The Wonders of Cambodia: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Welcome to the gateway to Cambodia’s Eighth Wonder of the World. A place where ancient civilisation once thrived and modern civilisation still does. Siem Reap – and the UNESCO World Heritage site of 12th century Angkor Wat within it – is one of our planet’s most visited travel destinations. With a perfect combination of old-world charm, vivid history, culinary splendour and modern-day luxury; it’s no wonder people flock to experience this South East Asian paradise.

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Five Star Style

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We took a trip to Siem Reap to experience one of the best hotels the city has to offer and tell you all about it: the five star Park Hyatt Siem Reap. It boasts impressive independent reviews on TripAdvisor and was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2014, so we were expecting grand things.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

The five star hotel is the city’s most prestigious address. Located in the heart of Siem Reap, this central oasis offers top class facilities, the finest rooms, exquisite food, splendid modern comforts and tranquil tropical gardens to escape the hustle and bustle. Only a short drive to the magic of Angkor Wat, we found it was the perfect inner-city hideaway and an ideal base for exploring the region at our own pace.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

From the minute we arrived, we felt like royalty. We were collected at Siem Reap International Airport (just a quick 15-20 minute drive away) and delivered right to the door. 104 rooms and suites are encased in an elegant and contemporary residential facade that rises dramatically above Siem Reap’s skyline. The hotel is somewhat secluded from public view by lush, manicured tropical gardens, just adding to that ultra-exclusive feeling.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We were even treated to a welcome cocktail on arrival in the stylish Living Room as a small taste of the lavish experience to come.

A is for Ambience

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Exploring the elegant grounds within the hotel’s walls, it was immediately apparent why the Park Hyatt is a five star spot to stay. Every little detail is flawless.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

From the contemporary wall motifs and arty decorative features, to the soft mood lighting at night, glass-like pools and a towering 100 year old Banyan tree centrepiece. An oasis indeed.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

A Space to Unwind

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We stayed in the incredibly spacious and eclectic Park King Room featuring Khmer-inspired contemporary art, custom furniture and a warm palette decor. The effect is an exotic, resort-like ambience. The room boasts a King bed and striking views of downtown Siem Reap.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

A 40″ LCD TV and DVD player, air-con, and high-speed in-room WiFi access kept things modern and convenient. The in-room Nespresso coffee machine was also a rare bonus for those of us who can’t live without that first cup of early-morning brew. Fresh welcome fruits were also awaiting our arrival, and would conveniently reappear every day after we’d devoured every piece.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We also fell head-over-heels for the elegant and spacious bathroom. A complete treat with the finest Italian marble, dual vanities and a deep tub right in the centre which made for an ideal finish to a day of exploring. We wrapped up in the soft, fluffy bathrobes too before settling in for a heavenly night’s sleep.

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Take a Dip

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

With the sunny tropical weather in Siem Reap, a leisurely dip in the cool water is always inviting and offers a welcome recovery after a day of tours in the temples.

In a patterned Southeast Asian style lagoon, green tiled and surrounded by lush gardens; the hotel’s free-form swimming pool is an ideal place for an afternoon splash, a poolside cocktail, or a quiet moment alone with a good book.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We always appreciate lagoon-styling with an infinity edge, but this pool also features a unique semi-indoor area. It’s reminiscent of ancient Roman baths with a low roof, stacked columns and enchanting tree motifs adorning the walls. There’s a private, spa-like feeling in here, with romantic little nooks and crannies to hide away in.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

There’s also a beautiful lap pool on the ground floor, which we discovered first. Health enthusiasts can get a quick workout if the machines aren’t inspiring enough (there’s a fully-equipped fitness centre at the hotel too). Lounge chairs are situated at the pool edges, shaded under parasols and cabanas in the day.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Pool service is available from Glasshouse Deli. Patisserie too, serving a delicious selection of thirst-quenchers and light refreshments ranging from fruit juices, soft drinks and mineral water to delightful cocktails. We also found the pool attendants were always on-duty to help with anything we needed and hand us fresh, fluffy towels on a whim. There’s WiFi available in the pool areas as well.

Relax and Rejuvenate

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

From the moment we stepped into the spa, we felt just a little bit calmer. The area spans over 243sqm with a steam room, six spacious treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge with foot massages and the 24-hour state of the art fitness centre.

We tested out the heavenly 60 minute Heritage Body Massage (in the name of research, of course) and also the soothing 30 minute foot massage in the relaxation lounge after we’d been on our full-day walking tour. The wonderfully skilled spa therapists use only natural and locally-harvested ingredients for a truly luxurious and revitalising experience.

The Finest Dining

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Cambodian cuisine may not be the most famous of South East Asia’s regional delicacies, but that just meant our tastebuds were in for a rare treat. Our first meal at the hotel was an authentic ‘Taste of Cambodia’ dinner at The Dining Room, serving a selection of exquisite French ‘au provencal’ and Cambodian dishes made from traditional recipes and fresh ingredients.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Siem Reap is dotted with old French shop houses, dating back from colonnial times, so the French influence extends easily into food. The highlight from the meal was a Seafood Amok; a mouthwatering traditional Cambodian seafood curry, made with Nhor leaves, creamy coconut milk and exotic herbs and spices.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Each day of our stay, we woke up to a delicious breakfast! The à la carte menu offered a dizzying array of choices ranging from French toast with mixed berry sauce and eggs-any-style with bacon, tomato, mushrooms, sausage and hashbrown, to smoked salmon, cold cuts and cheese with fresh breads, Cambodian sweet pastries and a selection of hot Cambodian dishes (for something more exotic).

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We also dined on a delectable Park Hyatt lunch in The Living Room, the hotel’s chic bar and lounge that’s bordered by two colonnades overlooking the courtyard, gardens and the swimming pool in the distance.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Comfort food is offered throughout the day over a glass of wine from the extensive wine library or over an array of tea on a lazy afternoon. Our three course lunch consisted of crispy spring rolls with Khmer noodles, stir-friend garlic and ginger pork with oyster sauce and palm sugar, and a tropical trio sorbet for dessert. Bon Appetite indeed.

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Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Angkor Wat, the Eighth Wonder of the World

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s hard for anyone to deny the breathtaking scenery of Angkor Wat. We went on an incredible full-day guided tour of this spectacular piece of ancient history and beyond. All we had to pay for was the small Temple entrance fee; the rest was all ready to roll.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Travelling by traditional Cambodian Tuk Tuk was a thrilling way to get from place-to-place. Our knowledgeable English-speaking driver and tour guide was friendly and enthusiastic from the get-go. We learnt how the Khmer Empire prospered between 9th and 13th centuries, around the time when Angkor Wat was built.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We visited Angkor Thom – not a temple, but an entire walled city of 9km² which served as the Royal Capital from approx. 1181 onwards. We discovered the Bayon Temple crowned with 216 giant, enigmatic, smiling faces.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

We also explored the Terrace of the Elephants and intricate Terrace of the Leper King, followed by famous Ta Prohm. This beautiful temple is overgrown with fig trees, giving it a haunting and enchanting atmosphere.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Explore Siem Reap

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a beautiful, charming town made famous by the magnificent temples of Angkor, but the vibrant city streets are also worth their own share of exploration. Old buildings reminiscent of the French colonial years, quaint villages amidst paddy fields and idyllic waterways from the Mekong to the great Tonle Sap create a visually breathtaking landscape that lures travellers from across the globe.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap

The Park Hyatt is located in the centre of Siem Reap town. We discovered that it’s the only hotel within a safe and short walking distance to the Old French Quarters where restaurants, bars and shops abound. Also visit the famous Pub Street in the Old Market area if you’re feeling up for a fun night out.

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TripAdvisor Reviews

“Superb city hotel, excellent location”
5 out of 5 stars – Reviewed 15 May 2014

If I ever go back to Siem Reap I will most definitely stay again at the Park Hyatt. The hotel is newly refurbished, a beautiful city hotel in an old and beautifully renovated building… The location of this hotel is unbeatable. The city center with the markets is in walking distance and after a nice dinner it is great to stroll around and get back to the hotel walking… All in all a wonderful experience.

“Beautiful hotel in ideal location”
5 out of 5 stars – Reviewed 19 May 2014

I stayed at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap in February 2014. The hotel is a fully renovated hotel, and in the heart of downtown Siem Reap – only a few blocks walk to the night market and pub street. It is an oasis in the center of the city. No other hotel of this quality is walking distance (without overheating, and completely drenched with sweat!) of the night life of the city. The hotel has a beautiful art gallery and high-end gift shop. The bar is very trendy and the dining room is casual, yet chic. The food is terrific…

“Wonderful hotel that I will visit again next time”
5 out of 5 stars – Reviewed 12 May 2014

My husband and I had the opportunity to stay at this hotel for 3 nights 4 days and it spoiled us – from check in to check out. I cannot speak highly enough about this hotel. The personal touches like remembering my name enhanced our experience. We frequented the Living Room throughout our visit and Malika and Han provided superb service. I, also, appreciated the spas accommodations (btw the best massage I have ever had!).

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