“No roads, no neighbours, just nature at this simple yet stylish 12-tented lodge that floats on the crook of southwest Cambodia’s Tatai River”
Don’t be surprised if the tents remind you of luxury camping on safari, as the inspiration originally came from Africa. Inside your spacious, circular bedroom - double or twin - is an elegant rattan bed, wardrobe, chaise longue, chairs and coffee table, all sitting on a long-haired rug, with splashes of welcoming red in the cushions and curtain piping. There’s a flat-screen TV and DVD for lazy days or long evenings. Overhead a ceiling fan keeps you cool the eco-friendly way.
The sides of the tent can be rolled up and curtains drawn for a panoramic view through the insect-repelling mesh, or kept zipped up for privacy. Note that while the beds don't have mosquito nets over them, the mesh built into the tent keeps mosquitoes out, so be be careful to zip up your tent when you leave.
Attached is the bathroom, where the round wooden tub with overhead rainshower serves as a bath or a shower cubicle.
Outside, the private decking has 2 lounge beds for soaking up the sun. Once you’ve baked toasty hot it feels rather adventurous to step down your ladder into the river for the first time. A cool 27 degrees and clear as clear most of the year, you’ll be sharing it with fish, as well as the birds and bees.
The restaurant, central to the lodge, is nicely designed, with simple tables and chairs dressed in red linens. Fans whir overhead, and the friendly staff can advise on food. Most of the dishes are international or a twist on Cambodian favourites, with snacks available all day. Breakfast is Continental and American, or Asian upon request.
Set lunches and dinners change daily, depending on the fresh supplies from Koh Kong. Think green mango salad and fresh shrimp, eggplant piccata with tomato sauce pasta, or crepe green bean soup with coconut milk for lunch, and more substantial dishes like banana flower salad with chicken followed by chicken/beef/fish curry with rice for dinner. Alternatively you can go fishing by day, and catch a snapper to bring back for restaurant staff to cook up. There’s a small drinks list, and the coffee is excellent.
You’re not going to be able to reach another restaurant while you’re here, or at least not easily, so this is the only option - but with such good food, it's hardly a problem!
Families are welcome, though this is primarily a couples' resort and practically speaking children would need to be fairly old or you’d have to keep an eye on them at every moment as the river is just a tumble away. Parents have to provide their own baby food. Accommodation, excursions and meals for children are offered at a 30% discount
Each tent has a sofa, which can accommodate a child aged 4-14. Infants under the age of 4 may sleep in their parents' bed or in a baby cot at no extra charge.
There are no special provisions for kids, so they’d have to be happy with the kayaking and relaxing.