Project of the Week: Angsana Siem Reap

Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Image © allPhoto Bangkok / Unsplash
Our latest Project of the Week is Banyan Tree Group’s striking bioclimatic resort rising amongst tropical gardens in Cambodia’s Siem Reap.

Angsana Siem Reap reflects the Angsana brand’s casual luxury concept, blending it with local Khmer culture in the northwest of the country.

Tropical feeling

The 158-key Cambodian luxurious resort will be located in the heart of Siem Reap, a city renowned for its ancient temples, including Angkor Wat.

Cambodian company T3 Architects designed the interiors as well as all facades of Angsana Siem Reap to be a bioclimatic building. This involved naturally ventilating the lobby, with open corridors and rooftop facilities, which both reduces the amount of air conditioning and therefore energy required while creating a tropical feeling all around the property.

Natural palette

The design’s colour palette defined by T3 is composed of natural tones: brown representing wood, grey to showcase stone, white stucco, green plants with touches of light green to evoke fresh nature, and orange, inspired by traditional Khmer fabric.

T3 also utilised some elements of Khmer culture such as Apsara (gods in Hindu and Buddhist culture), wood carving, painting and fish cages, in order to maintain a balance between tradition and modernity.

Accommodation range

Accommodation offerings will comprise 129 deluxe rooms, 10 suites including a Grand Sky Pool Suite, and 19 villas available in both modern and traditional options.

Deluxe rooms overlook the site’s entrance fountain and feature a sofa, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom with a separate glass-walled shower, and Khmer art adorning the walls.

Each of the accommodations features views of a tropical garden, lagoon-style swimming pools, and the city. All villas include a private pool, making them suitable for romantic couples, honeymooners and families.

Expansive landscaping

The five hectare resort’s huge tropical garden with a British touch was designed by Vietnamese-headquartered landscaper LJ-Asia Group.

Each villa’s privacy is preserved by a green hill, while the garden features a gradient of activities and ambiences. Its size is optimised to fit in a swimming pool which extends into a pond to cool the garden.

Peaceful lighting

Lighting design by Vietnam’s Kobi Lighting Studio aimed to exemplify cultural, religious, and symbolic values while containing modern architectural, archaeological and artistic significance.

Inspired by a landscape mimicking Angkor Wat’s, the light conveys vibrant energy for the tropical garden, vitalizing daytime with sunlight and easing night time with delicate lighting displaying perspectives and privacy.

Designing the light following Banyan Tree’s standards, Kobi intended to bring a peaceful and balanced experience to the resort’s guests and to value its local unique identity.

International dining

Hotel guests will be able to access five restaurants and bars, offering a fusion of Khmer cuisine and international flavours, from traditional Khmer dishes to contemporary culinary creations.

The Three Meals Restaurant will serve international buffets with menus from various continents, offering a lively atmosphere, vibrant pastel colours, modern décor and a rich ambience.

Apsara Bar will feature prominent Apsara statues, spot lighting and immersive music styling. The bar will serve both the lobby lounge and Three Meals Restaurant.

Meanwhile the Angkor Bar will boast Khmer architecture, infusing the concept with touches of innovation in an area comprising a bar, café, towel counter and adult water slides. Light food offerings will be available, and guests can quaff international beverages, fresh juices and frozen drinks.

Rooftop attractions

Located on the rooftop of the luxury hotel, the Saffron eatery will offer guests authentic Thai cuisine with panoramic views.

Completing the food and beverage facilities, the rooftop will also house the speakeasy-inspired Firefly Bar, offering international and local liquor, cocktails and imported beers with mini tasting menu platters and Thai food from Saffron. Specialty menus will showcase Cambodian street food and other local favourites.

Wellbeing way

The signature onsite Angsana Spa will blend traditional Asian healing therapies and modern Alpine wellness techniques. The spa will feature outdoor and indoor spa journeys focusing on mind and body wellbeing.

Furthermore for exercise enthusiasts, a fitness centre will be available within the resort.

Meetings and art

Angsana Siem Reap’s event spaces will boast modern state-of-the-art equipment. Facilities including a conference room and a ballroom will be able to host intimate meetings, corporate retreats, seminars, product launches or gala events

The site will also house the Angsana Gallery, where the project’s art director Dana Langlois, in collaboration with T3 Architects, is establishing one of the largest private collections of contemporary Khmer art. The gallery will also feature handicrafts and resort apparel.

Timeframe changes

When the project was first announced towards the end of 2020, the prospective opening date was October 2021.

However, this was pushed back first to Q4 2022, then Q4 2023 and the latest estimate for full completion is Q3 2024.