Navutu Dreams is situated on the outskirts of central Siem Reap and is the only resort and wellness retreat in town. Guests can expect tranquil surroundings and a staff team that are always on hand to ensure your stay is special; all of this is on offer just 20 minutes from Siem Reap International Airport and a similar distance to the remarkable Temples of Angkor.
The toughest thing about checking in to this peaceful oasis will be leaving. With an extensive programme of wellness activities, including multiple daily yoga classes, delicious and healthy vegan food, beautifully designed guest rooms and 3 pools to choose from, why would you want to leave?
The resort has a lush tropical garden feel with giant green plants and pretty colourful flowers everywhere. There was a sense of peace and calm at every turn, add all this to the friendly and welcoming service and you have the perfect recipe for relaxation. The use of products from local, planet saving social enterprise Rehash Trash (find them in the restaurant) and awesome Refill not Landfill reusable water bottles add an additional feel-good factor.
Our Grand Tour room was spacious and bright with double doors opening onto a private deck area that overlooked the lap pool. The room was complete with a large soaking tub, private garden and comfortable seating area. The design and size of this room made it feel more like a suite than a room and we instantly felt at home.
The Vegan Food:
There are some great options for vegans at Navutu Dreams, especially those looking for something healthy and nutritionally balanced. The Executive Chef and his team were also more than happy to get creative and adapt dishes that weren’t plant based on the menu to make them suitable for vegan guests.
Breakfast is served buffet style and vegan guests will find a good selection of fruit as well as a fresh salad bar. We sipped tea, coffee and juice and soaked up the good morning vibes.
As our choices from the buffet were limited the staff presented us with a choice of vegan dishes which can be found on the main menu. We enjoyed ‘traditional, stir fried, flat rice noodles with garden vegetables’, delicious with garlic, vegetables and fried tofu throughout. We were also served a platter of ‘chargrilled mixed vegetables’, full of Mediterranean herbed grilled vegetables, seasoned and cooked to perfection. Our final breakfast choice was an abundant plate of vegetable tofu fried rice, made with healthy red rice upon our request, a delicious and filling start to the day.
Lunch included dishes from the existing menu and also a dessert from the specials board of sweet purple potato dumplings with ginger sauce and coconut sorbet (totally divine).
We opted for a wellness salad with an interesting young coconut and lemon dressing, followed by the ‘Sunshine Lentil Soup’. This nourishing bowl of lentil goodness with pumpkin and citrus was full of soft red lentils and a beautiful, tasty and heathy broth, sunshine in a bowl indeed. Served with a garnish of edible flowers and organic brown rice topped with crispy zesty orange stands, it was a stand out dish that we would love to eat again when we next visit Navutu Dreams.
Dessert was another feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds with a chewy purple sweet potato dumpling floating in ginger syrup, topped with a scoop of creamy coconut sorbet. We really loved the effort that goes into presenting the food at Navutu Dreams.
For dinner we got to indulge in more beautiful food with the ‘Detox Salad’ (‘A Nourishing Combination of the Crunchiest, Healthiest Greens and Beetroot, Mixed with Cherry Tomato, Avocado, Clementine and Almond with Light Balsamic Dressing’). Served in a ceramic stone bowl and topped with pretty edible flowers, it was a huge serving of fresh, green goodness.
For our main course we tried our very first Macrobiotic meal, the ‘Macrobiotic Platter’ (‘A Mindful Mix Meant for a Heathier You of Select Grains and Vegetables with Broccoli, Chickpeas and Cumin Salad, Sesamed Wakame, Mix of Seeds, Served with Organic Brown Rice’) was a wonderful surprise for us with subtle flavours but full of nutrients and health boosting goodness. Definitely something we’d order again.
Our dessert option abandoned the healthy concept and was a super sweet and fun combination of bananas with crunchy burnt sugar, caramel sauce, fresh passion fruit and passion fruit sorbet and sprinkled with playful (and colourful) hundreds and thousands. Super sweet but super yummy.
The Vegan Essentials:
The bedding was feather free so suitable for vegans who want to enjoy their sleep in an environment free from animal based products.
The bathroom amenities were in refillable ceramic pots so no single use plastic containers (hooray) but at this stage we are unable to confirm if the products were free from animal derived ingredients.
There is an excellent selection of different yoga classes available with high quality teaching in a beautiful yoga shala (highly recommended).
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict:
Feel Healthy. Feel Relaxed. Feel Good.
Check in to Navutu Dreams to feel all of the above and much, much more. It is a true retreat and provides the perfect option for those who wish to unwind after long days exploring the temples or equally guests who plan to check in and join one of the many retreats on offer at this beautiful property.
We were guests of Navutu Dreams but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.
Telephone: +855 (0)63 964 864
Cost From: From £90 / $125 per night (December 2017)