I have always wanted to visit the Angkor Wat so I said yes to an invitation of friends from university that I usually travel with to go to Siem Reap. It was only after we have booked the tickets that I found out how hot it is in Cambodia during May. The only solution to the situation that can I think of was to book a nice hotel that will serve as a refuge after a long day. It should also be a haven to stay in when the temperature becomes too hot to bear. I was willing to pay the price as long as I find the perfect place.
Upon recommendation of the cousin of a friend who was just there early this year, I was introduced to Navutu Dreams Resort & Spa. As soon as I checked out their site, I knew it was the one. Since it took a while for me to finalize who my hotel companion will be, my other friends have decided to book a hotel near the town center, I kept hoping that there will still be rooms when the time came that I had to book. Even for a low a season, they had no available room for my entire stay. I took the chance to be on the waiting list and after several long distance calls from the very efficient General Manager of the hotel I was informed they are ready and able to accommodate us for the whole duration of our vacation.
I learned from the people at the hotel and from my riding and walking around the city that Navutu is the only hotel to embrace a resort style that I absolutely loved. It's not the rigid hotel setting of a bigger hotel chain but it's many notches more comfortable that other boutique hotels and hostels. The rooms and the resort have complete amenities. The service was very efficient and the staff speak good English.
It is a bit far from the town center because it is located in a residential area with a charming countryside flavor so don't expect a smooth tuk tuk ride all the way. This did not bother me at all because every day that I was there I looked forward to going "home" knowing that just right outside my bedroom door there's pool waiting.
Navutu provided for a pleasant experience from the time we checked until the time we left. While I will not say in a dramatic fashion that I got attached to the place, I kind of felt "homesick" looking at my photos. It's such a huge part of my Siem Reap experience. I can wholeheartedly say I learned a lot from the Angkor War tour, that I was amazed at myself for being able to bike for 25 Kilometers and then still was able to crawl my way around Beng Maela afterwards and that I also enjoyed both the quiet times I had roaming around the city alone and as well as the noisy meals I had with my friends on Pub Street but best of all this was that I found a sanctuary to rejuvenate and to be able to wake up happy and do all those things.