I couldn’t have chosen a better hotel in Siem Reap to kick off our Cambodia trip! I’m going give you the 5 reasons why I think this was the perfect introduction to the lovely hospitality of Cambodian people and why I really enjoyed our stay at the Shinta Mani Angkor Hotel. So I’m taking you along a little bit.
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The perfect hotel in Siem Reap and exactly what you need after a long flight!
Do you know that feeling after a long travel day where you are tired, hungry, exhausted and just want to relax finally? Pretty strenuous, right?
The Shinta Mani team took good care of us from the very first minute we arrived and welcomed us at the airport to take us to the hotel. Cold refreshing towels and water? Mhm, yes please! Exactly what I needed 🙂
Once we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted with a warm-hearted smile, a jasmine flower ring as welcome gift (which smelled incredibly good and is hand folded by a local florist) and a refreshing lemongrass welcome drink. Just a few minutes later we were escorted to our beautiful hotel room. We didn’t feel like eating out as it was fairly late that’s why we ordered room service and received our first Cambodian dishes. What a pleasant arrival.
So here are 5 more reasons why I love the Shinta Mani Angkor and why it is probably one of the best luxury hotels in Siem Reap.
Reason 1: Their breakfast area – the point where I realized I need swinging tables 😀
First of all: the breakfast was amazing! I couldn’t resist and I added a Mimosa to my breakfast to celebrate the kick-off of our 2-month-Southeast-Asia-trip #WhenInRome LOL. We enjoyed our delicious breakfast at the cozy outdoor swings while smooth Jazz music was playing. My boyfriend seemed to be very happy about the breakfast too 😀
Reason 2: the location & privacy.
The Shinta Mani Angkor hotel is just a few minutes walk away from the center but still calm and private enough to enjoy your stay. This is the perfect place for couples who are seeking a smaller and charming hotel. Also, did someone say “Happy Hour” at the hotels Bensley’s bar? Count me in 😀 I mean, I know worse places to sit and sip on your cocktails 😉
Reason 3: the traditional Cambodian food cooking class
As we are not only foodies but also want to take new tastes we explored home with us, we took a cooking class with one of Shinta Mani’s chefs. What I really loved about this cooking class was the visit at the market where we were tought about the traditional ingredients and flavors of Cambodian food. (I will go more into detail about the market in a separate blogpost).
Once we got a first understanding of the ingredients, we headed back to the hotel and we cooked traditional dishes as „fish amok“ which is similar to a Thai green curry and prepared with a locally caught river fish and a „green mango salad with prawns“ which is the perfect dish for hot days (both are a Cambodian MUST-TRY). We steamed banana leaves and prepared rice dumplings filled with custard or palm sugar. Everything turned out so well! I have to cook these amazing dishes at home because they are so yum!
Reason 4: a luxury hotel with a strong community aspect.
We got introduced to the second Shinta Mani Property „Shack“, which is more family oriented and more spacious. What really left a heart melting impression was the fact, that the owner decided to give back to the community and founded the Shinta Mani foundation in order to help local Cambodian people in the three core areas of education, healthcare and direct assistance.
The mission of the Shinta Mani Foundation is to enhance the lives of the individuals in the local communities by increasing their human capital and providing them the tools to overcome the constraints of poverty. And to be honest: you can literally feel the good energy at this place.
And reason 5 applies to every place we visited so far in Cambodia: the warm-hearted Cambodian hospitality
Honestly, I can’t get over it how friendly, open, smiling, nice and helpful (insert more nice adjectives :p) Cambodian people are. But I will go into details in my „Cambodia for first timers“ blogpost.
All in all I have to admit I came with zero expectations and I was blown away by the first impression I got from Cambodia. Can’t wait to tell you more about my journey – stay tuned!
Let me know your thoughts on this post and leave me a comment below!
xoxo Nelly 🙂
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