La Residence d'Angkor - Cambodia

I had only been married a couple of months when I stayed at this stunning hotel in Siem Riep, Cambodia and I was so sad my husband wasn't with me!

It is just an absolutely gorgeous place in every way - the rooms that cosset you after days of temple trekking and humid, hot air, the peaceful central pool, a relaxing spa, and a second-floor outdoor bar with warm air breezing through at night.

It's about a 15-minute tuk tuk ride to Angkor Wat - the only way to travel in style! And it's removed from the craziness of Siem Riep, which is the size of a small town but feels like a big city.

Still, you can wander along the Siem Riep river for ten minutes and be right on Pub Street (college backpacker heaven along with some hidden gems).

You can wander the other way for a lovely walk in the small Royal Gardens - I had an idea that I would go and read a book in the gardens. But of course I didn't need the book - I went and people-watched - even better.

Or...this might be the most tempting option of all - lay out by that pool, one of the most beautiful ones I've seen in all of the world, and think "I can't believe I'm in Cambodia!"

Side note: I will forever be grateful to this hotel and the general manager for taking care of me when I got super, super sick on my last night before I flew home. This bed looked slightly different after I checked out...and for that, I owe them big time.

My room service bill was something like $85 in apple juice because that's all I could get down! This is the glamorous side of traveling people - When all you want is a McDonald's milkshake, your own bed, and a DVR of shows to catch up on - this is not a bad second place to be.

And one day, I'm going back with Andy.

Beautiful rainbow