The article lists 5 luxury hotels in Cambodia that travellers can add into their vacation plan in this country.
It’s not unusual to see parents strolling the fragrant gardens of this family-focused hotel with their kids, pointing out names of the trees – frangipani, fig, tamarind, coconut, banana, and sugar palms – identified with small signs. There is a poolside cafe and two swimming pools, including a shallow toddlers’ pool; however, there is no fencing for the deep one and no lifeguard on duty. Rooms have day beds that can be made up into single beds, some come with bunk beds, and there are cots for babies. Babysitting and family activities can also be arranged. The prime minister lives next door, so the street is closed to traffic and there is plenty of security around, making it one of the safest spots in the city.
• +855 23 222 290, thekabiki.com. Standard rooms from £36, family room (double bed, two bunk beds, single bed) from £42 B&B
Behind high walls in a modernist 1960s villa that once belonged to Princess Bopha Devi (half-sister of present Cambodian king and a celebrated classical dancer), this intimate hotel feels more B&B than boutique. The friendly Australian-Pakistani owners, the Pakistani in-laws, and warm Cambodian staff take turns looking after the reception area and the casual bar-cafe, which just happens to serve Phnom Penh’s finest Pakistani food, cooked by the chef-owner. His Australian wife has plenty of dining tips if you don’t feel like eating-in. The spacious, high-ceilinged rooms are decorated with antique and retro-inspired furniture, along with textiles and handicrafts the couple has collected over years of global travel. There is an inviting pool and plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.
• +855 12 585 714, circa51.com. Doubles from £38 B&B
In a fascinating neighbourhood with an abundance of cheap eats and street-food stalls, The Teahouse has rapidly become a flashpacker favourite. This boutique hotel is tea-themed: there are big tins it lining the shelves in the striking red-hued lobby-lounge, daily afternoon teas (30 varieties), and teas from Southeast Asia for sale in the gift store. The theme doesn’t continue to the rooms, however – I had been hoping for a good porcelain teapot and selection of fine teas with my kettle (which the standard rooms didn’t have). Rooms range from basic and snug to better-equipped and super-spacious, with more red accents and vibrant textiles enlivening otherwise plain spaces. Although the pool is small by Phnom Penh standards, visitors just love this place.
• +855 23 212 789, theteahouse.asia. Doubles from £30 B&B
4.The Blue Lime
Down an alley behind a high wall, this chic boutique hotel feels exclusive despite its budget rates. Colourful filmy curtains, fresh flower arrangements, magazines scattered about, and lounge music in the lobby make it feel more like a living room, while the casual bar-cafe is equally homey and welcoming. The shaded swimming pool is lined with sunbeds on one side and cabanas strewn with cushions on the other, while some rooms have their own private plunge pools. The minimalist rooms have a nice feel about them, simply decorated with polished concrete, four-poster beds and bold, coloured cushions. The location, one block from the restaurants, bars and shops of Street 240, and a short stroll to the Royal Palace and waterfront, couldn’t be more central.
• +855 23 222 260, bluelime.asia. Doubles from £28 B&B
Phnom Penh’s most popular backpacker joint must be one of the cleanest and smartest backpacker hostels in south-east Asia. It features Southeast Asia textiles strewn across the beds and exotic flower arrangements in its air-conditioned rooms. However, young travellers check in mainly for the swimming pool, friendly staff, and social life: the hostel is renowned for its pool parties. There are a variety of rooms, from different levels of six- to eight-room dorms to private doubles with balconies, and the location in the Wat Phnom area is just a short remork ride from the waterfront and sights, shops and bars of Phnom Penh. The cafe-bar dishes up decent food and they make a good cocktail.
• +855 23 500 2440, 88backpackers.com. Dorm beds £4.25, doubles from £12