A botanical dream
If you’ve got the money to spend, Maisons Wat Kor is a wonderful choice, offering four traditionally styled villas set in a romantic flower-filled garden with pool. Imagine a garden filled with the most redolent flowers you can imagine, things like jasmine, frangipani, ginger and one that smells beguilingly like roasted coconut, and you’ll come close to imagining what it’s like to enter Maisons Wat Kor.
In only three years, the gardens have matured to such an extent that they broadly conceal the four stunning traditional villas that are scattered about the small garden property. The villas themselves are styled on traditional terms, with beautiful antique-y furniture, silk curtains and soft features like water hyacinth baskets and mats. They retain, however, a comforting air of modern sophistication. The lotus rooms are downstairs and slightly darker than the more luxurious Frangipani rooms upstairs (which also have a better view). The saltwater pool is concealed behind a loose phalanx of banana and palm trees, while a wooden sala reaches out across the lotus pond to create a romantic spot for dining or cocktails. The main building houses the restaurant, which serves a seasoned mix of mainly Khmer dishes in lightly genteel surroundings. The space is open-sided and airy and there is a small reading area and library as well.
This is a lovely, romantic setting, a little bit out of town, along a beautiful, leafy stretch of the Sangke River. Guests would be well-advised to consider exploring the path/road that stretches further south from the hotel.
Address: Street 800, Wat Kor Village, Battambang
T: (053) 666 9676, (017) 333 925;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º12'5.94" E, 13º4'18.7" N
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Room rates: US$75 to 150
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$81||US$81|
|Standard double room||US$94||US$94|
|Superior single room||US$94||US$94|
|Superior double room||US$106||US$106|
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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