Two Cambodian resorts have been shortlisted for AHEAD Asia 2020 hospitality awards.
Alila Villas Koh Russey in Preah Sihanouk province was listed as among the finalists in the Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces category, while Shinta Mani Wild, which is spread between 160 hectares of forests between the Cardamon, Bokor and Kirirom national parks, was shortlisted in the Lodges, Cabins and Tented Camps category.
No other hospitality projects from the Kingdom made it into the shortlist this year.
In the shortlist are 13 entries from Southeast Asia. Among countries in the region, Thailand has the highest number of hospitality projects that made it to the shortlist, with a total of five.
Iconic projects such as Raffles Singapore, Rosewood Bangkok, Six Senses Bhutan, Shishi-Iwa House in Japan, Rosewood Hong Kong, Moss Hotel in Australia and Park Hyatt Shenzhen in China are among those that made it to the shortlist.
AHEAD Asia hospitality awards recognise exceptional properties that were launched, opened and re-opened across Asia between September 2018 and August 2019. AHEAD awards have separate contests for the Americas, Middle East, Africa and Europe.
The winners from each continent will have the chance to compete in the global finals of the awards, which are held every two years.
There are 15 categories for the awards, including Bar Club and Lounge, Event Spaces, Guestrooms, Hotel Conversion, Hotel Newbuild, Hotel Renovation and Restoration, Lobby and Public Spaces, Resort Hotel, Restaurant, Spa and Wellness, Suite and Transport.
A panel made up of distinguished hoteliers, designers, developers and architects produced the shortlist. Toby Smith, managing director of Swire Hotels, is among the judges this year. There will be one winner for each category, which will be chosen from among the shortlisted entries.
The award ceremony was supposed to be held at Andaz Hotel Singapore on March 12 but because of the uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak, the event was cancelled. Instead, the organisers said they will announce the winners on the same date as part of an online presentation via the AHEAD website.
Sleeper Media is the main organiser for the AHEAD awards.
This is the second international accolade received by Shinta Mani Wild this month. The innovative resort deep in Cambodia’s forests, which opened in late 2018, also won first place in the Asia Destination Film Awards a few weeks ago.
Set in 60 hectares of lush forests within Koh Russey (Bamboo Island in English), Alila Villas Koh Russey is considered to be among the best private getaways in the Kingdom.
Last year, Rosewood Phnom Penh topped the Hotel Newbuild Cctegory, while Bill Bensley, the co-owner and designer of Shinta Mani Wild, won the Outstanding Contribution award.