I’m not supposed to have favourites, but Heritage Suites is one of them. This hotel is both luxury and boutique and has what is, for me, the perfect combination of facilities, services and, especially, attitude.
Don’t be deceived by the modest street entrance, the buildings and grounds are all gorgeous. The stunning two-tired restaurant features the talented kitchen of Chef Vibol (to-die-for canapés, especially the quail’s egg with Béarnaise) and the staff at the zinc bar make creative and classic cocktails.
The spa is by Bodia, one of the best in the region. The saltwater pool, open 24 hours, has a chiller, which is very much appreciated in Siem Reap’s hot afternoons. You can order the full menu at the pool too.
Suites are immense — 75 square meters — and simply stunning. They are also perfectly lit, with a wall of windows and layered lighting, much with dimmers, so that you can have mood lighting or task lighting exactly as you want it. You’ll have a quiet sleep, despite the location in a real Cambodian neighbourhood.
Each suite has a gigantic bathtub in which you can float gazing through your picture window to your own private garden (lit beautifully at night), where you can also take an outdoor shower. Your other bathing options include an indoor rain shower plus a steam room.
There are six classic rooms, 17 bungalow suites, and an additional three extra special suites.
Heritage Suites’ approach to guests hits all the right nuances of friendliness, service, knowledge, fun and sophistication. You simply feel wonderful staying here.