Just experienced the Vine's raw food yoga retreat with Phnom Penh Yoga's Oskar Nery and raw food genius and The Vine manager Emma Fountain. It was simply perfect. Sublime yoga space on the top floor of the wooden farmhouse with great equipment, cool breezes and a view over lush farmlands that could be mistaken for Eden - pepper plantations, mango trees, organic vegetable and herb garden and exotic tropical plants - plus there is a soundtrack of blissful birds to punctuate the silence. Oskar is simply the best ashtanga teacher I've ever experienced - classes are filled with flowing sequences, insights and peace (not just at the end!). Each class perfectly matches to the time of day, phase of the moon, mood of the group and the intent of the retreat. This is not prancing, ego yoga - it's the antithesis of that. You practice as, where and how you need to practice - to complement, enhance and improve your abilities.
The Vine's living area includes banquettes for reclining, sipping fresh coconuts and snoozing - there is a saltwater pool, hammocks, hikes, in-house masseurs and excursions to the sea if you so wish. Room 9 I'm told is the best in the house - has a gorgeous day bed and private bathroom. Emma's raw food is so delicious, every meal was just a treat for the senses, far more than taste - she is an artist with plating up. She is an expert with fermentation, probiotics, superfoods, sprouts, mylks, bliss balls, smoothies, juice combinations, grains and of course the fruits and vegetables from the garden and spices dried in the sun outside. This place really is paradise. Don't expect spa music and "pampering" - it is much more wholistic, connected to nature, down to earth and grass roots. Thank you Emma, Oskar and the Vine staff. Unbelievable!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vine Retreat is an eco-conscious yoga retreat centre and guesthouse with an organic garden and pepper farm in Kep, Cambodia. Set on 30 acres of peaceful natural countryside, surrounded by lush green mountains, it's the perfect place for relaxation and rejuvenation. Chill out by our salt water swimming pool, indulge in healthy, fresh, organic food directly from our gardens (we cater to meat eaters and vegetarians) or take a bike ride to explore the local villages. We also have a fully equipped yoga studio which fits up to 25 people. We rent our whole facility for exclusive use for yoga retreat. Please contact us for more information. ... more less