The Templation hotel,
a green oasis in Siem Reap
Caroline Laleta Ballini
24 October 2017
Whenever you decide to visit the city of Angkor, your days can turn out to be long, noisy and exhausting. Then, you’ll have to choose a peaceful hotel so you can take refuge in a calm setting and serenely contemplate the jam-packed touring schedule for the next day.
Having observed this, the Templation hotel, an actual oasis of greenery in a calm residential neighborhood, halfway between the small town of Siem Reap 3km away and the main entrance of Angkor Wat, will be a perfect choice for a successful getaway.
The space was designed as a modern incarnation of the waterways and reservoirs that used to run through the ancient city of Angkor. It is a reflection of water and greenery, which were the primary inspirations for architects Ivan Tizaniel and Lisa Ros d’Asma. By conserving the trees and plants indigenous to this little pocket of wilderness, the 33 suites and villas, plus their private slate swimming pool and open-air bathrooms blend perfectly into this land, which is steeped in mysteries and legends, and offer dreamlike intimacy.
Starting with the design of its ultra-modern architecture, where concrete blends harmoniously into the luxuriant surroundings, Templation set itself the goal to create clean energy. The solar panels that cover the common areas indeed provide all their daily need for electricity during full sunlight hours, in particular, to power the 22 pumps of the private swimming pool.
The living roofs of the suites and villas are covered with turf and lemongrass, regulating the temperature and variations of humidity in the air. The restaurant and bar, which are fully open onto the gardens, in addition to the gigantic pool, are naturally ventilated and need no air conditioning.
For those choosing to dine there, Templation offers flavorful cuisine served by highly attentive staff all day long. The baskets of warm pastries for breakfast are unparalleled, and each of the local or international dishes served from the menu are absolutely delicious. In short, Templation has everything needed for an exotic getaway, so you can recharge, relax and prepare your visit to the serene beauty of the Khmer temples.