Avani Hotels & Resorts has announced its entry into the Cambodian market with the launch of FCC Angkor. Following an extensive USD7 million renovation that includes the addition of 60 new guestrooms, the hotel is set to reopen its doors in the second quarter of 2019. Featuring authentic French colonial architecture intrinsic to the historic and cultural fabric of Siem Reap, the project is located in close proximity to the Royal Independence Gardens and Royal Residence.
Centred around the former mansion of the French colonial governor – which became the Foreign Correspondence Club and a popular meeting place for local and international journalists, celebrities, and travellers – the hotel gives guests easy access to the town’s day and night markets, restaurants, and Pub Street. Likewise, Angkor Wat, the UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing 400km² of ruins dating from the 12th – 15th century, is just 10 minutes from the hotel, whilst The Preah Ang Chek Prea Ang Chorm shrine is just 3.
The enhancements have been designed to blend the colonial structures with contemporary aesthetics inspired by Cambodia’s natural beauty and Khmer culture, with the scheme extending across the pedestrian bridge to the newly built extension. Throughout the hotel a combination of verdant gardens, Khmer-inspired contemporary art, and European accents seeks to create a sophisticated, residential feel – a core element of the heritage property.
“Avani Hotels & Resorts’ first entry into Cambodia signals our ongoing commitment to offering an upscale experience to all intrepid travellers,” says Dillip Rajakarier, CEO of Minor Hotels, the parent company of Avani Hotels & Resorts. “We believe FCC Angkor will be home to the intrepid traveller seeking an authentic experience in the social hub of Siem Reap.”
Along with the new and refurbished rooms and suites, FCC Angkor has also updated and expanded its facilities with a new bar called Scribe now complementing the Mansion’s renovated restaurant, as well as the further additions of a spa, pool, and lounge.
Susan Devine, Owner’s Representative, FCC Angkor – Managed by Avani, comments: “We are excited to be working with Avani Hotels & Resorts as they are exceptional operators of lifestyle hotels, and well aligned to promote and position the FCC Angkor and FCC Collection brand. The new FCC will also be a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, joining us in the commitment to deliver extraordinary, engaging and unique experiences to our global guests.”