Siem Reap, Cambodia
Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection:
A Monochromatic Luxury
The element of black and white as a theme is an eternal classic duo that has been used from ancient time until the present. However, this classic duo transformed fabulously when Bill Bensley added his design touch into it. The new 10 super-luxe expansive two-level villas in the cultural heart of the historic town of Siem Reap becomes the new testament of Bensley’s visionary concepts and extraordinary design on creating a monochromatic luxury.
Returning after a decade to the city where he designed his first hotel (Park Hyatt Siem Reap), Bensley is ready to bring his flamboyant design characteristics to a whole new level. The Khmer-inspired villas put monochromatic theme as piece-de-resistance from the tile designs, brass details and native palettes, to the high walled facades featuring three-dimensional carvings that portray Jayavarman’s robe (a renowned Khmer king who reigned from 1181 to 1218). Each villa offers 156sqm and is equipped with a 30ft swimming pool, Bensley’s iconic lush tropical garden, and a rooftop deck with a daybed to gaze the stars while enjoying delicious barbecue that is privately set by your bespoke butler. The highlight includes the floor-to-ceiling glassed bathroom with views over the garden and an exotic outdoor shower.
Being a hotel within a hotel, this new 10 luxury villas property is built in the compound of a larger hotel known as Shinta Mani Angkor that was also designed by Bensley back in 2012. Opened at the end of 2017, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection is really a cool and sophisticated laid-back oasis that Bensley himself would like to live in.