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“Lovely place to stay, great hosts.”
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Carpe Diem
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Lovely place to stay, great hosts.”
Reviewed 3 March 2013

We stayed at Carpe Diem from 26th Feb until 1st March. We arrived super early (circa 5.30am!) and despite waking up the owners at this early hour, they greeted us with a warm smile and a much needed coffee.

The bungalows are quaint and clean and sat back from the beach which is a short walk or inexpensive tuk-tuk/moto ride away.

The owners, an Italian family, were warm, friendly and made us feel like a part of their family during our stay. One evening, they even cooked us a beautiful dinner and we all sat round, ate and drank together for the evening.

Tours and transport and easy to book, either through the owners or a local tour agency close to the beach.

We initially had planned stay only 3 nights, but found Carpe Diem so friendly and relaxing, we stayed an extra night.

The nearby beaches (Otres 1 and 2) are beautiful and the water is clean. A much better option than the crowded more touristy beaches closer to Sihanoukville.

Overall - we would highly recommend staying at Carpe Diem and hope to visit again in the future.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 January 2013

Carpe Diem is located at the beginning of the Otres Village. They have only 3 pretty bungalows, which means you will have much privacy & privilege. Some may complain of the bird sounds coming from the birds' nest house which is being played from 5am-9pm, but it is definitely much better than the loud party music at some of the guesthouses situated on the beach, which I've heard even early in the morning! Silvia & Paolo are one of the loveliest people we've ever met & they made us (me, my husband & 2 children - 3 & 5 years old) feel very welcomed & right at home. We stayed 9 nights at the Banana bungalow; the bungalows were simple but tastefully decorated. We hired a Tuk Tuk driver (his name was Tha or Thaye) & he was a very nice young chap who dutifully drove us to & from the beach (relax at the wild beach near Shanti Shanti). If you prefer not to stay here, you must still try the food at the restaurant. Once you've tried Silvia's pastas, you will realise what & how much you've missed out; the pastas were the best we've ever eaten. Mama Mia!

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Silvia P, Proprietario at Carpe Diem, responded to this review, 3 January 2013
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Grazie per questa recensione.Siamo felici che vi siate trovati bene al Carpe Diem,perchè è importante per noi mettere a proprio agio i nostri clienti e non è stato difficile con una splendida famiglia come la vostra.Un caro saluto
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

After all these nice "reviews" I had to see the place for myself as they sounded too good to be true. The owners had been evicted some time ago from the beach and relocated to the Otres "village". The bungalows are nicely decorated but crammed into a small plot of land. No privacy to speak of, no view, just a room in the middle of nowhere. The worst of all is the nearby (50m) 4 storey birdsnest "house" that emitts constant loud bird sounds from loudspeakers at all times of the day. A true killer feature for any relaxing accomodation/holiday. There is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO in the village so staying here will mean staying all the time in the little compound and listening to the "stories" of the italian couple.
The food at the restaurant was quite nice (good pasta, good olive oil, average tomato sauce, strange parma cheese), some items grown in the own garden (tomatoes, spices). Very limited choice on our visit (sorry finish this and finish that). Cooking took ages !The sea is NOT that close to the place as the other reviewers suggest and the road to get there sure not the nicest one. Definitely need a motorbike to get around and to the beach. All in all a very strange location for setting up a business and not sure if worth a second visit.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Beautiful Bungalows, Great italian food, amazing service! All in all perfect!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

Carpe Diem restaurant just..simply..an amazing place to chill out and taste best and only italian pasta in otres beach..sihanoukville-cambodia. that lovely guys from an italian place named.....emh...ancona...(not sure).....will let you feel friendly atmosphere few steps from gulf of thailand.....don't miss!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Bergen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2012

The Carpe Diem was like an oasis for us in Sihanoukville because of the kindness and hospitality of the owners and very, very nice quality food and wine.
The rooms look great and clean, the location is perfect, very close to the beach.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Carpe Diem
Address: Otres Village, Sihanoukville 00855, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 143 Speciality Lodging in Sihanoukville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the wild beauty of Otres, Carpe Diem is the perfect place to relax: there are 5 comfortable concrete bungalows with: patio with hammock and sitting area and inside: fan, wardrobe, double bed, mosquito net, bathroom with water hot and set of towels, soap and shampoo.I bungalows nestle in a fantastic tropical garden, with adjoining Italian restaurant. In our restaurant we serve only the original products of the Italian soil. We offer taxi service to the airport or other destinations, boat trips, motobike rentals, horseback riding, yoga center, and for our customers, we offer free bike service and free wi-fi. ... more   less 
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