The Kingdom of Cambodia has something to offer every type of wellness traveller. So, whether you’re looking for an urban retreat to combine culture with core fitness or find your zen amid the tranquil hinterland of the jungle, there’s something for all. Travel from land to sea and everywhere in between. You can experience the best of Khmer culture and its wellness traditions. But be sure to bask in the ultimate luxury of its five-star resorts. Thus, we’ve put together a list of our favourite luxury wellness retreats in Cambodia to help you narrow down your search.
This article was originally published by Amanda Sheppard on September 25, 2019, and was last updated on July 4, 2022.
Song Saa Private Island
For the ultimate in luxury experiences, there are few better places than a private island retreat. Situated in the Koh Rong archipelago surrounded by tranquil waters, this eco-resort is part of the Song Saa Collective. Since it’s one of the most sustainable resorts in Asia, it’s no surprise it’s part of a foundation dedicated to promoting ethics and sustainability in Southeast Asia. Rejuvenating retreats include spa treatments, consultations and top-notch accommodation.
Belmond Luxury Residence d’Angkor
Housed in traditional Khmer architecture, the Belmond Luxury Residence d’Angkor is synonymous with luxury in the nation’s historic centre, Siem Reap. It’s amid the historic temples of Angkor and near the city’s burgeoning contemporary arts community and galleries. So, it makes for the perfect place to immerse yourself in the best the city has to offer. The serene spa is a haven for wellness enthusiasts. Plus, guests can request private yoga sessions and water blessings if they so desire. Thus, it makes it one of our top luxury wellness retreats in Cambodia.
In the centre of ancient Siem Reap, on the fringes of UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat temple complex, Anantara Angkor is an oasis of wellness. Retreats can help guests rest and recharge in a beautiful setting. Blending together fitness activities, cultural excursions and spa therapies for a customised programme, Anantara Angkor is a unique experience. Thus, it blends luxury with Khmer culture and its deep-rooted connection to spirituality and wellness.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
In the centre of the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh, the Raffles Hotel Le Royal is an urban oasis. But it also boasts spacious gardens and two outdoor swimming pools. The historic hotel was built in 1929 and its largescale restoration in the 1990s brought it back to life with adorning artwork from contemporary Khmer artists. The Raffles Spa offers a range of traditional and contemporary treatments, and features an expansive water suite. Guests can opt to participate in yoga classes, receive personal training and nutrition sessions, or one of many pampering treatments available. Thus, guests can expect luxury wellness at its finest.
Shinta Mani Wild
Iconic architect Bill Bensley’s Cambodian endeavour is a luxurious tented camp. It overlooks a 350-hectare area of unique biodiversity and wildlife. Its spa boasts two treatment rooms that peer over the river. There’s a natural waterfall pool and the option to relax with a river stone foot massage. Treatments use traditionally crafted Khmer tonics, and all spa treatments are inclusive of your hotel stay. For outdoor adventurers, there are also options to go mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, join an expedition boat or even accompany conservationists on an anti-poaching patrol. So it’s great for all types of travellers.