If you are like me you are looking at reviews for Kratie and thinking that Rajabori sounds far better than the rest - and you are probably right. Without staying at the other places it would seem that Rajabori offers a better standard than they do but there are some things you should know before staying. The villas are cute as a button and very comfortable, with plenty of space and beautiful timber throughout. The power is on between about 6.00 pm and 8.00 am - although that was variable. The hot (?) water is solar heated and a note in the villa says it can take up to 5 minutes to run hot in the villa so keep running the water until the hot comes through. In our experience that was true and it does seem a waste of water running the tap until it is warm, and then the water was warm (not hot) just long enough for 2 of us to have the barest of washes under the hand held spray. There is a beautiful claw foot tub but don't even think about soaking in it as there will not be enough warm water to fill it more than a few inches. There is no separate shower. The bed is extra firm - no surprise there. There is no tv, no kettle in the room for a hot drink, & no refrigerator, and no wi fi. None of these things were made clear on the website and may not be a problem, or they could be a deal breaker, its up to you. I understand the aim of it being a traditional house style and also being eco friendly, it just should be clear up front that these things are not included. Also not included are clean towels if required - on the first day we accidently put dirty marks on a handtowel when trying to clean up after the trip over on the ferry. Thinking we were doing the right thing it was put in the cane hamper in the bathroom, and we thought it would ne replaced the next day. Not so - it was taken out of the hamper and hung up again complete with dirty marks! We were not able to get any clean towels during our 3 night stay and eventually asked for some at reception and were given pool towels. We do not expect clean towels every day but given the heat and dust and lack of hot water it does become necessary! The pool is beautiful, the villas charming, the location idyllic. The service can be erratic and our experience (and that of others staying at the same time) is that it is a waste of time to email to arrange transport as that apparently gets ignored. Other guests were left stranded in the dark when they thought they had arranged a private boat transfer, luckily the ferry (which finishes at 5.30) was able to transport them across. The trip over on the ferry is pleasant but when you get there it is a 3km trip over sand and varying other surfaces to Rajabori. This is fine on the back of a moto but some guests may not be happy to do that and because you can't apparently pre-arrange anything you are left with that or walking. The meals are quite good and the prices are not too bad considering, but the breakfast is basic. This could be a perfect and relaxing island paradise but you need to be aware of all of these things before you commit to staying. Having said that - where else do you stay?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rajabori is a confidential resort made of 11 traditional Khmer wooden houses located North of the island of Koh Trong in front of the town of Kratie. We created it to allow a deep immersion in an unspoiled part of old Cambodia for travelers fond of nature and discovery. Access is by boat then tuktuk or moped. The trip to the resort through the island's countryside is beautiful and is a small adventure in itself. For now, The Rajabori has thirteen rooms spread into eleven traditional wooden houses, single or double. To accompany this discovery of traditional Cambodia, our villas and all public spaces have been furnished and decorated in typical Khmer style with what we have collected over the years in all provinces of the country. Our idea is to re create an old style Cambodian village in the protected environement of Koh Trong Island. As a matter of fact, everywhere else in Cambodia, traditional wooden houses are being destroyed to make way for ugly blocks of concrete that have become the new « chic » in contemporary Khmer society. An entire architectural heritage of incalculable value and is being ruthlessly swept under the carpet... We wanted to go against this tide by bringing together a number of well trained craftsmen who perpetuate a thousand year old savoir-faire. ... more less
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