Shinta Mani Wild -- The Bensley Collection, Cambodia
Travelers can explore Cambodia's wilder side at Shinta Mani Wild.
Krishna Adithya Prajogo
Opening: August 2018
Prolific resort designer Bill Bensley has teamed up with a long list of eco partners -- including the Wildlife Alliance, Fauna & Flora International, The Royal University of Phnom Penh and the Cambodian government -- to introduce his first-ever tented camp inside a dedicated wildlife sanctuary: Shinta Mani Wild.
Set outside Southern Cardamom National Park -- between Kirirom, Bokor and Cardamom national parks in southern Cambodia -- the nature getaway comprises just 15 tents.
In terms of interiors, it's all old-world safari vibes, evidenced by the clawfoot tubs, handmade textiles, outdoor showers and private verandas overlooking a rushing river.
With the river at your doorstep, kayaking and fishing are obvious activities. But travelers can also look forward to forest treks, elephant safaris, a waterfall bar (situated on a deck next to a natural waterfall), an alfresco restaurant and a spa.
Hospitality is of course crucial to success, but the long-term aim is to protect this 400-acre river valley from destructive industries such as poaching, mining and logging.