We have never before considered commencing a ‘room’ review with a paragraph about the shower. If Bensley Collection Siem Reap didn’t have a multitude of other impressive, creative and innovative features, we’d probably have gone ahead and written a long and gushing (excuse the pun) accolade about the indoor/outdoor rain shower with integral bluetooth speaker in the shower head which enabled the most exquisite singing in the shower experience. But, as we say, there are too many other noteworthy points to mention about this visionary masterpiece of a villa.
Check in takes place in the villa, safe in the hands of your very own butler. It’s a job title that could evoke visions of a formal and stuffy service but rest assured our Bensley Butler is more like a friendly yet efficient guide; an external brain to ensure you don’t have to think about anything during your stay, with a huge dose of that famous Khmer charm to boot. Once the paperwork is done there’s a quick tour of the amenities including a complimentary mini-bar stocked with some of our favourites; almond milk, local beer, vegan wine from Yalumba and decaf coffee to fuel the coffee machine. Our outside bath is filled with lotus petals arranged in a hypnotic pattern which looks like it took nearly a whole lifetime to carefully arrange, and laid casually on the side, bespoke vegan menus created by the talented Executive Chef Som Ann.
Both indoors and outdoors are filled with carefully tended greenery and foliage, presenting verdant views through the expansive windows and sliding doors. There’s a real sense that the villas were designed for pleasure, with multiple areas to lounge in comfort, our favourite being the Sky Lounge which at night was converted into a romantic wonderland, complete with a candle lit stairway to access this beautifully transformed oasis. During the day, the Sky Lounge becomes a space for dining, massage and admiring the view, which includes a giant mural of the words ‘Dance First, Think Later ‘ which certainly helps to set the fun and playful tone for your stay.