I have reviewed this place before, and I keep going back, feeling almost as if I am some sort of a stakeholder. Be warned, it is very expensive, but there are few charming resorts competing at this level in Cambodia. The last time I went there was a serious management problem, which was solved by changing for a new team. I was well taken care of, and had a very nice time. The only problem is that the young French couple who brought it "back" is leaving at the end of March 2011, and since this small place is entirely dependent on the quality of the management. you won't know what you are getting until you get there. A couple of caveats: it’s not really a hotel, more of a guest house. You won't get top quality service, the staff does their best, but the quality is not up to other South East Asian countries, this is not a Knai Bang Chatt problem but rather a dearth of well trained, foreign language speaking staff in Cambodia, and lack of attention to detail. They may forget to change the towels, there may be no soap in your room, the hot water may not work, but with a smile all is fixed, and the hot water heats in 10 minutes. There is no beach, but a glamorous blue stone infinity pool. If you object to waiting 20 minutes to be served at the bar because two inexperienced (but what charming smiles) young people with "trainee" on their T-shirt painstakingly measure out one shot of liquor, then this place is not for you. If, however, you come to relax and have a good time, then you will love it. There is nothing to do in Kep, which for me is part of its charm, bring a book. There is a little bit to do in Kampot, but it won't keep you busy. The concept was charming in 2006 when it first opened, it has been well maintained and improved, but the concept is now "yesterday" in its use of nostalgia as the USP.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene and pure, Knai Bang Chatt, an exquisite lifestyle resort, will enchant you. Located in Kep, right on the southern east coastline of Cambodia, the resort gives you a blend of privacy, serenity and exclusivity. Three renovated villas built in the 1960s by protégés of Vann Molyvann, a pupil of the world renowned Le Corbusier, are extraordinary historical landmarks you can now experience as your very own private home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Knai Bang Chatt Hotel Kep