For discerning travelers visiting Cambodia who are looking for a luxurious living experience, an experience full of unforgettable moments and memories that will last a lifetime, then look no further. Choose this elegant hotel duo steeped in history, marvel at the sunrise view of Angkor Wat, delight your taste buds with pure Khmer cuisine and end your day with a bespoke spa treatment that will relax your mind, body and soul. and soul. Nowhere in Cambodia will you find a pair of hotels that have as much history as the two iconic Raffles properties, one in Siem Reap and the other in Phnom Penh. These havens of pure luxury have been the choice of world leaders, luminaries and distinguished travelers for nearly a century. Experience lavish luxury, rich history and first-rate service to create a luxury living sanctuary you’ll never want to leave.

Stay at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor Siem Reap

Our first stop was Iconic Raffles Grand Hotel d’Anchor Originally built in 1932, during the French colonial period, in Siem Reap, it quickly became a symbol of elegance and sophistication throughout the region. The architecture, elegant facade and serene lobby reflect the colonial style of the time, seamlessly blending Khmer and French influences. Cambodia has faced numerous challenges throughout its troubled history, including periods of closure during political unrest and conflict. However, it was meticulously restored and reopened in 1997, marking a new era of luxury hospitality in Cambodia. This level of luxury was further enhanced by a major renovation project that coincided with another enforcement shutdown, this time during a global pandemic. With brand new rooms and suites, this luxury hotel set new standards when it was once again presented to esteemed guests in 2022, the perfect time to celebrate an incredible 90 years in the kingdom.

Dining in 1932 is not to be missed when staying at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor Siem Reap. This elegant fine dining restaurant offers a culinary journey while choosing from one of four, each paying homage to a selected decade of rich and diverse Cambodian history. Each of these fine dining tasting menus features local seasonal produce, none more so than the completely plant-based ‘Grand Renaissance’ menu, which celebrates the 1950s, the decade during which Cambodia gained independence. Our meal was an exquisite blend of culinary creativity and Khmer flavor, traditional Cambodian dishes adapted to the environment and made vegan. The trio of smoky eggplant, light, fresh and re-imagined ‘Nom Bun Chok’, rich and delightfully creamy Amok, and palm sugar rich ‘Nom Pla Ai’ took us each on a delightful journey atop our Khmer rice cakes. History of Cambodian cuisine.

Stay at Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh

After leaving Siem Reap after an early breakfast, our driver drove us there Raffles Hotel Le Royal Just in time for a late lunch. This luxury hotel in Phnom Penh is a true jewel in Cambodia’s hospitality landscape, with a rich history intertwined with Cambodian high society and colonial heritage. The hotel originally opened in 1929 and quickly became known as a luxurious retreat for royalty and dignitaries visiting Cambodia. Periods of political instability and conflict affected the Raffles Hotel Le Royal as the country as a whole, and during the Khmer Rouge era the hotel had various uses and became a symbol of resilience. After meticulous restoration, modernization and renovation, Raffles Hotel Le Royal reopened its doors in 1997, blending the historic past with contemporary luxury. Today, it stands as a proud and iconic landmark in the heart of Phnom Penh, offering elegant accommodation, unparalleled service and a refined dining experience to distinguished guests seeking to experience Cambodia’s rich history during their time in the capital.

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Le Phnom 1929 is a French-style brasserie at Raffles Hotel Le Royal where we enjoyed long and lazy breakfasts during our stay, starting each day with tropical juices, strong coffee and traditional bread, all freshly squeezed, steamed and baked. is coming. The attentive team were happy to create off menu dishes that catered to our dietary requirements, meaning we were very well served as vegan guests at Raffles Hotel Le Royal. However, that extra attention was not needed at lunch time when we were able to enjoy the clearly marked vegetarian options from the menu. These include vegetable tian with flaxseed dressing, and a simply divine cauliflower steak, served on a bed of velvety pumpkin mash, with sauce virge, which combine to deliver a light, flavorful and thoroughly plant-based dish.

Relax at Raffles Spa

Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor Siem Reap both have excellent spa facilities, as you would expect from such prestigious hotels. Relax your mind, your body and your soul in the sauna, steam and jacuzzi before preparing to be pampered in one of the luxuriously appointed treatment rooms. We felt revitalized and rejuvenated after our aromatherapy massages, they offered the perfect antidote to our day exploring the temples of Angkor or the bustling streets of Phnom Penh, and should definitely be part of the itinerary during your stay.

Check in at Raffles in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh and enjoy luxury living at its best in Cambodia. These two historic hotels seamlessly blend timeless elegance with unparalleled service, ensuring memories of your stay will last a lifetime. From elegant rooms and suites to refined dining experiences, every aspect has been designed to exceed expectations. With a commitment to preserve, protect and respect Cambodia’s rich history, Raffles is the premier choice for Cambodian indulgence and luxury living.

Paul Ayers

Paul Ayers is the co-founder of Vegan Food Quest who writes about luxury hotels and resorts in Southeast Asia with a focus on sustainable travel, eco travel and vegan travel. Currently based in Malaysia, Paul also writes about sporting events across the region and some of the best golf courses.

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