Inside Angelina Jolie’s favorite hotel, her home for 3 months while directing her new film in Cambodia.
Coming from a very tired trip at Phnom Penh City, the only thing we could ask for is a relaxing and stress-free stay for the last leg of our trip. Fortunately, the somewhat new Phum Baitang resort by Zannier Hotels came up during our research, and immediately their overall aesthetic caught our attention. Courtesy of The Luxe Nomad, what I loved most in our stay was seeing how this 8-acre secluded retreat indeed brought that rich countryside experience to life, all while being a mere 5km distance away from the buzzing city of Siem Reap.
Phum Baitang means “green village” in Khmer and true enough the resort is comprised of beautifully-designed stilted houses (either with a terrace or private pool) that resembles the traditional Cambodian houses. Everything is surrounded by lush gardens, lemon-grass meadows, and rice paddies, including the occasional buffalos straddling from here and there.
There are 45 spacious stilted villas inspired by traditional Cambodian houses – 20 with private pools and 25 with private terrace. We stayed at a Terrace Villa that comes with a satellite flat screen LCD TV and a large bathroom (with tons of toiletries!) among the many amenities.
Dining here is such as delectable gourmet experience considering all the freshest ingredients served that’s homegrown in the resort. There are 2 restaurants in the vicinity: open-air and poolside Bay Phsar and Hang Bay near the lobby – both against the beautiful backdrop of the rice paddies. Bay Phsar offers local flavors, while Hang Bay indulges you with a delicious approach to international cuisine.
I recommend ordering one of the most popular dishes, the Crabmeat Salad for dinner, as well as flavourful Smoked Beef Carpaccio and Candied Pork Belly – all meals light yet packed with so many flavors, you can’t get over it!
Special shoutout to the wonderful resort staff for surprising my friend with a delicious birthday chocolate cake decorated with macarons plus a “light as a feather” chocolate tart!
Phum Baitang houses several activities to be done within the resort compound. Be one with nature and bike around the beautiful sceneries going to the pool and restaurants and back to your room, which I particularly enjoyed as this doesn’t come often living in a very polluted city like Manila. There’s also the main infinity pool that overlooks the rice paddies and a Spa Temple for that complete relaxation experience. If you have kids, the resort also houses a Kids Club for easy playtime.
Other services offered are morning yogas, personalized trips to the temples and main attractions of the city. Prices range from USD 78 to 288++ for temple sightseeing in and beyond Angkor, while visits to the National Museum and Silk Farms start at USD 35++.
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