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Villa Romonea, Kep 

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Prey Thom, Kep Thmei
Tel: 855 12 879 486
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Built in 1968 and reopened in January 2010 after renovation, Villa Romonea is one of the few surviving modernist villas of the Le Corbusier–inspired New Khmer Architecture movement. Designed by Lu Ban Hap, the structure gracefully blends zigzags, curves, and straight lines to optimize Kep's natural assets as a stylish seaside retreat. Rows of windows fill the rooms and lounges with sunlight and afford views of the palm-fringed hills, azure Gulf of Kampot, and tropical grounds. The villa's minimalist aesthetic mandates simple furnishings in the six guest rooms; indeed, some have little more than a bed. Splashes of vivid color contrast with the largely white interior: molded plastic royal-blue bedside lamps, cherry-red chairs, orange and crimson rugs. The personable staff make guests feel at home, arranging private tours of the crumbling villas nearby, or serving sunset cocktails on the ample wooden deck overlooking the infinity-edge pool. Breakfasts are memorable, taken under a mango tree, with tropical fruit, made-to-order eggs, and pastries and meats delivered from Phnom Penh's best shops. —2011 Hot List

Which room to book: The mountain-view rooms are tiny; go for the larger second-floor options, Nos. 3 and 4, with great sea views.

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Destination Wedding

We recently rented the Villa Romonea for my daughter's wedding. We stayed 5 days and Stephan and his staff were fantastic. They even arranged for an elephant... more