Anantara Angkor Resort

Anantara Angkor Resort is an all-suite luxury hotel in Siem Reap. Conveniently located within easy reach of the airport, the town and of course the remarkable temples of Angkor which are surely on everyone’s list when they visit Cambodia. For us, enjoying a staycation during this unusual period of time when COVID has all but made international travel impossible, our short stay was all about relaxing and rejuvenating. Rest assured that a stay at Anantara Angkor Resort is just perfect for that too. From the moment we arrived until our much appreciated late checkout, we were able to escape from every day life and enjoy kind, courteous and professional service from the staff team at this luxury resort.

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There are 10 suite types to chose from at Anantara Angkor Resort, each of them finished to the highest standard in a classic Khmer style. Our Premier Terrace Suite measured 59 square metres and had numerous features that made us smile. Firstly, the standalone bathtup was divine. During check in, the staff team kindly prepared the bath for us, which was very welcome as we arrived during a tropical rain storm. Our terrace was surrounded by lush foliage and the perfect place to enjoy a coffee from the Nespresso machine, or a drink from the complimentary minibar. The fact that we found soya milk in the minibar was very much appreciated, we had advised the hotel prior to arrival that we were vegan and this showed that they had not only listened, but understood. Finally, the bed was sooo comfortable and we both slept very well indeed during our Siem Reap staycation.

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With our own pool currently closed due to the ongoing COVID situation we intended to make the very most of the pool at Anantara Angkor Resort during our stay. We enjoyed an early morning swim in the 20m pool (which is perfect for laps) and spent the afternoon / early evening relaxing on the sunbeds, blissfully ignorant to life outiside the four walls of this luxury urban resort. We planned to book a spa treatment but it just didn’t happen, we were far too busy making the most of our suite and the pool, both of which ticked all of our boxes. What about the gym we hear you ask? Well, we also had plans to visit the gym during our stay, but maybe we were just enjoying ourselves too much…

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The Vegan Food

Chi is the all day dining restaurant at Anantara Angkor Resort where guests can enjoy modern Khmer cuisine. Breakfast is also served here or can be sent to your room if you wish. The menu at Chi featured a number of vegetarian optons and upon request, the chef adapted these dishes and added a number of others to create a vegan breakfast menu. Fresh juices, soy milk cappuncinos and a selection of homebaked breads with olive oil and balsamic, were served whilst we perused the vegan breakfast menu. We decided to share the four dishes shown below, together they formed a perfect plant based start to our day. Our salads were fresh, healthy and packed with nutrition, whilst the veggie rice with tofu was lightly fried and wholseome. It was exciting to see vegan waffles on the menu and these savoury zucchini and corn waffles were excellent. Amongst other vegan dishes, there were wok fried noodles, chia pudding and a vegetable noodle soup on the menu, all in all it was a very extensive selection which would be perfect for a longer stay.

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Dinner was ordered from Chi and served to our room, arriving at the time that we requested. We had 13 dishes to choose from on the specially prepared vegan menu, some of these were again adapted from the exisiting menu, and others created bespoke. We loved the creativity and effort from chef and his team to ensure that we had a wide array to select from. Each dish was excellent but the stand out was the creamy hummus made from lotus seeds, light and flavourful it was something we’d love to eat again. Don’t get us wrong the other dishes were all very good, but this was the first time we’d eaten lotus seed hummus and we were very impressed. The papaya salad had a good level of spice and was topped with fried tofu, the veg curry was packed with assorted vegetables (and more tofu) whilst the papaya salad was delicious. The extensive choice was impressive, the execution was accomplished and the portion size was generous, thank you for our vegan feast chef!

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The Vegan Essentials

Both plastic straws and plastic bottles have been banned worldwide by Anantara since 2018 so the drinking water in our room (and at the restaurant) was in glass bottles which is of course far more planet friendly. The bathroom amenities were in refillable ceramic dispensers, again avoiding the need for single use plastic. The product itself is their own MSpa brand which is not tested on animals and uses 100% natural ingredients. Guests can request a non feather duvet and non feather pillows, which means that the perfect sleep, free of animal derived products is a reality at Anantara Angkor Resort.

The Vegan Food Quest Verdict

All of the staff team that we encountered during our stay were outstanding. This went such a long way to ensuring our stay was memorable for all of the right reasons. Our suite was spacious and well appointed, with the standalone bath being very welcome. Spending time next to (and in) the swimming pool was the perfect way to spend our days, before selecting from the excellent array of vegan dishes that the talented chef had prepared.  Due to the borders still being effectively closed, Anantara Angkor Resort are offering some excellent rates for locals and expats, including F&B credit to the same value as your room rate, please contact them directly for further information. Highly recommended for a Siem Reap staycation and well worth considering for any vegan travel lovers when Cambodia is able to welcome tourists again.

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We were guests of Anantara Angkor Resort but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views.

Anantara Angkor Resort
National Road 6
Svay Dangkum
Siem Reap

Telephone: +855 063 966 788
Email: reserve.angkor@anantara.com
Cost From:
£71 / $100 – May 2021 (discounted rates during COVID)