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“Relaxed, maybe too relaxed”
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Otres Beach Resort
Ranked #91 of 234 Sihanoukville B&B and Inns
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“Relaxed, maybe too relaxed”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Nice place with good cheap rooms in a nice location, cute gardens and well tended sand paths.

The service is relaxed to put it nicely. You have to request everything, toilet paper, fresh towels or clean sheets. Though, when we did ask for things, the service was fairly prompt.

The drinks are cheap and the owner is friendly and talkative. However, the food is terrible, poorly cooked and bad quality. The vegetarian breakfast was cooked in bacon fat, which left a bad taste in my mouth.

I would stay here again, I just wouldn't eat here.

Room Tip: Nice sunsets from the raised bar.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Fryazino, Russia
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Strawberry resort was nice, cosy and comfortable. We stayed in a clean, wooden hut with a toilet, running water and other basic needs. (Some resorts have their toilets separately). The resort is quiet and just two steps away from the beach. Otres beach 2 is a little bit isolated from the rest of the city, so you might want to rent a bike or take a tuk-tuk to the nearest market. Food is a little bit costly compared to other cities in Cambodia we've been to, but here you don't really have a choice.
Overall me and my friend enjoyed our stay and the owner was absolutely friendly.

Room Tip: - Upon your arrival to Sihanoukville, tuk tuk drivers will try to convince you that Otres 2 is too f...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

I spent 3 nights here and was quite happy with my choice. My simple bungalow was clean and pleasant. The bed was comfortable and even at the steamy end of the dry season, a fan was sufficient. The mosquito net worked well. The upstairs dining area is comfortable and attractive (although I wish they had more than one fan). Michael, the relatively new owner, is very friendly and welcoming. His Khmer fiance and her sister both speak pretty good English and are helpful and friendly. As others have said, it's about 30 seconds from even the back bungalows to the beach. The walk-in rate is $15/night, although I got it, booked on Agoda, for just over $13/night. Their long-stay discounts are excellent: stay a week and you get a bungalow for just $8/night; stay a month and it's just $6/night.

Otres 2 is at the eastern end of Otres, separated from the much more developed Otres 1 by about a mile of empty beach. I found Otres 2 much pleasanter than Otres 1. Both are preferable to the beaches right in Sihanoukville.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

its a basic wooden hut, very affordable, you have your own bathroom, a fan, mosquito net covering the bed, balcony, and is just 30 sec. away from the beach. There was no closed locker just an open shelf. But we had no problems with thefts or anything.

Don't get scared if u find a tokay gecko around your hut, we had one in ours for a night, it's very harmless, just leave it alone and don't try to touch it or scare it away, might bite you!

You need to take a tuk tuk or rent a bike if you want to buy anything from the nearest market. If you are travelling on a really tight budget you might find food a bit expensive in this area because it is a bit isolated.

Over all, it is a great place to stay near otres 2 beach which was amazing! and friendly staff!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

My girlfriend and I spent 3 nights at Strawberry Resort in early May 2013.

The resort is fine if all you need is a room to stay in, and that's it. The bungalows are made of wood and are aesthetically pleasing but very basic, consisting of a bed with mosquito net, small table, wall mounted fan, wicker storage unit and an ensuite shower/ wet room. They each have a verrander with a table and 2 chairs too. For the price the simplicity of the rooms was obviously expected but we did have a couple of issues with the design of the bungalows:
1-they had numerous holes in the walls, particularly between the tops of the walls and the roofing. This invited lots of bugs which is fine when you're in your bed with the mosquito net over you, but a little frustrating when your getting ready for dinner in the evenings, etc;
2-given the holes, I did wonder how secure the bungalows actually were?

A couple of other points of note, the area outside the bungalows within the resort is very poorly lit and the wifi didn't work the whole time we were there which was very disappointing.

Location-wise, the bungalows are on the opposite side of the road from the beach but only about a 30 second walk away. Otres beach is absolutely stunning, quiet with only a handful of hawkers and some great beachside eating spots including Elephant Garden (fantastic dinners) and Tamu (awesome sunbeds, food, etc, serving breakfast and lunch only). It is around 20 minutes from central Sihanoukville.

We were not told about any "restaurant" when we checked in but from some of the other reviews on here, it seems there was one, but unfortunately I can't comment on that. We didn't get to know the staff at all really but any time we did need assistance they were very polite and spoke reasonable English. They kindly accommodated our request to move rooms one evening following one of our inconsiderate neighbours choosing to play his guitar and sing at the top of his voice at 11pm at night. Why do these people exist?!

I think to sum up, Strawberry Bungalows is ok, average accommodation which probably seems better to lots of people because of where it is (Otres Beach really is lovely). It's great if you're on a budget. But cheap or otherwise, there are still a few areas where they could easily improve in my opinion.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay. Even with just a fan was ok but aircon wud be better.
Our room was great tho an the resort looks amazing.
Great service for washing clothes also.
The location is unbelievable down at otres 2 beach. Great atmosphere here and great people. So relaxing here. Easy place to get to the islands also.
The power does cut out from time to time but it's fine. Me and my girlfriend loved it here.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I really wanted to stay in a traditional style, simple wooden hut with the convenience of my own bathroom, near a beautiful, quiet, non-touristy tropical beach. And Strawberry Resort was exactly that!

Strawberry Resort is on Otres 2 which is the far end of Otres beach, and far away from the other much touristy beaches of Sihanouk Ville. The bungalows are set in two rows surrounded by a pretty garden, each has its own little terrance and a clean simple bathroom. The bed was comfy and came with the obligatory mosquito net and ceiling fan. The beach is literally a few seconds across the road and is stunning.

It has a little restaurant that serves decent enough food, though there are a half a dozen or more great places to try along the beach - Sam's Place was a firm beach side favourite.

As with many places in Cambodia there were issues with power cuts and the management tried their best to balance the need for power with the noisy generator. I think they got it about right.

All in all I had a lovely relaxing 6 nights here and wish I could have stayed longer.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Otres Beach Resort
Address: 2 Marina Road, Otres Beach, Sihanoukville 18000, Cambodia (Formerly Strawberry Resort)
Location: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 234 B&Bs / Inns in Sihanoukville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Otres Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
OBR is a tradition Khmer bungalow resort set in a beautiful garden 20m from the sealine. Each bungalow is en-suite with hot water shower. We have a restaurant with excellent food at a fair price. A small bar with all your cocktails and cold cold beer. We are located in the tranquil end of Otres beach. If you want to party a 5 minute tuk tuk or a 15 minute walk can take you there. We can arrange bus tickets to all destinations including Thailand and Vietnam. We can also organise trips to the Islands and national parks and a taxi service to your required destination. We also rent motorbikes. Hope to see you soon. ps. We now have a full resort directly on the beach including hobie catamarans, paddle boards, wind surfing, dirt bikes, kite surfing and canoes. ... more   less 
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