Siem Reap is a fast growing travel hotspot but there are still places where peace and relaxation rule and the ‘escape from it all’ vibes are impossible to resist. One of the best luxury resorts in town, Templation should be firmly on your radar.
Oh, and the vegan food? You’ll find it in abundance here.
Templation is set in what feels like miles of lush green gardens, there’s such a sense of space here that you might find it hard to believe that you’re less than 5km away from Angkor Wat and the same distance from the centre of the town and the famously lively Pub Street. Sounds of local life from the neighbours drift on the airwaves making a perfect soundtrack to your stay. There’s something very enchanting about hearing monks chanting in the distance as you start your day.
One of the best things about Templation is the huge free form pool. Its perfect for floating, sunbathing and making your friends jealous with endless poolside pictures.
Villas are exceptionally well designed with spacious rooms and huge outdoor bathrooms. Outdoor spaces are fringed with tropical plants and trees and there are plenty of cool comfy seating areas. Indoor spaces are modern and light with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and natural wood; we loved the daybeds, patterned cushions and retro style tables and chairs. We recommend a Private Pool Villa because the huge private pool is the kind of thing that will definitely make you feel like you are living the dream.
Imagine yourself floating under the Cambodian sun without a care in the world…
Sounds good doesn’t it?
The Vegan Food
Quite simply, the vegan food at Templation ticks all the boxes. Beautiful presentation and delicious local flavours, all served with a smile in the laid back, breezy main restaurant which overlooks that stunning pool. Before you eat, take a moment to appreciate the care that has gone into presenting your food, garnished with local edible flowers and served on locally made pottery.
Breakfast at Templation is nothing short of a mini vegan banquet. A wonderful fusion of East meets West with classics from home like hash browns, baked beans and fresh bread and jam served alongside local cuisine like fresh spring rolls, fried glass noodles with tofu and vegetables and tropical fruit with traditional Cambodia street food snacks. Accompanied with endless freshly brewed tea or coffee of your choice and freshly squeezed juice; this is a breakfast to be savoured.
This special vegan set menu is delivered by staff who go out of their way to show you the best of Cambodian hospitality; this is a vegan breakfast to make your day start with a smile.
Other dining opportunities offer just as much plant-based pleasure. An outstanding dish of lemongrass tofu with tender medallions of eggplant and local red rice comes highly recommended by us and we loved the Cambodian street food inspired vegan desserts.
There are fresh or fried spring rolls and even a vegan burger on the menu (served with french fries) or pizza (available with toppings like pineapple, artichoke and spinach) as well as pasta dishes which could be easily veganised. If you’re seeking vegan comfort food then you won’t go hungry at Templation.
Don’t forget to squeeze in evening cocktails as the sun sets before you eat though, the poolside setting is perfect for those ‘loving life’ moments and should not be missed. Chilled vibes, towering palms and lush tropical gardens make it all rather perfect.
The Vegan Essentials
There were already feather-free pillows and a feather-free duvet on our bed (top marks from us).
The spa is run by local spa experts Bodia Spa where there are plenty of opportunities to get a quality, vegan friendly massage using natural products (or even opt for the traditional oil free Khmer massage). In-room amenities were also by Bodia and having contacted them directly we can confirm that none of their products are tested on animals. The bathroom amenities available at Templation are free from any animal derived products making them 100% vegan friendly which is great to hear.
The Vegan Food Quest Verdict
Stay here to enjoy the peaceful, laid back vibes in a lush garden setting that is a stones throw from all the sights you’ll want to see when in Siem Reap. Enjoy beautifully presented vegan food, full of local flavours and served with a smile by the super friendly Cambodian staff.
We were guests of Templation but please rest assured that their generosity in hosting us didn’t influence our views
Rok Rak Street
Telephone: +855 12 233 350
Cost From: £150 / $215 (March 2018)