We stayed 5 nights at the Knai Bang Chatt.
Paradise just about sums it up – beautiful, spacious gardens with lots of areas to relax in (loungers, day-beds, deckchairs, etc), so finding a peaceful spot to unwind in wasn’t difficult. Right on the edge of the sea (but not much of a beach), so in a fantastic location. Probably the best hotel grounds in Kep, and one of the best locations for watching the sunset (do it at the nearby, hotel-owned Sailing Club, and you can have a happy-hour half-price cocktail at the same time! Excellent value at $US2.).
It’s close to a number of local restaurants (see my other reviews), but in a very peaceful location. There isn’t an awful lot to do in Kep – this is just a chilling area.
Food in the hotel was very good (breakfast was outstanding). However, the location can’t be beat – you can have your own private table at the water’s edge (and we did 2 nights!), and eat by candlelight. Perfect!
Some people might be put off by the idea of sitting at one long table for breakfast (a massive piece of driftwood that sat 20!), but the reality is, there are so few people at the hotel, it doesn’t feel like communal eating. It’s much classier than that.
The rooms – we loved them. It’s not the place to go expecting satellite TV and in-room minibar (you won’t get either!) – it’s more barefoot chic. Perfectly spacious, stylish in a beachside sort of way, and certainly different. Not all rooms have a sea view – some rooms have a very limited sea view (around the greenery of the garden) – be specific in reserving your room and ensure that this is agreed in advance.
Staff – fantastic, both in the hotel itself (and especially in the spa) and at the Sailing Club. Young, friendly, nothing too much trouble, happy to have a chat & pick up a bit of English – just really nice people. The French manageress is welcoming, engaging and available at all times.
Everything is done with attention to detail, from the fresh flowers in your room to the sprig of flowers wrapped up in your beach towel.
An ideal place for winding down after a frenetic Cambodian holiday – you’ll find it difficult to say goodbye!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene and pure, Knai Bang Chatt, an exquisite lifestyle resort, will enchant you. Located in Kep, right on the southern east coastline of Cambodia, the resort gives you a blend of privacy, serenity and exclusivity. Three renovated villas built in the 1960s by protégés of Vann Molyvann, a pupil of the world renowned Le Corbusier, are extraordinary historical landmarks you can now experience as your very own private home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knai Bang Chatt Hotel Kep