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Mama Clare’s

Scenic and quirky budget riverside resort

Otres Riverside, Otres Village T: (070) 256 940

Mama Clare’s

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One of the longest standing accommodation options in Otres Riverside the quirky and highly unusual Mama Clare’s advertises itself as a, “Socially responsible, rustic resort”. We’ll take her word about the first part and we’ve heard good things, but we can definitely guarantee the second.

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Certain sections of this imposing but precarious-looking construction were propped up a bit but it is still standing for now and must have weathered a few storms in its time. It is hard to miss the ramshackle site but the name sign is difficult to spot and we initially wondered if—in our search for Mama Clare’s—we’d stumbled instead across the set of an old Elvish village left over from Sihanoukville Amateur Dramatic Society’s performance of Lord of the Rings.

Shady setting.

Shady setting. Photo: Mark Ord

It has a prime riverside location down the lane that loops through the Otres Riverside area—just a couple of hundred metres past Otres Market. The frontage consists of three tiered towers clad in thatch and linked by wooden stairs also roofed with straw. The central tower houses reception on the ground floor while the two lateral ones have communal seating areas. The two upper storeys of the left and right towers are guest rooms known as treehouses. Behind this curious construction lies a pleasant garden with some mature trees stretching down to the river and containing several more classic style wooden chalets. These are also wooden with plenty of thatch and built on lower stilts with balconies facing the water.

Interiors were suitably rustic though in this case that’s not a synonym for shabby but implies a simple design, using traditional building materials and indeed rooms appeared comfortable and well-maintained. Even though we visited during a deluge rooms were well-aired, dry and devoid of that hard-to-avoid musty odour common to wooden chalets during rainy season. Beds had fresh linen, decent mattresses and mosquito nets. There were new plug sockets, fans and a choice of ensuite or shared bathroom options though again communal washrooms also appeared well maintained.

Relax by the river.

Relax by the river. Photo: Mark Ord

There’s a definite attention to detail and hammocks were liberally strung here and there and the tiny communal seating area is strewn with cushions, paperbacks and games. The corresponding communal section under the twin tower forms an eating area where communal vegetarian meals are available to guests. Another nice touch is plastic kayaks for rent if you fancy a paddle down the stream. They can also provide bicycle and moto hire and the usual travel advice and ticketing.

We regret not being able to meet the eponymous Mama Clare who wasn’t in residence when we passed by but she is by all accounts involved in helping the local community and offers free English lessons to village kids. Prices below are consequently guesstimates, please contact them direct for details.

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Type of room, low and high season prices
Bungalow fan share bathroom
Add $5 for a treehouse
Bungalow fan private bathroom
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: US$12, high season US$20. Notes: Add $5 for a treehouse
Room: Bungalow fan private bathroom, low season: US$20, high season US$25. Notes:

Where is Mama Clare’s

Mama Clare’s
Otres Riverside, Otres Village
T: (070) 256 940
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º33'41.46" E, 10º34'6.83" N
Room rates: US$10 to 35

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