The Bale Phnom Penh opened in 2018 as the first property of the boutique resort chain Lifestyle Retreats outside of Bali, Indonesia. The 18-suite stunner is located approximately 15 kilometers from Phnom Penh’s city center, an easy 20 minute drive but feels like a world away with its placid and zen-like ambiance.
The hotel suites are reached by going over a path suspended over a dark-tiled pool, complete with stone Buddha and greenery-draped walls – they have Zen design in mind here. There is a modern, minimalistic look to it and could already tell this was a slice of paradise.
The resort’s intimate spa offers a range of rejuvenating massage treatments, from jasmine aromatherapy and traditional Balinese kneading to traditional Khmer stretch massages, followed by soothing herbal hot compresses. Guests can unwind at The Balé’s 25-metre riverside pool, perfect for basking in the sun or swimming lengths after a morning workout in the fully equipped on-site gym.
Dine on delicious dishes from around the corner and around the world in the elegant Theato restaurant, delightful fusion of traditional Khmer food, plus modern and traditional Asian cuisines. The four chefs behind the scenes were hire from renowned kitchens of Phnom Penh’s Chinese House, Tiger’s Eye and Sokha Hotel. Indulge yourself with Avocados sourced from the northeastern province of Mondulkiri adorn the menu of Theato’s bottomless breakfast, while jungle honey and lemongrass are among a spectrum of flavours to be explored over a candlelit garden-side dinner overlooking the Mekong waters.