The Kabiki

The Kabiki

Top spot for families

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If you’re not in the know (we certainly were not) Kabiki is a type of tree, and there is a huge example of one growing in the centre of the lovely Kabiki—arguably Phnom Penh’s most family-friendly hotel.

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The heart of the resort is a restored colonial house (which now primarily houses reception, the lobby and a very lazy cat), and surrounding it is 3,500 sqm of landscaped tropical gardens, which includes over 500 native trees which were planted (and often labelled) by Kabiki staff. The result is an amazingly lush jungle experience, with meandering pathways steering around ferns and under towering trees. Butterflies are everywhere, in the morning you’ll wake to birdsong, and, come the evening, pale lanterns hung from the trees creative an evocative atmosphere. The grounds are just lovely.

Our room for the evening. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Our room for the evening. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Kabiki makes a big deal about its family friendliness, and as its sister property, Pavilion, does not accept guests under 16, this is close to the perfect alternative—if you can fit it into your budget. Facilities include a emerald-green tiled swimming pool (with a separate shallow section for young kids), and some staff can assist with baby sitting. There is also apparently a playground on site, though we missed that. The garden though, with its many pathways, is an ideal natural playground and kids should enjoy the plentiful butterflies while playing hide and seek.

Rooms are in a two floor building at the rear of the property. Ours was upstairs, with just a small, and, to be honest, with a pot plant containing nothing but dirt and very sun-beaten furniture, not all that appealing balcony, while the downstairs rooms have larger open plan terraces. The interior was very well presented, with a very comfortable four poster bed with a decorative mosquito net, a green throw across and no shortage of big fluffy pillows to sink into. Other facilities include a flat screen TV, fully stocked minibar, bed side lighting and, in the immaculate bathroom, a piping hot shower. The desk was fine for getting a bit of laptop time in.

Spy a pool through the jungle. Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Spy a pool through the jungle. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The street Kabiki sits on is not open to traffic. Staff told us it was due to Hun Sen owning a residence on the same street. While this means you have a short walk from the boom gate to the resort entrance, it also makes the grounds and the rooms that little bit quieter.

Overall, if you’re travelling with kids in tow (especially younger ones) and Kabiki fits with your budget, this is really hard to beat for a lush getaway in the centre of the city. Recommended. Shop around for the best rates. If you’d prefer to spend a bit less, Villa Borann is just around the corner and is considerably cheaper (and has a pool).

Contact details for The Kabiki

Address: 22 Street 264, Phnom Penh.
T: (023) 222 290;  
Email: reservation@thekabiki.com
Web: https://maads.asia/kabiki
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º55'46.32" E, 11º33'28.42" N
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Room rates: US$75 to 150

Room rates

What we were quoted as a walk-in.

Standard double room US$65 US$65
Superior double room US$75 US$75
Family room
Up to $120
US$100 US$100

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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.

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