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Sunny Sihanoukville, or Kompong Som to locals, competes with the temples of Angkor Wat for the title of Cambodia’s most popular tourist destination. Beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise water and perfect weather for sunbathing and water sports give Sihanoukville an endless appeal. The town’s hotel scene has blossomed lately, with new venues ranging from dreamy and luxurious resorts to comfy and easy-going mid-range offers. Here are the ten best boutique hotels in Sihanoukville.
For a truly luxurious experience in Sihanoukville, Song Saa Private Island resort is the best choice. As revealed by the title, the resort is located on a private island, just a 35 minute boat ride away from Sihanoukville’s shores. The eco-friendly resort comprises beautifully decorated thatch and stone villas, situated deep in the jungle of the island or on the shoreline with a view on the ocean. The resort houses several fashion boutiques and restaurants, featuring international, Italian and traditional Khmer cuisines, as well as spa and wellness centers, yoga and meditation sanctuaries. The resort also offers opportunities for water-sports such as Scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling and boating.
Proudly positioning itself as the first 100% gay (yet straight-friendly) hotel in Cambodia, Cheers Boutique Hotel is a lovely and well-priced find. The hotel houses a cozy restaurant, featuring international cuisine, a stylish and modern bar with large music collection of over 70,000 songs and music videos, a huge jacuzzi and a swimming pool, with a four meter high waterfall. As an additional perk, all hotel rooms are equipped with extremely modern showers with LED-lit shower heads. The city center of Sihanoukville is a short tuk-tuk ride away, offering plenty of restaurants, art galleries and local monuments, including the giant statues of Golden Lions.
Located on the far end of Otres beach, away from the hustle and bustle of city center, Tamu Hotel aims to ensure laid-back and peaceful holidays for its guests. The hotel offers rooms with indoor and outdoor bathrooms in each price category, and houses a swimming pool and a lovely restaurant featuring international cuisine. The menu highlights include grilled swordfish with rice and chicken teriyaki skewers. Tamu Hotel can also organize a diverse set of activities, ranging from a visit to local sites of Sihanoukville and a hike deep in the jungle to see the exotic mangroves, to snorkeling, kite-surfing and kayaking at Otres beach.
Situated nearby Serendipity beach and close to the city center, elegant and peaceful Blue Sea Boutique Hotel is a laid-back yet sophisticated holiday resort. The simply decorated hotel consists of several large bungalows surrounding a very inviting swimming pool. Breakfast can be ordered and served outside, overlooking the pool. Blue Sea Boutique has its own tourism information desk and provide necessary travel information, ranging from bus, train and plane ticket purchases, accommodation and guided tours. Cambodian owned and operated, Blue Sea Boutique hotel aims to ensure its guests a relaxing and enjoyable stay.
Opened in 1964, Independence Hotel, Resort and Spa is one of the oldest resorts in Sihanoukville, and the historic building has maintained its warm and welcoming charm. Designed by French architects Leroy and Mondet, the seven story high hotel building was once the tallest building in the country, with hotel guests including French film star Catherine Deneuve and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Renovated in 2007, the hotel features both classic and modern rooms, with views on landscaped gardens, the private swimming pool or the sea. Alongside the historic building, guests can also stay in bungalows overlooking the ocean. The hotel has lovely spa facilities, a bar and a restaurant featuring international cuisine.
Situated on the side of Victory Hill and overlooking the Bay of Thailand, Harbor Lights Palace is a well-priced and cozy hotel for a lazy beach holiday. With king size beds, large bathrooms and traditional wooden furniture, the hotel rooms are spacious and comfortable. Whilst the large swimming pool, surrounded by greenery and flowers in the inner courtyard of the hotel, stays busy during the days, the large balcony is the place to be during the evenings, as it offers a fantastic view of the sunset over the Indian ocean. The hotel also houses a lovely restaurant and a bar, featuring traditional Khmer and contemporary international cuisine.
A part of Sokha Hotel chain, Moha Mohori is a dreamy holiday resort, tucked away from the busy city center and other beach resorts. Luxurious yet elegant, the hotel consists of several beautifully decorated bungalows, with king-size beds and timber floors, as well as sea views. Moha Mohori also houses two swimming pools and three restaurants, beauty saloon, fitness and spa center and even conference facilities. Each of the restaurants specializes in a particular contemporary Western, Asian or Khmer cuisine, ranging from traditional tapas bar to Japanese fine dining, with teppanyaki and sushi section. This hotel also houses several bars and offers a wide range of water-sport activities, including kayaking and snorkeling.
Moha Mohori, 2 Thnou St, Krong Preah, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, +855 23 998 075
Situated next to Serendipity beach, Serendipity Beach Resort is a good mid-range option for carefree and tranquil holidays. Although rather modest-looking from the outside, the hotel interior design is lush, with warm lighting and modern wooden furniture. In addition, some of the guest bathrooms are decorated with dark wooden paneling, recalling interiors of the 1950s. The hotel has a small gym and large swimming pool, and Serendipity beach is within walking distance from the resort. Although the hotel does not serve breakfast, the area around the hotel is full of friendly restaurants serving traditional Khmer cuisine. The hotel has a strict guests only policy.
Serendipity Beach Resort, Krong Preah, Sihanoukville, Cambodia, +855 34 938 888
Situated next to the private and beautiful 1.45 kilometers long Sokha beach, Sokha Beach Resort offers a glamorous holiday escape in Sihanoukville. The hotel provides rooms with a view of the swimming pool and the ocean bay, as well as shared facilities, restaurants and beauty saloons with Moha Mohori. The hotel’s relaxed guests can enjoy a body massage or aromatherapy bath in one of the spa centers, or try delicious cocktails at one of the four bars in the resort, not counting the swimming pool bar. The more adventurous and sporty can arrange some of the water-sport activities on offer, or visit the local fitness center.
Recently built, stylish and classy, the OC Boutique Hotel is only walking distance from the Ochheuteal beach. With clean and simple lines, entirely white guest rooms and large swimming pool, the hotel has that special peaceful and unassuming vibe, necessary for complete relaxation and ease. The hotel has a small coffee shop serving good coffee, a cozy bar with a wide range of exotic cocktails, and a lovely restaurant, featuring international and traditional Cambodian cuisine and seafood. Guests are welcome at the hotel’s beach club and the private stretch of the Otres beach, only few minutes’ tuk-tuk ride away.