14 Top-Rated Resorts in Cambodia

Written by Freddy Sherman
Oct 19, 2022
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Cambodia is a truly incredible vacation destination. Over the past decades, the Southeast Asian nation has blossomed, emerging from its troubled past to once again welcome millions of visitors each year. They come for its history, they come for its culture, and they come for its resorts.

The choice of resort accommodation options across Cambodia is amazing. You may want to explore the ruins of Angkor Wat and stay at Amansara, the former guesthouse of the Cambodian king. Perhaps you would prefer a tropical beach experience and a villa overlooking the Gulf of Thailand at the Six Senses Krabey Island.

Couples looking for a romantic getaway may like the seclusion and privacy of a boutique property like the Koh Russey Villas & Resort, while families with children may prefer the endless activities of a large resort, like the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort.

Plan your own adventures with our list of the best resorts in Cambodia.

1. Lotus Blanc Resort

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Accommodation: Lotus Blanc Resort

The Lotus Blanc Resort is on Siem Reap's main road and makes the perfect home base to visit the temples of Angkor. It's set within beautiful grounds filled with coconut palm trees. You can enjoy the largest swimming pool in Siem Reap or lounge in one of the hammocks.

A stay at the Lotus Blanc gives you seclusion and privacy yet it's centrally located, so any of the things to do in Siem Reap are only a $2 tuk-tuk ride away.

Rooms and suites are very large with a contemporary colonial-Khmer design. Most have private balconies overlooking the pool. Suites have spa-like bathrooms with huge soaking tubs. All accommodations have high-speed Wi-Fi and 42-inch LCD TVs.

The Lotus Blanc can arrange for all kinds of Angkor experiences and temple tours and visits, mainly focusing on half- and full-day private, guided tours of all the main sites.

Rice Kitchen serves international cuisine and is open for all-day dining. A lobby lounge and poolside bar both serve food, and Damnak Lounge is the resort's fine-dining restaurant. It's open for breakfast and dinner with a modern Khmer menu.

Special dining experiences are possible, including a cooking class where you eat the results, as well as a romantic poolside dinner or even a dinner at the Angkor temple. You can also take advantage of 24-hour in-room dining.

2. Six Senses Krabey Island

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Accommodation: Six Senses Krabey Island

Reachable only by boat, this ultra-luxury resort near Sihanoukville has 40 freestanding pool villas set against the tropical tree canopy on Krabey Island. Villas have either sea or lush garden views and are available with one or two bedrooms.

A two-villa complex that can accommodate families is also offered. Villas come with a GEM (guest experience manager), a combination butler and concierge who is the first point of contact for anything you might need.

Guests are offered a wide array of experiences, from Khmer cooking classes to kayaking expeditions to deserted islands to night swims with fluorescent plankton. Couples may want to do a romantic couples massage, and families with kids can explore the Grow with Six Senses extensive kids' activity program.

Two restaurants provide distinctly different dining experiences. AHA offers all-day dining with a menu that features international and pan-Asian cuisine. Tree is their restaurant that focuses on Khmer and Southeast Asian cuisine, especially seafood. Everything is sourced from local and international suppliers committed to sustainable practices, and some ingredients come from the resort's own organic garden.

To cool down, you can have ice cream at the Double Dip Hangout ice cream parlor. The Sunset Bar lounge also serves small plates and appetizers. Of course in-villa dining is always available.

3. Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

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Accommodation: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

This vast Cambodian resort, complete with lakes, green space, and its own golf course, is a great place to stay right in the heart of Siem Reap near Angkor Wat. It's on Vithei Charles de Gaulle, a short walk to museums and Pub Street and a short tuk-tuk ride to the temples.

Sofitel manages the Phokeethra Country Club with its 18-hole championship golf course, which is about 20 minutes away.

At the resort, there is a lot to do. You can swim in the largest lagoon-style saltwater pool in Siem Reap or relax in the whirlpool spa. Kids have their own pool to enjoy along with a large play area. Work out in the large fitness center and then enjoy the sauna, steam room and whirlpool.

The Sofitel So Spa by L'Occitane offers a wide range of body, skin, and beauty treatments, most using locally sourced Cambodian products and ancient Khmer techniques.

Rooms and suites at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort are large and luxurious but a bit dated in their style. Go for one of the poolside rooms on the ground level, which have a private patio that leads right out to the swimming pool. Suites add a sitting area and club access.

Two restaurants await your visit to the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra. Mouhots Dream is their lakeside, fine-dining restaurant with a modern French gastronomic menu. The Citadel is the Sofitel's all-day dining buffet restaurant with an international/Western menu. The gastronomic buffet features live cooking stations and a seasonally changing menu using sustainable, locally-sourced products.

4. Model Angkor Resort

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Accommodation: Model Angkor Resort

This Cambodian boutique resort is in the heart of Siem Reap, set in lush gardens to offer guests some privacy and seclusion.

You're about a mile from Pub Street, less than five miles from Angkor Wat, and also less than five miles from the airport. The resort offers complimentary airport transfers (one-way). A tuk-tuk to the Pub Street area is under $5 and a tuk-tuk to Angkor Wat is less than $10.

Rooms and suites are beautifully designed and appointed with more art elements and accessories than you find at other resorts. Bathrooms have soaking tubs (some are round), perfect for relaxing in after a long day of exploring. Family suites for four people with two bathrooms are available, as are even larger accommodations including two-bedroom, two-bathroom units.

There are two large outdoor pools to enjoy, along with a fitness center. The resort boasts a compact spa with treatments focusing on massages and skin treatments like body wraps.

A single restaurant at the Model Angkor Resort offers all-day dining. Part buffet, part a la carte, the menu features Khmer and Western selections, made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and products.

5. Samanea Beach Resort & Spa

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Accommodation: Samanea Beach Resort & Spa

This boutique beach resort is a great place to stay in Kep, a fascinating city on the ocean in southern Cambodia. Formerly known as the Cambodian Saint Tropez, it was French Indochina's premier colonial resort destination in the 1950s.

The Samanea is a great place to stay in Cambodia if you want to get away from it all. There are only 12 sumptuous villas, with one or two bedrooms. All the villas have outdoor showers and outdoor soaking tubs, in addition to spa-like inside bathrooms. Family suite villas with two bathrooms for four people are available.

The main restaurant at Samanea, Chankiri, offers both international and Khmer specialties. All-day dining is available in a fine-dining atmosphere. You can choose where to dine: indoors, outdoors on the terrace, by the beach, by the pool, at the end of the long jetty, on the boardwalk in the mangrove forest or in your own villa.

6. Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat

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Accommodation: Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat

Outside the frenetic tourist area of Siem Reap, yet still a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride to the temples, the Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat provides a sanctuary for your mind, body, and soul.

The family-owned, plastic-free resort has 28 rooms and suites, decorated with handmade art and accessories. The location outside town means it has a lot more green space than other Siem Reap resorts.

The resort's accommodations are set within almost three acres of lush, private tropical gardens. The basic Explorer rooms are large, with private terraces, the larger Grand Tour rooms and suites have sitting areas and very large outdoor terraces with private gardens. Bathrooms are very modern, with bowl sinks and huge soaking tubs.

The wellness comes from a program of activities like meditation and yoga along with a menu focused on nourishing the body. The Khmer menu at Niam Niam, the resort restaurant, uses locally sourced, organic produce and products and includes a lot of vegetarian options.

The overall setting, within beautiful gardens and three swimming pools, adds to the relaxing vibe. There is a large, freshwater lap pool; a saltwater lounge pool; and a big lagoon-style pool, with a kiddie plunge pool area.

The spa, called Honeycomb, provides massages, facials and skin treatments.

7. Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang

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Accommodation: Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang

Founded under the mantra of "soulful simplicity," this luxury resort has been in the news since opening in 2015 with Angelina Jolie as its first guest. It's near Siem Reap and sits on 20 acres of lush tropical gardens and working rice paddies.

There are 45 freestanding villas, all built on stilts, designed to luxuriously replicate traditional Khmer village houses. The villas at Zannier Phum Baitang are large, with private terraces and gardens. Premium accommodations add even more space and their own private pools. The resort is very spread out, so each villa gets its own bicycles, that's how you get to the main area and restaurant (golf carts are also available).

The resort has two restaurants to choose from: Bay Phsar and Hang Bay. Hang Bay, open for dinner only, is a fine-dining experience. Bay Phsar is open for all-day, mainly buffet dining from 6am to 10pm. The menu has a selection of international dishes like steak, pasta, and chicken, joined with local Khmer cuisine made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

The rice you eat comes from the resort's own rice fields, which produce three tons of rice each year. The herbs come from the resort's organic herb garden, and a lot of the vegetables also come from the organic garden.

Zannier Phum Baitang has a wonderful holistic wellness spa, with a range of traditional Khmer wellness treatments, including ones that come with blessings by Buddhist monks.

The family-friendly resort has a kids' club and offers some special experiences like cooking classes. They also provide full tours and guided temple experiences of all kinds.

8. Memoire Palace Resort & Spa

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Accommodation: Memoire Palace Resort & Spa

This large, luxury palace resort in Siem Reap has its accommodations mainly surrounding a huge, triangular lagoon-style pool with an island in the center.

You can relax on the grass island or take a Khmer cooking class here. It's the largest freshwater pool in Siem Reap, and there's a circular saltwater pool in the center of the larger pool. The main pool has chairs and sun beds inside it, so you can enjoy the sun or have a snack without getting out of the water.

Rooms and suites at the Memoire Palace Resort & Spa are stylish and modern, with more color, style, and artwork than you see at other resorts. Some walls and furniture are done in bright, happy colors. This matches the paint scheme found on the exterior of the accommodations, which also have walls painted different colors. Rooms and suites have beautiful spa-like bathrooms with luxury amenities and big soaking tubs.

The Memoire Palace has a large spa, which offers day passes, making it popular with non-guests as well as hotel guests. The spa presents both a physical restoration program (perfect after hiking all day) and a healing program, each of which include special foods, drinks, massages, and other therapies. The spa also has a fitness center, its own pool and whirlpool, a sauna, and steam room.

The resort offers a dense schedule of guest activities, including group yoga; musical performances; and cultural experiences, like village visits and classes, including cooking and textile making. They also offer the complete array of Angkor tours and experiences.

9. Nita by Vo Angkor Resort

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Accommodation: Nita by Vo Angkor Resort

This minimalist, all-suite and all-villa luxury boutique resort is also in Siem Reap, a short tuk-tuk ride from the Angkor Wat temple complex. Nita by Vo Angkor Resort has 25 bespoke villas set within lush gardens, which surround an infinity-edge pool.

Suites and villas are beautifully constructed, with a lot of wood and natural stone. They all feature a spa-like bathroom with a two-person soaking tub and a waterfall entry. Accommodations have private outdoor spaces, too, with villas adding private pools and private gardens in addition to having more space.

A fine-dining experience in a casual atmosphere is offered in the resort dining room with a Western and Khmer menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available, with a special Khmer version of afternoon tea served before dinner. In-room dining is also available, and food is served at the pool bar and the rooftop Sky Bar.

The resort can curate a range of temple tours and experiences based on how much time you have and how much you want to see. Nita by Vo has a small spa that focuses mainly on massages.

10. Koh Russey Villas & Resort

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Accommodation: Koh Russey Villas & Resort

This island resort is off the coast of Sihanoukville in Southern Cambodia but a world away from the crowds found at most of the area's beach resorts. Named for the remote Bamboo Island on which it sits, the resort is a luxurious sanctuary and the perfect place to escape from the world.

Accommodations are either pavilions or villas. Pavilions are hotel-room-like units in larger buildings. One-, two-, and four-bedroom villas are available; they're freestanding, suite-sized accommodations with their own private pools. All the accommodations are architecturally beautiful and quite luxurious.

The Koh Russey resort has an extensive schedule of programming, from outdoor movies to yoga classes to night plankton swims. They also feature cultural experiences, like tasting trips to the local pepper plantations and pagoda visits for monk blessings. A plethora of beach activities are available, or you may want to enjoy some treatments at the compact spa.

Horizon Restaurant serves Western and international selections for a breakfast buffet and a la carte dinner service. The Beach Shack, which is literally on the sand, offers all-day dining with many selections (including lots of fresh-caught seafood) coming from their large grill.

11. Amansara

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Accommodation: Amansara

Part of the Aman group of ultra-luxury resorts and hotels, Amansara is a very polished luxury resort in Siem Reap, close to the ancient city of Angkor Wat.

The former royal guesthouse of the country's king, it was a popular place to stay for visiting dignitaries. Jacqueline Onassis (Kennedy) stayed here in 1967, but today's guests are people like Angelina Jolie and Bono.

It was reborn and rebuilt as an ultra-luxury resort in the early 2000s. The design of the accommodations and the public spaces is striking, a beautiful, no-expense-spared modern reinterpretation of the resort's mid-century modern architectural roots.

The all-villa resort has three types of villas. The best have their own private pool; some have a large, private grass courtyard. They're all open-plan design, with huge soaking tubs, and feel more like luxe apartments than hotel rooms.

Amansara's extremely high prices come with seriously personal service and a 5:1 staff-to-guest ratio. They also come with half board – breakfast and dinner are included in the room rate. There's a large restaurant/dining room (also beautifully designed) where you take your meals. You can also eat in your villa, or Amansara can arrange dining experiences at the temples or on a boat on Lake Tonle Sap.

At Amansara, it's all about bespoke experiences. Do you want to do a sunrise balloon ride and breakfast over the temples? No problem. Do you want to visit a remote temple by Jeep and be the only one there? They can set it up. They specialize in private experiences and can take you to all the best places to see at times when other visitors aren't there.

12. Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center

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Accommodation: Sokha Siem Reap Resort & Convention Center

This sprawling, five-star resort offers guests a varied array of food, activities, and accommodations in the heart of Siem Reap. It's the perfect home base to explore the temples and ruins. A stay here comes with luxury amenities, like 24-hour room service, a big spa, airport transfers, multiple dining options, and an in-house tour company.

Rooms and suites are large and modern, with a design heavy with Cambodian influences. Even the basic garden-view rooms are quite nice, with large balconies. Upgrades include pool views and sitting areas. Adjoining family rooms are available as are extremely luxurious Royal Sokha villas for those looking to splurge.

On-property you have six different restaurants to choose from, including the Khmer Bistro, a poolside pizza-focused restaurant, and Takezono, offering sushi and sashimi. Other options range from casual buffets to more formal fine-dining experiences.

The Sokha Siem Reap Resort has a giant saltwater swimming pool, the largest in Siem Reap. Right above the pool is an enormous LED screen, where they show movies and big sports events. You can watch from the pool, from an inflatable chair, or from your balcony if you have pool-view accommodations.

After a long day of exploring the Angkor ruins, head to the Jasmine Spa (they're open until 10pm) for a body massage and relaxing Khmer body wrap.

13. Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa

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Accommodation: Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa

Another large five-star resort in the heart of Siem Reap, the Angkor Miracle Resort & Spa has multiple dining options, a wide selection of room sizes and types, and lots of things to do on-property. They also can arrange for all kinds of tours and adventures, from bicycle rentals to all-day guided temple tours.

The resort is on Siem Reap's main road, across from the Cambodia Cultural Village (now called Angkor Green Garden Park), one of the best things to do when visiting Siem Reap.

After passing the huge recreation of the faces of the Bayon Temple in the lobby, you'll find the accommodations at the Angkor Miracle Resort modern with classic Khmer style. Rooms and junior suites are available, with floors and furniture made with local timber and featuring Khmer textiles.

Upgraded Copa Cabana rooms are poolside and have a very large veranda with a swinging daybed. Two signature suites are the best accommodations, with lots of space, butler service, airport transfers, and other luxe amenities.

The food is especially good; it's a highlight of many guests' stay. Kong Kea Restaurant is the main all-day dining restaurant with a menu featuring both Khmer and Western specialties. Kong Kea Terrace is the resort's outdoor dining café.

The Karma Spa has a range of body and beauty treatments, most using traditional Khmer techniques. The resort hosts many musical and dance performances, as well as activities, including group walking tours, yoga classes, and cooking classes.

14. The Royal Sands Koh Rong

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Accommodation: The Royal Sands Koh Rong

This on-the-sand, all-villa luxury resort is on idyllic Koh Rong, Cambodia's second largest island. It's a short ferry ride from Sihanoukville.

The Royal Sands Koh Rong sits on a 550-meter stretch of powdery sand on the western side of Koh Rong, giving you the best vantage point for sunsets. Other than the resorts, there is very little development on the tropical island.

There are 67 villas at the Royal Sands Koh Rong, each finished with the finest natural materials, woods like teak and bamboo and a lot of natural stone. The spacious and stylish luxury villas feature multiple views of the incredible Gulf of Thailand, with its bright turquoise shallow water leading to deep-blue water as the bottom drops away. Villas are either ocean-view in the hills or beachfront, right on the sand. One-, two- and three-bedroom luxe accommodations are available.

You can relax on the pristine, private beach, or be active with things like kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, mountain biking, and jungle hikes.

The Senses Spa provides a wide range of skin, beauty, body, and wellness treatments. Request one of the treatment rooms with a transparent floor; you can watch the fish while you get a massage.

After a spa treatment, go for a swim in the ocean-view, infinity-edge pool, and enjoy fresh-squeezed juice and a snack from the poolside beach bar.

The resort's Ocean Restaurant presents a breakfast buffet and an a la carte dinner with a Mediterranean menu focusing on fresh seafood. Lunch can be taken at the Chill Beach Bar restaurant or in your villa.

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