Party in paradise
Opened in November 2012, guests here tend to be younger couples and groups of friends, meaning entertainment and cheap sleep options are provided, though multiple room types are available to cater to a range of budgets.
The double-decker dorm with one side open to the beach offers comfortable platform beds, with good linen and mosquito nets. Those preferring some privacy can bunk down in the circular stone and thatch huts arranged village style around a small stream. The entry-level thatch bungalows come without ensuite bathrooms, a few dollars more gets you one. These pricier ensuite versions resemble exotic mushrooms with gaps for sea breeze ventilation. Bathrooms, shared or private, come with flushable toilets and pebble decorations. Continuing the circular theme are the beachfront deluxe stone wall bungalows with glass doors. More upscale still are the nine-metre round VIP kingsize bungalows, positioned besides the path you take to walk over to Sunset beach. White pebbled exteriors with glass fronts, they are right on the beach with private bathrooms and balconies along with safety deposit boxes inside. The round restaurant serves up buffet breakfasts, a la carte, beach barbecues and wood-fired pizzas, while the separate (round) bar is open until late. When the sun gets too strong, try the shady cushioned tree platform, pool table or breezy massage. Staff can arrange snorkel trips to Koh Kun (near M'Pai Bei village) and will happily give advice on walks around the island. The Beach also hosts full moon parties, with the affiliated Party Boat bringing fun seekers from Sihanoukville, returning at 06:00. If you're travelling solo and looking to meet other travellers, this is a good choice as it's easily the liveliest place on an otherwise early-to-bed bay.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 11th February, 2016.