Whether you’re fresh from temple trekking in Siem Reap, palace gazing in Phnom Penh or cruising the river in Kampot, indulge yourself and rejuvenate at one of these prime spas
Bliss Spa opened in 2000 and touts itself as the “first independent spa” in the capital, and it is indeed an oasis of calm in the heart of Phnom Penh. Leave your worries at the door and pick up the mantra of the day for your onward journey. Highlights include a sanctuary space enclosed with walls hewn from pink Himalayan rock salt, a mini steam room and a plunge pool in the courtyard. Treatments include the Balinese, Thai Yoga and Deep Tissue Massages, plus locally inspired delights like the Cambodian Koki Scrub. Their two product lines cover the full spectrum of sensual delight: the Blissful Scrub harnesses relaxing notes of jasmine, sandalwood and rose, while the Sun Solar Scrub invigorates with lemongrass, juniper berry and rose geranium. Every body treatment begins with a complimentary foot ritual and finishes with the feeling that “you have been blissed”.
Try: 60-minute Apsara Flow 4 Hand Massage for transcendence to celestial realms
Suri, nestled inside the river-hugging Treeline Urban Resort in Siem Reap, goes the extra mile to restore you to balance. Therapists recognise that every body is different, so every treatment should be too. Enjoy choosing scents from their range of organic essential oils to complement your current mood and Ayurvedic energy – like all Suri’s products, they are made a stone’s throw away, either in Siem Reap province or on site by their talented team.
Try: 70-minute Suri Natural Facial enriched with brown sticky rice, yoghurt, assorted fruits and essential oils
Be transformed within this “Cambodian Cocoon” that has become a buzzword for relaxation. With bases in both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Bodia’s interior reflects modern Khmer architecture with accents of the traditional. On the menu are diverse treatments incorporating their own range of 100% natural products with botanicals like moringa, ylang ylang, turmeric and lotus. Their to-die-for essential oil range includes local specialties like sweet basil and Kampot pepper, which can be applied in sumptuous treatments like their signature Bodia Tonic massage or Aromatic Salt Scrub infused with Khmer herbal powder and tangerine essential oil.
Try: Coconut Charcoal Scrub for face or body to purify the skin
This riverside spa in Kampot takes its name from the “citadel of women” temple of Angkor, and serves as a “refuge for women’s transformation”. Choose from standard treatments with optional dry brushing and/or aromatherapy, plus signature treatments like henna body art, seven-step facials and the Hot Stone Massage. All products are prepared fresh on site daily from garden-grown botanicals, often ground in a traditional stone mill directly before your treatment. Guests also enjoy yoga classes and wholesome food by the water. If you have a day to spare in Kampot, pass it here in peace and tranquillity.
Try: 90-minute reiki and full-body oil massage for total peace of mind
Kaya Spa, a haven in Siem Reap’s bustling Old Market, seamlessly blends traditional Khmer herbal therapies with modern wellness techniques. Therapists use products made at Senteurs d’Angkor, a nearby shop where Kaya’s own range of essential oils are whipped up. These pure oils burst with ginger, sweet orange, patchouli and rosewood, and are each named after one of five signature synergies: Re-balance, Sensual, Refreshing, Oriental or Relaxing. Spa highlights include a Khmer traditional herbal steam session called spoong, which invigorates and nourishes. After your spa experience, tour the Senteurs workshop or enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea tasting in the cafe.
Try: 90-minute Aromatherapy Massage with pure vegetable and essential oils