Alfresco riverside spa treatments fuse all-natural and foraged tonics with ancient Khmer practices


21 June 2019: Cambodian luxury jungle camp Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild has launched its all-natural Khmer Tonics Spa, enhancing the wild experience even further and underlining its position as a game-changing model for tourism conservation. Nestled deep within the wilderness of the South Cardamom National Park, a short stroll from the camp’s 15 extravagant Bill Bensley-designed tents, the Khmer Tonics Spa is the perfect oasis after a day spent traversing the waterways on the camps bespoke river boats, foraging with the chef or accompanying Wildlife Alliance rangers on an anti-poaching patrol.  

The refined treatment menu celebrates Cambodia with chemical-free tonics made from a unique mix of medicinal plants, herbs and spices all of which are present in the surrounding rainforest. About as wild as you can get, the spa’s two treatment rooms are set high up in the tree canopy amid dramatic natural boulders, but the river takes centre stage, too: guests can enjoy a river-stone foot massage while soaking in a waterfall pool. Alternatively, guests can experience the traditional Khmer art of healing during a full body massage which employs a range of acupuncture techniques and passive stretching.  The spa offering, which also includes natural heat healing, a full-body scrub and a detoxifying facial, can be enjoyed anywhere guests desire, whether that be on the deck of their tent, atop a peak in the jungle or aboard a custom Bensley expedition boat. Unlimited spa treatments are included in the room rate at no extra charge.


Guests may also choose to unwind and enjoy the health benefits of immersion in nature by trying a Cambodian take on tenkara: a meditative form of Japanese catch-and-release fly fishing, or yoga and guided meditation in the depths of the jungle. Not forgetting the camp’s 35 meter pool, complete with bucket shower which is dramatically set up in the canopy next to the river. A programme of visiting wellness guru’s offering guests access to specialist knowledge and experiences in this unique location will be launched in the coming months.

Perched over 1.5km of river and waterfalls, Shinta Mani Wild’s 14 one-bedroom tents (100sqm) and one two-bedroom tent (140sqm) were meticulously designed to evoke Bensley’s vision of what it might have been like to be on luxury safari in the jungles of Cambodia with Jacky O’, who travelled throughout the Kingdom with King Sihanouk in 1967. Creative luxury adventures include exploring the untrammelled waterways of South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard a custom Bensley-designed expedition boat; or joining Wildlife Alliance rangers on anti-poaching patrols. Ever changing menus are inspired by sustainably foraged wild edible plants, as the camp’s naturalists guide guests through the forest to discover – and taste – Cambodia’s natural larder.


Described by Bensley as a “utopia of sustainability”, Shinta Mani Wild’s comprehensive conservation and community programmes are spearheaded by the Shinta Mani Foundation, and include the provision of long-term employment opportunities to local inhabitants where there is minimal infrastructure and fewer work prospects. Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild, in conjunction with the Foundation, will nurture its natural environment through partnerships with respected conservation organizations including Wildlife Alliance and the Cambodian government.  This extreme exercise in ingenuity will enable guests to explore this pristine wilderness, while making the lowest possible impact on the land, offering a luxury adventure with intimate access to one of Asia’s most stunning forest ecosystems.


Wix Squared (, 020 3808 6383) offers 5 nights at Shinta Mani Wild in a wild tent on an all-inclusive basis, from £5,500 per person based on two sharing. Price includes unlimited spa treatments and inclusive activities (such as kayaking and naturalist walks), private airport transfers and return economy flights with Thai Airways from London to Phnom Penh, via Bangkok.


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Notes to Editors:

Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Wild, Cambodia

Opened December 2018  Bensley Collection- Shinta Mani Wild is a radical new concept for a sustainable luxury tented camp experience, nestled deep in the wilderness of South Cardamom National Park. Shinta Mani Wild offers extraordinary adventures, from arrival via 380m zipwire and exploring South East Asia’s last wild estuarine ecosystem aboard custom expedition boats; to joining Wildlife Alliance anti-poaching patrols.


The Shinta Mani Hotels & Resorts portfolio also includes:


Bensley Collection - Shinta Mani Siem Reap, Cambodia

Marking the debut of new super luxe resort brand The Bensley Collection, Shinta Mani Angkor - Bensley Collection opened in January 2018. An exclusive ‘resort within a resort’, Shinta Mani Angkor - Bensley Collection comprises an enclave of spectacular luxury pool villas with Khmer-inspired design benefiting from elevated Bensley Collection services such as personal Bensley Butlers, while guests can also enjoy comprehensive access to facilities at the adjacent Shinta Mani properties.


Shinta Mani Angkor, Cambodia

Shinta Mani Angkor is an upscale boutique hotel created by acclaimed architect Bill Bensley, showcasing just 39 contemporary designed rooms and public spaces in an Angkorian-inspired design. Previously known as Shinta Mani Club, it enjoys a tranquil and leafy setting within the French Quarter of Siem Reap – just a 15 minute Remork ride from the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat.


Shinta Mani Foundation, Cambodia

An integral part of the Shinta Mani collation is the Shinta Mani Foundation, which seeks to be a leader in responsible tourism. The goal of the Shinta Mani Foundation (SMF) is to enhance the lives of the individuals in the local communities where the resorts operate – by increasing their human capital and providing them the tools to overcome the constraints of poverty.


Shinta Mani Shack, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The Shinta Mani Shack Angkor is a boutique resort centrally located in the leafy French Quarter between The Royal Gardens and the Old Market Area just 15 minutes from Angkor Wat. The courtyard-style resort’s 62 rooms enjoy a surprisingly different “Bensley twist” with direct access or first floor balcony views over the stunning swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens. Four additional suites offer expansive rooms and balconies; two suites overlook the pool while the other two have views over the leafy streetscape.


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