Standing proudly on their stilts, they dominate the rice paddies. Which traveller, crossing through the Khmer countryside, has not marvelled at the beauty of the traditional wooden houses that punctuate the land? The delicately carved terrace banisters or the roofs with multiple sections cannot fail to make an impression.
Smitten with the charm of this architecture during their Cambodian perigrinations, the founders of Sala Lodges have reunited eleven houses dating from 1956 to 1985 in order to create a unique hotel akind a village. Frequently destined to disappear, the houses have consequently been preserved and benefit from a new lease of life.
A pure and refined interior
More than a hotel, Sala Lodges offers an authentic experience to its guests. Carefully selected from the regions surrounding the town of Siem Reap, the houses have been dismantled and carefully restored on the plot of land situated at the gates of the temples of Angkor. This procedure has allowed wood to be recuperated whilst still preserving the forests. In addition it is a way of returning the lustre to these buildings and to save a heritage from disappearing. Decorated subtly, with touches of local artisan work, each house possesses an individual identity thanks to its architecture and its colours. Behind its stark external appearance, a pure and refined interior is revealed.
In juxtaposition with the traditional houses, the communal buildings offer contemporary and uncluttered lines. The restaurant and bar situated at the entrance, the residents' dining area and open air lounge at the heart of the "village" and to conclude, the swimming pool shaded by frangipani trees are quintessential places to meet and talk.
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