We stayed there over Chinese New Year 2014 and they said, at one point it was nearly full, it did not feel like it. We stayed in the lakeside rooms, not the villas. Overall the resort has so much potential but appears to need a good manager to take out the inconsistencies in service. For everything that is exceptional there is a 'but'.
The beach is outstanding, quiet and clean but unless you are near the main lodge you have to search out the bar for over priced (for Cambodia) drinks ($4 fruit punch). It wouldn't be hard for them to get some wait staff and take care of the beach and the beach bathroom hadn't been cleaned
The rooms are spacious, but the service is inconsistent, one day we had wash cloths, the next none. One day they replaced the soap, next day they didn't.
Beds are the largest king size I've seen and pretty comfortable but the TV is barely a 20 inch with no channel guide in the room.
Lemongrass restaurant is nice, especially the deck, but the dinner for four of us was $120 which is the same as a $40 dinner in town.
Room service is less but the food was cold
I guess my biggest issue was the untapped potential of the place. The physicals are there, spacious rooms, fabulous beach, good location BUT they haven't watered the grass so it's all brown, there is zero in-room information about the restaurants and amenities, not a brochure, flyer or anything. The concierge was no help even with numerous things to do in town and the Sea Cambodia shops on property were closed the entire time we were there. Lot's to do on serendipity but you are on your own to figure it out.
This is for the more self directed traveler, a five minute walk to breakfast along the waterfront isn't that big a deal but I can see where people who aren't used to a little adventure or searching out answers on your own would be a little intimidated.
A word on the rooms, the lakeside villas are at the far end of the property, lakeside deluxe rooms are nice and the pool at that end is a shallow pool, I think to appeal to those tourists who aren't comfortable in the water. The Ocean wing is closer tot he amenities like the spa, breakfast, the gym, etc but the competition for covered chairs on the beach is tougher.
So 5 star location, 2.5 star amenities.
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- Sokha Beach Resort is set amidst 23.5 hectares of beautifully landscaped beachfront and garden with its own 1.5 kilometer pristine white sandy beach. Voted amongst the Best New Hotels in the World in Condé Nast Traveler Magazine's Ninth Annual Hot List 2005, this resort is certainly a top choice when vacationing in South East Asia. ... more less
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