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The stilted ‘lodges’ at Sala Lodges have made quite the journey to arrive at their home in the heart of Cambodian countryside, near to Siem Reap. The lodges are traditional Cambodian homes, collected from villages all over the country and transported to Siem Reap, where they have been rebuilt, and upgraded to offer the comfort of a boutique hotel.
It took over two years to source the homes that now exist within Sala Lodges, and so this hotel has very much been a labour of love for its owners. Each house at Sala Lodges is individual in style, size and story. For example Bram Mouy is one of the oldest homes at Sala Lodges, dating back to 1958. Owned by a retired fishmonger before finding its home at Sala Lodges, Bram Mouy can accommodate up to three guests, and includes an en suite bathroom with rain shower. Bram Pi is nestled by the outdoor swimming pool and open air lounge, and is blessed with a terrace overlooking rice paddies, and perfectly positioned for the sunset. Pi and Bei are spacious homes, sharing a balcony - a wonderful option for a family.
These characterful homes are rustic in style, with exposed wood interiors, beams and wooden floors (and non-smoking, obviously), but with the addition of luxurious bathroom fittings, crisp linens and design details created by local artisans. All houses are air-conditioned, and also include mosquito nets, tea and coffee facilities, wi-fi and minibar. Sala Lodges is a peaceful retreat in which to while away hours on a terrace overlooking rice fields, or lounging by the frangipani shaded pool, but if the sound of silence becomes too much, TV's and DVD players can be requested.
In contrast to the Khmer architecture of the houses, the dining area at Sala Lodges is much more contemporary in style. The Monolith is an open-sided space overlooking the tropical gardens and houses of Sala Lodges, where guests can dine on east meets west fusion cuisine, including the delectable Tonle Sap fish fillet, with avocado puree, and wild rice and mango salad. Dishes are crafted from seasonal produce, including vegetables and herbs from the Sala Lodges gardens. A sunset cocktail can be enjoyed at Monolith, or nestled into the folds of the open air lounge chairs.
Sala Lodges is within easy reach of the stunning Temples of Angkor, which are no doubt the main event for visitors. Located on the outskirts of town, trips into Siem Reap are a breeze - particularly as residents will have an appointed tuk tuk driver during their stay, for travels around town.
Sala Lodges is an oasis amid the rice paddies, with charming accommodation, delicious cuisine, and attentive service.
Holly, Original Traveller