Basically I loved this place. The setting is spectacular, with beautiful views over the ocean. It's totally quiet and peaceful, and you walk out of the gate right on to the pretty trail through Kep National Park. The restaurant is a real strong point - every meal was superb, especially anything with seafood - and the staff were all delightful. The owner, Jean-Luc (a Breton) is very sociable and fun to chat with. They can also arrange for a very professional (and ridiculously cheap) Khmer massage from a young woman who comes up from the town by appointment, which was a nice touch. That said, I did have a few quibbles. Some of the furnishings and fittings are showing their age (and please, Jean-Luc, a natural fabric hammock is much nicer to lie in than a plastic one!). You need to be tolerant of a certain amount of local wildlife sharing your room (I had a cute little Asian painted frog who lived behind the minibar) and it's very buggy, despite the mosquito net. That may have been because I was there at the beginning of the rainy season (mid-May), so not sure the resort can be blamed. And you shouldn't complain if it's hot and humid - again, not the resort's fault: if you go to southern Cambodia you should know what to expect. The most disappointing thing was that the lovely natural swimming pool was drained the day before I left. I'd been looking forward to a cool dip before I left at lunchtime, but the pool was not refilled. Anyway, I'd give this five stars in most categories, but these things dropped it down to four.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel-Restaurant at the top of the hill near Kep National park with stunning view over Thailand bay. Traditional Khmer wooden houses with modern comfort. Botanical gardens. Khmer and french inspired cuisine with view over the sea for sunset dinner. Eco-friendly swimming pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Bout Du Monde Hotel Kep