Twenty Pool Villas are some 50 sq meters larger than the twenty five Terraces Villas which measure 80 sq meters and of course include an outdoor private pool. Décor is the same in both types of accommodation with a rustic feel throughout. Bedrooms spill out onto outside terraces and bathrooms are spacious with stone baths and rain showers. Floors are wooden with woven mats.
There are two categories of accommodation: Terrace Villas, and the larger Pool Villas, with their own outdoor plunge pools. Decor is similar in both, with wood used extensively, from furniture to wall panels. There are bare floorboards with woven mats, vases of lotus flowers and a leaf from one of the garden's trees, pressed freshly each day between glasses, placed by the bed.
No more than 15 minutes from the heart of Siem Reap or from the Temples of Angkor Wat, Phum Baitang is easily reached from the airport (also approximately 15 minutes away) with guests being offered free airport transfers. Rural countryside surrounds the hotel which is spread over 8 hectares and allows for a real feeling of escape.
FOOD & DRINK
Two restaurants lie within the resort: Bay Phsar, which concentrates on bringing local flavors to the table, and Hang Bay, which draws from across the globe to deliver international favorites. The quality of food is outstanding, from the sparklingly fresh sushi to the perfectly crisp, wafer-thin pizza, straight from the wood-fired oven in the garden.
The laid-back Pool Bar is a good spot to compare archeological notes over a sundowner. Set in a 100-year-old farmhouse, the Cigar & Cocktail Lounge is decked out with rattan chairs and oriental carpets; cubans can be savoured on the terrace.
Clad in rough-hewn black stone, the curvaceous freshwater infinity pool is a 50m stunner overlooking the resort’s paddy fields.
The hotel’s spa takes its visual cues from the exquisite carvings and elegant columns of Angkor Wat. Seven treatment rooms – two are for couples – are housed in wooden pavilions amid luxuriant tropical foliage. Treatments make use of organic, indigenous ingredients such as ginger, mango and raw honey.