Beach sunset, Kep, Cambodia
Knai Bang Chatt, Kep
- Stylish bedrooms
- Yoga and meditation programmes
The serene and exclusive Knai Bang Chatt has a big reputation for being the best in the area. Found in the seaside town of Kep (once the stomping ground of high society French colonials) Knai Bang Chatt is known for its eminent style, do-gooder eco-credentials and its attentive but unobtrusive service.
Spread over a collection of modernist villas, the rooms are each thoughtfully and individually styled with rustic simplicity. It’s a deliberately minimal style (don’t expect a TV), complementing the hotel’s stripped-back charm. This is a restorative kind of place, instantly calming from the moment you arrive. And once you’ve finished Knai Bang Chatt’s yoga and meditation programme, had a relaxing massage at the spa and completed a few gentle laps of the saltwater infinity pool, you’ll be floating come check-out time.
But it’s not all about the chill in Kep. Knai Bang Chatt’s staff can arrange excursions to nearby Rabbit Island for a beach barbeque, or take you on a cave and secret lake tour. From the neighbouring sailing club, you can hire hobie cats and kayaks, or go speedboating for a dose of exhilaration.
Back at base, the hotel’s restaurant, The Strand, happens to be one of the best places to eat in and around Kep. Seafood is the star here and the menu changes daily, reflecting the fresh, locally sourced food.
The daybeds dotted around the pool are made from driftwood. Bag yourself a prime spot and enjoy the view over the Gulf of Thailand. Bliss.