Meaning patience and purity in the religion of Buddhism, a lotus flower floats delicately in an earthen pottery bowl. Soothing song and rhythmical hands add to your spa treatment at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, which opened in 1932 in Cambodia’s ancient capital, Siem Reap. This spa is one of the few premium five-star spas in Siem Reap.
Choose your lotion from potions developed over thousands of years, lovingly perfected from local herbs. Treatments are a mixture between traditional and local methods with signature treatments including the traditional Khmer Herbal Wrap or herbal scrub along with a four-hand massage for total relaxation and de-stressing.
There are six treatment rooms, male and female wet areas, saunas, steam rooms and a Jacuzzi, meaning you can let that blissful post-massage feeling linger. The spa is situated alongside Cambodia’s largest pool, fringed by elegant frangipani trees, and forms the perfect oasis after a day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage temples.
While staying at the hotel, stroll the chequered-tiled hallways and admire images and beautifully restored furnishings from an era long past, visit the Elephant Bar and the John McDermott Gallery, wander the speciality shops with authentic Cambodian artworks or simply slip back into the spa for some more well-deserved ‘me’ time.