Sala Lodges is an ideal choice of boutique hotel for those looking for rustic charm rather than first-world luxury. The 11 one- and two-bedroom wooden houses on stilts have all been lovingly sourced, transported and rebuilt to create an authentic Cambodian experience for those staying here. The exteriors match traditional Khmer architectural design while the interiors provide more of a contemporary feel, complete with comfortable beds, modern bathrooms and speedy Wi-fi. Characterful décor brings some colour and detail into the rooms but does not detract from the overall sense of understated chic aesthetic.
The landscaped tropical garden is brimming with indigenous flora that attracts local birds, geckos and other wildlife, and the eco-friendly property is fringed by palm trees and rice fields, lending a real sense of rural life. Wander peacefully along wooden bridges and stone pathways through paddy fields to the houses, which are tastefully spread out in the grounds around a more modern reception, restaurant (serving both traditional Khmer and Western dishes) and bar. These amenities inject some luxury into this countryside setting, as does the inviting infinity swimming pool, which spans 20 metres and is filled with salt water – the ideal spot in which cool down and unwind after a day sightseeing in the heat while watching the sunset. For those in need of a more relaxing experience, massages are available to book from their Bodia Spa therapists in well-appointed treatment rooms or in the comfort of one’s own private house, and a well-stocked library also provides a quiet haven.
You will have an appointed tuk-tuk driver during your stay here to transfer you to and from Siem Reap town or to the renowned temples of Angkor, so the location being a little away from the bustling town is not an issue. The service here is also of a great standard, as multiple excursions are offered by the welcoming and amenable staff who are always at hand to help within the property. We recommend Sala Lodges for both couples and families, particularly as each house has its own style of Khmer heritage design, making the accommodation suitable for all.
Features in the following itineraries
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Leslie Siben, India