Cambodia’s pioneering Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild has been named one of the World’s Greatest Places by the internationally renowned TIME magazine. Championing the groundbreaking hotels, restaurants and attractions that have wowed industry peers and offer visitors an experience unlike any other, the prestigious annual list is chosen by a pool of over 1,200 editors and experts from around the world, based on key factors such as quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence.
Visionary hotel design disruptor and co-owner of Shinta Mani Wild, Bill Bensley, commented “I travel four months a year on business and three months a year for pleasure and inspiration, and I love so many places – but I also love the anticipation phase of a vacation, and wallowing in the joy of being an armchair traveller. I like to know where I am going, what to see, where to stay, so for a curious traveller and avid researcher like me, TIME’s terrific list of the World’s Greatest Places is manna from heaven. I’m beyond thrilled to find one of my own projects included in this year’s list.”
Nestled deep within the wilderness of the South Cardamom National Park, in a pristine wildlife corridor three hours’ drive south of Phnom Penh, Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild opened in December 2018, offering a radical new concept for a luxury tented camp experience. From the exhilarating moment of arrival – criss-crossing the cascading rapids via a 400m zipline, straight into the Landing Zone Bar – there is no such thing as a typical day at Shinta Mani Wild.
Perched over 1.5km of river and waterfalls, the 14 one-bedroom tents (100sqm) and one two-bedroom tent (140sqm) have been meticulously designed to evoke Bensley’s vision of what it might have been like to be on luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’, who travelled throughout the Kingdom with King Sihanouk in 1967. Stunningly realised, this extraordinary product of Bensley’s imagination provides an experience unlike any other in Asia. Creative luxury adventures include exploring the untrammelled waterways of South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard a custom-designed expedition boat; or joining Wildlife Alliance rangers on anti-poaching patrols. Ever changing menus are inspired by sustainably foraged wild edible plants, as the camp’s naturalists guide guests through the forest to discover – and taste – Cambodia’s natural larder. The all-natural Khmer Tonics spa provides chemical-free treatments including a river-stone foot massage while soaking in a waterfall pool.
Rates at Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild start from USD1900++ per night, inclusive of all food and beverage; all private guided activities and excursions; spa treatments; personal Bensley Butler; and land transfers from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville airports. Helicopter transfers are additional. A minimum 3 night stay is required and a minimum age of 10 years.
About Bensley Collection
Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia
Opened December 2018 Bensley Collection- Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new concept for a sustainable luxury tented camp experience, nestled deep in the wilderness of South Cardamom National Park. Shinta Mani Wild offers extraordinary adventures, from arrival via 380m zipwire and exploring South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard custom expedition boats; to joining Wildlife Alliance anti-poaching patrols.
Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Siem Reap, Cambodia
Marking the debut of new super luxe resort brand The Bensley Collection, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection opened in January 2018. An exclusive ‘resort within a resort’, Shinta Mani Angkor – Bensley Collection comprises an enclave of spectacular luxury pool villas with Khmer-inspired design benefiting from elevated Bensley Collection services such as personal Bensley Butlers, while guests can also enjoy comprehensive access to facilities at the adjacent Shinta Mani properties.
About Shinta Mani Hotels
Shinta Mani Angkor, Cambodia
Shinta Mani Angkor is an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcasing just 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in an Angkorian-inspired design. Previously known as Shinta Mani Club, it enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the French Quarter of Siem Reap – just a 15 minute Remork ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.
Shinta Mani Foundation, Cambodia
An integral part of the Shinta Mani collation is the Shinta Mani Foundation, which seeks to be a leader in responsible tourism. The goal of the Shinta Mani Foundation (SMF) is to enhance the lives of the individuals in the local communities where the resorts operate – by increasing their human capital and providing them the tools to overcome the constraints of poverty.
Shinta Mani Shack, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Shinta Mani Shack Angkor is a boutique resort centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy a surprisingly different “Bensley twist” with direct access or first floor balcony views over the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens. Four additional suites offer expansive rooms and balconies; two suites overlook the pool while the other two have views over the leafy streetsca