Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Just the two of us: Valentine’s escapes



Just the two of us: Valentine’s escapes

Just the two of us: Valentine’s escapes

Take advantage of the fact Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend, and spend the money you had saved for presents on a mini break to treasure

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Pura Vita
Venture off the coast to Koh Rong for a romantic island getaway with a touch of Italy. Set on an isolated beach, far from the rowdier Koh Rong backpacker establishments, Pura Vita offers tranquil solitude for a bit of sunny romance. Beach bums can sunbathe or snorkel, while tree huggers can take a walk through the jungle. The restaurant is Italian, with espresso served at a coffee bar. It’s a great place for a technology detox as well – there’s no wifi, and the generators only operate for a few hours in the evening. A beachfront bungalow with a king bed is $75, while one further back is $55.
Koh Rong island. 015 700 083 www.puravitaresort.com

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Four Rivers Floating Lodge
Four Rivers in Koh Kong is the place to go completely off the grid – here there is no internet, no mobile network, nada. Just the fresh, misty air of the Cardamom Mountains and 12 palatial floating rooms. A row of African safari-style tents on a bend in the Taitai river are kitted out with lavish furnishings: his and hers basins, flat-screen televisions and soft downy duvets. Each tent ($259) has a private jetty, so guests can hire kayaks to explore nearby islands and waterfalls.
Koh Andet Island. www.ecolodges.asia

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Tamu
Away from Sihanoukville’s pulsating ruckus is a sophisticated gem where Daniel Craig wouldn’t seem out of place. Located on Otres Beach, Tamu offers a “barefoot chic” atmosphere right on the sand, with 15 rooms ranging from $110 for standard to $170 for the suite. Seafood fusion pervades the menu, including tenderly seared fish and risotto. The service is stellar – staff members are courteous and helpful but also know when to give space.
End of Otres Beach. 855 15 258 340 www.tamucambodia.com

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Villa Paradiso
A romantic Valentine’s option closer to home, Phnom Penh’s Villa Paradiso offers themed rooms such as the “Balinese Garden”, “The Island” and “Japanese Suite”. Our favourite is “The Sheikh” which has a tent-like canopy over the bed, bejewelled cabinets, Middle Eastern-style carpets and an ornamental dagger on the wall. It’s unclear whether they’re intended to be tongue-in-cheek, but ought to be a lot of fun anyway. Rates range from $70 per night up to $180.  
#25-27 Street 222. 023 213 720 www.thevillaparadiso.com

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Knai Bang Chatt
Knai Bang Chatt’s design was inspired by Wabi Sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy that emphasises the beauty of imperfection. But you’d have to be looking very closely to spot imperfection here – this secluded Kep retreat is a paean to sophisticated, serene minimalism. Housed in a 1960s modernist villa with slim pillars and smooth lines, the white resort plays host to a spectacular sunset over the sea, best observed from the infinity pool with a cocktail in hand. For a stress-free romantic getaway, book yourself on to one of their packages, the most indulgent of which sees you arriving in a chauffeur-driven limousine. Both of Knai Bang Chatt’s seaside restaurants are offering special Valentine’s Day three-course dinners – candlelit dining with paired wines is available at The Strand, with a jazz singer and a red rose on arrival at The Sailing Club next door. All rooms are priced at $159 per night for Cambodian residents and expats living in Cambodia.
Phum Thmey, Sangkat Prey Thom, Kep. 023 212 194. www.knaibangchatt.com

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Battambang Resort
Take soaking up the atmosphere to the next level with a Jacuzzi session in the rice fields at Battambang Resort, a boutique hotel several kilometres outside of the town centre. As well as an inviting pool and hot tub, set amid a verdant garden, the Cambodian-Dutch run hotel boasts a creative menu and exceptionally friendly staff. The garden rooms ($60) are modern and elegant but it’s the secluded lake room ($80), on the far side of the hotel’s picturesque green pond, that makes for a truly luxe couple’s retreat.
Wat Kor Village, Battambang. 012 510 100/053 666 7001. www.battambangresort.com

MOST VIEWED

  • NY sisters inspired by Khmer heritage

    Growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Cambodian-American sisters Edo and Eyen Chorm have always felt a deep affinity for their Cambodian heritage and roots. When the pair launched their own EdoEyen namesake jewellery brand in June, 2020, they leaned heavily into designs inspired by ancient Khmer

  • Cambodia records first Omicron community case

    The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths. Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's

  • The effects of the USD interest rate hike on Cambodian economy

    Experts weigh in on the effect of a potential interest rate expansion by the US Federal Reserve on a highly dollarised Cambodia Anticipation of the US Federal Reserve’s interest rate hike in March is putting developing economies on edge, a recent blog post by

  • PM eyes Myanmar peace troika

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has suggested that ASEAN member states establish a tripartite committee or diplomatic troika consisting of representatives from Cambodia, Brunei and Indonesia that would be tasked with mediating a ceasefire in Myanmar. The premier also requested that Nippon Foundation chairman Yohei Sasakawa

  • Kampot tourism quay ‘90% done’

    Construction on Kampot International Tourism Port – a 4ha quay in Teuk Chhou district about 6km west of Kampot town – has fallen off track, reaching 90 per cent completion, according to a senior Ministry of Tourism official last week. The project is now planned to be finished

  • Demining rat ‘hero’ Magawa dead at 8

    A landmine-hunting rat that was awarded a gold medal for heroism for clearing ordnance from the Cambodian countryside has died, his charity said on January 11. Magawa, a giant African pouched rat originally from Tanzania, helped clear mines from about 225,000sqm of land – the equivalent of 42