The dramatic Four Seasons Chiang Mai pool

In Conservation with Bill Bensley

How did a boy from the O.C. (Orange County, California) create a world renowned business in Asia and become The King of Luxury, Exotic Travel? Easy. He followed his heart.

First impressions are everything. – Bill Bensley

Bill Bensley treats work like a full-time hobby
Bill Bensley treats work like a full-time hobby

While most of his friends were grabbing a surf board in search of tasty waves, Bill was more interested in making some of his own. Travelling to all corners of Asia from the 80s on infused and informed his sense of exoticism. Bill said that the design of hotels are akin to making movies––complete with script, scenery, props and cast. He walked us through the drama of arrival at the highly acclaimed, much anticipated Shinta Mani Wild.

“Shinta Mani Wild is the doorstep to 800,000 square kilometres of the wilderness of Cambodia’s oldest parks–– Kirirom Bokor and Cardamon. I have written the script for the guest arrival to start with a bang, in that the guest will wind their way through a narrow jungle path on the back of an ATV, climb a tree, strap into a zip line and whiz across 400 metres of forest, and a magnificent waterfall…twice!”


© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2017 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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