Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Cambodia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Two of Cambodia’s truly elite hotels, the Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh and Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap, will undergo extensive refurbishment, set to be completed by November 2011. Overseen by design company NOOR, the revamp of the French colonial masterpieces, opened in 1929 and 1932 respectively, will be in keeping with their rich architectural history, amalgamating colonial with Art Deco and Khmer details.
While both properties will upgrade their State Rooms, giving them gleaming new wooden floors using sustainable local woods, sumptuous Jim Thompson fabrics and local Cambodian silks, each hotel will also have individualized improvements.
At Raffles Hotel Le Royal, two new Balcony Suites, overlooking the verdant gardens, will debut alongside an updated lobby, Conservatory Bar, meeting room and ballroom. Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor will see the total refurbishment of its two private villas, replete with two bedrooms, spacious drawing room and dining area, kitchen, wine cellar and private terraces. Villa Uma will boast a contemporary colonial aesthetic, abounding with a glamorous new plunge pool, daybeds and decking to inspire lazing and beautiful bosky landscaping in the tropical setting. In contrast, Villa Kama will retain a traditional colonial feel, with decorative Khmer elements, teak and Deco-style furniture indoors and classic rattan seating under the Indochine sun.
Guests of the properties can also partake of Raffles’ fabulous Journey Through Cambodia, a five-day itinerary through the Land of Smiles including a visit to Angkor Wat, Khmer cooking lesson, soothing spa treatments, and Raffles Afternoon Tea and culinary experiences. The package starts at $6,300 for two guests, including accommodations.