The Lure of the Exotic

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The old adage that time changes everything is nowhere as evident as in Cambodia, a land once torn by strife and war but now beginning to be once again recognized as one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Nowhere is this as patently obvious as in the wonderful and modern La Residence d’Angkor, an Orient-Express property, where luxury is routine. The resort is the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat temples, a true marvel of the ancient world. It’s also adjacent to Tonle Sap, a vast lake full of floating villages with the remains of ancient Khmer civilization all along its shores. A honeymoon here will turn into legend. Residence d’Angkor is built in a lush jungle and surrounded by gardens stretching into the riverbanks. Modern comforts and luxury are everywhere. Its 62 Khmer-style rooms and suites are decorated using local hardwoods, bamboo and textiles like silk and fine cotton. Jewel-toned silk cushions are scattered throughout the rooms where floor-to-ceiling windows give these an airy quality and a sense of tranquility. The resort’s Kong Kea spa is almost sinful in its indulgence, with six treatment rooms and a relaxation suite. Most importantly, the aura of romance in this exotic setting permeates the air with the intensity of the frangipani and orchids that sprout like weeds in the lush jungle. The resort’s packages include spa treatments and sightseeing tours. Rates range from $281 dbl for a royal deluxe riverside room to about $545 for a spa suite.