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SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA (October 9, 2009)
– This month, La Résidence d’Angkor opens both its impressive Kong Kea Spa in a new wing of the boutique city resort and eight luxury suites in a new wing of the boutique city resort. The spa, meaning “water for the god” in the Khmer language, the Kong Kea Spa focuses on the healing aspects of water, both visually and physically.  The four new “Spa Suites” and four new “La Résidence Suites” feature original works of art by an aspiring Cambodian artist.


The water element of the Kong Kea Spa is constantly present, from a bridge crossing a lotus pond at the entrance to an aquarium in the reception area and illuminated water walls.  The signature treatments are based on a formula of cleansing, heating, treating and resting experiences, using locally sourced organic products such as lotus flower, natural sea salt from Kampot and Cambodian virgin sunflower oil.

The “Path of Ritual - Essential Formula” signature treatment, starts with a foot cleansing experience with kaffir lime, lemongrass jasmine and lotus flower, followed by a herbal bath with cinnamon, jasmine, rosemary oil and orange peel.  To end, guests will have a choice of a massage with Cambodian virgin coconut oil, a body scrub with water lily, Cambodian palm sugar and lemongrass, or a Body Wrap with cucumber, artichoke and honey.

The Kong Kea spa is spread over 5,100 square feet and includes six wet and dry treatment rooms, two of which feature private bamboo gardens.  There is a relaxation area with a refreshing, indoor cold plunge pool overlooking the garden, which is available to spa guests pre- and post-treatment. There is also a fitness center and a spa boutique.

In the same wing as the spa are four new “Spa Suites” and four new “La Résidence Suites.”  Spa Suites are accessed by a dedicated elevator and each are over 1,080 square feet. Each incorporates a large bedroom with a flat screen satellite television together with adjacent lounge. Sliding opaque glass doors lead into a spacious bathroom, with an enamel free-standing bathtub, separate walk-in rain shower, dual basins, dressing and storage areas.  A private 290 square foot external garden terrace provides a natural setting for al fresco dining, or for simple relaxation.

La Résidence Suites offer the same luxurious amenities, but are located on the second floor above the Spa Suites in the quietest area of the property, ensuring maximum privacy.  Each suite is 970 square feet and also includes a large balcony or terrace.  All feature silk bed throws, cushions and curtains which have been made locally by Artisans d’Angkor and weaved to the hotel’s bespoke specifications and design.  Local art is further supported, with each suite featuring sculptures representing Khmer divinities. Each suite also includes colonial architectural drawings by Mao Soviet – a Cambodian graduate who has made a name for himself in the contemporary art scene in Cambodia.

Spa Suites are priced from $400 and La Résidence Suites from $330.  Prices are per room per night including breakfast and tax.

The new suites bring the total room count of La Résidence d’Angkor to 62. Situated in the heart of Siem Reap and near the temples of Angkor Wat, the hotels is a leafy haven beside the Siem Reap River in the center of the city, situated within a walled garden among many trees, and accessed by a bridge over a lotus pond. La Résidence d’Angkor has also recently opened a large alfresco Martini Lounge area on the first floor, overlooking the pool and the river. 

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