Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) Angkor, managed by Avani Hotels & Resorts Combines Siem Reap’s Colonial Heritage with Modern Charm
Following an extensive renovation of one of Siem Reap’s most treasured colonial sites, the historic FCC Mansion has reopened its doors as FCC Angkor, managed by Avani Hotels and Resorts (www.avanihotels.com/angkor-siem-reap). Located across from the Royal Independence Gardens and Royal Residence, FCC Angkor was once home to the elegant mansion of the French colonial governor, as well as the renowned Foreign Correspondent’s Club - a place that holds an abundance of history and recognised as a popular meeting place for international journalists, celebrities and travellers from around the world.
The historic mansion remains the focal point, anchoring the resort’s look and feel from the past into the present. Discrete references of the signature French-tropical architectural style are used throughout the new structure. From the vertical louvers and whitewashed facade to the Khmer art and open spaces that overlook the picturesque gardens, every structural element highlights true elegance, charm and historical beauty.
Conceptually, design was as much influenced by the landscape as by the history of the place. Terraces shielded by a canopy of trees and balconies respectfully constructed around pre-existing flora open into all the new 80 guest rooms and suites, each decorated with vintage typewriters and framed front pages of regional newspapers.
Travellers can also restore themselves with a signature treatment at Visaya Spa or relax at one of the two outdoor saltwater pools.
Restored to its former glory as the place to dine in town, the Mansion restaurant boasts from structurally delightful high ceilings that radiate natural light and take advantage of tropical breezes. The restaurant allows guests to enjoy local and international culinary favourites whilst soaking in the vibrant atmosphere. Guests also have the option to enjoy Scribe, a contemporary take on the colonial-era bar, adorned with copper, wood, and sandstone. Day or evening, visitors can wander across the bridge literally connecting old to new, admiring local artwork exhibited in the Gallery or also explore the gardens featuring intricate hand-carved statues from Artisans d’Angkor as well as trees and plants cultivated through the generations on the property and preserved through the construction.
As part of FCC Angkor’s community outreach and commitment to empowering women, local weaving villages have been engaged to produce bed runners and chair cushions exhibiting the kind of exquisite craftsmanship that makes the resort a treat for all the senses. The use of natural materials, such as stone slabs and recycled wood, throughout the property adds warmth and character to the otherwise deliberately minimalist décor.
About Avani Hotels and Resorts
Launched in response to a growing global group of discerning world travellers whose priorities are service, style and value, Avani Hotels & Resorts is a contemporary, upbeat brand that delivers the perfect balance. With a focus on good sleep, effective social spaces, locally sourced sustenance and genuine service. Avani welcomes guests to over 20 properties in Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Seychelles, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, the United Arab Emirates, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand and Laos, with a pipeline of further openings in Australia, Asia, Indian Ocean and the Middle East.