Knai Bang Chatt

A collection of chic villas in Kep, Knai Bang Chatt provides flurries of contemporary design, beautiful gardens cradling a sleek infinity pool, sea views and more; it all makes for a quietly luxurious Cambodian resort that’s socially responsible too.

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Having been a popular coastal Cambodian destination in the early part of the 20th century, Kep is now enjoying a resurgence in visitors, with elegant design hotels such as Knai Bang Chatt certainly playing their part in that story; this is among the more unique Kep hotels for its style and décor alone.

Contemporary from the outside though showcasing much more traditional elements within, Knai Bang Chatt is in fact made up of several villas that themselves house a small number of exclusive rooms. Each of these are individually designed with their own mix of locally-inspired artwork, handicrafts, ceramics and wooden furniture, though all are actually intentionally simple, uncluttered spaces in a Cambodian-style of minimalist interior design.

Elsewhere around the grounds, you’ll be treated to ever-endearing sea views, best enjoyed from the infinity pool or sundeck area that integrates itself quietly into its surrounding gardens, only adding to an overall air of serenity that you cannot help but absorb while here. Echoing this relaxed atmosphere, daily yoga and meditation sessions in the verdant gardens also feel entirely apt. The onsite spa meanwhile is open from 10am right through to 10pm, so wellness really is at the heart of the matter while staying at Knai Bang Chatt – you can indulge yourself with essential oil-infused therapies and other treatments using delicate organic ingredients at any time of day!

Once totally rested and restored, having made the most of Knai Bang Chatt’s zen-like ambience, you will no doubt want to discover coastal Kep and take advantage of the many day trips or evenings out easily arranged from the hotel. Kep National Park, for example, is a nature lover's dream come true with its well-marked trails, hiking through jungle-like surrounds to be rewarded by magnificent vistas from numerous viewpoints. Alternatively, in a region where seafood is king, spend a day on the water and learn fishing methods that have been handed down through the generations and, once you arrive back, present your bounty for a local chef to prepare and cook it just for you, a fittingly authentic memory to take home.

Knai Bang Chatt actually dedicates huge resources to supporting local families as part of its socially responsible ethos, fishermen included. For something even more tranquil, however, simply take a relaxing boat tour from nearby Rabbit Island Pier, feet up with an ice-cold drink in hand as the sun sets on the horizon; coastal Cambodia at its best.

Each room at Knai Bang Chatt is individually adorned in a mix of traditional vases, wood hues, ornaments and artworks, most of which also being very light and airy thanks to walls of glass or French windows. Influenced by the ancient Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, these air-conditioned rooms are intentionally minimal, uncluttered spaces that reflect the altogether peaceful surrounds of the wider resort. Bathroom fittings are notably modern however and you’ll also find a handful of in-room amenities, a patio or terrace and either garden or sea views too.

Single Room

Single Room

Perfect for individuals travelling alone, this one-off compact room with a single bed offers views of the garden and a shared terrace.
Twin Room

Twin Room

Twin Rooms come with either a garden or partial sea view, each with its own character though fairly modest décor of neutral tones and beds are either doubles or twin posters.
Garden Double Room

Garden Double Room

Overlooking the pool and garden, though some also coming with a partial sea view, these comfortable spaces are a little smaller than other options but do benefit from superior views and either a terrace or patio outside. Some have an exposed stone wall, others a sumptuous four-poster bed and room 15 has the added bonus of its own private garden.
Seaview Double Room

Seaview Double Room

Although each Seaview Double Room differs slightly in shape and finish, what they do have in common is a private balcony on which to admire the coastal views before you, and comfortable living spaces too. Room 13 also has access to an outside sitting area by the library, a lovely little extra.
Knai Bang Chatt Suite

Knai Bang Chatt Suite

In a slight change of mood compared with its neighbouring guestrooms, the Knai Bang Chatt Suite is twice the size of other categories and while still keeping with the Wabi Sabi ethos, it is certainly a little more lavish, brightly decorated and even features a decadent Jacuzzi tub. A private staircase and balcony complete this secluded suite, and an extra bed can be added if necessary.

The peaceful retreat of Knai Bang Chatt has a host of facilities all geared towards your wellbeing. Their spa, for example, features multiple essential-oil infused treatments and therapies, there’s a quiet library in which to hide away, lush gardens and that all-important sea facing infinity pool to luxuriate beside; easy afternoons come aplenty here.

The Strand

The Strand

Dine al fresco as waves lap the nearby bay or pull up a table under in the restaurant itself at The Strand, a refined Kep eatery that takes its inspiration from all things Khmer cuisine. Seafood is naturally in prime position on the menu here, with fresh daily catches being prepared to perfection and where possible, ingredients are sourced locally – fully in keeping with the hotel’s community-minded approach to living.

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The Sailing Club

The Sailing Club

Conveniently located next door to the hotel, the beachfront Sailing Club is a laidback sea facing bar complete with an outdoor terrace, pool table and long list of both drinks and Khmer-inspired seafood dishes, of course. The uninterrupted views here provide a picturesque backdrop as you feast on your countless plates of tasty tapas, and it's atmospheric too as The Sailing Club is a popular spot for locals, not only hotel guests.

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Kep may be small but there is plenty to do. As the name suggests, The Sailing Club next door to Knai Bang Chatt runs regular sailing courses, the outcome of which may even lead to a solo sailing certificate, depending on how much time you have available for lessons. There’re also a host of watersports to enjoy here such as kayaking and boat tours, as well as bikes to discover the local area a little further and cookery classes for anyone keen on learning the tips and tricks of Cambodian cuisine.

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