(Post by CAAI News Media)
This month, La Résidence d’Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia, opens its impressive Kong Kea Spa in a new wing of the boutique city resort, and eight luxury suites featuring original works of art by an aspiring Cambodian artist. Meaning ‘water for the god’ in Khmer language, the Kong Kea Spa focuses on the healing aspects of water, both visually and physically.
The water element of the spa is constantly present, from a bridge crossing a lotus pond at the entrance, to an aquarium in the reception area and illuminated water walls.
The signature treatments are based on a formula of cleansing, heating, treating and resting experiences, using locally sourced organic products such as lotus flower, natural sea salt from Kampot and Cambodian virgin sunflower oil.
The ‘Path of Ritual - Essential Formula’ signature treatment, starts with a foot cleansing experience with kaffir lime, lemongrass jasmine and lotus flower, followed by a herbal bath with cinnamon, jasmine, rosemary oil and orange peel. To end, guests will have a choice of a massage with Cambodian virgin coconut oil, a body scrub with water lily, Cambodian palm sugar and lemongrass, or a Body Wrap with cucumber, artichoke and honey.
The Kong Kea spa is spread over 475m² and includes six wet and dry treatment rooms, two of which feature private bamboo gardens. There is a relaxation area with a refreshing, indoor cold plunge pool overlooking the garden, which is available to spa guests pre and post treatment. There is also a fitness centre and a spa boutique.
In the same wing as the spa are four new ‘Spa Suites’ and four new ‘La Résidence’ Suites. Spa Suites are accessed by a dedicated lift and are over 100m² each. Each incorporates a large bedroom with a flat screen satellite television together with adjacent lounge. Sliding opaque glass doors lead into a spacious bathroom, with an enamel free-standing bathtub, separate walk-in rain shower, dual basins, dressing and storage areas. A private 27m² external garden terrace provides a natural setting for al fresco dining, or for simple relaxation.
La Résidence Suites offer the same luxurious amenities, but are located on the second floor above the Spa Suites, in the quietest area of the property ensuring maximum privacy. Each suite is 90m² and also includes a large balcony or terrace. All feature silk bed throws, cushions and curtains, which have been made locally by Artisans d’Angkor and weaved to the hotel’s bespoke specifications and design. Local art is further supported, with each suite featuring sculptures representing Khmer divinities. Each suite also includes colonial architectural drawings by Mao Soviet – a Cambodian graduate who has made a name for himself in the contemporary art scene in Cambodia.
The new suites bring the total room count of La Résidence d’Angkor to 62. Situated in the heart of Siem Reap and near the temples of Angkor Wat, the hotels is a leafy haven beside the Siem Reap river in the centre of the city, situated within a walled garden among many trees, and accessed by a bridge over a lotus pond. La Résidence d’Angkor has also recently opened a large alfresco Martini Lounge area on the first floor, overlooking the pool and the river.