The Independence Hotel is a relaxing beach resort that you might not expect from Cambodia’s party city of Sihanoukville. The resort has its own beautiful private beach, complete with a long pier venturing out into the middle of the ocean. Believe me, it feels miles away from the debauchery of gap year students who have had one too many beer. With a quiet location, a new on-site restaurant, and one of the best beaches I’ve seen, the Independence Hotel is a great way to experience a more adult version Sihanoukville!
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
All of the rooms at the Independence Hotel are newly furnished and provide amazing views of the private coastline. Rooms are provided in both the tall hotel tower and the Villa side, closer to the water. My favorite part is every room includes a large bathtub, and many even have windows looking out over the ocean! If you really want to have the VIP experience, you can upgrade to one of the Suite rooms or your own premier villa, with the ocean studio suites starting at a very reasonable $160 a night. No matter which room you pick you will be very comfortable and a short walk to the beach!
A BEACHFRONT PARADISE
One of the best features of the Independence Hotel is undoubtedly its private beachfront location. Some of the beaches in Sihanoukville do not have the best reputation, covered with trash and bottles, but that is most definitely not the case at this beach! Pristinely clear water extends as far out as the eye can see, and there are plenty of places to lounge both in the sun and the shade. You really have no reason to leave the beach, as the staff can bring you drinks and snacks right to your favorite spot.
If laying by the pool is more your speed, then the Independence hotel has you covered. The hotel will soon have 2 pools, with the main pool off the lobby and the newly built ocean infinity pool. The infinity pool, which was nearly finished during my stay, looked like it will be a beautiful spot to relax, directly overlooking the amazing beach. If you’re feeling especially active, you can check out the Jouvence Fitness Center with ocean views and organized workouts depending on your preference. Finally, for the ultimate in relaxation you can book an appointment at the on-site spa, which has many treatment options and even a very unique mineral water jet shower treatment!
When you are finished with your chosen activity, make sure to follow the path around the hotel to have lunch or dinner at the brand new Sunset Restaurant. As the name suggests, it is a perfect venue to enjoy the sunset, as it provides an unparalleled view of the sun going down over the nearby islands. Make sure to grab a seat on the outdoor patio to fully enjoy the setting. Sipping on a glass of wine while enjoying a well prepared seafood dish was the perfect end to my day.
The Independence Hotel is a wonderful option for those seeking a more adult version of Sihanoukville. While I’m always happy to have some beachside drinks, I much prefer to do it in a more relaxed setting on a beautiful private beach. If you are looking for a nice, relaxed beach vacation in Sihanoukville then definitely give the Independence Hotel a try!
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I was welcomed as a guest by the The Independence Hotel, as always all opinions are my own and reflect my true experience at the hotel.