The Kingdom of Cambodia has something to offer every type of wellness traveller, 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. Travel from land to sea and everywhere in between to experience the best of Khmer culture, its wellness traditions and bask in the ultimate luxury of its five-star resorts. We’ve put together a list of our favourite luxury wellness retreats in Cambodia to help you narrow down your search.
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, a foundation dedicated to promoting ethics and sustainability in Southeast Asia. Its five-night Rejuvenate Retreat is inclusive of luxurious accommodation, private consultation with the resort’s spa manager, four body treatments, a facial, your choice of yoga or meditation sessions, a blessing bath and a personal blessing from a Buddhist monk. There is also the option to book an all-inclusive package which includes all meals, transfer to and from Sihanoukville, and a tour of the local village.
Prices start from US$5,390 per retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
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. Situated amid the historic temples of Angkor and near the city’s burgeoning contemporary arts community and galleries, it makes for the perfect place to immerse yourself in the best the city has to offer. The hotel’s Spa Retreats offer guests a healthy daily breakfast and $100 worth of spa credit to rest and rejuvenate after a day well spent. Private yoga sessions and water blessings can also be arranged upon request.
Price available on request | belmond.com
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. The newly launched seven ‘Enlightenment’ wellness pathways include Sati (mindfulness), Piti (rapture), Dhamma Vijaya (self-awareness), Virya (energising), Passadhi (tranquility), and Upekkha (equanimity), and complement the existing core wellness packages: reshape, reboot, refresh and recharge. Blending together fitness activities, cultural excursions and spa therapies for a customised programme, Anantara Angkor is a unique experience of Khmer culture and its deep-rooted connection to spirituality and wellness.
Prices start from US$143 per night | anantara.com
Raffles Hotel Le Royal
In the centre of the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh, the Raffles Hotel Le Royal is an urban oasis that boasts spacious gardens and two outdoor swimming pools, among other luxury amenities. 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.
Price available on request | raffles.com
Shinta Mani Wild
Iconic architect Bill Bensley’s Cambodian endeavour is a tented camp steeped in luxury, overlooking a 350-hectare area of unique biodiversity and wildlife. Its spa boasts two treatment rooms overlooking the river, with a natural waterfall pool and the option to relax with a river stone foot massage. Treatments are created using 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.
Price available on request | bensleycollection.com