An eagerly-awaited luxury resort is set to open in Cambodia this November. Located among rivers and waterfalls in a wildlife reserve just south of Phnom Penh, Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new concept that combines first class design with serious conservation goals.
Shinta Mani Wild, a design and conservation-focused resort in Cambodia. Image by Shinta Mani Wild
Nestled in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains, Shinta Mani Wild will open for bookings this November. Designed by prolific hotel designer Bill Bensley, the resort has been described as a “radical new concept for a luxury camp experience”. Guests will have a choice of 15 luxurious tents perched above a river with views of the surrounding waterfalls and evergreen forest. The resort is designed to evoke Bensley’s vision of what it would been like “on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jackie O [Onassis] in 1967”.
Each tent is lavishly appointed with bespoke furniture. Image by Shinta Mani Wild
The resort occupies an area of a previously unprotected wildlife corridor between Kirirom and Bokor national parks that is home to elephants, bears, macaques, tigers and gibbons. Conservation is integral to the resort’s ethos and Bensley is committed to protecting the area from mining, poaching and logging. According to a report from NGO Alliance, Cambodia has among the highest rates of deforestation in the world and between 2001 and 2004, it lost 1.6 million hectares of its forest. Illegal poaching and logging scar the landscape but responsible tourism projects like this are attempting to keep it in check.
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