Cambodia Hotel Named In World’s Best Hotels List

The Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia has been named one of the World’s Best Hotels in the Condé Nast Traveler Gold List 2022.

The Gold List includes places and experiences handpicked by Condé Nast Traveler’s global editors

The Shinta Mani Wild bills itself as a radical new fusion of world-class design, hospitality and conservation where your stay makes a difference in protecting unique and endangered species.

The adventurous team at the hotel is constantly out in the environment exploring and developing new experiences. Travellers can immerse themselves in the magic of discovery with their wildly enthusiastic Adventure Butlers, each of whom specialises in a particular study or sport to help you understand one of the most beautiful places on the face of the planet.

Shinta Mani Wild
Shinta Mani Wild waterfall picnic

There aren’t many hotel designers whose creations have genuinely made my face hurt from smiling.
I first came across the work of Bangkok-based American Bill Bensley when I stayed at the Capella Ubud in Bali, a joyous feat of maximalist storytelling in the jungle.
Shinta Mani Wild is an even deeper immersion into nature—specifically, the lush wilderness of southwestern Cambodia.
To me, the most thrilling thing about the place isn’t that you arrive by army four-wheel-drive and then zip-wire over the forest canopy, your grins met with a Khmer G&T beside the rushing river. No, it’s the fact that Bensley bought an 865-acre swath of magical, orchid-rich rain forest between three national parks to protect it from logging, mining, and poaching.
This meant I could properly enjoy one of the decadent, whimsically themed tents along the river, and the house-made herbal tonics in the thatched spa, against the happy background hum of the Raging Sister waterfall.
I could thrill to the snappily dressed staff ushering me to take a river safari or eat wonderful foraged food in the main tent.
Among scores of river- and forest-based adventures, the most fulfilling was joining an anti-poaching patrol team, whose sheer love for the minutiae of the jungle belied the AK-47s slung across their shoulders. Shinta Mani Wild is no airy piece of greenwashing.
For all its grin-inducing whimsy, this is the real thing. 
Juliet KinsmanCondé Nast Traveler Gold List 2022

Situated in the Cardamom National Park, 2 hours drive from Sihanukville and 3 hours from Phnom Penh, Shinta Mani Wild occupies a pristine 865 acres river valley on the southern border of the Cardamom National Forest.

Shinta Mani Wild
Shinta Mani Wild

Some of Cambodia’s, and the world’s, most endangered species still call the Cardamom mountains home, including 54 animals on the IUCN Red List. But as the forest cover disappears, so does the wildlife. It will take major conservancy of the evergreen forest for these fabulous residents to thrive again, but that is the goal at Shinta Mani Wild.

Shinta Mani Wild zipline

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