Kep's most luxurious
One of Cambodia’s loveliest hotels, Knai Bang Chatt spills straight out into the sea across a big, green open lawn that stretches out from the the foot of the hotel’s beautiful 1960s and 1960s-style villas.
With rates that start at $200 a night for a single room (skyrocketing up to $538 for a suite), this luxurious compound isn’t trying to be anything but the very best. The setting is sublime -- a landscaped lawn estate with a sizeable saltwater horizon pool, artfully placed hammocks and massage salas accompanied by a wooden, open-air restaurant along the waterfront which offers terrific views across the Gulf of Thailand and serves up fine healthy food. The impression is both expansive and discreet all at once, helped by the fact that the grounds are not open to the public. The architecture is unmatched too, the four main buildings all beautiful 1960s structures (except one, seamlessly added in 2012) with simple, straight lines, and low-slung, open-air walkways. The rooms vary in their minimalist style and positioning -- most, though not all, have sea views. A reading room/library by the pool has WiFi and there’s ample public veranda space to enjoy the views. Relaxing spa treatments and regular yoga and meditation sessions are the final key to complete unwinding. The whole place gets updated and repainted annually during low season, so check when you’re booking if there’s going to be any restoration work going on.
The Strand Restaurant gets blow-away reviews, but it doesn’t have to be at blow-away prices. When we visited, they were offering special three-course dinners, with an open choice from the a la carte menu, together with a bottle of wine (or two glasses of wine if for just one person) for the ridiculously low price of $25 per person.
Service is tactful, friendly and efficient, with arrangements made for tours and fishing trips if you can drag yourself away from the pool. Guests have access to the Sailing Club next door and its array of water sports on offer, including snorkelling trips, hobie cat sailboats and windsurfing. Good deals can be had on the prices below by booking through Agoda.
Address: Kep Beach, Kampot
T: (012) 349 742; (012) 879 486;
Coordinates (for GPS): 104º17'19.98" E, 10º29'32.63" N
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Room rates: over $150
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$200||US$200|
|Standard double room||US$226||US$226|
|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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