SHINTA MANI WILD - THE BENSLEY COLLECTION
A PRIVATE NATURE SANCTUARY Opening Middle of 2018
Kirirom, Bokor, Cardamom – three of Cambodia’s oldest and most important parks, which together make up one of the greatest wilderness areas of South East Asia. A wild coast of pristine estuaries gives way to a mountain range covered in rainforest that is one of the few remaining habitats in Cambodia for wild elephants, bears, gibbons, tigers and numerous other species. This sparsely populated frontier is also home to Shinta Mani Wild – The Bensley Collection – A Private Nature Sanctuary.
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 this 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 the Cambodian Government Bensley and his team are 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’.
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 its neighbors better understand their environment so they can more successfully coexist with it. A community that is educated about their environment is one that will be sustainably prosperous in that environment.