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Stylish events headed to Cambodia

Top MICE hotels from colonial to contemporary
For most people, Siem Reap is synonymous with
Angkor Wat, the 12th-century temple complex and Unesco World Heritage
site that boasts classical Khmer architecture. While MICE groups to
Cambodia all include Angkor Wat at the top of their incentive list, Siem
Reap’s hotels offer unique stays with an assortment of facilities to
supplement a successful event.
Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor
The venerable grand dame of Siem Reap, Raffles offers a boutique
and highly personalised experience with 120 guestrooms. Along with its
sister property in Phnom Penh, all of its state guestrooms are currently
undergoing renovations that retain its 1930s colonial charm yet with
modern upgrades. Other special touches include butlers hand-picked by
general manager Robert Hauck from long-service staff.

The property’s Apsara Terrace is ideal for dinners, as it overlooks
the pool and can accommodate 80 people indoors with space for another
60 on its terrace. Its signature dining venue, Restaurant Le Grand,
offers royal Cambodian cuisine and a distinctive wine cellar, and is
available for lunches or meetings. As Raffles’s strength is its catering
services, temple dinners or events for 200 at the Royal Garden across
the street are easily accommodated. The Young Presidents Club has
previously used Raffles for its gatherings.

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

A sprawling resort connected by bridges over lagoons, Sofitel
offers a relaxed Southeast Asian atmosphere with plenty of amenities and
distractions. The 238-room hotel includes the largest ballroom in Siem
Reap, seating 300 in a separate building with its own driveway, as well
as two smaller meeting rooms that seat 150 people and a boardroom that
accommodates 12.

“The typical business group is around 150 to 200 people and they
tend to stay three nights,” says Peter Lucas, Sofitel’s executive
assistant manager. To keep groups entertained, 80 tuk tuks
(motorcycle-drawn carriages that seat four to six) are at Sofitel’s
disposal to take them around town. The hotel can organise poolside gala
dinners, intimate cocktails at an open-air sala, or a round of golf at
its 18-hole course where the Cambodian Open has been held since 2007.
Past groups include Hyundai, Pepsi, Bosch, DHL and Ogilvy & Mather.

Le Meridien Angkor

The closest hotel to Angkor Wat, Le Meridien’s contemporary
elegance was inspired by the geometric perfection of the temple complex.
It offers 220 rooms, a conference corridor to one side of its lobby and
the 140-seat Tara Room to the other side. As its Italian restaurant
L’Angelo is only open for dinner, the 70-seat facility can be booked for
private lunches and events during the day.

There is a wide range of outdoor venues for cocktails, dinners and
events, such as its central Elephant Courtyard for 120 people, its
Angkor-style pool for 180 and its Palm Garden where tents can be set up
for banquets and shows. Prior events have included Cambodian
village-themed dinners with palm sugar cooking demonstrations and
customised lanterns.

“Most people want to be outside under the stars,” says general manager Gregory Anderson. “Palm Garden is our ballroom.”

Hotel de la Paix

The hip and arty Hôtel de la Paix contains 107 crisp rooms within
easy walking distance of Siem Reap’s market district. Its design is
modelled after the colonnades found nearby in the ancient temples, with
surprises at every turn. Kandal, its main meeting space, can seat up to
121 theatre style, while a sunken Arts Lounge facing the street exhibits
up-and-coming artists and can be used for an assortment of events such
as its popular ice lounge.

The 60-seat Meric offers international and Khmer cuisine prepared
in an open kitchen, with an outdoor terrace that features oversized
dining swings. For performances, Fire Garden and Courtyard can host
Apsara dances while under its Pergola dinner for 25 people overlooking
its Fountain Garden can be arranged.

Angkor Palace Resort & Spa

A 259-room resort with on-site driving range and tennis courts,
Angkor Palace exudes traditional Cambodian comfort immediately upon
entering its breezy Khmer-style lobby. Its Royal Ballroom can host 120
for banquets, while the smaller Sunflower and Apsara rooms can fit 50
each.

The two-storey Soriya Restaurant features Khmer and western all-day
dining, while poolside barbecues or cocktails can be easily
accommodated. In addition, creative off-site outings such as gondola
rides in Angkor Thom or visits to floating villages can be arranged.
Angkor Palace has previously hosted delegations from Coca-Cola, Dupont,
Toto and Philips Lighting.
CEI Asia

  

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