Annie Lovell

Knai Bang Chatt

with Annie Lovell
  • Where:Kep, Cambodia

  • Why:After 6 weeks of work in South East Asia, this was a much needed beachside vacay.

  • When:March 2018

  • Who:Solo trip in search of some R&R.

Highs & Lows

  • Upon arriving at the property you immediately feel calm and relaxed – a few days spent pool side, plus a few spa treatments and healthy + fresh food - it’s the perfect place to chill out and recuperate.

  • Grab a sunset cocktail and then eat dinner at a table on the dock of the Sailing Club – the water is right beneath you. As the sky darkens, enjoy dining under the stars here…it’s an incredible experience.

  • The hotel is extremely environmentally and socially conscious – things such as solar power, natural building materials, and no plastic on property, as well as community development projects and a commendable employee benefits program - you can feel morally good about your stay here.

  • Nice touches include gifts of a hand woven cravat (scarf) and a satchel of locally grown peppercorns (the area of Kep is known to have the best quality pepper in all of Cambodia).

  • If you are looking for beach time, the hotel doesn’t really have a beach. It is easy to go to the beach in Kep, or better yet, take a boat out to Koh Tonsay (Rabbit Island) to spend the day snorkelling, swimming, and beach hopping on this special offshore island

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Seaside boutique hotel.

  • Vibe

    Minimalist style with beautiful accents.

  • Location

    A dreamy retreat – with the perfect seaside location. The property is a tranquil haven away from the tiresome hustle and bustle of South East Asian cities.

  • Rooms

    18

  • Music

    Just the naturally calming sound of the sea lapping up on shore.

  • Year Opened

    Full renovation of the property, as it stands today, was completed in 2013.

  • Designed By

    Kep was a vacation spot for French elite back in the day. The villas were originally built in the 1960’s, and current owners, Jef Moons and Boris Vervoordt, hired architect Francoise Lavielle to convert the villas into the hotel property which first opened in 2005. Since then, Moons and Vervoordt have been the design minds behind every aspect of the hotel, including their beautiful collection of authentic Khmer artefacts and art pieces displayed throughout the property.

  • Pool/Gym

    The pool is the focal point of the hotel – lined with super comfy day beds, it draws you in and all you’ll want to do is hang poolside for the entire day. No gym but there are good hiking/running trails nearby.

  • Restaurant

    Two restaurant options - sit in an open-air seaside pavilion at rustic wood tables and elegant settings in the high-end concept called “The Strand.” Or head next door to the Sailing Club for a more casual, lively beachside bar and grill vibe. Both dining options serve up dishes of locally sourced seafood and fresh vegetables grown right there on the property.

  • Bar

    Order a poolside beverage, or grab a sunset drink at the trendy Sailing Club bar.

  • Minibar

    Yup! Locally made sweet and salty snacks.

  • Wifi

    Free WiFi and exceptionally good considering it’s in a fairly undeveloped area in Cambodia.

  • Children

    Yes, families are welcome.

  • Price

    Inexpensive and understated yet high-end.

Take a course to learn how to sail a Hobie Cat.

The Sailing Club

Kep National Park, Krong Kaeb, Cambodia

Take a course to learn how to sail a Hobie Cat.

Knai Bang Chatt

Knai Bang Chatt Resort Kep, Krong Kaeb, Cambodia

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