Most of Cambodia’s beach hotels are located in Sihanoukville, the country’s up-and-coming beach destination. Sihanoukville had already drawn the Cambodian jet set to its golden beaches in the 1960s, but the party ended abruptly in 1970, when Cambodia fell into civil war. A few intrepid backpackers returned to Sihanoukville after peace returned in 1993, and the number of visitors has grown steadily since. After 30 years of ghosts, Hotel Independencia is back and more and more Khmers and expats are flocking to Sihanoukville to run bars and restaurants. This list features the best resorts in Cambodia, based on visitor ratings.
1. Sokha seaside resort
The best of Cambodia’s beach resorts, Sihanoukville’s Sokha Beach Resort is set amidst a beautiful seaside garden. This resort is designed with 2 accommodation wings, offering spacious rooms and suites with private balconies, overlooking the garden or the sea. The resort is uniquely designed in a handcrafted style in wood and stone which reflects a warm and rustic atmosphere. The Asean House serves a buffet and a la carte menu throughout the day, while the Fishermen Village offers fresh seafood.
2. Koh Thmei Complex
The resort might be a bit of a stretch for this location, but the Koh Thmei Resort is certainly a relaxing place to spend a few days. Opened in December 2010, the bungalows are brand new, with wooden walls and thatched roofs for aesthetics. Koh Thmei is located in Ream National Park.
3. Arrecife complex
Reef Resort is Sihanoukville’s premier boutique hotel with 9 superior double rooms, 4 family rooms and 1 apartment, all located around the pool. The rooms have air conditioning, fan, minibar and free WIFI. The restaurant and bar offer quality Mexican, Western and local cuisine cooked by four experienced chefs.
4. Hotel Independence Resort & Spa
The Independence Hotel was built in 1962 and completed in 1963. At the time, it was the most luxurious and elite accommodation in Sihanouk Ville. Today, its 88 rooms and suites contain all the modern comforts that guests expect from a 4-star hotel. Plus, the private white-sand beach, outdoor pool, and fitness center will keep those who choose to stay here entertained.
5. Tranquility Guest House
Conveniently located in Sihanoukville, Tranquility Guesthouse features modern amenities in all of its rooms. The rooms have a balcony or terrace. Besides its convenient location in Sihanoukville, the hotel also offers a wide range of services and facilities to its guests, such as a restaurant and bar.
6. Hotel La Réserve Sihanoukville
Hotel La Réserve is located near downtown Sihanoukville. The hotel was founded in 2006 and offers 16 rooms. Each room has amenities such as air conditioning, wireless internet access and television. Services offered at this Sihanoukville property include a bar, restaurant, room service and an outdoor swimming pool.
Update: Apparently this hotel has been closed
7. Beach Club Resort
Located a five-minute walk from the seemingly endless sands of gorgeous Ochheuteal Beach, the Beach Club Resort is Sihanoukville’s first mid-range boutique hotel. All rooms overlook the swimming pool and are tastefully furnished and well equipped with modern amenities and services.