“A unique stylish hotel with great rooms and suites, a salt-water pool and mouth-watering Khmer cuisine, where privacy abounds”
All rooms and suites are in a style known as Asian modern, with indirect fluorescent lighting and an almost-achieved tadelakt effect that pretty much washes over you. Bathrobes and slippers are provided, as are hairdryers, air-conditioning, lotions and potions.
Along the second-floor of a smart colonial building, the Classic Rooms sit between the main house and the pool. They’re compact at best but make up for it with their wonderful location.
Given the choice we'd opt for a suite. All have green roofs, are named after local herbs and fruit, and sit either side of a winding path. Inside, one whole wall is glass and opens onto your private garden, where a largely decorative outdoor shower is safely walled from prying eyes. Inside, uniquely, is your own programmable steam bath as well as a power shower and an oval terrazzo bath opposite the bed. As for the rest of your micro-palace, super-comfortable beds come as standard, and colour-washed walls come in blues, greens, reds and yellows. The Executive and Royal Suites have added square footage and outdoor sunken Jacuzzis. There are bowls of fruit, paper lanterns, clever espresso machines and a sound gewgaw. TVs are available on request, a nice touch.
The main building is a great barn-like structure with Eiffel-style steel struts supporting an upstairs gallery, with myriad French windows. You eat here by default, but all meals can be served in your room or, in good weather, poolside. Lunch and dinner share the same menu, but snacks can be arranged throughout the day from the pool bar (sandwiches, salads, a bowl of pasta). The menu mixes European and Khmer dishes, so try crispy duck salad, baby calamari soup, pan-roasted chicken marinated in lemon, then crepe suzette or banana and walnut spring rolls. The wine list and cheese board are both excellent.
Breakfast is seriously excellent, with a choice of eggs including (delicious) Benedict and Florentine, good bread and pastries, good tea, and homemade jams. Staff are tear-inducingly lovely.
The grand open space also serves as a lobby bar with an impressive range of cocktails, and hosts a popular jazz night on Thursdays that brings in the posher expats. Tuesdays in high season see the Khmer BBQ which is accompanied by Apsara dancing - reports are excellent.
Head into town and find loads of restaurants to choose from, especially nearby Bo Street.
Children of all ages are welcome, and the lush grounds are great for little ones to explore.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Royal Suite has 2 kingsize beds, and all of the suites can fit an extra bed or a baby cot.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is not supervised.