Checking into paradise: The One Resort

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If you’re walking down the white sand beach of Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia, then there’s one resort that will catch your eye. Right on the beachfront, overlooking the ocean, is a stylishly unimposing resort with an air of superiority to it. What strikes you first is the infinity pool. Turquoise blue, facing out into the horizon of the empty sea and looking so inviting you’d do anything to be one of those people hanging on to its edge, cocktail in hand, gazing out at the ocean.

The One Resort is one of the most exclusive hotels on the tiny paradise that is Koh Rong Sanloem, a serene and relatively untouched Cambodian island on the gulf of Thailand. With it’s pool, luxury beach bungalows, exceptional service and gourmet food,  it’s not hard to see why The One Resort is the premier hotel on the bay.

Complimentary welcome drink in hand, we’re walked to our luxury bungalow where we’ll spend the night. The room is spacious and elevated off the sand, giving it a sense of grandeur. It’s in keeping with the island enough that you can kid yourself you’re a beach bum, but it has enough luxuries and comforts to make sure you don’t look like one.

Back in the main building, there’s never a chance to forget that you’re on an island. Whatever you do, it is always accompanied by views of the ocean. The in house restaurant is one of the best on the island, serving up a wide range of freshly made dishes, from local Cambodian cuisine to handmade artisan pizzas, all served with panoramic ocean views. The cocktail menu is exquisite, but by no means purse friendly.

Don’t visit The One Resort for a productive sightseeing day. Don’t visit the island for a productive day really. Koh Rong Sanloem is a place to enjoy pure and utter isolation and escape from every day life, and what better place to do that than in the confines of the most luxurious resort on the island?

On windy days, expect a long walk back to catch your ferry. The resort has it’s own boat but this will not operate if the sea is rough. The long walk is the price to have to pay for the isolation that comes from staying at the far end of the beach.

Fancy your own trip to paradise?

Rooms start from 85 USD per night:  http://theone-resort.com/en/home/

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