In the fourth quarter of 2018, Shinta Mani will open a resort in a private nature sanctuary in Cambodia famed Cardamom Mountains.
The Cambodian national parks of Kirirom, Bokor and Cardamom are still today one of the wildest preserved area in Indochina and are inhabited by elephants, bears, macaques, Indochinese tigers and gibbons. Set right in the heart of the Cardamom Mountains will open by the end of the year the luxury Shinta Mani Wild, described as a “radical new concept for a luxury camp experience”.
Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new concept for a luxury camp experience in Cambodia, combining world class design, hospitality and conservation to create a new model for public/private partnerships that will not only conserve and protect threatened wildlands, but will also create new and sustainable opportunities for the people that traditionally call these lands home.
World renowned resort designer and owner of Shinta Mani Wild, Bill Bensley, identified an unprotected wildlife corridor connecting the Bokor National Park with Kirirom National Park, and set out to protect the 400 acre river valley from poaching, mining and logging.
Working together with Wildlife Alliance, Fauna & Flora International, the Royal University of Phnom Penh and the Cambodian Government, Shinta Mani Bensley collection is in the process of bringing this new conservation model to life.
Set along 1.5 kilometers of river and waterfalls, Bensley has set out to create his most ambitious luxury camp project to date. 16 100sqm, custom designed tents are perched over the swift moving waters and waterfalls, providing a view and experience unlike any other resort in Asia. Each tent has been meticulously designed to invoke the feeling of what it would have been like to be on a luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’.
Guests will have their pick of 16 luxurious tents on stilts measuring 1,000 sq ft each and positioned looking over rivers and waterfalls.
A luxury adventure driven by creative experiences, guests will have more activity options than time to do them. To the southeast of this private sanctuary, guests will be able to spend a day exploring the untrammeled waterways of South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard one of Shinta Mani Wild’s private, Bensley-designed, fully-equipped luxury expedition boats. To the north, guests will be able to accompany rangers and researchers as they check camera traps and study the wild forests and their inhabitants – a unique opportunity to explore these untamed lands with the people that know them best.
When not adventuring and exploring this incredibly diverse region guests will enjoy their well appointed tents and the camp’s facilities. Perched on the edge of the sanctuary’s biggest waterfall is the “Landing Zone Bar” and “Waterfall Restaurant” where guests will be able to sample locally inspired food with ingredients sourced through the Shinta Mani Foundation, foraged from the surrounding forests and on occasion flown in from all corners of the globe. The “Boulders Spa” meanwhile is a full service Khmer Spa featuring natural, chemical-free products by Khmer Tonics.
The Shinta Mani Foundation will be spearheading the conservation and community outreach programs for the camp. A primary objective of Shinta Mani Wild is to provide long-term employment opportunities to the inhabitants of this region, where there is little infrastructure and fewer opportunities to work.
Through its properties and hospitality school in Siem Reap, Shinta Mani will provide opportunities for education and training so the camp’s neighbors can become well paid hospitality professionals should they choose to. Shinta Mani will also provide ongoing community outreach and environmental education programs to help locals and guests to better understand their environment and successfully coexist with it.