Sarai Resort and Spa, located in the heart of Siem Reap is hands down one of the most impressive hotels I have ever stepped foot in. From the second you arrive at Sarai Resort and Spa you are greeted with Moroccan inspired architecture and design and friendly staff, which is just a taste of what is to come.
The facilities at Sarai Resort and Spa are outstanding, but what impressed me the most was the sustainability focus. Unlike most hotels, you won’t find any complimentary plastic water bottles or plastic wrapped beauty products in the rooms. Instead, you will find glass reusable bottles and paper made products. It makes me so excited to see Sarai Resort and Spa helping us to reduce our footprint as we travel the world. In addition to the green focus of the hotel, they also work to support the community through a project called Education For All. I will tell you more about this at the end of this hotel review.
Accommodation at Sarai Resort and Spa
This Moroccan style boutique hotel comes complete with elegantly-furnished rooms featuring traditional Khmer-style decor. Each room comes with a bay window or outdoor terrace, overlooking the stunning courtyard and pool below.
The hotel is ideal for couples but also has adjoining family rooms. You can see the different room options here.
Each room comes complete with air conditioning, an iPod dock, TV and a stylish bathroom equipped with bathrobes and a bathtub.
Breakfast is included and can be ordered in bed, or in the Goat Tree Restaurant. Breakfast is all you can eat and starts with coffee or tea, juice, fruit salad and breakfast of your choice. Let me guarantee you that there is no shortage of choices. If you are heading to Angkor Wat for sunrise, you can request a breakfast box to take with you, how awesome is that?
Book a room at Sarai Resort and Spa here.
Facilities at Sarai Resort and Spa
The most impressive facility at Sarai Resort and Spa is the Moroccan Style swimming pool and courtyard.
The impressive pool is salt water and offers ample seating options for guests, with day beds surrounding the pool and an additional lounge area surrounding the courtyard. This is the best place to enjoy a happy hour cocktail after a day of exploring Siem Reap.
A modern gym can be found on the first floor and is open from 7 am – 10 pm.
Goat Tree Restaurant – The onsite restaurant has a mix of Asian and Western cuisines. As mentioned, the breakfast is amazing and will certainly satisfy your morning hunger. Lunch, dinner and happy hour options are also available and can be ordered to your room.
Cooking classes – One of the best cultural experiences you can have is a cooking class. Cambodian food is some of the most delicious in the world, so you wouldn’t want to miss this. Sarai Resort and Spa offers traditional Cambodian cooking classes onsite at the Goat Tree Restaurant. These cooking classes include a trip to the local market, a complimentary drink, take home recipes and best of all, you get to eat what you cook. Prices start at $25USD per person.
Seasons Spa – Sarai Resort and Spa has a luxurious onsite spa offering a range of massages, body scrubs, facials and more. You can even request the treatments in your room.
Sarai Resort and Spa also offers free wifi and friendly reception staff who can organise tours and day trips on your behalf.
Sustainability at Sarai Resort and Spa
As I mentioned in the introduction, Sarai Resort and Spa has a strong sustainability focus.
The hotel doesn’t supply plastic water bottles or beauty products. Instead, they have reusable glass water bottles and paper made beauty products. If you request a breakfast box to take to Angkor Wat, you will be given a reusable bag and containers that you have to bring back with you. Guests are also encouraged to reuse towels and be water-wise.
These are all great initiatives and important for us, as travellers to appreciate. Every little thing we can do for the environment adds up.
But it isn’t just Sarai Resort and Spas environmental focus that impressed me, they also have a strong social focus. Sarai Resort and Spa is part of a program called Education For All. As the name of the program implies, they work with communities to supply equal educational opportunities to children. Sarai Resort and Spa does this by assisting to supply facilities (clean water, building and maintenance) and programs (computer programs, internship programs and open seminars). For every room at Sarai, a donation is made to support the program.
I am proud to support hotels like Sarai Resort and Spa, and you should be too.
Things to do in Siem Reap
The most popular things to do in Siem Reap include Angkor Wat, Angkor night markets, Pub Street and Phare Circus. But there are many more things to do in Siem Reap. The hotel staff at Sarai Resort and Spa are more than happy to help you decide what to do and arrange tours and transport for you.
This 3-day Siem Reap itinerary shares the highlights of Siem Reap and includes all the best things to do in Siem Reap and the surrounding region.
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