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!
- Also Known As:
- Lazy Beach Hotel Koh Rong Samloem
- Lazy Beach Hotel Cambodia
- Lazy Beach Cambodia/Koh Rong Samloem