Oh I loved this place. It is beautiful; beautiful architecture, beautiful design, beautiful landscaping, beautiful setting. It is expensive, expensive enough that I couldn't convince my husband to stay a few more days but I wish we had!
We stayed in Room 9 which was on an upper floor and looked out to the common library and deck. It was clean, spacious, fantastic wood bed, large bathroom. The wood furniture throughout the grounds/common buildings are really amazing pieces.
Breakfast is served at a long natural wood table facing the sea and was excellent. Fruits, breads and pastries, cofee, tea, juices, eggs, and yummy noodle soup made to order.
We went on a moped excursion one day. I hugely recommend it. It was great fun to get on one after watching the rest of Cambodia running around on them. And fortunately Kep and surrounding area was a fairly quiet introduction. Two of us ride motorbikes at home and two of our group had not ridden before. The guide was extremely cautious, safe, slow, and always checking up on everyone. We went to look at the salt flats, some limestone caves. A fantastic lunch was served to us at the Vine Retreat where we were also able to see the pepper vines and buy some pepper to take home. And on the way back we stopped in at the Hand In Hand project with which the Knai Bang Chatt is associated and we were given a tour and introduction to the project and we were able to buy some craft work from the gift shop. Definitely consider it, it was a lot of fun.
The pool and pool area is lovely with lounge chairs, a washroom and a shower. You can order drinks by the pool - nice. We had a laugh because we got up to swim in the ocean at 7 in the morning and people had already staked claim with towels and books by the pool.
To swim in the ocean you head to the pier by the sailing club restaurant. It's great, it is very shallow and you can walk out quite far. Our friend took out a small hobie cat one morning and tried some sailing. The pier is a nice spot to watch the sun set. We also watched the local fishermen (many) hauling in a huge net of fish...that was interesting.
The sailing club restaurant is a great spot for dinner or drinks or snacks. It is open air and right on the water. It's just through the secret door in the gate. I loved that door in the gate, it seemed right out of a book.
The crab market is a short walk. It is useful to bring a flashlight or headlamp for walking around Kep at night. It is quite dark.
The beach area of Kep is maybe a 20-25 minute walk. And if you keep going farther along the water you will reach the dock where the boat goes to Rabbit Island and even farther the post office and the local market where pop costs half the price than at the crab market!
If you take pleasure in staying in unique boutique type accommodations you will really love and appreciate this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene and pure, Knai Bang Chatt, an exquisite lifestyle resort, will enchant you. Located in Kep, right onthe 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