Long-running and popular
A somewhat surreal experience awaits you at this long-running and popular resort at the foot of the mountain, just outside the boundaries of the national park.
Set in richly tended gardens, populated by an esoteric — and occasionally sinister — array of Disney characters and dinosaurs, Kirirom Hillside Resort offers a chance to unwind beside their large pool, or work up a sweat with some tennis, horse-riding, biking, fishing, canoeing in their own lake, or basketball.
The accommodation options include terrace rooms, which overlook a pretty Italianate garden. These compact, spotless rooms are away from the main centres of activity and are thus likely quieter, and the wooden interiors are cool and well-organised. Like the rest of the accommodation options, they come with air-con, mini-bar and TV.
They also offer everything from camping to smart, luxurious executive suites with views on the whole resort. They have a fitness centre and sauna, though we weren’t shown this on our visit.
The poolside restaurant offers a wide range of Western, Chinese, Thai and Khmer dishes, including the only wood-fired pizzas you’re going to find for 100 kilometres or more.
This is a genuinely fun spot, and one to check out if you’re travelling with kids.
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
Tent and share bathroom.
|Standard double room|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||US$65||US$65|
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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