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2022-11-28

Best beach hotels in Cambodia for a perfect sunny hideaway

For a long time, the temples of Angkor overshadowed other Cambodian destinations, but in recent years, the beaches and islands of the South Coast have emerged as significant draws in their own right. Aside from nearly 300 miles of coastline, this Southeast Asian country has 60 offshore islands, many of which are popular tourist destinations with beaches that can be identified as the tropical gateway. We’ve found the best beaches in Cambodia for you to start your sunny hideaway. And if you are the type of traveller who isn't satisfied with having to cross a road, walk down from a cliff, or climb over rocks to reach the sea, here are some of the best hotels in Phnom Penh with rooms, suites, and bungalows that are steps from the sand. Let's get started!

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Plan your tropical hideaway with our list of the top beach hotels in Cambodia
Plan your tropical hideaway with our list of the top beach hotels in Cambodia

Koh Rong Sanloem, Saracen Bay - Best for a quick getaway from Sihanoukville

Koh Rong Sanloem, with its endless sands and teeming jungles, is a tropical paradise. The island has three main settlements, each with its distinct personality. Still, the crescent-shaped Saracen Bay, with a graceful curve of white sand wrapping around the island's eastern shoreline, is undoubtedly the most beautiful. There are resorts for every budget strung along its 2.5km (1.5 miles) of sand, and this famous bay is well connected to the mainland by high-powered speedboats.

Saracen Bay was once a sleepy fishing village, but it's now a hip tourist destination with several beach options. It is popular with young people and couples. A small town and beachfront accommodations are available. There are also a few beach resorts nearby. Most have a very relaxed atmosphere.

 

Some of the best places to visit in Cambodia are the country's islands to find remote, pristine beaches
Some of the best places to visit in Cambodia are the country's islands to find remote, pristine beaches

Where to stay?

Saracen Bay Resort

Saracen Bay Resort offers a relaxing getaway in the modern villas located on the beach of Koh Rong Samloem Island off the coast of Sihanoukville. Offering a private beach area and tropical garden, the resort also provides boat transfers from the mainland to the island. Free WiFi is available at the in-house restaurant. It takes 60 minutes by car from Sihanoukville International Airport to the boat station and another 40-minute speedboat ride from the boat station to the island. Resort Saracen Bay provides standalone bungalows with private terraces along the beach. They are spacious and feature modern bathroom facilities. Views of the ocean can be enjoyed from the bungalows. A range of outdoor activities that include snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, and hiking are available around the area. A mini-bar and safe box are available at the property.

Sara Resort

Sara Resort features a restaurant, bar, shared lounge, and garden in Koh Rong Sanloem. With a terrace, the 4-star resort has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The accommodation features room service, luggage storage space, and guest currency exchange. All units at the resort are equipped with a seating area. Sara Resort provides certain rooms that include a safety deposit box, and every room is equipped with a private bathroom and a wardrobe. At the accommodation rooms include bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available daily at Sara Resort. Popular points of interest near the resort include Saracen Bay Beach, Lazy Beach, and Sunset Beach. Couples particularly like the location.

Long Set Beach, Koh Rong - Ideal for a low-key island getaway

This stunning stretch of sand on the south coast of Koh Rong is also known as 4km Beach due to its generous proportions. It is named after one of the first resorts to open here, but it is still relatively undeveloped compared to neighbouring Koh Tuch. A few hostels and boutique resorts are lined up behind the greenery-backed sands, but it's still relatively quiet.

 

Beachside yoga sessions are part of the experience on Koh Rong
Beachside yoga sessions are part of the experience on Koh Rong

Where to stay?

Treehouse Bungalow

Nestled in a secluded cove about a 15-minute beach walk from Koh Tuch pier, Treehouse has more than a touch of the fairy tale about it. The glass-doored bungalows have balconies strung with seashells, high-raised bungalow 'tree houses' have prime vistas, and the restaurant (specialising in wood-fired pizza) is set beside a natural reservoir with an organic garden out back.

BeachWalk Koh Rong

BeachWalk Koh Rong has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and garden in Koh Rong Island. This 4-star hotel offers a private beach area, room service, and free WiFi. All rooms have a patio. At the hotel, the rooms are equipped with a desk. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom, bidet, bathrobes, and slippers. At BeachWalk Koh Rong, each room is fitted with air conditioning and a safety deposit box. Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation. BeachWalk Koh Rong offers a sun terrace. Long Set Beach is a few steps from the hotel. Couples particularly like the location.

Ream Beach, Sihanoukville - Best for wildlife and boat trips

Ream National Park is not one of Cambodia's most well-known protected areas, but it is home to some of the country's best beaches, many of which remain undeveloped. Visitors who try to visit Ream can go on boat rides through coastal mangroves and walk along long stretches of unspoiled sand. Several endangered birds of prey breed in the park and dolphins and porpoises can be seen frolicking in the waves where the river meets the sea. When it comes to picking a stretch of sand, Ream Beach's charm is slightly marred by lines of barbecue shacks - if you're looking to unwind for the day, head to Prek Chak Beach or Koh Sramoch Beach.

 

There are some fishermen's shacks and a few tiny, family-run beach cafés here
There are some fishermen's shacks and a few tiny, family-run beach cafés here

Where to stay?

Manoha Villa

Located in Sihanoukville, 1.3 km from Serendipity Beach, Manoha Villa provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features family rooms. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Guest rooms will provide guests with a fridge. A à la carte breakfast is available daily at Manoha Villa. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Ochheuteal Beach, Sokha Beach and Serendipity Beach Pier. The nearest airport is Sihanouk International Airport, 18 km from Manoha Villa.

White Boutique Hotel and Residences

Set peacefully on Otres 2 Beach in Sihanoukville, White Boutique Hotel and Residences offers colonial-style accommodation with views of the Gulf of Siam. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool made of natural quartz and andesite stones. Guests can enjoy a modern gym, relaxing massages, and weekly activities such as live music events. They can also enjoy meals at the in-house restaurant or have a drink at the bar. All rooms are air-conditioned and feature beds with orthopedic mattresses, a minibar, and a flat-screen TV. A terrace or balcony is featured in certain rooms. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and free toiletries. The reception operates from 09:00 to 21:00 daily. Ticketing, excursions, and transport services can be arranged at the property. Guests can also engage in activities such as snorkelling, diving, and horse riding nearby.

Lazy Beach, Koh Rong SanloemIdeal - Best for a family vacation

This idyllic hideaway on the southwest coast of Koh Rong Sanloem has one of the most beautiful beaches you'll find anywhere. There is only one place to stay in this area: Lazy Beach, the charmingly rustic resort that gave the beach its name. The basic bungalows have balconies and hammocks to enjoy the sands, and the combined restaurant and common area are well-stocked with books and board games, making this beach ideal for families.

 

One the southwest coast of Koh Rong Sanloem, this idyllic getaway fronts one of the most stunning beaches you’ll find anywhere
One the southwest coast of Koh Rong Sanloem, this idyllic getaway fronts one of the most stunning beaches you’ll find anywhere

Where to stay?

Lazybeach

Set in Koh Rong Sanloem, Lazybeach offers beachfront accommodation a few steps from Lazy Beach and offers various facilities, such as a restaurant, a bar, and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. All rooms are fitted with a patio with a sea view. The rooms at the resort are fitted with a seating area. The units at lazybeach come with a safety deposit box and a private bathroom. à la carte and American breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation. You can play table tennis at lazybeach, and the area is popular for hiking. Sunset Beach is a few steps from the resort, while Saracen Bay Beach is 700 m away.

Eden Beach Resort

Eden Beach Resort features a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, and garden in Koh Rong Sanloem. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service, and currency exchange for guests. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, a balcony, and a private bathroom with a shower. At Eden Beach Resort each room is equipped with a seating area. A continental breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Eden Beach Resort include Lazy Beach, Saracen Bay Beach, and Sunset Beach.

Lonely Beach, Koh Rong - Best for environmentally friendly living

Lonely Beach is a secluded traveller hideaway on a private beach on Koh Rong's northern tip. This low-key resort is serious about sustainability: the cute bungalows and open-air dorms are breeze-cooled, and all water is dispensed with a coconut-shell scoop. Excursions to other islands, snorkelling trips, and nightly beach banquets are all part of the high season. Don't be surprised if you never want to leave; some visitors who end up here stay for months.

 

The sea here sometimes glows at night. During certain seasons, the surf is filled with bio-luminescent plankton, which glows in the dark
The sea here sometimes glows at night. During certain seasons, the surf is filled with bio-luminescent plankton, which glows in the dark

Where to stay?

Zest'house

Located in Koh Rong Island, Preah Sihanouk Province region, Zest'house is situated 21 km from Sok San Port. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. At the resort, the rooms come with a balcony. Zest'house provides certain rooms that include garden views, and each room comes with a private bathroom with a shower. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or an à la carte breakfast. Guests at Zest'house will be able to enjoy activities in and around Koh Rong Island, like hiking and snorkelling.

Golden Beach Resort

Golden Beach Resort has a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar and a garden in Koh Rong Island. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The accommodation features room service and free WiFi. All rooms have air conditioning, a fridge, a minibar, a kettle, a shower, bathrobes and a wardrobe. The rooms include a safety deposit box, and some rooms have pool views. All guest rooms have a private bathroom, slippers and bed linen. The resort offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Guests at Golden Beach Resort can enjoy activities in and around Koh Rong Island, like canoeing. Sok San Beach is a few steps from the accommodation, while Sok San Port is 21 km from the property.

 

Cambodian beaches are confident to be a destination that instantly springs to mind when you’re conjuring up ideas for your next Asia beach holiday
Cambodian beaches are confident to be a destination that instantly springs to mind when you’re conjuring up ideas for your next Asia beach holiday

Cambodia is endowed with some of Asia's most beautiful beaches! Furthermore, if you know where to go, a beach break in Cambodia isn't crowded with the tourist crowds that many South Asian beach resorts welcome. The following is a list of the most beautiful beaches and nearby hotels to help you plan your tropical vacation. Pack your bag! Let the seawater wash away your daily stress to enjoy the views, embrace the serenity, and soak up the sun on some of Cambodia's best-hidden beaches! If you're looking for more travel advice and information, learn more here!

Where to stay for a glorious coastal break, from relaxing hotels with private beaches to windswept, clifftop boltholes

Britain’s love affair with the seaside goes back at least 300 years when the Georgians first discovered the delights of ‘taking the waters’. But while the days of bathing machines and forcible dunking are long gone, some 20 million of us still make an annual migration to the coast to swim, scour the rockpools, eat fish and chips by the seafront, surf the waves, dine at sublime seafood restaurants or walk the perennially popular coastal paths. But where to stay at the end of a long day beside the seaside? From Scotland to the Scillies, here's our pick of the best beach hotels in the UK.

There has never been a better time to discover the beaches of Europe and these top hotels promise a stylish getaway. Book with British Airways Holidays and everything is taken care of, including flights and accommodation. For added flexibility, transfers and excursions can be added. Here we look at four stars of the European seaside scene, handpicked to ensure a high-end holiday by the beach.

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Sally Luxcity: Head of Sales - Luxcity Hotel & Apartment. She’s been a seller for over 10 years and writes for many luxury hotels on blogging and website strategy.