As you may have seen over the past few weeks, I’ve been spending a lot of time running around Cambodia. I was last in Cambodia 14 (!) years ago, and I’m amazed at how much has changed. Some of these changes are wonderful, like the incredibly improved roads and public transportation, while other changes are less ideal (early morning crowds 8 people deep at Angkor Wat sunrise anyone?). However, I found a great insider tip for when you want to escape the crowds and heat by having a pampered day the Park Hyatt Siem Reap! Come along and see why I recommend taking a day off sightseeing to relax and recharge.
RELAXATION DAY ITINERARY
I recently had a wonderful stay at the Park Hyatt Siem Reap, which you can read all about here, but I wanted to detail a separate post about a “pamper day” itinerary. A vacation during your vacation, if you will. The Angkor temples are one of my very favourite travel destinations, and is one of the few places that lives up to the immense hype surrounding it. I found that the best times to visit were early in the morning around sunrise and later in the afternoon for sunset, leaving the afternoon open to escape from the sweltering heat. This gives you plenty of time to hang out at the luxurious Park Hyatt and take part in some of their best experiences, including their Afternoon Tea, Pool, and Spa!
After you’ve done your morning round of photography and sightseeing, come back to the hotel and head straight to one of the 2 amazing pools. Don’t put away that camera quite yet because you might want to get some great Instagram snaps poolside! The main pool on the second floor looks like a lagoon, complete with all sorts of nooks and crannies to find your perfect lounging spot. You can also get a poolside Cabana and order delicious drinks from the bar.
There is a second smaller and quieter pool tucked away on the ground floor, which is great for adults. Reading a book in the shade poolside while sipping on a cocktail was the perfect afternoon escape I needed after my early morning sightseeing wake up!
To go even further in your relaxing afternoon, I highly recommend booking a treatment at the hotel spa. The Spa has every amenity you would expect from a 5 star resort, including a 24 hour gym, steam room, indoor and outdoor pools, and six private treatment suites. Each of these treatment rooms is a private oasis, complete with beautiful lotus flowers. I had the Heritage couples massage, which both me and my boyfriend really enjoyed.
Another bonus is the extremely reasonable prices, with hour long massages starting at a $65! Most hotel spas of this quality are easily double or even triple this price, so be sure to take advantage. I promise your body will appreciate it after all the walking you’ve likely done around Siem Reap!
No relaxation day is complete without amazing food, and the Park Hyatt has the perfect answer for your afternoon snacking needs. Set in their beautiful Living Room venue, the Afternoon Tea is a delicacy experience not to be missed. It includes a three tier stand of all your favourite treats, including cakes, sandwiches, warm tapas, and other desserts!
Of course it also comes with your favourite tea and coffee, all of which are the highest quality. Being a British tea lover I consider myself quite a connoisseur of afternoon tea (especially the dessert portion), and the experience at the Park Hyatt was right up there with my very favourites that I’ve ever had!
Siem Reap is a truly amazing place but can be exhausting from the crowds and the heat. I found this relaxation day at the Park Hyatt to be the perfect escape to take a much needed break. All of the customer service was top notch and I felt completely rejuvenated. I think everyone needs some downtime when traveling, and a day at the Park Hyatt is the ideal way to recharge before climbing your next temple! If you want to read about other things to do in Siem Reap see my latest post 8 Things To Do In Siem Reap Besides Angkor Wat.
I hope you enjoyed this post and are inspired to visit Siem Reap and drop by the Park Hyatt for the day, or a few days!
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I was welcomed as a guest by the Park Hyatt Siem Reap. As always all opinions are my own.