The room is cool despite the hot temperature outside. I especially notice the cool floor slabs under my bare feet as I walk around the room. It is bright with a full row of windowed doors which open up to my private back garden where there is a plunging pool. A cream wall which encloses the space, features carvings of local vegetation. There is no view.
There are essentially two bathrooms; the sinks and vanity areas are out in the room itself. This is good if you like natural light in your bathroom (a rarity in hotels), but not if you like your complete privacy when dressing. The sink area faces the outdoor garden, so in order to visit this space you must walk through what is part of the bathroom. The wonderful rain shower is hidden off to the side and is enclosed with a glass panel, also looking out to the garden.
A large tub sits between the two sinks which are on opposite walls; clearly the rooms are intended for couples. The feel is attractive minimalism; the wood is very dark brown, the walls are ivory, and the accents are ocher, the color of monks robes. The room is comfortable with a long desk behind the bed, (running the length of the bed), shuttered windows which face the hallway, and ample closets. At times I feel like I’m in a small loft where ever inch has been accounted for…there is not much unused space.
The entrance into the room is not optimal as you are right by the bed as soon as you walk in. For more of a sense of privacy, and the feeling that you’re not sleeping with your head by the door, another plan for the entry might have worked better. There is a large bouquet of what look like tiny wild daisies right as you enter. My first reaction is a preference for something more tropical; they seem out of place in the room. I love the wooden bowl of lychees (or Koulen in Khmer), and would like more touches like this.
Turn down service here is wonderful. Each night it is done with precision. The bath is prepared with scented soaking salt and jasmine flowers. Sometimes the salts turn the water a yellow color which isn’t always the most enticing color to plunge into, but the fragrance is wonderful. The amenities are natural and abundant, attentively labeled with their significance. But what is most lovely and unique are the handcrafted gifts left on the pillow every evening. While the guests are at dinner, the beds are prepared and local treasures in silk bags, or palm woven boxes are left for you to find as if it’s Christmas Eve. Once I received I wood 3d lotus puzzle made by a nearby artisan; once an exquisite
bouquet of lotus woven together; another night an elephant key chain made here as well. The presentation conveys such care; another way to make you feel attached to the property and to the country.
Housekeeping is unobtrusive. You never see vacuums, cleaners, or unkept housekeeping staff in unflattering uniforms. Here the service is subtle so that you only notice the fine end result. Even if you stay for a week, everything will be in place in the same way, perfectly done each and every day whether by the same staff member or not. The precision is noticeable and much appreciated.