A traveller favourite
Swiss-Khmer owned Kep Lodge is one of Kep's secret hideaways.
Set the farthest from the beach, Kep Lodge is on a rise backing onto the National Park and enjoys spectacular views out across the surrounds and over the bay to Bokor. The accommodation is only ten rooms in two flavours: solid and very spacious wooden duplex bungalows and a handful of concrete chalet-style bungalows. The latter are slightly better positioned, but all enjoy terrific views. The rooms are very clean and well looked after, with spacious bathrooms, in a lush and private setting. The Lodge also has a large restaurant with a mix of Khmer and Western food (along with some Swiss specialities like schnitzel and fondue) that gets rave reviews. To keep you occupied, there's a pool table and a comfortable upstairs lounge with great views to the sea. A small kidney-shaped salt water pool is the perfect place to sit on a lounger and sip a cocktail. Many expats must agree because it can be tough to get a room -- book ahead if you're headed to Kep for a holiday weekend. It's a great place -- well suited to a sleepy few days in the company of friends or a couple of books. The walk into Kep is a bit far -- figure on around 30 minutes -- but chances are you won't need to stray far too often. Free WiFi throughout and there's a laptop for use in the restaurant. A little unexpectedly, bills are subject to a 5% service charge, so be sure you're not down to your last dollar when you come to settle up!
By Abigail Gilbert
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.