Top sleep spots in the southern towns of Kep, Kampot and Sihanoukville
Song Saa Private Island
Song Saa is your dream of a tropical island paradise brought to life. Centred around twin islands – Song Saa means ‘sweetheart’ in Khmer – in the Koh Rong archipelago, this spectacular getaway is a one-of-a-kind resort, where sun-seekers can pad on white sand or lounge in huge villas complete with private decks and pools, built over turquoise waters that are a mere leap away. Wherever you are on the private island, staff are on hand to cater to your every whim, even bringing projectors to rooms for an in-villa movie experience, while sea kayaking and snorkelling allow visitors to explore the pristine beauty of this untouched piece of heaven.
Tel: +855 (0)23 886 750 Website: songsaa.com
Colonial buildings have been lovingly refurbished to create the Columns in Kampot. Its setting in the heart of town, combined with the 17 clean and comfortable rooms, provides guests with a fantastic hub from which to explore the architecture, cafés and natural wonders of this soothing southern province. Wander through tree-lined streets or sit by the gently flowing river, found a stone’s throw from the hotel, to get a taste of pastoral life in this burgeoning creative community.
Tel: +855 (0)92 128 300 Website: the-columns.com
Knai Bang Chatt
Heritage buildings painted in burgundy, ochre and sky blue are interspersed with bamboo groves and delicately pebbled pathways at the coastal retreat that is Knai Bang Chatt in Kep. Design is at the forefront of this sophisticated resort, where clean architectural lines contrast with verdant gardens and organic materials to create a wonderfully graceful aesthetic. Yoga and spa services, coupled with the swaying palm trees and uninterrupted bay views, make it an ideal sanctuary in which to take a step back from the stresses of life.
Tel: +855 (0)36 210 310 Website: knaibangchatt.com
Villa Des Palmes
Exclusivity is key at this beautiful private villa complex in Kep. Two properties – the two-storey Grande Mansion and the more compact, one-bed Sala Thmei – are nestled in leafy hillside gardens, enabling large groups of family and friends to spend long, lazy days undisturbed in a pristine paradise while enjoying the sweeping sea views below. With the bonus of two swimming pools and modern design flourishes, this is unadulterated luxury at its best.
Tel: +855 (0)12 214 798 Website: villadespalmes.org
With its sleek, unobtrusive elegance, Tamu would not look out of place in the design meccas of Bali or Miami, yet this stylish complex lies just steps away from the serenity of Sihanoukville’s Otres 2 beach. Guests can wander barefoot from the immaculate hotel – all white walls, brushed concrete and natural fibres – past the swimming pool and onto the wide sweep of pristine golden sand beyond. Settle down on a lounger to watch a spectacular sunset before enjoying a romantic, candle-lit supper beneath the stars at Tamu’s shore-side restaurant.
Tel: +855 (0)15 258 340 Website: tamucambodia.com