All-Inclusive Luxury Tented Camp to Open in Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park
Following the success of the Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Angkor, an enclave of 10 luxurious Khmer inspired pool villas which opened in Siem Reap in December 2017, Bensley Collection is set to expand its Cambodian portfolio with Shinta Mani Wild scheduled to open on 1 November 2018.
Nestled deep within Cambodia’s South Cardamom National Park in a pristine wildlife corridor three hours’ drive south of Phnom Penh, Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will offer a luxury tented camp experience.
Guests will arrive at the gate lounge by road or helicopter from where they can enjoy an unique adrenalin-filled entry to the resort via a 380 meter (1,247 ft) zip line over a swiftly flowing river and waterfalls, arriving ‘Indiana Jones style’ in the Landing Zone Bar. Jeep transfers are also available for those wanting a more traditional arrival.
Bensley who was inducted into Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle hall of fame in New York in 2017, has set out to create his most ambitious and extravagant luxury tented camp project to date – fourteen one-bedroom (100 sqm) and one two-bedroom (140 sqm)luxury tents perched over 1.5 kilometers of river and waterfalls.
With no official menu, culinary offerings under the direction of the camp’s talented Chef Kien Wagner will include wild edible plants foraged each day from the forest to accompany the best quality meat and seafood available. Guests can also join Chef Wagner on his foraging expeditions and learn from his extensive expertise including five years in Cambodia. Fresh flavorful condiments will be made in house rather than pre-purchased and the camp will have a permaculture farm and will support local farmers and fishermen. The area has a rich source of large succulent mud crabs which are a local delicacy.
Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will offer a range of creative luxury adventures. To the south east of this private sanctuary, guests will be able to spend a day exploring the untrammeled waterways of South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard a custom Bensley designed fully equipped expedition boat complete with kayaks. To the north, guests will have the chance to accompany anti-poaching rangers and researchers as they check camera points and study the wild forests and their inhabitants; an unique opportunity to explore these untamed lands with the people that know them best, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints.
An important part of the camp’s ethos is having a team of rangers conducting anti-poaching patrols in order to generate a safe haven for birds and animals. A team of full time naturalists have been living at the resort during construction for the past year studying the flora and fauna. They have also developed a range of hikes for guests to explore the area.
While not adventuring and exploring this incredibly diverse region, guests can relax and enjoy their luxurious tents and camp facilities including the Waterfall Restaurant, Landing Zone Bar and Boulders Spa featuring chemical-free products by Bensley’s Khmer Tonics.
Rates at Bensley Collection – Shinta Mani Wild will start from USD1900++ per night, inclusive of all food and beverage, activities, spa treatments and land transfers from Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville airports. Helicopter transfers are additional. Rates are subject to applicable service charge and government taxes. A minimum 3-night stay is required and children under 13 years of age are not permitted.
source: Travel News Asia