FCC Angkor bed room Siem Reap, Cambodia
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As the FCC – the letters a semaphore for the original Foreign Correspondents Club in Phnom Penh – the former Siem Reap residence of the French colonial governor had long lured travellers looking for a nostalgic bolthole to go with the outsized Angkor ruins, but even its die-hard fans admitted that the building, originally designed by Gary Fell, was beginning to look a little dated – even for a town whose MO and fortunes are based on antiquity.

But after a year-long spruce-up, the good news is that the property is very much back in the game as the FCC Angkor.

Managed by the omnipresent Avani Hotels & Resorts, the 80-room hotel was reworked by the Phnom Penh-based Bloom Architecture and Bangkok-Based interior designer Malee Whitcraft, its familiar white washed façade now leading into a sequence of classically retro public spaces anchored by lush landscaping and two saltwater pools, alongside Cambodian accents of woven textiles, hand-etched friezes, and bedframes carved from raintree timber.

The newly minted Scribe Bar is a two-level cocoon of cossetted greenery whilst head chef Philippe L’obry sends out Khmer crowd-pleasers like seabass steamed with watercress, basil and water lily leaves, and river fish marinated in coconut milk and curry paste.

FCC Angkor living room Siem Reap, Cambodia

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FCC Angkor balcony Siem Reap, Cambodia

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FCC Angkor exterior Siem Reap, Cambodia

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FCC Angkor swimming pool Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.