Navutu Dreams brings the beach to Siem Reap. This intimate and quiet luxury resort is a tropical island dream, offering 28 Mediterranean-style spacious and bright rooms and villas around three pools, along with an extensive wellness program designed to detox both body and mind.
Navutu Dreams is a little off the beaten track. The resort has its own small fleet of tuk-tuks which will take guests to the Old Market area and the temples, the latter a 30-minute journey. Navutu’s relative remoteness pays off – it is extremely quiet.
Style & character
The resort is the brainchild of two Italian sisters who first built a similar property in Fiji. On a visit to Siem Reap, they fell in love with Cambodia and opened Navutu Dreams. It’s all about simplicity, quietness and space. Rooms and small villas are clustered around the pools and the grass-roof restaurant. Well-kept lawns are dotted with Angkor era replica statues and quiet walkways lined with palm trees connect the rooms with the lobby, spa, gym and yoga room. In a town of 700 hotels, Navutu Dreams emerges as one of the most architecturally unique and aesthetically pleasing, if incongruous, properties.
Service & facilities
Service is efficient and refreshingly personal and the staff are fully present without being intrusive.
The three pools, two of them salt water, are the most outstanding features, but it is the wellness side of Navutu Dreams that sets the property apart from other high end resorts in Siem Reap. Guests may indulge in various detox treatments to regenerate tired minds and bodies. These include crystal healing, Tibetan bowl sound bathing and reiki to reduce stress as well as traditional Chinese medicine practices such as acupuncture, cupping and shiatsu.
A spa, a small gym and a dedicated room for yoga sessions round off the very pretty picture.
- Fitness centre
- Kids’ club
- Room service
The standard rooms are spacious, bright and flawless and all offer air-conditioning, a TV, safe, minibar and bathrobes. As the bases for the semi-circular sofas and huge double beds are made from concrete, the entire room looks like it comes out of one futuristic mould. All rooms have a veranda and a private garden as well as twin rain showers in generous and immaculate bathrooms. A tuk-tuk, the preferred mode of transport to explore the Angkor temples, is included in the room rate and can be used for up to 12 hours a day.
Food & drink
The restaurant, located under thatched roof between two of the pools, serves Khmer and Italian cuisine. The ingredients are as ‘wellness-centric’ as possible. Everything comes fresh from the market and – where possible – organic and the chicken free range. The wood fired pizzas are a treat and guests with strict dietary requirements can be accommodated. The best place for a pre-dinner drink is on a sun lounger by one of the pools.
Breakfast is buffet-style and modest but very good, with choices ranging from Asian congee to western cereals and English breakfast.
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