Le Méridien Angkor is the closest international luxury hotel to Angkor Wat. It’s a well established hotel with landscaped gardens and light and airy communal spaces, dressed with gorgeous smelling fresh flower displays and art created by local artists. As you walk in it’s hard not to be impressed with the grand lobby space but would we be as impressed with the rest of our stay as vegan guests? We certainly were.
Le Méridien Angkor – a garden sanctuary in busy Siem Reap.
Siem Reap is a wonderfully vibrant, bustling little town but the heat, dust and hustle can get even the most patient of travellers. Luckily there is peace to be found at Le Méridien Angkor so when you return form a day of sightseeing you can feel an instant sense of calm. Walk in the space of the Palm Garden, see lush tropical plants, sweet smelling flower laden frangipani trees, pretty Khmer style statures and lotus filled ponds. The gardens are well established and well kept, a real asset to this property.
Comfortable, well appointed rooms.
Back in the hotel, rooms have everything a guest might need during their stay. This a large hotel with a total of 213 rooms but each is a good size with a walk-in shower and a bathtub. There’s tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, a powerful hairdryer and a TV with an excellent range of channels. The bed is comfortable too; all in all, our room was a good place to relax and refresh.
A different kind of hotel pool.
We spent a lot of time at the hotel pool during our stay because it was just so inviting! Different to most pools in the city, the pool at Le Méridien Angkor is a quirky design inspired by the ancient Khmer temples that aren’t far away. Swim under the bridge and around the stone plinths with trees sprouting out of them and enjoy the scenery before relaxing on one of the comfortable beds poolside.
The Vegan Food:
We ate breakfast and dinner in the hotel’s all day dining restaurant, Angkor Royal Cafe, choosing from buffet items but also mixing this with à la carte. Vegans are recommended to ask to speak with the chef to get a full list of ingredients and to request for special adjustments to be made.
Khmer favourites for breakfast.
At breakfast we could choose fresh fruit from the buffet, baguettes (this was the only vegan bread) and jams and also plain rice congee, topped with fresh chilli, soy, herbs and fried garlic. The chef also prepared a vegetable tofu fried rice, with no egg.
We also enjoyed freshly pressed sugar cane juice, a local Khmer favourite which tastes deliciously sweet and honey-like with hints of grassy flavour. Alongside this this we had freshly made Illy coffees and Le Méridien signature ‘Eye Opener’ healthy shots. The flavour changes daily and when we visited they were serving delicious salted tamarind, chilli and passion fruit shots.
Decent vegan dinner options.
At dinner time we selected bread and green salad from the buffet and the chef prepared an eggplant, chickpea and fresh herb salad to accompany. We ordered sweet potato spring fried spring rolls, tofu vegetable noodles and a Khmer pumpkin, coconut and tofu curry. All were tasty but our favourite dish was the Khmer curry which was not only a generous portion packed with tofu and sweet Cambodian pumpkin but also rich, creamy and delicious to eat.
The Vegan Essentials:
There were already non-feather pillows and a non-feather duvet on our bed as standard so no need to request any changes.
Amenities are Le Méridien’s own brand and had no information as to whether they were suitable for vegans.
The spa offers treatments using eco-friendly Jurlique products. Jurlique products are not tested on animals and some are 100% vegan so just check which products will be used before your treatment (bee products may be used).
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:
Check in to Le Méridien Angkor for a luxury hotel stay near Angkor Wat, one of the world’s most amazing sights. Enjoy the garden setting, the relaxing pool and the comfortable rooms. Vegans will get on well here if they communicate with the staff to make adjustments to dishes. Don’t forget to try the local favourites on offer like the sugar cane juice and delicious Khmer curry.
We were guests of Le Méridien Angkor but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
Le Méridien Angkor
Vithei Charles de Gaulle,
Khum Svay Dang Kum,
Telephone: +855 63 963 900
Cost From: £70 / $87.50 per night (May 2017)