The resort location is slightly off the beaten path. The property is fairly large and well maintained overall. There is ongoing construction there to expand the number of rooms. There are 8 double bungalows are nicely designed and the connecting rooms are ideal for a family vacation. But if you are visiting alone or as a couple and have noisy neighbors sound travels easily from room to room.
The bathrooms are spacious but they only have hot water showers set up in an outdoor tub connected to each bathroom. Sort of a small garden and bathing area out the back door. They are walled in but there is still a bit of open space someone could view into your bathroom by looking over the wall though. A little more privacy in that area could be an improvement.
The grounds and facilities overall are well kept. Landscaping and buildings are all maintained nicely. The beach front does not have much sand available but is very clean. No chairs are set up along the beach and the water is relatively shallow a long way out. Kampot area does not have the clear blue waters like other Cambodian locations. There is a long boardwalk dock that extends out into the water from the grounds that is nice for quiet walks and relaxing away from the beach area. The dock is semi lighted to allow guests change to walk out in the evening.
The infinity pool is a definite plus and is spacious enough to allow for either wading or swimming laps across the face. The deck and pool layout are nicely done and spacious enough for the limited number of guests the resort can accomodate. It did get a bit busy with families and children at certain times of the day but for the most part stays faily empty.
If you are interested in doing some business while on holiday prepare ahead. They offer free wifi connection in the rooms and restaurant / bar areas but I found it very slow and the signal inconsistant.
The restaurant offers a menu with seafood, beef, chicken, and pork dishes as well as an Indian food menu. Fresh oysters is what they present as their signature dish. The oysters were fresh but were not shucked properly. Leaving you to finish the process at your table or sending your order back to have the oysters cut from the shell. They even offer a nicely done upstairs "Oyster Bar" supposed to be open from 18:00 on. However it seems while occupancy is low the upstairs was not opened. When it was they did not have any type of raw bar set up or staff on station there. But to their credit they did offer to prepare service there if wanted by guests. Although located in Cambodia the menus are only written in English. Without having a system using numbers for each item listed the staff become easily confused with multiple orders. Portions are quite generous and the food was fresh but a bit pricey for Cambodia but not outrageous.
The staff make their best attempt to accomodate the guests during their stay and I would guess that nearly any reasonable request would be considered. Nearly all speak some amount of English or other languages even if it was to a limited degree.
If you are visiting with a group I am sure they would have no problem organizing a beachside dinner or BBQ for example. Or just about anything else you would like to make your stay more enjoyable. But unfortunately service overall is quite inconsistent in the presentation and operation.
Some of the details you would expect from a resort priced as that is in Cambodia fall short. None of them seriously disappointing enough to bother me too much. But for those guests that demand attention to details without having to remind or request them from the staff they could be left unhappy. Simple things such as putting up and taking down the poolside sun umbrellas daily are not done routinely by staff.
If you have no problem with asking for what you want and do not hold 5 star expectations with service then the resort is fine. For a quiet break away from the hustle of Cambodia's more touristed locations for a day or 2 Nataya Resort is an excellent place. Although more focus is placed on family trips there the owners are building additional bungalows with couples in mind. They offer special discounted rates for various promotions. Weekends are busiest with affluent Khmer families and government officials making up most of the guests then.
- Also Known As:
- Nataya Round House Coral Bay Hotel Kampot
- Nataya Round House Coral Bay Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 16km from Kampot and at the foothills of Bokor Mountain, Nataya resort sits on the beach of Coral Bay. Comprising of 8 beachfront bungalows (16 rooms), the resort provides tranquility from the hustle and bustle of life. ... more less
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