Navutu Dreams is a stunning oasis in busy Siem Reap. It’s on the edge of town and its neighbours are rice fields. It feels a world away from the dusty streets and backpacker throng of the Old Market but is just a 10 minute tuk tuk ride from the action.
The staff are incredibly friendly and will do everything in their power to make your stay enjoyable. We were greeted by name whenever we saw the front of house staff. The check-in process was smooth, with a delicious welcome drink and an information pack including activities within and around Siem Reap.
There are 28 rooms at the resort, each with a patio and garden area. The Grand Tour deluxe rooms also have a roof terrace with sun loungers to while away your morning or from which to watch the stars.
We stayed in the incredibly spacious Grand Tour room which was gorgeous. The blue, white and yellow décor are reminiscent of Mediterranean Europe, perhaps a nod to the owner’s Italian heritage. I felt like a princess as I splashed around the large corner bath in the main room, or strolled into the walk-in wardrobe, which opens up to a bathroom and separate rain shower room.
There are three pools to choose from when you return from a long day at the temples – a 18 metre, chlorine treated, fresh water lap pool, a family salt water pool and a salt water lounge pool. The lounge pool was our favourite, the shade and salt water keeping the temperature a touch cooler during our visit in the dry hot season. With 5 spa treatment rooms, daily yoga classes, detox and wellness programmes, we weren’t surprised to learn that some guests come, not for the temples, but for what’s on offer at the hotel.
As well as providing incredible hospitality, the hotel supports a local community project which supports the lives of children previously living and begging on the streets.