Broadly agree with the reviews below: 4 star with a 5 star beach, exceptionally quiet with no vendor hassle.
Rooms although large are dim. At one point we lost all our fixed lighting inc bathroom and only had the plug ins (but it was fixed within the hour).
Public areas are of a high standard, but I am appalled that they serve drinks in glassware by the pool and beach. Bare feet and broken glass do not mix. Also, guest litter (why do people do this?) gets mingled into the sand despite the best efforts of the beach cleaning team. Straws, bottle caps, sweet wrappers etc. I suggest strategically placed garbage bins might help.
There were plastic bags and other detritus floating in the sea that they have no control over and is a real local problem; but the pool area was spotless.
Beware 'the till is down so you must pay me in cash for drinks' with the handwritten chitty ruse at the pool bar. Insist you sign a computer print out.
The room was perfectly acceptable. Comfy bed, clean linen, good pillows. Bathroom a bit tired but functioning properly. Our room looked out on the car park but who cares? We were rarely in it apart from for sleeping.
Staff were perfectly pleasant and responded well to polite conversation. It is harsh to criticise their English when I can speak no Kymer at all. They are courteous and polite, even deferent in their approach.
Breakfast IS adequate but lunch on the beach is a bit limited. Pool bar has better choice. We found we stacked up with a delicious made-on-the-spot omelette for breakfast and skipped lunch.
Lemongrass was a highlight. Very well done indeed. Great ambience, quality and choice. I've reviewed it separately.
There is a bit of 'if you can afford to stay here, you can afford to pay me more for your Tuk Tuk ride into town', but we found if we bargained good naturedly a deal could always be struck. Expect $2-3 each way (double the Siem Reap price and 50% more than Phnom Penh).
Overall, a very relaxing 4 day stay and when the other establishments locally are more suited to the backpackers, they really have no competition so I feel we made the right choice by coming here.
- Also Known As:
- Sokha Beach Hotel
- Sokha Beach Hotel Sihanoukville
- Sokha Beach Sihanoukville
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sokha Beach Resort is set amidst 23.5 hectares of beautifully landscaped beachfront and garden with its own 1.5 kilometer pristine white sandy beach. Voted amongst the Best New Hotels in the World in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's Ninth Annual Hot List 2005, this resort is certainly a top choice when vacationing in South East Asia. ... more less
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