Veranda Natural Resort, Kep Cambodia, Phnom Penh and The South
Veranda Natural Resort is on a forested hill overlooking the town of Kep, the bay and the ocean beyond. Its 14 bungalows with 22 rooms, raised wooden walkways and large veranda restaurant/bar are shrouded by plants and trees and offer some of the best views in Kep.
The bungalows are built from a combination of stones and wood. They are simple but stylish with lovely stone bathrooms, large balconies and come in an array of shapes and sizes. Not all of the rooms have a/c, but they all have hot water.
The bar/restaurant is a fantastic large covered wooden veranda with a big stone balcony in front. It offers very good and reasonably priced Western and Asian food, with a good selection of French wine, a bakery and an ice-cream parlour. With birds singing, a cool sea breeze flowing up the hill and a beautiful view it is a great location to unwind.
The resort is a short tuk-tuk ride to the beach and the town, although with the large swimming pool and deck chairs you can easily find the day gone relaxing in these superb surroundings. They arrange a selection of trips to the nearby attractions and behind the resort there is an accessible trail up to the top of the hill.
The resort is unlike any other found in this region and provides a completely different environment to other hotels on the south coast. It may be a little quirky, but this gives it charm and with such a nice view and pool, you can easily forgo a beach location and have your relaxing stay here.
Last visited and reviewed by Matt Brazier, Dec 2012.
Comfort - This is our lead in category. There will generally be a no frills approach and while some will be characterful, some will do exactly what it says on the tin - provide a clean, comfortable and good value place to spend the night. These places are normally 3* hotels.
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