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Veranda Natural Resort

Lovely, but getting too big

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What we say: 4 stars

Friendly Veranda continues to outshine the hillside of Kep, though it sadly has transformed from quaint budget bungalows to a sprawling complex and is becoming a bit of a behemoth. Set in a very pleasant and breezy spot with uninterrupted views, Veranda is popular with Phnom Penh expats so book ahead if you think you'll be there over the weekend -- especially a holiday weekend. Accommodation ranges from fairly standard-sized wooden bungalows through to massive family-sized villas. The accommodation is accompanied by a wide, tiered restaurant and bar, which boasts some of the best views across the sea to Bokor to be had in the area. If you're staying at a lower-priced place nearby, like Vanna, we recommend popping in here for an evening cocktail to watch the sunset. Though all have hot water, each bungalow is different and they can be a bit variable when it comes to cleanliness and positioning -- so try to see as many rooms as possible before settling on one. All are interconnected by a series of elevated wooden walkways -- and while they do feel terrific on bare feet, it would have been better to have left a few more trees standing, and let the guests make do with walking on the ground, we think. In 2009, the hotel finished constructing The Residence, a separate seven-room complex, and it will have a swimming pool by the end of 2009. Depending on how you look at it, the multitude of tucked away bungalows, connected by a network of paths lined by high stone walls, can be perceived as either charming or ostentatious. Since the place has been expanding at breakneck pace in recent years and there's no sign of it abating with 20 rooms currently and 30 expected by 2010, we're hoping it doesn't tip over to the latter. There's free WiFi throughout and the pastries are half-price at night.

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Hillside, Kep.  T: (012) 888 619, (092) 948 093 
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What we were quoted

Type of room Low season High season Notes
Deluxe bungalow 38 USD 38 USD Fan cooled, $48 with air-con
Family room 60 USD 60 USD
Bungalow fan private b'room 30 USD 30 USD
Bungalow air-con private b'room 70 USD 70 USD Upto $120

Added to Travelfish on: 3rd July, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 27th August, 2009

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Nice few days relaxing in comfort
By swatral, 10 July 2011
5.0  stars

Treehouse Paradise!
By alexinwonderland, 12 July 2010
5.0  stars

Veranda - June 2010
By lpalmer, 09 July 2010
3.0  stars

Swiss Family Robinson!
By niallseton, 20 September 2007
5.0  stars

Not that great! And pricey!
By rasman, 03 May 2007
1.0  stars

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