The Samar

115, Group 7, Phum Tropeang Ses Khum Kochok Srok, Siem Reap, Cambodia Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kim's View of The Samar

Kim's View


Located at the gate of Angkor Wat, just outside of town, each of the 9 colonial style rooms is set around the main pool, complemented by Khmer cuisine with a French touch.

Your Hosts


Christiand & Bertrand Prestaut
Christiand & Bertrand Prestaut
Christian & Bertrand Prestaut from The Samar share:

"When I was a kid, I enjoyed looking at the colonial newspapers and magazines in the attic of my grand-parents. Since then, Angkor has always been a magic name. Later when I was reading Malraux and Lotti, my attraction for mystic Angkor was growing. The dream became more tangible in 2000, when my son Bertrand moved to Cambodia, then it became true in 2010 when both of us decided to create The Samar Villas and Spa, a boutique hotel on the doorstep of Angkor Wat, combining traditional Khmer aesthetics and a touch of modern design. Offering you a chance to discover the site of Angkor, to meet Khmer people and their legendary smile is for us a modest opportunity to contribute and rebuild this beautiful country. The same respect for local people and culture prevails with every host at Secret Retreats."
Secret Retreats Host Puppet China and South East Asia
All of our properties are family owned—their captivating spirit is embodied by their hosts who often dwell there themselves. Illustrating this family spirit, Secret Retreats has commissioned Indonesian artist Edward Pasaribu to design a range of traditional puppets that reflect the inner essence of true Asian hospitality. Each region has its own special puppet.

After his voyage, Kim grasps the mission that his father had assigned to him—informing contemplative travellers about idyllic locations containing exclusive properties, which unveil a true essence of Asia.


Amid early dawn’s pale aura and its misty foggy ribbons, a mysterious temple unveils herself. Sated, I abandon my view of the dancers frozen in eternity in the bas-reliefs etched before me, and return back to Villa Samar for a sumptuous massage with essential oils and an old-fashioned hot shave before joining the owner for a delightful breakfast. Comfortably seated next to the shimmering swimming pool, under the welcoming shade of an oversized beige coloured umbrella, I listen to him tell me about his retreat and how it came to be.

Accompanied by a Khmer staff member that smells distinctly of roses, I delight in discovering Villa Samar’s secluded alcoves, its old prints, silver objects, fine woodcarvings, teapots shaped like birds, lacquer chests, and mythical maps. This is truly a place of romance. Spacious guestrooms like mine comprise a private terrace bathed in light, gleaming parquet floors and a four-poster bed. Overhead, an antique looking wooden fan spins softly. Light filters through the slats of the wooden shutters. A blue porcelain Victorian bathtub welcomes. It is a haven for the senses.

During the height of the day’s heat, the library is a welcoming refuge. Sitting in this intimate atmosphere, nestled comfortably in a leather armchair amid soft lighting and felt tapestry, the owner eagerly helps me to map out tomorrow’s plans for discovering the ancient kingdom of Angkor’s most magical locales.

Here at Villa Samar, a romantic dreamer like me does not form part of the forgotten past, but rather places me distinctly in the present. At dinner, I delight in the flowery notes found on the artisanal dinner plates and the etched glasses sitting on the blue tablecloth. Indeed, these and many other things create a delightful romantic harmony to my environs. They are also essential for greeting the restaurant’s Royal Khmer cuisine, once deemed one of the fine arts of the royal court. The aromatic odour of fresh tamarind, coriander and especially the highly regarded pepper hailing from the Cardamom Mountains permeates the air. Beautiful women wearing silk evening dresses with elaborate hems known as phamuong further embellish this ultimately engaging and dreamy ambience.

After dinner, I spend the rest of the evening strolling alone through the city’s streets. Here in Siem Reap, exquisite woven silk sold by the metre is a delight. Later, in a small and peaceful park, I watch the day draw to an end like a flower’s petals closing gently upon itself. Sitting on a little bench and flipping through the pages of a book written by Vikram Seth, I happen upon this poignant passage: “I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.”

Rooms & Rates

The Villa Samar

The most comprehensive accommodation arrangement, the Villa Samar has one bedroom equipped with a king- size canopy bed leading onto a large private terrace with a view of the garden and pool. The spacious lounge is an excellent place to relax and a personal Butler is at your service throughout your stay. The villa offers the same amenities as the suites plus an open-air shower and Victorian bath.

Room Facilities : Plasma TV (installed on request), wi-fi, air-conditioning with individual control, mini bar, imported beds and sheets made of Egyptian cotton satin, bathtub and separate shower, separate toilet, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV satellite, and telephone with voice mail.

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The Villa Fou-Nan

A traditional Khmer house featuring a large designer living area, with a deep sofa, Art Deco armchairs and table, and a view over the tropical garden and the front of the Samar Villas & Spa Resort. Furnishings, in a subtlely blended cameo of greys ranging from very dark to very light, include colonial furniture, pieces of Cambodian art and original etchings and collages by Yves Saint Laurent. A collection of orchids adorns the balcony where you will take your breakfast.

Room Facilities : Plasma TV (installed on request), wi-fi, air-conditioning with individual control, mini bar, imported beds and sheets made of Egyptian cotton satin, bathtub and separate shower, separate toilet, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV satellite, and telephone with voice mail.

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L'Appart

With its warm, welcoming atmosphere, L'Appart is ideal for families or two couples. It comprises a common lounge, two individually decorated bedrooms (one with double bed, the other with two separate beds), two bathrooms, and a very large terrace.

Room Facilities : Plasma TV (installed on request), wi-fi, air-conditioning with individual control, mini bar, imported beds and sheets made of Egyptian cotton satin, bathtub and separate shower, separate toilet, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV satellite, and telephone with voice mail.

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Junior-Suites

Facing the garden and overlooking the large swimming pool, the Junior Suites are made from wood and local materials. Spacious and refined, each tastefully decorated suite comprises a room with canopy bed and a private outside veranda for relaxing. Ideal for sipping cocktails while enjoying the birdsong.

Room Facilities : Plasma TV (installed on request), wi-fi, air-conditioning with individual control, mini bar, imported beds and sheets made of Egyptian cotton satin, bathtub and separate shower, separate toilet, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV satellite, and telephone with voice mail.

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Facilities Available

  • 24h Front Desk
  • Spa / Massage
  • Main Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Lounge / Bar
  • Hot Spring / jacuzzi
  • Bike / mountain bike
  • Fishing
  • Laundry
  • Parking (with security)
  • Golf (30mn drive)
  • Free Wifi / cable

Information

Access

Nearest Airport : Siem Reap International (REP) - 7 km

Useful Information

Credit cards accepted : Visa, Master Card, American Express, JCB
Total number of rooms : 9
Annual Closing : open all year
Time zone : GMT+07:00
Latitude and longitude : Latitude 13.38336 Longitude 103.8529

Contact

115, Group 7, Phum Tropeang Ses Khum Kochok Srok, Siem Reap, Cambodia
www.samarvillas.com
dream@secret-retreats.com

Offers

Double the Thrills: Bangkok / Siem Reap, from 495USD for 2 persons

- 2 nights with breakfast at Cabochon in a Studio
- Roundtrip airport transfers from and to Bangkok airport (Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang)
- 2 nights with breakfast at Samar Villas in a Junior Suite
- Roundtrip airport transfers from and to Siem Reap airport
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