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“Desert Island Heaven....”
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Lazy Beach
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

For the last few days in Cambodia, I wanted to book a really relaxing beach retreat and settled on Lazy Beach; it was wonderful. There's a 2+ hour boat ride over to the island, which was smooth as silk on the way over and pretty crazy on the way back - we got drenched from the waves and most of us had to move to the back of the boat ... all part of the adventure.

The resort itself is simple and perfect for relaxing. A small number of huts scattered amongst the trees and ours, number 3, was right on the beach. Just 10 steps away from the pinky-white sand and glorious greeny-blue ocean. It had 2 double beds complete with mosquito nets, which you need, and we plugged up a few small holes in ours to ensure a mossie-free night. There are no fans or air con which means the nights can be hot, especially if there's no breeze, which can make it difficult to sleep. The water is pumped from a nearby river, so the showers are cold (but you don't need a hot shower!), and the toilets work on a filteration system whereby you just pop a pot or 2 of water into the bowl to "flush": no fuss, no smell. On the porch are two hammocks, which are perfect for relaxing in, reading, watching the ocean and dozing.

The bar/dining area is great. Huge chairs and cushions for you to curl up in, a surprisingly large selection of food and drink is available considering the island location: international dishes, and local stuff, as well as fresh seafood. The homemade chips are especially good, and we enjoyed all the other different dishes we tried.

There is snokelling equipment available for (cheap) rent, board games, books, a volleyball area and a table-tennis area which provided us with lots of fun. You can also do a 20 minutes jungle walk across the island to the other side where there's an amazing white sandy beach (4kms long) ... although, we were really disappointed by the amount of rubbish floating in the water and soon came back to "our" side of the island.

Lazy Beach's bay is much, much cleaner, although sadly they still have some minor problems with waste from fishing boats washing up. However, the ocean is wonderfully warm & clear, the sand pale pink, soft & squeaky (really!), and the sunset over the waves is always amazing: a daily event.

I could easily have stayed longer here; it's a real desert island oasis, where you can be as social or anti-social as you want. If you're looking for simple living, a sandy beach, blue ocean and big skies, then you'll be in heaven here.

Tip: The beach is at its best before 7am, when it's empty of other people (although there's never more than about 6 people on it anyway), and the sun is still behind the trees. You can get great photos, and see the hornbills playing in the trees, and maybe even spot a monkey!

Room Tip: Hut 3, which we stayed in, is great and right on the beachfront. I also decorated the proch quite ni...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 12, 2011

Must order the seafood. You have to put in your order a day in advance, and it's totally worth it! Love the fact that they employ locals and the locals enjoy working there! I spent only a couple of nights there, wished we stayed longer. The water is beautiful, the sunset is amazing, the sand is golden....

However, the 2 hours or so boat trip was not so great... fed the fish...

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Travelling with 4kids and no fixed route we escaped from the crowd and 2much-touristic Sihanoukville towards Lazy Beach. Arriving there is an adventure on it's own - 2,5 hours sailing, the last meteres swiming to the shore followed by a 20 min stroll trough the jungle b4 arriving 2 Lazy Beach .. Don't worry about the luggage, it all is arranged 4 U :) ... Fantastic place, basic but with all U need..(so no WIFI and Cell Phone connection) ow and the food is really yummy, yummy .. we stayed a week and if the place was not fully booked we would have stayed even longer .. kids loved it and did not get bored for a minute. One of the few places on earth where you still can get this private Island experience shared with a couple of friendly locals and other easy going people.
Lazy Beach - It's all in the name :)

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 29, 2011

This place is fantastic we were both relaxed and smiling swaying in our hammock with a book and beer shortly after arriving-amazing! Paradise!!!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

Wonderfull people, lovely food, great cottage and beautiful surroundings.

We've stayed 5 days and would have liked to stay even longer!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

Great Place to stay, relax & unwind.

Stayed 3 nights / 4 Days and the duration was about right, It was just the start of the Wet Season so the beach had a bit of a swell most days, had a storm the first night which kept us awake for a few hours but the Hut was weather tight. Very Humid at night however so the wife & I decided on a bed each, the mosquito nets are essential, pay attention to the 'No food in rooms' policy as we found out, had a pack of biscuits and small bag of cashews in our bags that were still sealed and the rats for in the first night and had a feed and left us with a fair few love droppings to clean out of our bags. The bathroom was quite good, the bucket flush toilet and the bumgun were a learning curve (as you cant flush paper and it must be binned or use a bumgun) Done a few walks to Saracen Beach to have some privacy but note that about midday a boat of day trippers arrives on Saracen Beach so try not to go there then if you want some privacy. I didn't find the beach that good as its just too shallow, need to walk out a good 50m before you get to water that's deep enough to swim in. Be careful on the footbridge too, one of the beams on it broke when I walked across it.

The drink / meal prices were fair given its location, budget around $40-$50 USD per couple per day for Meals / Drinks. The food quality was simply amazing and the Staff were fantastic.

There is limited mobile coverage on Metfone so if you are planning to stay in contact with people get yourself a Metfone Sim Card on the mainland before you leave :)

Room Tip: Beach Front ones have the better locatio
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

As we suspected, one of the highlights of our trip. This is definately paradise. The bungalows are nice clean and hammocks are the way forward. Carefully situated so each has a view and privacy. Cold showers not a problem in that kind of heat anyway, if you want warm, shower in the arvo when the pipes are hot, or just swim in the beach. The transfers over are safe and reliable (they do it every day). The staff are extremely accomodating and genuinely want to help you. There's books to read, boardgames, snorkels($1 per use), fishing (if the weather's right $5), you can walk all over the island. The furniture is designed for relaxing, hammocks, swinging chairs, couches. The food is amazing, Lina, Ken and their team are wicked chefs. Portion sizes are great and really reasonably priced (we spent no more than we would on the mainland). Requests can be accomodated, bbq/seafood can be ordered the night before. Drinks as well are normal prices and they have wine. There's a menu on the website now too. PS don't bring too much to the island you don't need it, you just need a few days clothes and a swimsuit. You're better to leave most of your luggage @ your hotel on the mainland or somewhere.

Room Tip: all the bungalows are fine, we especially loved 2
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: West Side of Island, Koh Rong Samloem, Cambodia
Location: Cambodia > Koh Kong Province > Koh Rong Samloem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Koh Rong Samloem
Number of rooms: 20
Also Known As:
Lazy Beach Hotel Koh Rong Samloem
Lazy Beach Hotel Cambodia
Lazy Beach Cambodia/Koh Rong Samloem

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