Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap

Bensley Collection Pool Villas – Siem Reap

Bensley Collection Pool Villas – Siem Reap

Words: Monica Tindall
Photos: Han Sen Hau

In the heart of Siem Reap, amidst the ancient wonders of Angkor Wat and lively Pub Street, lies the Bensley Collection Pool Villas at Shinta Mani Angkor. Designed by the visionary hotel designer Bill Bensley, renowned for his extravagant and immersive creations, this exclusive retreat offers an unforgettable experience.

Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap entrance
Shinta Mani Angkor & Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap
Shinta Mani Angkor facade
Shinta Mani Angkor

Bensley’s architectural genius is legendary. With a portfolio that spans the globe, from the lush rainforests of Bali to the rugged landscapes of Bhutan, Bensley’s creations are characterised by their meticulous attention to detail, whimsical charm, and seamless integration with the surrounding environment. He weaves narratives into his designs, transforming spaces into living stories. 

Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap entrance through temple
Entrance to the Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap

At the Bensley Collection, the Khmer king Jayavarman VII takes centre stage. Bold installations depicting the folds of his royal robes adorn the walls, a subtle homage to his pioneering spirit mirrored in the innovative design of the villas. The opulence, however, is never ostentatious. Bensley masterfully combines Khmer influences with contemporary flourishes, resulting in luxurious and culturally sensitive spaces. Locally sourced materials like silk and dark wood create a sense of warmth. At the same time, the plush furnishings and state-of-the-art amenities ensure unparalleled comfort. 

Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap Installation Depicting the Folds of Royal Robes
Installation Depicting the Folds of Royal Robes

Bensley Collection Pool Villas – Siem Reap

Each of the ten exclusive villas boasts a private 30-foot pool, garden courtyard, rooftop terrace, and outdoor bathtub embraced by a private garden. Floor-to-ceiling windows seamlessly blend the lush greenery with the interiors, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living. 

The rooftop sky garden, adorned with tropical flora and shaded by billowing sails, provides a serene retreat with a good book or unwinding under the stars. In the evenings, the addition of mosquito netting and flickering candles sets the stage for magical, insect-free relaxation in the cooler air. 

The pool’s allure is irresistible. Accessible from the courtyard or through sliding glass doors from the bedroom, it invites leisurely morning dips or floating breakfasts delivered straight to the water.

The bed, enveloped in a cocoon of crisp linen sheets, promises nights of restful slumber, while the glass-walled bathroom, featuring a rain shower and double basins overlooking lush greenery, is an invitation to pure indulgence.

The mini bar is thoughtfully stocked with an array of beverages, including soft drinks, beer, wine, and even almond milk, noting my preferences. It also has a freezer drawer brimming with ice, and several snacks, such as cookies and vegetable chips, are in glass jars in the pantry.

The villa’s décor is an eclectic blend of antiques, contemporary conveniences, and thoughtful amenities. A large Smart TV and quality Bose speakers cater to entertainment needs, and high-speed internet ensures seamless communication and connectivity. The inclusion of a portable pocket WiFi further enhances convenience, allowing guests to stay connected even while exploring the wonders of Siem Reap.

Every detail is meticulously curated for the utmost comfort and convenience, from clearly labelled lights to inclusive laundry services, ensuring a truly pampered experience. As a final touch, the villa is infused with soothing scents of aromatherapy and fragrant flowering gardens, pleasing our noses each time we return.

Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap courtyard and pool
Bensley Collection Pool Villas – Siem Reap
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap Sky Deck
Sky Deck
Shinta Mani Angkor Sky Deck at Night  daybed with mosquito netting
Sky Deck at Night
Shinta Mani Angkor Floating Brekkie beautiful bathroom with dual basins
Floating Brekkie
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap outdoor bathtub covered in lotus flower petals
Outdoor Tub
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap - Hollywood Beds
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap Daybed
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap Courtyard

Bensley Butler

But the service is the true pièce de résistance of the Bensley Collection Pool Villas experience. Discreet yet attentive, our personal Bensley Butler anticipates every need before we’ve even voiced them. From unpacking our luggage to drawing a bath covered in the petals of 64 lotus flowers precisely arranged in a floral mosaic on its surface, the personalised touch elevates “service” to an entirely new level. Whether we crave a refreshing bevvie poolside, an itinerary for exploring the ancient temples, or just some insight into local culture, our Bensley Butler is knowledgeable, kind, thoughtful and always ready to assist.

Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap Bensley Butler
Bensley Butler


The location of the Bensley Collection Pool Villas adds another layer of allure. Tucked away within the Shinta Mani Angkor complex, it offers the tranquillity of a secluded retreat, yet it’s just a short walk from the bustling heart of Siem Reap. The river is across the road, the Made in Cambodia Market is on the opposing corner, it’s less than one kilometre to Pub Street, and a whole assortment of dining, spa and entertainment options are between there and the hotel. If you ask for the GM’s list of recommendations, you’ll have the insider’s advantage. He has never led us astray from Phare Circus to Barcode, Sokkhak River Lounge to Apopo demining rats.

This convenient juxtaposition allows us to have it all—sightseeing in the temples of Angkor, shopping for locally made items, dining, pampering, and entertainment at our doorstep, but complete seclusion from the outside world when we close the villa door.

Siem Reap Top Attractions Angkor Wat at Sunrise
Angkor Wat at Sunrise
Siem Reap Top Attractions Angkor Wat covered in tree roots
Shinta Mani Angkor Guides Know Where to Go to Avoid the Crowds
Siem Reap Top Attractions Angkor Wat Temples
Temples Are One of Many Highlights
Siem Reap Top Attractions Pub Street
Pub Street
Bensley Collection Pool Villas Siem Reap Tuk Tuks - They're Even Available on Grab
Plentiful Tuk Tuks – They’re Even Available on Grab

The Shinta Mani Foundation

We sure do appreciate living this pampered life, but luxury transcends the physical at the Bensley Collection Pool Villas. Shinta Mani, the resort’s parent company, is deeply committed to responsible tourism. The Shinta Mani Foundation, a cornerstone of their philosophy, empowers local communities and supports educational initiatives. Guests are encouraged to participate in these endeavours, fostering a connection with the Cambodian people that goes beyond the transactional nature of tourism. The foundation works to improve the lives of underprivileged Cambodians through various initiatives, including education, healthcare, and vocational training. By staying at Shinta Mani Angkor, guests not only enjoy a luxurious getaway but also contribute to meaningful social change and sustainable development in Cambodia.

Shinta Mani Angkor Boutique & Gallery with Bill Bensley artworks
All Sales from the Boutique & Gallery go to the Shinta Mani Foundation


Furthermore, Shinta Mani Angkor and the Bensley Collection Pool Villas’ commitment to environmental sustainability is something we always value at The Yum List. They focus on reducing plastic usage and promoting eco-friendly practices. From reusable water bottles to biodegradable toiletries, refillable ceramic pumps holding bath products, to snacks packaged in glass jars, every effort is made to minimise the villas’ environmental footprint without compromising on the guest experience. 

Shinta Mani Angkor pool lined with trees and sun chairs
Guests Have Access to all Facilities at Shinta Mani Angkor
Shinta Mani Angkor beautiful hotel pool
Hotel Pool

Room Rates

Room rates start at USD 660 per night for two people. Rates include breakfast for two, a personal butler, a mini-bar, a daily fruit basket, and complimentary laundry.

Bensley Collection Pool Villas Review

A stay at the Bensley Collection Pool Villas at Shinta Mani Angkor in Siem Reap is an unforgettable experience that combines luxury, comfort, and social responsibility in equal measure. From the exquisite design and impeccable service to the breathtaking surroundings and commitment to sustainability, every aspect of the experience is tailored to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning traveller. So, if you’re seeking the ultimate retreat in Siem Reap, look no further than the Bensley Collection Pool Villas at Shinta Mani Angkor – where indulgence meets purpose in perfect harmony.

Reasons to stay at the Bensley Collection Pool Villas in Shinta Mani Angkor, Siem Reap: an exquisitely designed pool villa with a skydeck, outdoor bath, and incredibly comfortable furnishings; your own Bensley Butler; a super convenient location; and a positive contribution to the betterment of local lives through the Shinta Mani Foundation.

Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool Villas
Junction of Oum Khun St and 14th street
00000 Shinta Mani St, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
+85563 964 123

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