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“Beautiful view from the restaurant & good food”
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The Vine Retreat
Ranked #18 of 53 Kep B&B and Inns
Reviewed 22 July 2014

- Ideal for lunch
- Restaurant on the first floor with a beautiful view
- Yummie dishes made with veggies they grow themselves
- Not far from Sothy's pepperfarm (good combination to visit together)
- Out of town but easy to find by motorbike

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Really amazing food. We had lunch here nine times as part of our two week service program in and around Kep and every meal was wonderful. The service was great and the fruit drinks are fresh and imaginative. I would love to stay here at the retreat, too, some time in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

We stayed at the Vine Retreat in April 2014 for two nights.

In terms of logistics, Vine was very helpful in setting up our taxi pickup from the Sihanoukville airport with no problems. They answered questions about what to do around town, giving tours of their pepper farm, etc. Everyone is extremely nice.

The house is beautiful, the surroundings are even prettier with gardens, a salt pool that was great. We had the deluxe double room which opened to the balcony and was probably one of the less hot rooms in the house. A lot of space, comfortable bed, clean. Only downsides could be that the bathroom is quite small (but clean) and there's no A/C so in hotter months it will definitely be uncomfortable. Towels are provided but definitely bring your own toiletries.

We used the retreat's bikes to go to the nearer village/towns/sightseeing. This was a highlight of the trip because everything was so scenic - some of the prettiest landscapes we saw in Cambodia. We also had no problems with arranging taxis to take us to Kep for dinners away from the retreat. Keep in mind though that Kep does take 20-30 minutes to get to from the retreat. Food there was good, clean and simple. We also bought the pepper and teas from the farm and are enjoying them a lot.

If you're looking for a quiet, beautiful escape where you can unwind and make your own schedule then I definitely recommend the Vine Retreat. I would love to go back for one of the yoga retreats held there or just to spend more time in such a beautiful place.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

We totally loved this resort! Set on a pepper plantation which lay at the foot of small mountains and surrounded by jungle it was a quiet relaxing place away from the hubbub of everyday Cambodian life. The staff were lovely - attentive, friendly and helpful. The food made from local produce was really tasty and the Banana & Mango smoothies delicious. It has few rooms which makes this place as nice as it is... You would need transport to stay here as it is a little bit away from Kep but if you value peace and quiet with great service, this is the place for you!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Hanuman-Haa
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

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!!!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Emilyross1969
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

Vine Retreat turned out to be a hidden gem and the most wonderful part of the trip. After a week in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, we came to Pepper Road in Kep. The retreat is a Cambodian house built for volunteers, and now is another project to bring jobs and business to this area, torn for so long by war. You could never tell, everything from the frangipani on the bed, the gift of locally grown pepper, the breezes on the verenda, the grounds and swimming pool, the view over paddies and hills of Kep. Emma and Jay are wonderful managers, who arranged tours for my daughter and I -- one day we went to Rabbit Island and had happy hour cocktails at sailing club to watch sunset, another day we biked to the local village, and hiked with local guides to mountain looking out over south china sea and vietnam. We learned how to pick peppercorns. The food was outstanding. We paid $25/ night for our room, but had a 30% off coupon, and we devoured the 4 course dinner. Vegetarian option is $8, meat option is $10 and uses locally sourced food with an emphasis on organic. Vine Retreat feed us in many ways -- in helping us learn more about Cambodia, in feeding our bodies, and in relaxing with good company. If it is ever possible, I would come back.

Room Tip: We had a lovely rooms on main floor with shared bath which were absolutely perfect for mom and daugh...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Beautiful setting and unique idea that you guys have pulled off. Great views, food, and friendly staff. Peaceful tranquility away from any rat-race. Only down side was not staying long enough! I would suggest a minimum of three nights to relax and explore.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Vine Retreat

Address: Pepper Road | Phnom Voar, Kep, Cambodia
Region: Cambodia > Kep Province > Kep
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Kep
Price Range: £9 - £11 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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 
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