Raffles rolls out hybrid resort design in Cambodia

Phnom Penh’s most fabled hotel has relaunched with independent wings for ASQ company and staycationers.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia — Raffles Hotel Le Royal, celebrated for additional than 90 many years as a person of the “Grandes Dames” of Southeast Asia, has reopened its northern wing as an ASQ (choice point out quarantine), supplying an exquisite possibility to inbound travellers.

“Guests will be accommodated in a stand-alone wing of the resort, with stringent wellbeing and safety protocols,” claimed Lodge Manager Dennis de Groot. “We are dedicated to presenting a sanctuary of unparalleled consolation for these enterprise the mandated 14-day quarantine.”

The move comes at a time when Cambodia has been broadly praised for its handling of the pandemic and its economical vaccine software. It also exemplifies Le Royal’s place in the country’s history, not only as an oasis of serenity but as a safe haven, a purpose the lodge famously played in the turbulent 1970s when it was reworked temporarily into a Purple Cross facility.

Developed by architect Ernest Hébrard in French colonial model, Le Royal was originally released in November 1929 with an opening ceremony that was attended by the King of Cambodia and incorporated an orchestra. It was an period when daring couples danced the Charleston, and the sight of an auto in the dusty streets of Phnom Penh would convey kids running.

Lured by tales of the exotic East and the mysteries of Angkor, several intercontinental vacationers and adventurers began to set sail for Indochina about this time.

Amid the stars who would be noticed basking in the wicker chairs and leather sofas of the hotel’s stylish Elephant Bar were being Charlie Chaplin and his entourage novelists André Malraux and Somerset Maugham French President Charles de Gaulle and in the 1960s, former US To start with Girl Jacqueline Kennedy.     

In 1997, at the invitation of Cambodia’s King Sihanouk, the Raffles team was invited to take about Le Royal, along with its sister heritage home, the Grand Hotel d’Angkor, in Siem Enjoy.

Each and every of the 175 rooms and suites at Raffles Hotel Le Royal underwent a complete refurbishment as element of a meticulous just one-calendar year restoration undertaking in 2019.

Returning attendees will quickly notice lighter and brighter interiors, accentuated by spotlights. Segafredo coffee machines, USB charging stations, and Simmons pillow-leading mattresses are between the new options that increase present day enchantment.

Traditionalists will be relieved to know that the coronary heart and soul of this vintage landmark resort has been lovingly taken care of. The hardwood floors have been polished to a squeak the age-old ceiling enthusiasts even now whirl and the aged brass rotary telephones continue to ring.

All bogs have been thoroughly renovated with Italian tiling and rain showers, even though some keep their a great deal-cherished claw-foot bathtubs. Rest room features will henceforth be supplied by Sodashi, an Australian brand of substantial-efficiency skincare items created with the purest botanical extracts.

The courtyard remains the centerpiece of the property, its two swimming pools surrounded by tropical gardens of frangipani, and shaded by giant century-outdated trees.  

“Always moving with the instances and in line with the significant anticipations of our visitors, the restoration system has breathed new daily life into this iconic resort,” reported Hotel Manager de Groot. “We have strived to keep what is so specific about Raffles – the character, the superlative services, the heritage – while offering the improved services and activities that discerning travellers aspire to.”

Amid other significant changes, Café Monivong, in the hotel’s west wing, has now been retired and replaced by a youthful all-day dining location named “Le Phnom 1929”, encouraged by the Parisian-type brasserie, and specializing in French and Western delicacies.

It is right here that Government Chef Joel Wilkinson crafts French classics such as escargots, liver parfait, beef bourguignon, duck confit and onion soup, all paired with fine wines. Primary cuts of imported steaks, a seafood tower, and a soften-in-your-mouth beef or salmon tartare also adorn the menu. Diners may also decide for comfort foodstuff, Asian cuisine and vegetarian dishes.

But when the lavish menu at Le Phnom 1929 will be restricted to room provider only for ASQ attendees, the restaurant will be accessible to all company and leisure visitors who are to be hosted individually in the hotel’s famed Heritage Wing.

Certainly, Raffles has gone the extra mile to guarantee that site visitors arriving from overseas are afforded a wide variety of contactless in-area selections: “virtual” lessons for kids birthday events masterclasses these types of as cocktail-producing and family members cinema evenings are all section of the ASQ itinerary.

“Each space at Le Royal has a charming balcony overlooking tropical gardens and swimming pools where friends can read guides, appreciate afternoon tea and sundowners, or just just relax,” stated Mr de Groot.

“Visitors remaining at the lodge as section of the ASQ program can anticipate personal airport transfers, a full-board eating knowledge, 24-hour health-related providers, PCR assessments, and a truly at ease and memorable keep.”