Phum Baitang is a design hotel iniscent of Khmer houses, built on stilts with local wood, timber and stone that have been used in Cambodia for decades. Not trying to imitate, but rather integrate a luxury resort into its enviroment, the resort is set among 8 acres of rice fields and gardens giving guests an authentic rural experience just outside the bustling city of Siem Reap.
An existing ancient farmhouse on the grounds has been converted into a lounge and furnished with rattan wing chairs and plush oriental carpets, reminiscent of Cambodia’s golden days.
The 45 spacious, stilted wooden villas, with thatched roofs, form a village-like cluster inspired by traditional design and complemented by local modes of transportation, such as tuk-tuks. There are 25 Terrace Villas (60m2) with a generous deck and 20 Pool Villas (72m2) with a garden area plus a private plunge pool and lounge pavilion. Interiors feature carved wooden headboards, locally sourced antiques, and lime-finished, freestanding wooden bathtubs. Room facilities include air conditioning, a 42" flat-screen TV with satellite channels and VOD, sound system, safe, minibar, and coffee/tea making facilities. Private bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers and complimentary Aesop toiletries.
The hotel’s Bay Phsar restaurant has a local market feel where guests can pick their own fresh ingredients and spices, and where the rice comes from the surrounding paddy fields.
The hotel offers a tranquil spa temple with seven treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, and an outdoor pool with bar. There is a kid's club and bicycle rental is available.
• 45 rooms
• Hotel opened: September 2015
• Architecture: AW2
• Interiors: Reda Amalou, Arnaud Zannier