A traveller favourite
Long-running Kep Lodge is still one of Kep's loveliest secret hideaways.
As of 2016 recently taken over by Lim Cheang from its original Swiss-German owner, Kep Lodge is set about a kilometre and a half away from the beach. It is located on a rise backing onto the national park and enjoys spectacular views out across the fields and over the bay to Bokor.
The accommodation is simply 10 rooms in two flavours: solid and very spacious wooden duplex bungalows and a handful of concrete chalet-style bungalows, beautifully done out. The latter are slightly better positioned, but all enjoy terrific views from their balconies. The rooms are very clean and well looked after, with spacious bathrooms, gorgeous tiling, and much more style than many other offerings in Kep. They are surrounded, too, by thick, lush tropical gardens.
The Lodge also has a large restaurant with a mix of Khmer and Western food that gets rave reviews. To keep you occupied, there's a pool table and a comfortable upstairs lounge with views to the sea. A mid-sized salt-water pool is a great 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. They can arrange moto hire or a tuk tuk.
By Nicky Sullivan
Last updated on 24th February, 2016.