“Have I died and gone to Heaven?” I literally had to ask myself this as I entered the grounds of Sala Lodges located in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
To be completely honest, I’d underestimated this place. While I saw that it boasted about “Authentic Luxury” I held my breath as it was hard for me to wrap my brain around what it would actually be like.
Having stayed in countless hotels, I can officially say that I’ve never experienced anything quite like Sala Lodges.
Picture a traditional Cambodian Village, built amongst a rice field with a focus on preserving the land and the construction of the 11 wooden houses standing tall and proud on stilts.
The fact that I was living inside of a home made of the wood and fixtures that were once real life Khmer houses, kept me in a perpetual state of awe.
A bit leary due to the property’s claim to place an emphasis on sustainability. I couldn’t believe that anyone had managed to create and maintain something so authentic in a genuinely raw environment, while skipping out on the earth compromising conveniences that so many of us rely on everyday. I assumed they would miss the ball somewhere.
I imagined there being moments that I’d perhaps feel as though I needed to adjust or be slightly inconvenienced, as if I was camping or something if that makes any sense. I couldn’t have been more wrong. These people stand by every single thing that they promise and more.
Their website says that they make simplicity an absolute luxury, and this is the description that stands out the most for me.
I am beyond impressed with the brains behind this little hidden sanctuary.
Often times I’d find myself walking around looking at the detail of each home tucked inside of the beautiful landscape. I loved the way they were able to mix the traditional homes with the tropical trees, while dropping very modern communal areas within the midst of it all.
I could not get enough of the sounds that surrounded me. Although the property sits about 5 minutes away from the center of the city, it felt as though I’d gone far away from the hustle and bustle and escaped to a very secluded and exclusive paradise.
A variety of birds would sing throughout the day in harmony with geckos and crickets. To my surprise they seemed to embrace staying in the background, adding to the ambiance, while allowing us to be comfortable in their setting.
At night the frogs would chime in with a little baritone and bass, reminding me of one of those old soundscape CDs….but this was very much the real thing. “Somebody pinch me!” was a text that I sent to a friend.
As if a gift fell out of the sky, the rain began to fall shortly after my arrival and I was lucky enough to experience a Sala Lodges rain shower. It’s as if the rain literally dances with the village. It is truly a sight to see.
Needless to say, I experienced some very deep and relaxing sleep during my stay at Sala Lodges.
Not everyone can say that they have lived in a traditional Khmer house in a Cambodian Village with a full staff at their “Beck and Call”.
I want to place an emphasis on the staff being at your service, because this is a level of service that isn’t quite the norm. Remember there are only 11 houses within the entire village, so the odds of them being busy are pretty slim. Even though there were just a few of us occupying the space, not once did I feel like they attempted to cut corners by spreading their staff thin. There were always more than enough people around to assist me with both my wants and needs.
There is also a culture of “whatever you ask for they provide.” I can’t imagine that anyone there would have told me no, had I asked for anything.
One day I requested a fresh coconut with my lunch, they were slightly delayed in delivering it. When the sweet lady brought it to my door, it was obviously fresh and cold to the touch. You could tell that she had worked hard to get it to me as soon as possible. She remained poised and pleasant as she said, “So sorry Ma’am, we had to run out and get the coconut for you.”
Dazzled, I thanked her and assured her that they delay wasn’t an issue. I can think of countless other occasions where the staff impressed me with their high level of patience and service during my time there.
After realizing all that was so wonderful about Sala Lodges, I thought to myself, I’m sure the food will be just ok….once again my friends, I was WRONG.
The food was absolutely delicious! No seriously, it was all that my both my body and soul craved. To be honest, I’d been in Siem Reap about a week and I hadn’t been able to find any food that I was all that impressed with.
Sala Lodges restored my faith in Cambodian food. From the beautiful presentation, to the variety of flavorings, sauces and dips, I was beyond impressed. Sala Lodges also has a garden on property where they grow their own fresh vegetables and “fresh” was certainly the name of the game when it came to their yummy food.
I was able to catch the chef walking around the village a few times, and I was sure to tell him how much I appreciated my meals.
House Number 1 at Sala Lodges will forever hold a space in my heart. I am the kind of person that can either gel with an environment or not.
The moment I walked through the door of my assigned house I felt at home. From the warm wooden interior to the high ceilings, to the simplistic décor, I knew that I’d stepped into a level of luxury that I’d never forget.
I found myself lounging all over the place. From the porch, to the little cozy sitting area inside, to the most beautiful and comfortable bed.
As a person who works on the road, I happily embraced this home as my, “office for the day”.
I think it’s needless to say that Sala Lodges is an experience that I’d recommend to anyone.
If you want something unique, intriguing, luxurious, and an all out magical retreat….don’t look any further. I can assure you that you will be beyond pleased with your stay at Sala Lodges in Siem Reap,Cambodia.
Whenever you decide to go, please be sure to tell them that I sent you and come back and let me know how much you loved it so that we can gush over it together.
This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.
Sala Lodges – no 498, Salakomroeuk, Siem Reap, Cambodia | 855 63 766 699
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