While Siem Reap’s hotels are full of beautiful gardens, trees are rarer until you get close to the Angkor Archeological site. Natura Resort is unique because it was built around a small grove of old trees. Holes are even cut into the floor of the restaurant balcony for the trees to grow through.
Across the street from the river, the hotel is on the way to the Angkor temples from downtown. It’s an easy 30-minute stroll or five-minute tuktuk ride to the central market and Pub Street. You’re also close to one of our top recommended restaurants, Mie Café.
Natura Resort aims for a zen experience. The boutique hotel has 23 rooms in two two-storey buildings. Room size ranges from a cozy 25 square metres to 35 for the deluxe rooms and 50 for the 2-storey family rooms. The restaurant is in the centre of the grounds, and the pool and bar are at the far end from the road.
Our room looks out over the saltwater pool and has a huge balcony shaded by flowering vines. The room is equipped with a minifridge, TV, small safe and queen bed. The decor is simple and soothing, with a Buddha statue guarding over us. I loved the fresh scent created by warming lemongrass and water via a candle in the corner. It was also nice to have drinking water provided in refillable glass bottles to try to help Siem Reap’s plastic problem. Natura Resort provides its soap, shampoo and conditioner in refillable clay jars too. The bathroom has a large counter area, though the glass wall to the shower was a bit short to prevent water from splashing into the main part of the bathroom.
The pool bar plays piano spa music in mornings, aiming to cover up any noises coming from the kitchen. Before lunch the music switches to cool jazz, perfect for enjoying a cocktail or a fresh fruit juice in a poolside lounge chair. The pool area has a cool vibe with grey and green colour scheme. The saltwater pool is refreshingly cool thanks to its significant depth. It’s an ideal place to recharge and rest from the dustry streets and temples of Cambodia.
Natura Resort’s breakfast is delicious, offering both western and Asian set breakfasts. The restaurant menu includes a variety of vegetarian and vegan foods for lunch and dinner too.