Samanea Beach Resort, Kep
- Spacious, Khmer-style villas
- Walks through the mangroves
- Private beach
The Samanea Beach Resort comes from the ashes of a collection of ruined seaside cottages, reclaiming this beauty spot and transforming it into a super little beach resort. The spacious, Khmer-style villas are sumptuously appointed, some with four-poster beds and luxurious outdoor bathtubs for lazy evenings enjoying a private garden under a starlit sky.
Perhaps your biggest decision during your stay here will be deciding where to pitch up first: pool or beach? The saltwater infinity pool has Jacuzzi jets. The private white sand beach is lined with coconut trees. What a conundrum! Taking a stroll on the boardwalk through the mangrove forest to clear your head could help.
Back in your villa, your flat screen TV and DVD player may woo you for a movie night à deux, but we’d tear ourselves away from our cosy villa for a romantic evening at the hotel’s restaurant, Chankiri. If you fancy dining al fresco, you can dine at the end of the jetty, looking out over the Gulf of Thailand, or by the pool, or on the beach (a prime spot for sunsets, by the way).
This fabulous boutique resort is making big strides to rival more luxurious resorts in Kep - plus its rooftop bar is the perfect pre-dinner cocktail spot.