Modern Heritage is the phrase that best defines this swanky boutique style hotel; a fusion of both old and new in a contemporary setting. No less than the acclaimed American architect Bill Bensley, named as one of the Top 100 Architects and Designers by Architectural Digest, was tasked to build this ultra-modern yet distinctly Angkorian beauty. Incorporated in its elements are the inspired temple colours: gray, black, white and saffron orange, which represents the monk’s robe. The place is infused with all the little details completes a ritzy space.
A Sanskrit phrase which means “The gem that provides everything one desires”, Shinta Mani is a 39-room hotel along a quieter neighborhood in Siem Reap. Each room provides amenities that modern travellers can definitely appreciate. Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or as a family, Shinta Mani can provide spaces that are just right for your requirements.
The hotel-run restaurant “Kroya” offers diners the best of Khmer and international cuisines. But the unique attraction is not on the plate but in its al fresco setting, where guests enjoy their food seated on swing benches suspended from tall beams above. It reflects the whimsical intent but definitely enhances the totality of the dining experience
Perhaps the noblest aim of Shinta Mani is achieved through its foundation “Open Doors, Open Hearts” which provides free hospitality trainings to young Khmers, health care assistance to villagers, extends help through educational loan assistance and financial assistance to small start-ups. Every room taken up in the hotel automatically donates $5 to the Foundation. Re-opened only on 1 June 2012 after an extensive renovation, Shinta Mani has already attracted both local and foreign guests alike to its hip and quirky design. The well-thought out interiors also offer guests a soporific ambience and if there is one thing I can assure you about Shinta Mani, it is that a good night rest and a laid-back vacation can be accomplished here.