Abacus Design crafts Anantara Angkor Resort’s two suites inspired by explorers of old

The 39-guestroom boutique resort unveiled Siem Reap’s newest presidential suites, the Henri Mouhot and Anantara Explorer Suites.

Following a renovation that transformed Anantara Angkor Resort into an all-suite retreat, the 39-guestroom boutique resort unveiled Siem Reap’s newest presidential suites, the Henri Mouhot and Anantara Explorer Suites. Thailand-based Abacus Design was involved in the renovation.

The two-bedroom, 2,530-square-foot Henri Mouhot Suite pays tribute to the French naturalist and explorer who alerted the West to the ruins of Angkor, capital of the ancient Khmer civilization of Cambodia, in 1860. The suite accommodates up to six guests.

The one-bedroom Anantara Explorer Suite has 1,916 square feet of living space inspired by another explorer, Jim Thompson, and founder of the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. The suite accommodates up to three guests.

The Henri Mouhot Suite has a sandstone relief that reflects the nearby ruins of Angkor amid a colonial backdrop of tongue and groove ceilings. Meanwhile, the Anantara Explorer Suite has wall paneling with a rectangular motive separating the master bedroom and lounge; it is said to be reminiscent of a similar feature in the Jim Thompson House in Bangkok.

Both suites have the Jim Thompson’s Leo De Janeiro collection, including the ruby-colored abstract Pomare design on the wall coverings, Chinese lacquer colored Ming Ming decoration on the headboards, and seat covers in pewter colored Marquise cut velvet fabric.

The two new suites were created to be reminiscent of a Khmer summer home, using imported Thai silk and fabrics. The indoor and outdoor living spaces can accommodate families or small groups. Both suites have a lounge and bar area complete with a wine humidor; two dining areas; marble bathrooms with double vanity, bathtub and rain shower; dressing room; a private spa room with a Jacuzzi bath tub, deep plunge and massage area; and a pool in an enclosed private garden.

Each suite’s enclosed tropical garden has a plunge pool, double sun lounge bed and dining table.