Disembark from the Aqua Mekong in Phnom Penh and meet you driver and “butler” from Shinta Mani Wild. Located three hours to the southwest of Phnom Penh, on a private nature sanctuary, the camp is surrounded by a forested landscape dominated by the peaks of the Cardamom Mountains, which rise to an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet. Set on an 865-acre site in a wildlife corridor between the Bokor and Kirirom national parks, it is dramatically situated at the edge of a ravine.
The property is the personal project of the renowned architect and designer Bill Bensley and comprises 15 opulent tented accommodations erected on stilts. The interiors reflect Bensley’s theatrical and baroque style, with public areas resembling those of an old-fashioned colonial-style safari camp, complete with brass fixtures, leather chairs, steamer trunks and crystal tumblers and decanters.
On arrival, relax on the elevated deck of your opulent villa screened by the dense tropical vegetation. The tented accommodations feature outdoor tubs, dining tables and vibrant animal-print sofas.
Later enjoy a cocktail on the terrace of the bar, which, from July to November, overlooks a dramatic waterfall. (The river flows year-round, but during the dry season it is less spectacular.) Have dinner at the property’s nearby restaurant, which serves locally sourced Cambodian cuisine.