The Travel Architect visits Raffles Le Royal Hotel in Phnom Penh

A luxury hotel fit for Royalty.
Raffles Hotel Le Royal has, for nearly a century, been the premier hotel in Phnom Penh, blessed with history,style and atmosphere. First established in 1929, it has had a diverse international clientele of entrepreneurs, writers, journalists, royalty and intrepid travelers.Graced through the years by legends including former U.S First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and various heads of states.

Located at the heart of this intoxicating city, directly across from the American embassy, this landmark luxury hotel offers easy access to the Central Market and Russian Market and makes an ideal base for sightseeing tours of Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda and along the mythical Mekong.

We had a fantastic lunch and show round this legendary hotel with John Neutze the new Director of Sales and Marketing for Raffles in Cambodia – last time we had met was at a Thailand dinner in Edinburgh 2 years ago.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time to return later on in the day to sample a Femme Fatale ,the signature cocktail of the Elephant Bar, the centre of the city’s brilliant social scene.




Shanti Maurice A Nira Resort

The Travel Architect is having a quick 2 night stay at the 5 star Shanti Maurice Hotel – A Nira Resort in the south of Mauritius. Shanti means peace and its certainly the case here ! It’s a very peaceful, quiet place to chill out and have a holiday.

The resort is spread out over 36 acres of tropical gardens and you can easily wander around without meeting anyone else.

The hotel opened in 2006 with 61 suites which are split into 2 areas – 17 villas and 44 suites. The suites are oceanfront which are on the upper level and beachfront which have direct access to the beach and the addition of an outside shower. All suites are 81 sq mtrs so very large.

The villas are 1 and 2 bedroomed and have their own swimming pools,sala and extensive outside areas.