For nature lovers
Up a very bumpy track about 10 minutes ride from Kep's seafront, Jasmine Valley Eco-Resort is an unusual stay that's ideal for nature lovers.
Four wooden treehouses and six mud brick bungalows are positioned for views and privacy around the jungle site, hidden down tracks. Mud brick bungalows have western-style cold water bathrooms and raised thatched roofs to allow breezes and fireflies in. The larger two storey treehouses come with a cold water 'garden bathroom' downstairs, partially open to the elements, and are particularly suited to families. Open windows give onto spectacular views across the valley, and some rooms have sea views all the way to Vietnam. Large circular chairs are perfect for whiling away the day with a book or spotting hornbills and monkeys. Solar power provides lighting and fan-cooling, with phone-charging stations at reception and wifi in the restaurant area. Around the valley is a natural spring-fed pool with nibbling fish, which can get a bit murky during the dry season; a skateboard halfpipe (free to use equipment available); and a well-stocked games room. Inclusive breakfast is served until 9.30 am and the wide-ranging lunch and dinner menu includes wood-fired pizza and Khmer favourites at reasonable prices. Jasmine Valley suits those looking for a relaxed, low-key escape, who will enjoy interactions with the local fauna and wish to support owners Owen and Jasmine's training of young, poor Cambodian staff. The resort's website has extensive information, including a film-clip of each room, so you know what you're getting in advance. Those with mobility issues, gecko aversion or air con addiction will find their perfect spot somewhere else in Kep.
By Abigail Gilbert
Last updated on 5th May, 2014.