Green Plateaus is a beautiful property set in maturing gardens, offering just eight rooms in two villas, one modern and one wooden, Khmer-style that are surprisingly good value.
The hotel is by the same people behind Terres Rouges, and is targeted to appeal to those whose budgets might be slightly tighter than Terres Rouges’ clients, but whose aesthetic sense is none-the-lesser for that. The gardens will be glorious when they come through — it’s not so easy to grow a new garden in the midst of two sequential droughts — and the villas offer spacious, elegant rooms with a real design sense. From the top floor, decent views can be had across the surrounding countryside.
Up a small side road from the northern end of the lake, the rooms each come with hot water, small terrazzo baths, flatscreen TVs, and tasteful wooden furniture. The upstairs suites in the main villa were the winner for us, with gorgeous views, plenty of room to relax in, and restful decorations. They’re a little bit further out of town than most places, a ten/fifteen-minute walk, but can offer bicycle hire, as well as help booking tours and more. Highly recommended.
Address: Off lakeside
T: (010) 771 948 ; (076) 6699 093;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º58'57" E, 13º45'16" N
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Room rates: US$10 to 35
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Deluxe double room|
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.
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