FrontRunners: Park Hyatt Siem Reap

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Bill Bensley took full advantage of his second chance at Cambodia’s Park Hyatt Siem Reap ( Formerly the art deco–styled Hôtel de la Paix—which Bensley completed in 2006—the property has been transformed by the Bangkok-based architect and designer into a contemporary urban retreat accented with traditional Cambodian details ranging from punkah fans to pink-elephant textiles made by local artisans. Opened in August, the hotel features 108 guest rooms decorated with handcrafted furniture and Khmer-inspired artwork; 13 suites include private swimming pools or gardens. The 14-month renovation also extended to the hotel’s French-Cambodian restaurant and its six-treatment-room spa.

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