This is a wonderful spot; secluded, peaceful and charming. The service is incredibly attentive, and Naomi goes out of her way to make sure that your stay is everything you want it to be. Stéphane, although at work during the day, finds time in the evening to relax and engage with you over some fine cognacs, which he knows rather a lot about!
I organised a three day weekend with 7 adults and 3 children to celebrate my wife's 40th birthday. We were greeted with a chilled bottle of Moet en Chandon, and this set the tone for the rest of the stay. We ate that night at Nest (amazing - will write a review on that shortly!), the next morning Naomi arranged for a van to take us to Angkor Wat, and after a late lunch in town, we came back to the resort to relax before dinner.
The birthday dinner was organised and catered by Naomi's team, and included two traditional Khmer musicians to serenade us through the early courses. Rain notwithstanding, it was an excellent meal, elegant surroundings, and a beautiful musical backdrop. The cognacs and digestives that were ingested after the meal were generously provided free of charge, and Naomi and her husband Stéphane (she from Japan, he from France) sat with us longgggggg into the evening as we talked and laughed and enjoyed the company of close friends and family in such tranquil surrounds, happy, full and increasingly inebriated!
The following day was a trifle slow, but we all made the most of it, with more tours of surrounding temple complexes.
A slightly sour note was struck on the final night when the tuktuk drivers arranged by AMATAO decided to take us to where they wanted to take us for dinner, rather than where we wanted to go - a pity that one of the three nights there was spoilt in this way - but when we finally arrived back at the resort, tired hungry and cranky, Naomi organised for the kitchen to cook up some food, and the distaste of the experience was put to the side.
So, in summary, the vibe was great, the food was great (have to organise in advance), the service was great, the kids loved it, we loved it, there was a rather charming and sweet farewell ceremony for us, and I can't say enough good things about it.
Ideally book out the whole resort (only 4 rooms) and relax with a small group of close friends. Put price considerations to the side - you won't regret it!
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- Exceptional Private Holidays Villa with full facilities, not only Swimming Pool/ Spa/ Tea House/ BBQ Terrace/ Pergola/ Tropical Garden, but also Wine Cellar/ Restaurant/ Bar. On the other hand in this splendid landscape there are only 4rooms with each different unique designed & individually located for each guest's total privacy/ comfort/ relaxation. Book for our full property to get full benefits with your own private usages for all these facilities, and make your holidays exceptional & unforgettable experience! Our experienced chef wait for you to be your own personal chef as well! Let's plan for your anniversary party or wedding party or surprising flash mob for your treasured person! ... more less
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