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La Residence d'Angkor "Kong Kea" Spa

Client: Orient Express Hotels & Resorts

Project: Kong Kea Spa

Launch: October 2009


La Résidence d’Angkor Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia, is situated near the Angkor Wat temples, one of the ancient man-made wonders of the world. The hotel was purchased by Orient-Express Hotels from its previous owners and JPA was commissioned to transform it into an intimate 5 Star luxury boutique hotel. Set in a leafy haven beside the Siem Reap River in the heart of the city, JPA’s brief was to incorporate the design influences of traditional Khmer designs and also the colourful colonial heritage of Cambodia.

The “Kong Kea”, meaning Water of the God, inspired the design ambience of the Spa. The Spa is accessed via sand stone steps leading over an infinity pond decorated with lotus leaves, tropical flowers and floating scented oil burners. Natural stone coloured tiles and concealed amber lighting features entice guests into a soothing, contemporary environment which contrasts heavily with the heavier colonial finishes to the external face of the building.