The chic, artistic interiors are wonderfully atmospheric and instantly recognisable to the Bensley style. Architect and designer Bill Bensley is focused on the disruption of the luxury travel industry, changing the way we think about hotels, how they are built, and how they operate - inspiring guests, challenging the status quo, and using a fine art approach that works with the environment, rather than against it.
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Tucked away in Siem Reap's leafy French Quarter, you'll find the pretty courtyards of Shinta Mani Shack. Designed by renowned architect and landscape designer Bill Bensley, known for his iconic designs of luxury resorts, this gorgeous property is comprised of 62 guestrooms, balcony views, a swimming pool, and tropical gardens.
The Shinta Mani Shack garden oasis is located near the Royal Gardens and the Old Market, only 15 minutes away by tuk-tuk from the ancient temple complex of Angkor.
Choose from four room types: executive suite (largest), junior suite, pool view room and poolside garden room. All rooms feature a rain shower, bathtub and either a private terrace or balcony, whilst both suites also include spacious living areas.
This hotel has always had responsible values at its core. In 2003, the first Shinta Mani property opened as an 18-room guesthouse and hospitality centre, which supported underprivileged young people in the area to start a career in hospitality. Learn more about the Shinta Mani Foundation in our Why Wayfairer section below, or learn about the great work the foundation does for yourself with a CSR trip to a local village arranged by the hotel.
However, Shinta Mani Shack does not compromise on luxury, with classic Bensley twists such as mirrored feature walls, custom-designed iron king beds, and handcrafted light fittings adding artistic flair to decor inspired by nature. The property is home to an award-winning spa that offers treatments based on traditional Khmer healing rituals, as well as a selection of dining options to choose from (we recommend the Tasting Menu at Kroya for a sampling of Khmer cuisine), including cookery classes led by the hotel's Executive Chef.
A stay at the Shinta Mani Shack is both indulgent and guilt-free, as your custom helps support the local community and create a positive impact.
Shinta Mani Shack's executive suites cover a spacious 98 square feet with second-floor balcony views looking out to the city. The junior suites cover 78 square feet, with balcony views of the swimming pool and tropical gardens. The separate bedroom, bathroom and living areas make these rooms ideal for families, offering space as well as comfort; or you may prefer some of the connecting rooms available. On the first floor, couples may prefer the romantic garden setting or the pool view and poolside garden rooms, the latter of which is located mere footsteps from the swimming pool and tropical surrounds.
All rooms feature modern amenities, such as a wall-mounted LCD TV and soundbar, Bluetooth and complimentary WiFi access. The interiors have a retro feel, with artwork exclusively created for Shinta Mani by Bensley Design Studios.
Shinta Mani Shack has a wide range of facilities, such as pretty courtyards, a large swimming pool, a luxury spa and lush tropical gardens. Services offered include shuttles, bike rental, cooking courses, day trips and activities, and much more.
Baitong combines international favourites with Khmer street treats (try the signature drinks for a healthy dose of fruity vitamins), Kroya provides an authentically Khmer culinary experience and a seasonal seven-course Tasting Menu of Khmer cuisine. The Steakhouse at Pub Street is an American-style grill with a Cambodian twist, whilst laidback Bensley's Bar serves up cool cocktail creations.
Shinta Mani operates with a culture of "Open Doors, Open Hearts," which reflects the group's strong commitment to responsible tourism. The education and development of the city's youth is at the forefront of the group's responsible initiatives, with the aim of helping disadvantaged youth build a career in the hospitality industry at the Shinta Mani Hotel and Institute of Hospitality, as well as through the Shinta Mani Foundation.
A percentage of your daily room rate is contributed to the Shinta Mani Foundation to support the running of the Development Centre, which provides underprivileged young people with an education and the skills to obtain meaningful employment to support themselves and their families. The foundation also provides interest-free, small-business loans to local entrepreneurs, as well as medical and dental health access in rural areas. Another project is sustainable farming, including growing traditional Khmer crops without pesticides or excess fertilisers.