I’ve been living in Asia since 2009 and can you imagine that I never once stepped foot in the country of Cambodia! I guess before, it just wasn’t my time, until now. What most people think of when they think of Cambodia is Angkor Wat. You know, the UNESCO world heritage site that’s the largest religious monument in the world. It’s part of the list of world wonders and I’m happy to say that I’ve finally got to explore it with my own eyes. It was definitely a bucket list destination checked off!
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During my time in the quaint city of Siem Reap, I stayed at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. This stunning luxury hotel is located right in the center of the city, making it incredibly convenient to be your base of exploration. First, I can start by saying that I’m a huge Park Hyatt fan, so my expectations were set a bit high because the brand has never let me down!
I’ve reviewed several Park Hyatts around the world including Park Hyatt Macka Palas in Istanbul, Park Hyatt Dubai, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi, Park Hyatt Hadaha Maldives, Park Hyatt Bangkok, Park Hyatt Saigon, Park Hyatt Milan, and Park Hyatt Vienna. The list is long, and I plan to keep growing it!
My adventure started at the Siem Reap Internationl Airport after a quick one hour flight from Bangkok, Thailand. The Park Hyatt Siem Reap staff was conveniently waiting for me just at the exit door of the terminal. The kind driver/concierge whisked me away to the hotel after first helping me to purchase a SIM card.
It only took a 15-20 minute drive to reach the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. There I was offered a choice of welcome drink and then offered a tour around the property where I learned a lot about this luxury hotel as well as Cambodian hospitality.
Rooftop Garden Suite
For my three night stay at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap I stayed in what can only be described as a full-fledged villa sitting on top of a hotel. This massive 152sqm Rooftop Garden Suite had several rooms, all that were incredibly spacious. In fact, it was so big that I got most of my steps in for the day just traipsing back and forth in the suite when I forgot something on the other side.
First of all, let’s discuss the living room. The suite opened up into it and it featured comfortable sofas, chairs, a dining room table, large television, beautiful local Cambodian decorations, interesting books, and nearly a complete wall of windows along one side that brought in tons of natural light. This is where I lounged after my intense explorations and also got my work done because the bills don’t pay themselves baby (well they pretty much do now, read my book to find out more!)
Thank you for the lovely welcome amenity Park Hyatt Siem Reap!
Indeed, this Rooftop Garden Suite had a lot to offer. Additional features included a kitchenette and half bathroom near the front entrance. I loved brewing my coffee and tea in the kitchenette which had a Nespresso® capsule coffee machine, kettle, and a very well-stocked minibar.
Additionally, in between the living room and bedroom there was a large outdoor private garden, inclusive of a lounge chair that was big enough for two people. I will admit that I spent time tanning there and also burning there as well. Nonetheless, it was a glorious way to spend the afternoon!
Just past the private garden lies the bedroom. Once again, it was massive just like the other spaces. The master bedroom of the Rooftop Garden Suite was equipped with a king size bed, lounge area, an additional balcony, Bluetooth speaker/alarm clock/wireless charging station, blackout curtains, and two large wardrobes. The bed had multiple pillows of varying thicknesses which helped me to choose just the right one for my preference. Overall, this was a lovely bedroom!
The master bathroom had two sinks, a bathtub, toilet stall, indoor shower stall, as well as an outdoor shower! This was an incredibly well equipped bathroom, I must admit. All of the toiletries smelled great and the Park Hyatt offered lots of items upon request. They sure knew how to satisfy me!
The Park Hyatt Siem Reap is basically a resort within the city. The way the designers incorporated so much nature right into the hotel was truly something special. This style is sure to relax even the most stressed-out traveler.
First, let’s start with the center courtyard of the property which included a stunning tree and water feature. Around the courtyard there were lots of comfortable seating areas and two of the three dining outlets. Throughout my stay, I enjoyed multiple meals in this beautifully designed space!
First, there was one pool just beyond the courtyard area and as you would expect, was incredibly stunning. It looked like a great area for a fashion photoshoot! Too bad I didn’t bring my photographer.
The second pool was located at the opposite end of the property and was really a gorgeous oasis. It was really an expansive pool broken up into several sections all surrounded by lounge chairs and greenery. It was incredibly refreshing and relaxing. I swam there twice and already want to return.
Next to the second pool was a small to medium-sized fitness center. Inside the gym there were cardio machines, free weights, a weight machine, and several pieces of various other equipment such as smash balls. Although the gym wasn’t large, it had everything I needed and was a very relaxing space because all of its windows looked out over green spaces and the pool.
Food and Beverage
The real cherry on top of the cake at Park Hyatt Siem Reap was the amazing food and beverage. During my stay, I ate all three meals per day at their restaurants and also ordered room service. I had a chance to try The Living Room and The Glasshouse Deli. Patisserie. Everything I sunk my teeth into simply blew my mind! Seriously.
I’ve heard mixed reviews of Cambodian food from a variety of people before going but based on my experience, this food is a serious contender on the world stage and it’s unfortunate that I haven’t had a chance to try it until now. Although the Southeast Asian region has a lot of similarities in style and ingredients, all the countries are truly unique.
The Living Room and The Glasshouse Deli. Patisserie had lovely designs. Both offer indoor and outdoor seating and great quality service. On the weekend they even had live music.
Breakfast had a full buffet spread as well as a very extensive a la carte menu. I tried so many of the options and they really do have something for everyone.
Throughout the stay, I loved sampling dishes of the Cambodian cuisine that had flavors that I had not tried before. I can’t wait to explore more of this amazing cuisine! The chefs knew exactly how to balance the dishes with just the right flavors. In addition to all the great local options, they had an equal amount of impeccable Western dishes as well.
One thing I noticed was that nothing was ever TOO sweet like it can be in neighboring countries (I won’t name names.) It was always just right! It left me with a sense that I wasn’t over-consuming sugar which I am a bit sensitive to these days.
In the end, I have nothing but good things to say about the Park Hyatt Siem Reap! From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I enjoyed my time very much. I was truly impressed by how genuine the people were and the quality service that they offered. The staff really cared about their jobs. This sense of care and love also came out shockingly well in the food at the dining outlets. Also, the location once again was simply perfect. For all of these features and more, I have an absolute pleasure in recommending you to stay at the beautiful Park Hyatt Siem Reap!
Sivutha Boulevard, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 17252
Phone: +855 6321 1234