Lynnaya Urban Resort and SpaEscaping the hustle and bustle of the often crowded streets of Siem Reap while remaining central can be tricky. But this was something Lynnaya Urban Resort and Spa aimed to conquer when it opened its doors in February.

Nestled on the banks of the river from which the city derives its name, the resort is just a stone’s throw from the action while maintaining a quiet environment. Wanting to introduce a contemporary yet classic hotel to the compact city’s competitive hospitality market, the boutique resort prides itself on creating a series of stunningly-designed, contemporary living spaces.

The attention to detail makes Lynnaya stand out from the crowd, with the lobby offering vivid floral design pods, modern décor and subtle lighting. Throughout, the architecture resembles that of the French modernist movement with the building’s sharp lines elegantly slicing through the blue skyline or greenery of the foliage.

And the hotel’s 46 rooms are unobtrusive and spread throughout well-manicured gardens, with an infinity, fresh water pool and neighbouring bar surrounded by wooden decking forming the perfect centrepiece.

Water features prominently throughout the resort, adding to the relaxing atmosphere. Dainty waterways skirt stone paths that meander throughout the complex, and large ceramic pots topped with pretty pink lotus flowers are dotted around.

Inside the rooms, which come in three styles, the Lyn Suite, Deluxe Bungalow and Superior room, simple white walls are coupled with wooden floors, and industrial-inspired ceilings give a fresh and contemporary feel. Each room is kitted out with all the mod-cons, such as large plasma screen TV, fridge and mini bar, sturdy safe, plenty of wardrobe space, AC, WiFi and bathrooms with a large shower and separate bath. Furniture, artwork and statues made by local craftsmen decorate each room. Guests can also enjoy some downtime on the compact, private terraces outside each room.

General manager Chansathya Kan says, “The hotel offers high class accommodation in the heart of the Siem Reap city, sure to impress even the most discerning traveller. Lynnaya Resort is the perfect blend of a classic and modern chic stylish design. The accommodation is also surrounded by big and small trees, which makes it cool and refreshing for guests, like staying in jungle.”

And if guests ever get hungry, then all they need to do is pop next door to the adjoining, and extremely popular, Palate restaurant to appease their appetite with a range of divine Khmer dishes, given a contemporary twist.

Lynnaya Urban Resort and Spa, Street 20 Krong, 063 96 77 55