Formerly the Pansea, La Résidence d'Angkor is a stylish, self-contained sanctuary managed by luxury Orient-Express. Cross a small moat to enter the cool interior of the steeply gabled, dark wooden lobby with its grand Angkor-inspired reliefs. The tranquil central courtyard is lined with palms and dominated by a small but stylish pool fed by the font of stylized Shiva-lingam. The resort area is small, but everything from the gardens to the room decor is tidy and designed for quiet privacy. Rooms are large, well appointed, open, and elegant, with cloth divans, retro fixtures, and nice local touches. Large bathrooms connect with bedrooms by a unique bamboo sliding door, and another glass slider opens to a small private balcony with cool lounges and views of the courtyard. All is stately and comfortable, and if you're guarded from the cares of reality behind these walls, you're reminded of local culture in all the many fine details throughout. The lobby restaurant offers good fine dining, and there are some great open sitting areas for drinks as well as a library with books, chess, and a conference table.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010