Located on the outskirts of Siem Reap, home to world-famous temple complex Angkor Wat, Navutu Dreams Resort & Wellness Retreat is a holistic spa for the mind, body and soul.
Fringed by palms, the Honeycomb Spa offers a variety of facials, body scrubs and wraps, and massages — think everything from Thai and aromatherapy to four-hands and champissage (Indian head). Standouts include the Royal Facial for Men, a through cleansing treatment using sticky rice to draw out impurities followed by a face massage and a white mud mask, and the 60-minute Queen Bee Facial, an organic therapy that involves gentle rice exfoliation and a deep-tissue facial massage with rejuvenating honey to deeply penetrate the skin.
There are also three outdoor pools, a healing atelier, fitness suite and two yoga studios, which host a variety of yoga classes, from hatha flow to vinyasa flow and iyengar yoga. In addition, the dedicated wellness team manage an array
of detox, stress-reduction and health programmes at the centre. Other available healthy pursuits with a more distinct destination flavour are pranayama meditation at an Angkor temple and the practice of ‘forest bathing’, a calming, guided walk on select paths within the Angkor Archaeological Park.
Having worked up an appetite, guests can head to Niam Niam Restaurant (‘Eat Eat’) to pick from a mix of Cambodian, Italian and international dishes, with plenty of vegetarian options. Sampling the typical Khmer flavours of fresh chillies, lemongrass, sweet basil and rice paddy herbs is a must-do for foodies. Guests who fancy something a little bit special can enjoy a private dinner on a roof terrace or in the hotel gardens.
The Navutu Dreams complex comprises 28 secluded guest rooms and suites, laid out as low-slung whitewashed chalets that blend beautifully with their lush natural surroundings. From spacious 45sq metre options to four grand suites covering 100sq metres, nestled in two unique pavilions, each is spread out across the manicured gardens for enhanced privacy and luxury.
Guided pranayama meditation at sunrise or at sunset in a sacred Angkorian temple
Need to know
• Massages: Khmer; Thai; four-hands; champissage (Indian head); aromatherapy
• Facials: Queen Bee; Royal Facial for Man; Good Enough to Eat
• Body scrubs: Coconut Shrubs; Navutu
• Body wraps: Vera (aloe vera); Navutu
• Detox for the Body and Mind
• Sunrise or Sunset Meditation in Angkor
• 3 large pools
• Spa and wellness centre
• 2 yoga studios
• 28 rooms and suites