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Knai Bang Chatt is a boutique hotel in Kep that is ideal for honeymooners or anyone craving a laidback beachfront location.
The hotel design combines colonial styles and minimalist chic, with weathered wood furniture, old Cambodian artefacts and elevated teak beds in each of the 11 rooms. These are spread across three Art Deco villas, each featuring expansive terraces and open-air walkways with uninterrupted views of the blue sea beyond.
The waterfront restaurant encourages communal dining, with guests seated around a huge log table while the local cook whips up Khmer specialties such as amok and barbequed crab.
The relaxation-minded can enjoy an invigorating massage in the open-air cabana by the beach or a yoga or meditation session on the seafront terrace, while more active guests can swim in the saltwater infinity pool or take to the open sea in a Hobie Cat sailboat borrowed from the Sailing Club.
The couple from Belgium who own the hotel are very involved in community-based-projects and contribute a percentage of room rates to local schools.
Surrounded by immaculate gardens of ferns, orchids and bamboos, the hotel was designed in the 1970s by a protégé of Le Corbusier.
Rosie, Original Traveller