Cambodia’s Shinta Mani Hotels group will launch the Shinta Mani Angkor-Bensley Collection in Siem Reap, the first of its planned ultra-luxurious new flagship properties, in mid-December.
The new-style hotel, comprising 10 lavish two-level villas, is built in collaboration with Bangkok-based designer and architect Bill Bensley. This is part of the Bensley Collection brand, a planned portfolio of super-deluxe hotels and resorts to be built in the kingdom showcasing “visionary concepts, extra-ordinary design and bespoke service”.
Each villa has 156 square metres of area over two pavilions including a floor-to-ceiling glassed bathroom with views over a garden and an outdoor bath.
Six of the villas can be combined into three 312-square-metre two-bedroom villas, each with its own pool, to accommodate a family or friends travelling together.
The top of the line high season room rate is $1,100 per night per villa for what is billed as an “all-inclusive experience”.
The tariff includes lunch and dinner on top of the customary breakfast, plus a host of other features, kicking off with guests being welcomed by their assigned Bensley butler, then being handed a specially designed bouquet of flowers and escorted under a traditional Khmer umbrella to the villa for welcome champagne and chocolates.
Kris Marthin, corporate director of sales and marketing for Shinta Mani Hotels says the all-inclusive package is a groundbreaker for Siem Reap.
“Shinta Mani Angkor-Bensley Collection will be the first in Siem Reap to offer an all-inclusive rate option,” he said.
“Our all-inclusive rate is created for those guests who seek a total relaxation and leisure time by letting us arrange everything that they need during their holiday in Siem Reap.”
The new hotel will also provide a butler service that is another first in Siem Reap’s hospitality sector, with butlers on hand to, for example, scatter petals in the outdoor bath, and on call to mix daily sunset cocktails on the private rooftop living room in the villas.
According to a press release, Bensley butlers will be “an elite group of hand-selected hospitality professionals that live and breathe the guests’ experience”.
Mr Marthin said that the butler team is now being recruited and ready for training.
“We are in the process of hiring and training our butlers now. Our head butler, Mr Mac, is a Thai national and used to work at The Siam in Bangkok,” he said.
“Some of the butlers are internally hired, those who have been with Shinta Mani for more than five years and understand our company value.
“Some are from various hotels in Cambodia. All of them will undergo an intensive Bensley butler training in the next couple of months.”