Lovely, family friendly resort
Friendly Veranda continues to outshine the hillside of Kep, maturing into a full service resort complex with 40 rooms which is a favourite for families.
Set in a very pleasant and breezy spot with uninterrupted views, Veranda is popular with Phnom Penh expats, so book ahead if you'll be there over the weekend -- especially a holiday weekend. Accommodation ranges from fairly standard-sized wooden bungalows through to massive family-sized stone built villas with private pools. The focal point is 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, we recommend popping in here for a sunset cocktail or trying the generous, eclectic breakfast buffet ($8 for vistors, inclusive for guests). Though all have hot water and WiFi, each bungalow is different and they can be a bit variable when it comes to amenities and positioning -- so try to see as many rooms as possible before settling on one. Some bathrooms are open, and the rooms underneath the restaurant are not ideal if you like a lie-in. All the tucked away bungalows are interconnected by a series of elevated wooden walkways that bring the jungle feel right to your feet. The pool is a good size, and the nearby Happy Hut offers crafts, facepainting and circus skills for kids; babysitting is also available from $10 per hour. With a bakery, spa, bookshop, ice-cream outlet and the new pharmacy, it might take some effort to leave and explore Kep, but bicycles are available and the National Park is right behind the resort.
By Abigail Gilbert
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.