Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tropical minimal style

This two-roomed suite has an interesting walkthrough
I made a return visit to Arun Villa in BKK1 area today, having made a previous visit whilst this brand new boutique property was still under construction. The 12-room hotel has been open for a couple of weeks now and the owners are using this month to iron out any small kinks and to train their staff. They know a thing or two about the hotel business, already running Terres Rouge very successfully in Banlung, Ratanakiri for quite a few years, as well as Rajabori Villas on Koh Trong, the island opposite Kratie on the Mekong River. Now they feel is the right time to open a branch in Phnom Penh. Their particular style, what they call tropical minimal, includes lots of locally-sourced period furniture, granite-styled bathrooms with an 8x4 swimming pool and a bar-cum-snack area. Each spacious room (six deluxe and six larger suites) has some gorgeous objet d'art thrown in for good measure and the hotel is located on a quiet street near the BKK market. A welcome addition to the boutique accommodation roster in the capital.
This room was infused with Chinese influences

Wooden totem imported from Ratanakiri and usually seen in a minority village cemetery

I couldn't find out where these masks in one of the rooms originally came from

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