Overwater villas in Cambodia
Most international tourism into Cambodia centers around the stunning Angkor Wat temple complex just outside of Siem Reap in the north of the country, but increasing numbers are also heading to Cambodia's beaches and jungle areas as well. There are now two very unusual resorts with overwater villas in Cambodia, although at opposite ends of the price spectrum.
The vast majority of the overwater bungalows in Asia are located in the Maldives, just southwest of India. However, the Maldives' isolated location makes it difficult to combine a resort stay with anything else, so these new options are welcome. It's relatively easy to reach Angkor Wat from both of them, or Bangkok or Phnom Penh, and one of them is located just off the touristy beach area of Sihanoukville.
You can stay in an overwater tented villa in a gorgeous river setting for only a bit over US$100 per night, or in a huge water villa with a pool out over a lagoon for well over US$1,000 per night.
Overwater villa resorts in Cambodia
- Water villas: 12
- Total rooms/suites: 12
Surprisingly economical, the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Cambodia offers 12 of what it calls Overwater Tented Villas, stretched off a dock along a bend in a river. The villas are quite large and rather luxurious so the tent is simply a construction technique to let river breezes come through this tropical location, and fit into the scenery better.
The location is somewhat remote, but that allows visitors to get jungle tours and have boat trips to nearby fishing villages that few outsiders will ever see. The restaurant here has an acclaimed chef and a highly regarded menu, so honeymoon and/or adventure couples are in for a posh stay even at this low price.
- Low season online specials from US$145 per night
- High season online specials from US$283 per night
- Water villas: 9
- Total rooms/suites: 27
This resort opened in early 2012, stretched out over and off two tiny islands not far from Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia. It operates on an all-inclusive basis with meals and drinks, but it's Michelin-star dining rather than a big buffet, so it's actually quite good value.
Each of the 9 overwater villas here is huge and comes with its own private pool, plus there are 18 garden and beach villas as well. Early reviews are fantastic, which is quite a feat for an independent resort, so this could be a great choice for those with the tastes and budget of the 5-star crowd in Asia.
- Low season online specials from US$2,209 per night
- High season online specials from US$3,011 per night