In the less hectic Wat Damnak area around 1km from Siem Reap Old Market. Good access to everything. Temples around 8km away.
Once in a while I stumble across a hotel where you can tell the owners have been inspired at least as much by love as by money. Sala Lodges is such a place. The commitment to creating something special is apparent as soon as you arrive. From the spacious green garden setting to the traditional houses and their subtle decoration, Sala Lodges is striking in its simplicity, yet no detail has been overlooked.
11 traditional Khmer timber houses have been sourced from across the country, dismantled, transported, then carefully reassembled and placed across an expansive green block to create a wonderful stripped-back luxury lodging experience. The placement of each house creates a perfect balance between guest privacy and a sense of community.
Each house is unique and all are spacious. There are 9 houses, of one room, suitable for 1 to 3 travellers. There are 2 family houses with two large rooms (more than 40sqm each) suitable for groups of 4 or more. You can read about each of the houses on the Sala Lodges' website.
Interior decoration is exquisitely simple adding small touches of texture and colour to the aged timber. Everything is in its place.
The grounds are dotted with plants and flowers, vegetable and spice gardens and there's a lap-pool as well.
The restaurant gets great raps too.
If you like simple design and simple pleasures, this will be the place for you. It's not cheap, nor is it extravagant. But it may well be the most special accommodation in Siem Reap.
When they add solar power, they'll have nailed things to perfection and set an example for others in Siem Reap to follow.
Angelina has been spotted around Sala Lodges in early 2017 - which will no doubt raise its profile with Hollywood glamour.