Homes away from home: Cambodia’s private villas

Enjoy more space and a sense of refinement
at these exclusive private villas

Presidential experience: Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
Raffles Grand Hotel d'AngkorFrom the moment one sets foot on the wide welcoming porch of the villa, it is abundantly clear this is a holiday home like no other in Cambodia. With recent guests including Hillary Clinton, the most exclusive accommodation at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor offers small groups and families the ultimate Temple Town residence. From the cavernous living room, with its gleaming wood floors, traditional sculptures from local artisans and crystal decanters filled with premium spirits, to the vast bedrooms, where fine linens on four-poster beds vie for attention with Kashmir rugs and antique cabinets, the two-bedroom villa offers precisely the rarefied surroundings one might expect from one of the world’s most exclusive hotel brands. This accommodation includes everything a visiting premier might require, but even those with no presidential ambitions should experience being the head of this stately address.

Coastal paradise: Villa Romonea

Villa Romonea, Kep
Photo: Vittorio Velasquez

With its prime position on Kep’s coast, Villa Romonea is an architectural gem. Completed in the late 1960s, the huge complex, which is understood to have been used as a fishery under the Khmer Rouge regime, has been lovingly restored to provide luxurious accommodation with dramatic views of the sea. The feng shui principles of this pristine accommodation exude a sense of positive energy, which is only amplified by its harmonious design. With six bedrooms, a saltwater pool and a tennis court to entertain guests, as well as its very own rice paddies and those expansive views, it provides an ideal getaway from the hubbub of the capital.

Modernist dream: Villa Ni Say

Villa Ni Say, Siem Reap
Photo: Sam Jam

With its clean, modernist lines and subtle use of wood, Siem Reap’s Villa Ni Say is akin to walking into a Palm Springs set of Mad Men, moved a few degrees closer to the equator. Inside the spacious main building, there is room for up to 14 cocktail-quaffing guests, while the exterior garden features a 16-metre salt-water pool, complete with a submerged bench. The main living area’s huge windows can be swung open to connect with the tropical gardens, or sealed to let the air-conditioning take hold should things get a little too hot under the collar. And when you finally tire of the Don Draper-esque life, there’s a magnificent master bedroom with pool and garden views, and a further five colour-themed rooms, all en suite, in which to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

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