Knai Bang Chatt – Pure Luxury in Cambodia
Want to get away from it all? Come to Kep in southern Cambodia and check in to Knai Bang Chatt resort.
Knai Bang Chatt is a name that needs explaining. It means ‘rainbow around the sun’. In Buddhist symbolism, this rainbow is the halo around Buddha’s head.
But even if the name may be difficult to remember, the resort itself will not be once you’ve been there. It’s pure luxury, pure relaxation, pure paradise.
For Cambodian standards, the place is extremely expensive. But it’s worth every cent.
The resort consists of three large villas. They were originally built in the early 1960’s by a student of Cambodia’s most prominent 20th century architect, Vann Molyvann. He, in turn, had studied with Walter Gropius of the Bauhaus.
The villas were abandoned during the Khmer Rouge period and were left to deteriorate. In 2003, their fate changed, when two Westerners bought them and began to return them to their original architectural splendor.
Today, the resort looks like it’s straight out of ‘Architectural Digest’ or a handbook for interior decorators. Everywhere you look, there are flowers, Asian antiques and other decorative elements.
But as a guest, you never feel like you’re staying in a design store. The owners and staff make sure that you feel welcome and right at home.
They make it easy to forget the rest of the world while you’re there. And one simple way they achieve this is by having no TV-sets in the rooms.
What a wonderful idea.