this country also claims some spectacular accommodation. We’ve selected the best luxury hotels in Cambodia, from opulent urban resorts to far-flung island oases.

1. Shinta Mani Wild

Of all the incredible places to stay in Cambodia, Shinta Mani Wild sets itself apart by exemplifying how travel can make a truly positive impact. This luxury camp is located in an expanse of virtually untouched rainforests, rivers and mountains in southwestern Cambodia, and works closely with rangers from the Wildlife Alliance to protect local species and habitats.

Shinta Mani

Shinta Mani Wild is low-impact by design, with just 15 tents carefully placed along the river and tucked in among the trees. Each one has its own personality and perks, from private decks and outdoor bathtubs to privileged locations right above the rushing water. Here you can relax at the Khmer Tonics spa, go ziplining through the forest or accompany the rangers on their daily patrol.

shinta mani

2. Song Saa Private Island

Set on two islands in the Koh Rong archipelago, Song Saa Private Island is the very definition of secluded luxury – and easily one of the best hotels in Asia. Each of its 24 villas features a private pool and sundeck with uninterrupted views; choose an overwater villa to dive straight into the sparkling sea from your doorstep, or the Royal Villa for unparalleled privacy and plenty of space.

Song Saa Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island’s commitment to sustainability is evident in every detail. Its structures are made from reclaimed materials; seasonal and locally sourced ingredients play a starring role in its delectable cuisine; and it supports various environmental conservation programmes and community empowerment initiatives through the Song Saa Foundation.

Song Saa private island

3. Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang

Located just a 20-minute drive from Angkor Wat, this exceptional resort exudes authenticity. Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang is the perfect place to get acquainted with Cambodian culture – you’ll stay in a traditional stilted villa, taste local dishes made with rice from nearby paddies and enjoy treatments based on Indigenous healing practices at the Spa Temple.

Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang

Another highlight is the hotel’s Sunset Lounge: an atmospheric bar set inside a century-old farmhouse. Here you can kick up your feet and sip a masterfully prepared cocktail or an excellent glass of wine as you watch the sun sink below the horizon – the perfect way to unwind after a long day of exploring.

Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang, Swimming Pool

4. Amansara

Amansara has a fantastic location right in the middle of Siem Reap. It’s close enough to Angkor Wat that you can easily arrive before the rest of the day’s visitors for an exclusive sunrise tour. Back at the hotel, relax in the quiet gardens, take a dip in the pool or retreat to your suite. Each one has its own enclosed courtyard, and many boast private plunge pools as well.

Amansara Cambodia

Amansara was originally used to accommodate royal guests in the 1960s, and today it epitomises contemporary luxury through the use of clean lines and a chic colour palette. The property was reconstructed in the early 2000s after decades of neglect, and has since cemented its reputation as one of the best hotels in Cambodia.

Amansara Cambodia

5. Six Senses Krabey Island

If your idea of the perfect holiday involves escaping to an isolated tropical oasis, then Six Senses Krabey Island might just fulfil your fantasies. This luxury Cambodia beach resort encompasses 40 private villas scattered across the island of Koh Krabey, each of which blends into the lush green foliage to minimise its footprint on the landscape.

six senses Krabey island

In fact, much of the resort is all but hidden among the natural surroundings – from the airy Tree Restaurant to the world-class Six Senses spa. We especially love thoughtful touches like the Alchemy Bar (where you can dream up your own wellness products), the Double-Dip Hangout (which serves homemade gelato) and the dreamy outdoor cinema.

six senses Krabey island

6. La Résidence d’Angkor

Verdant gardens, warm wood accents and traditional touches lend an enchanting essence to La Résidence d’Angkor: one of Siem Reap’s oldest and most renowned luxury hotels. Its courtyard boasts an abundance of lush vegetation and a serene saltwater pool, making it easy to forget that you’re in the city at all.

la residence angkor

There’s plenty to do at La Résidence d’Angkor, whether you’re in the mood for meditation and herbal healing at the Kong Kea spa or a whirlwind tour of Khmer cuisine at Circle restaurant. You can also watch the chefs work in the open kitchen of the poolside Ember restaurant, or take a hands-on cooking class to learn local culinary secrets.

la residence angkor

7. Rosewood Phnom Penh

Cambodia may be a treasure trove of ancient history, but it also has a strikingly modern side – and nowhere is it on greater display than at Rosewood Phnom Penh. Located in the dynamic business district of the country’s capital city, this hotel occupies floors 25 through 39 of the soaring Vattanac Capital Tower.

Rosewood Phnom Penh Sora

Describing itself as a ‘high-end curated mansion’, Rosewood Phnom Penh combines the pinnacle of luxury with panoramic views of Phnom Penh and the Mekong River. Its top-notch dining spaces include a patisserie, a whisky library, various international eateries and the stunning Sora sky bar, set on a cantilevered terrace 37 storeys above the city.

Rosewood Phnom Penh Sora

8. Aqua Mekong

Aqua Mekong is far from your average hotel. This ultra-luxe cruise ship travels along the Mekong River between Vietnam and Cambodia, promising an unforgettable slow travel experience. Its 20 suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows; there’s an on-board outdoor plunge pool, spa and library; and private launch boats are available for daily excursions. 

Aqua Mekong

We suggest boarding the boat in Ho Chi Minh and disembarking in Siem Reap: an all-inclusive seven-night journey that will take you through some of the most remote regions of Cambodia. There are also shorter itineraries between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, if you’d rather stay within the country.

Aqua Mekong Outdoor Plunge Pool

 

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As the curtain falls on our guide to Cambodia's most luxurious hotels, we invite you to transform these dreams into your reality. Each property offers a unique gateway to the heart of Cambodia's beauty and culture, promising unforgettable experiences.

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