Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild
Luxury camp nestled deep within the forest
- 15 luxury tents
- Swimming pool
- Adventure butlers
- Mountain biking
- Cooking class
- Head out on an anti-poaching patrol
Shinta Mani Wild is an incredible luxury camp nestled within a 350-hectare protected area along the river valley on the southern border of the Cardamom Mountains. It’s the very definition of experiential travel, from the lodging itself to the activities on offer.
Shita Mani Wild is the vison of world-renowned designer, Bill Bensley, who purchased the land and whose mission it is to protect this beautiful part of the country from poaching, mining and logging. The camp has partnered with the Wildlife Alliance, whose rangers have a station on-site, to help conserve this precious wildlife corridor.
The camp consists of 15 luxury tents positioned along the Tmor Rung River. Their location ensures guests enjoy the best possible views and the tents are positioned so everyone has their own little part of the forest. The walk from some of the tents to the main camp can be quite long, so there are rangers on hand with lamps to help you back at night.
Each tent has a story to tell, from the Botanist’s Tent to the National Geographic Tent and while each one is unique, they are all impeccably styled with gorgeous textiles, artwork, fascinating artefacts and one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. Many have freestanding bath tubs on the decking for the ultimate soak.
At the heart of the camp is the Headquarters, where guests enjoy their meals. The team here are passionate about using local, seasonal produce, much of which has been foraged from the surrounding forest. For something really special, there is the option to enjoy a waterfall picnic. The Landing Zone Bar overlooking the Big Raging Sister Waterfall is the place for truly exquisite cocktails. And, if you don’t want to walk there, you can always zip line in!
The camp’s pool has been designed to look like a cistern and the lining was painted jet black so the water reflects the details of the forest. The Khmer Tonics is the camp’s spa nestled amongst the rocks, and here you can indulge in a river-stone foot massage while soaking in a waterfall pool.
There is so much to do during a stay at Shinta Mani Wild, from mountain biking and kayaking to fishing, foraging and cooking classes. There’s even the option to head out on an
anti-poaching patrol to experience the vital work being done by the Wildlife Alliance.
Clean water, bicycles and education for all
The Shinta Mani Foundation provides education, financial assistance and healthcare to Cambodian youth. They have built 1310 wells and 97 homes, sponsored 229 graduates through school, funded 641 bicycles, facilitated over 4000 medical appointments and contributed 55 micro-loans. Shinta Mani is a true leader in responsible travel as they measure their impact regularly and continue to be a significant contributor to the region’s development.
Free-of-charge hospitality school
The Shinta Mani opened a free-of-charge hospitality training school in 2004 to provide underprivileged Cambodian youth with skills to secure future employment.
Pioneering healthy and natural vegetables
Through a partnership with the World Vegetable Centre and USAID, Shinta Mani has developed an experimental farm dedicated to the development of durable crops without the use of pesticides and harmful fertilisers. They make use of age-old practices by planting natural pest repellents like marigolds and lemongrass, as well as specific seed selection to promote natural farming.