Archive for August, 2013

Roof-top views of Phnom Penh

Friday, August 30th, 2013

The Patio opens with city views from their roof-top pool.

The roof-top pool at the Patio Hotel

The roof-top pool at the Patio Hotel

The Patio Hotel and Urban Resort has just opened its doors in the increasingly-popular BKK1 district of Phnom Penh, though it will be another month before it’s all spruced up and in perfect condition. Their pièce de résistance is a roof-top swimming pool with fabulous views across the city skyline, with their Elephant in the Kitchen restaurant and bar a few steps below with equally good views.  The 45 rooms at the three-star Patio are of the  stone-washed variety, similar to many of the newer boutiques, and comfortable enough without being flashy. In fact they will benefit from some additional decoration as part of the finishing touches being added over the next few weeks. Some of the rooms have small balconies but the lower floors look out on to neighbouring apartments so we recommend the fourth floor and above.

A Patio Deluxe room with balcony

A Patio Deluxe room with balcony

Running Cambodia

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Feeling fit? Then you might be interested in taking part in two international half marathons gracing Cambodia before the end of the year.

The Angkor Wat Half Marathon

The Angkor Wat Half Marathon

Up first is the debut of the Thansur Bokor International Half Marathon & Bike Race in October. Bokor Mountain near Kampot and overlooking Cambodia’s beautiful south coast is the venue for this inaugural event, with all proceeds going to the Cambodian Red Cross. The bicycle races, 50km and 30km, will take place on 26 October and the following day, its the turn of the half marathon of 21km as well as 10km and 5km road races and a 3km fun run. The Thansur Bokor Highland Resort are offering special deals for overnight stays and packages.

1 December has been earmarked for the 18th Angkor Wat International Half Marathon, an annual event which the Angkor Park in Siem Reap has hosted since the first half marathon way back in 1996. Proceeds help charities such as Hearts of Gold and this massively popular event will have five different races on the day, a 21km half marathon, a 10km road race, a 3km family run and two races for disabled competitors, a 21km wheelchair race and a 10km run. Ask Hanuman for more details if road running is your forte.

Colourful Independence

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The Independence Hotel on the south coast gets a make-over.

Independence Hotel

Independence Hotel

Occupying an extensive wooded headland overlooking Independence Beach, the Independence Hotel in Sihanoukville was one of the most modern hotels in Cambodia in the 1960s. Tastefully restored, it offers panoramic coastal views and a private beach below. Four-star standard and very secluded.

Currently, all 52 rooms and suites in the original building are being renovated to accommodate larger bathrooms with separate showers, modern furniture, alongwith with touches of vibrant colors. Each floor will feature a distinctive color scheme, bright yellow, south sea blue, sunset orange, tropical forest green reminiscent of the original colors of ochre, mint green, chartreuse and orange together with flat screen TVs and WIFI connectivity throughout the building.

In addition to the recently opened unique glass lift linking the hotel to the beach and Sunset restaurant, the stunning jouvence spa will be crowned by a state of the art yoga and exercise Sala nestled under the canopy. Whilst the rooms in the main building are being renovated, the Sea Pavilion rooms, Premier villas and pool villas remain open and welcome guests. The Independence Hotel will be back in full working order in October, ready for the new high season.

Adrenaline rush

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

High adrenaline activities at Angkor with Flight of the Gibbon zipline adventures.

Ziplining at Angkor

Ziplining at Angkor

If you are heading for the fabulous temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and you fancy an adrenaline rush, then don’t forget to save half a day and take on the Flight of the Gibbon – Angkor, the only zipline eco-adventure canopy tour in Cambodia. The adventure opened a couple of months ago but now the full course has been completed and you can now enjoy ten ziplines, tree-platforms, sky-bridges, an abseil to finish and some actual gibbons in-situ, which will be released into the wild after they get used to their new home. The longest zipline is 300 metres and you will find yourself about 50 metres off the forest floor as you wind your way through the treetops. Included in the cost are transportation and a lunch and the organisers take safety very seriously, having been involved in zipline canopy tours in Thailand for the last few years. Not for the faint-hearted but if it’s an adrenaline rush you’re seeking, then this could be right up your alley. Ask Hanuman for more details.

Don’t miss out on these special deals

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Enjoy these special offers during the Green Season in Cambodia.

The new Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap

The new Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap

A reminder of some of those fantastic Green Season offers that are so tempting at many of the best hotels in Cambodia.

The brand new 62-room Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap, which opened its doors last week, have opening offers of stay 3 nights and pay for 2, as well as stay 4 nights and pay for 3 from now until end of October and again from April to October next year. Also in temple town, La Residence d’Angkor, are offering some great deals right now. Until 15 October they are offering free airport transfers, free 1-hour spa, room upgrade if available and guaranteed late check-out for minimum 2 nights stay. Or how about a stay 3 pay 2 for a Suite booking including breakfast, also up til 15 October. They also have a Marvel of Indochina promotion package with their sister property, La Residence Phou Vao until the end of September for guests with a minimum 3 nights stay at each hotel. Guests will receive 5% off the room rate, 1-hour spa treatment and 1-time set dinner for two people.

Over at the gorgeous Raffles Group, the Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor in Siem Reap have a promotion of 15% discount for Landmark and State rooms until the end of September, and also have a separate stay 3 nights, pay 2 promo. If you stay in both their Siem Reap and Phnom Penh hotels between now and the end of March next year you can get 10% off your room rate in both hotels. The Sofitel Group, with their Phnom Penh Phokeethra and Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resorts, also have great offers throughout both winter and summer.

At our very own HanumanAlaya Boutique Residence and HanumanAlaya Villa, our Green Season offer is a cumulative promotion with everyone receiving 10% off for their first night’s stay and up to 50% off for a five night residence. A stay longer, save more deal that will last until the end of September and includes breakfast.

And last but not least, the newest entrant into the luxury class of hotel in Siem Reap, the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, are starting their operation with a tantalizing stay 3, pay 2 including breakfast for the period of August through to the middle of December. A great offer that goes right into the heart of the busiest period for visitors. Contact the Hanuman team for more details of all these special offers and many more besides.

Paying back with goodwill

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Paying back with the Goodwill Centre in Sihanoukville.

Children having fun at the Goodwill Centre

Children having fun at the Goodwill Centre

Cambodia has a way of getting under your skin. And that was exactly what happened for one of our guests, who returned home and started her own fundraising efforts on behalf of the Goodwill Centre in Sihanoukville, on the Cambodian coast. The Centre is funded in the main by an English not-for-profit Charity called ‘Help the Cambodian Children’ and their aim is to encourage children who would otherwise roam the streets, to grasp the opportunity to acquire life changing skills.  All of the children come from families that live in basic conditions and under severe hardship. It also acts as a medical helpline where ill or injured children are then referred to specialist clinics or hospitals. The Centre, open six and a half days each week, is the only one of its kind in the area, where up to fifty children daily go to learn, take part in recreational activities and play in a safe environment. Their activities include art and craft lessons, computer training, dancing, language, health and hygiene, keep fit and help with their homework. The Centre, which is not open to visitors, is doing a fabulous job in giving these children opportunities they wouldn’t normally have had access to. Find out more at http://goodwillcentersihanoukville.wordpress.com/.

Dinner and Circus show

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Siem Reap’s Phare Circus increases its attraction with the addition of dining.

Phare Cafe in Siem Reap

Phare Cafe in Siem Reap

“Amok with your circus visit, Sir?” Is now a definite possibility with the opening of the Phare Cafe at Siem Reap’s brightest new attraction, Phare, The Cambodian Circus. A delicious three-course dinner with show is now available before or after the performance, with the Cafe opening from 6pm until 9.30pm. The show begins at 7.30pm. On offer are set Asian and western meals including a deluxe menu with steak or salmon. Vegetarian options are available too. And you also get to see a fantastic team of modern circus performers in action with music, dance, acrobatics, contortion and juggling from highly-skilled artists. Definitely a must-see when in Siem Reap, home of the Angkor temples.

The Traveller’s Cambodia

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Traveller Magazine features Cambodia in a 14-page spread. 

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine

Cambodia is featured on the cover of this month’s Lonely Planet Traveller Magazine (August 2013 edition) and a 14-page spread extols the country’s numerous charms. The introduction states: From its ancient temples to its elegant capital and all the rich village life in between, Cambodia is a small country with a big soul, a kingdom where family, community and pagoda life reign supreme.

Included as THE place to stay in Siem Reap is the HanumanAlaya. The Traveller reads: Base yourself in nearby Siem Reap. To the north of the city centre, away from the tourist bustle, HanumanAlaya has rooms arranged around a leafy pool and garden. The wood is traditional, teak-panelled ceilings and traditional art of the walls (rooms from 55 British pounds).

You can read the main body of the Traveller article here.

Bensley’s Shinta Mani opens

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

The latest Bill Bensley-inspired hotel, Shinta Mani Resort, opens today in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

A look inside the new Shinta Mani Resort.

A look inside the new Shinta Mani Resort.

With quality hotel openings coming thick and fast as we approach the next high season, the latest hotel to open wide its doors is the Shinta Mani Resort in Siem Reap. And today is D-day. A newly renovated Bill Bensley-designed boutique property located in the leafy French Quarter, each of the courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms & 1 Junior Suite enjoys first floor balcony views or direct access to the swimming pool and tropical gardens. There’s an all-day dining café/restaurant, conference & meeting facilities as well as complimentary wifi throughout. The Spa, Bensley’s Bar and Kroya Restaurant which are located directly opposite the Resort at the Shinta Mani Club are open to guests for their enjoyment. There is a strong emphasis at Shinta Mani on responsible tourism and community outreach through the Shinta Mani Foundation and a percentage of each stay goes towards the Foundation’s goal of providing hospitality training to young members of the local community.

Aman luxury comes to Vietnam

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Elegance and luxury comes to Vinh Hy Bay with Amano’i.

An infinity pool at the new Amano'i

An infinity pool at the new Amano’i

The third Aman hotel in Indochina will open on 1 September overlooking the gorgeous Vinh Hy Bay some 50kms south of Nha Trang in central Vietnam. With Aman Resorts already in Cambodia (Amansara in Siem Reap) and Laos (Amantaka in Luang Prabang), Amano’i, will combine Aman (Sanskrit for ‘peace’) and no’i (‘place’ in Vietnamese), and will host 31 pavilions and five villas. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, it’s famed contemporary look will continue, with one open-plan living and sleeping area and outdoor sundeck. The villas will consist of individual bedroom pavilions grouped around living-dining pavilions and a private pool and come with a housekeeper and personal chef. Down by the sea there is a Beach Club with a second pool and a range of leisure facilities. The main restaurant is in a central pavilion, as is the library, bar, and boutique. Aman is a by-word for restrained luxury and elegance and that extra special touch of personal service and Amano’i is set to continue that theme. It will be Aman Resorts’ 26th property.

A look inside one of the new Amano'i villas

A look inside one of the new Amano’i villas