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The Sothea, Siem Reap 
$$$$

Road No. 6

Svay Dangkom

Siem Reap
Cambodia

Tel: 85 56 396 6788

From the waterways that flow throughout the grounds (representations of water are the Khmer symbol for woman) to the white sandstone sculpture of a mother and child by the pool, this all-suite hotel offers an almost maternal experience. The service throughout could not be more attentive, with doting though never overbearing butlers assisting with everything from unpacking to babysitting to the 20-minute drive to Angkor Wat. In the 39 suites, claw-foot tubs, bouquets of red roses, and thickly upholstered settees with silk roll pillows create a romantic ambience. There's even a bedside copy of Cambodia's most famous love story, Tum Teav, translated into English. Rooms overlook the striking gold-flecked slate-tiled pool, which was modeled on Angkor's Srah Srang, where kings bathed. The market-fresh Khmer cuisine at Chatra restaurant, named for the chandeliers that hang from its 45-foot-high ceiling, is excellent.
When to go: December through March—the driest but the busiest months.
Which room to book: Suites 104 to 107 and 114 to 117 have unimpeded views of the pool.
Information may have changed since date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.

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