Sihanoukville: A Private Beach Stay in Ren Resort
Sihanoukville and its’ long beach line.
Sihaoukville is located 4 hours away from Phnom Penh and it comes with many beach lines. The most famous being Serendipity beach where all the nightlife and grilled seafood can be found. It is also a rocky beach area and you might find more litter here (such a shame!) than in other places. This is the most ‘happening’ beach in town and could also be the noisiest for some. Other beaches include:
- Victory Beach – Close to the Sihanoukville port
- Independent Beach – Named after an abandoned 7 stories hotel and close to the town centre.
- Ochheuteal Beach – Refers to the 3½-kilometers stretch of golden sand that extends south of the ferry pier.
- Otres Beach – The end of the beach line where it’s more quiet.
Ren Resort on Otres Beach.
We chose Ren Resort because it looked very private and has its own swimming pool just outside the rooms. It is located 8km away from Sihanoukville town though and cost us $10 just to go to the hotel (one way). I think we got ripped off just because there’s 2 of us and we’re not familiar with the area. We only paid $8 from the hotel to the city on our last day in Sihanoukville.
The hotel is all the way at the end of the beach line with it’s own beach. We had to go to a small road where a row of boutique hotels can be seen, ours being the last one, just next to Tamu Hotel. The premise looks small but it goes out all the way to the beach which is a plus point for me. The staff spoke good English and were very helpful in arranging the boat tour for us even at the last minute.
A modern room to-die-for.
After having a few experiences on hotels that don’t turn out to be what they seem to be, we were happy to know that this one was spot on. I’ve always loved boutique hotels for their low density occupancy, privacy and unique themes. At Ren Resort, the rooms surrounded the swimming pool below and we were just a walk away from the beach.
Our room had a sliding door (instead of an actual door with doorknob) with an outdoor shower. It had pebbles for flooring and slabs of grey concrete for us to step on with a view of the sky. If a drone were to fly above us while we shower, I’ll be famous indefinitely.
Dining by the beach and THAT private beach!
We had lunch and dinner in our hotels’ restaurant where they serve fresh seafood options and coconut from the tree (yes the menu says that). The price is a little expensive compared to what we’re used to in Phnom Penh but the portion is generous plus who doesn’t love the view of the water which is just a few steps from our table.
Just beside the restaurant are deck chairs where we could lie on and stare at the open sea, for hours. At night when it’s dark, the beach line is lighted up by warm yellow flickers giving it a calming effect. There’s no live band with loud music and no karaoke sounds. It was just us and the sound of waves whispering in the dark.
Having the beach so close to the rooms only meant one thing, it was time for a splash! The beach is long as goes all the way to a pier on Otres 2 area. We could swim all day and walk along the shore, taking a peek at the other hotels on this same stretch. Parents with small children were seen picking up clam shells while a few adults could be seen running on the beach, taking advantage of this less crowded space.
Activities around Ren Resort.
There are plenty of island or water activities in Sihanoukville to choose from, as well as the buzzing nightlife. If you’re staying in town, here are some that things that you could do during your stay.
- Go island hopping to Koh Rong (backpackers paradise) or Koh Rong Samloen (peaceful paradise) for a day. The fast boat costs $20 (45 mins) while the slow boat costs $15 (1 and half hours) one way.
- Eat fresh seafood on Otres I beachfront or on Ream beach.
- Visit the many Wats in town such as Wat Krom, Wat Leu, Wat Samathi or Wat Ream.
- Try kayaking from Otres Nautical Sailing Club for $3.
Stay in Ren for the the private beach and warm hospitality.
The staff in Ren are very helpful in organizing our boat trip to Koh Rong, even when it was a last minute request. During lunch, one of the staff asked where we were from and then wanted to know how to say “How are you?” in Malay. The beach was not crowded and it was clean, taken care of by the hotel and people who’ve stayed here. It’s a good recommendation for anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot for a high-end hotel but with satisfying facilities.
Here’s how to reach them.
|Address:||Marina Rd, Otres II, Krong Preah Sihanouk|
|Contact:||+855 98 392 526|
|Check-In Times:||2:00 pm|
|Check-Out Times:||11:00 am|
About Yafieda Jamil
A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.