Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Stunning new luxury hotel arrives as tourism ramps up

On April 14, the first day of the Khmer New Year holiday in Cambodia, almost 860,000 revellers travelled to celebrate at landmark sites across the country — 45,000 more than in 2019, the New Year before the pandemic, Ministry of Tourism figures show.

"It was fantastic to see so much joy among the Khmer people and to see foreign visitors share in that feeling," says Herman Kemp, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh.

"It's been a long and hard struggle for everyone in the country during the pandemic. The fact that we appear to be nearing the end of it all is a source of great relief and cause for celebration."

Highly-vaccinated Cambodia was one of the first countries in its region to reopen borders to fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine. That was mid-November last year.

"The Pearl of Asia" was a south-east Asian tourism rising star before COVID-19 struck, in no small part due to World Heritage site Angkor Wat, where over-visitation had become an issue. The shutdown allowed much needed repairs and restoration and presently travellers will find tourists much thinner on the ground, at Angkor Wat and beyond, including the capital Phnom Penh, where Kemp's stunning hotel opened just last year.

Says Kemp of the city, "Aussie visitors can expect an exciting, vibrant place that combines modernity with strong traditions. There's an alluring cafe society, bustling bars, a thriving and eclectic restaurant scene, golden-spired temples and palaces and some of the region's finest period architecture."

The Hyatt Regency, the largest internationally branded hotel in the city, includes the latter – its romantic entranceway is a restored early 20th century colonial villa flanked by frangipani trees. Beyond it there are 247 guestrooms including 43 suites, theatrical restaurants and bars, a luxury spa and 22-metre infinity pool.

"We're ready to give our guests a taste of what makes this city so special," says Kemp.

From $300. See hyatt.com

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