Having been slumming it for a bit in Vietnam I thought it was time to wallow in a bit of luxury & in Phnom Penh that has to be Raffles - Le Royal hotel.
Opened in 1929 the French colonial Le Royal has always been THE place to stay in Phnom Penh & suites are named after notable guests including Somerset Maughan, Jacqueline Kennedy & Charles de Gaulle.
It saw some rough times during the Khmer Rouge era in the 1970's but has been returned to its former glory with new extentions & renovations that update facilities but reatain as much original restoration as has been possible.
Cambodia is the true land of smiles, regardless of what the Thai Tourist Boards says, & at Raffles there's a real pride in their country & culture which comes through as the most genuinely friendly & hospitable welcome you could imagine.
Rooms are of course a dream & I feel quite rejuvenated after just one night & ready to continue my travels. The secluded outdoor pool has one of the most attractive setting I've seen & you don't need to leave your lounger for a drink as staff are always close by.
Breakfast was on the verandah, with whirling ceiling fans, birds chripping in the tropical trees & staff buzzing around to ensure that everything was perfect - which it was.
Its a haven of lazy charm, reminiscent of days gone by, but with just the right level of pampering that I needed after some very basic travelling.