A comment last week led me to the Coolabah Resort on Mithona Road this morning. I wanted to find out a little bit more about a new Sihanoukville accommodation I had been told about. I already knew where it was, since its name is Victory Beach Hotel, but I was hoping Douglas or Verona McColl (the owners) would be there to give me a little inside information. They weren’t, but I’m glad I stopped in anyway, because the guy behind the desk told me exactly where it was. I wouldn’t have believed the fairly grand hotel I found at the beach was theirs had I not been given its exact location.
In fact, I didn’t believe it when I saw it, so I went inside to confirm. As you can see, it’s quite a bit bigger than the Coolabah! It’s in the final stages of completion right now and already there are some guests and I was told by the receptionist that it’s booked up Christmas through New Year’s.
Unfortunately, I’d already had breakfast at la Bistro Gourmand on Serendipity Road. If you’re looking for a good, cheap restaurant with freshly baked bread (complete with a generous serving of butter and jam), eggs, bacon, orange juice and coffee for $3.25, I recommend this place. It has a nice atmosphere with great mellow jazz and French pop music adding to the ambiance.
Had I waited, I could have had a wonderful breakfast for a dollar more in a luxurious beachside setting. Room rates, too, are pretty modest, considering how upmarket the hotel is. They start at $35 for a double with no balcony and work their way up to $50 for a room with a balcony, $65 for a mini-suite room and $85 for a suite.
There’s not much of a beach in front of the hotel, but there’s enough for lounge chairs in the shade and the water’s right there for you to enjoy. The views are spectacular, with the new bridge on one side and Sihanoukville Harbour on the other side. It’s really nice to see this sort of development at Victory Beach. About 10 years ago, this was the most popular side of town, but Victory Hill went downhill and when the Ochheuteal/Serendipity area started to be developed, traffic started going in that direction. From what I can tell, Victory Beach is going to become the upmarket international tourist centre in Sihanoukville.
Click the link above or the photo below to book your stay at the Victory Beach Hotel. It’s a great Sihanoukville accommodation and I’m sure it will be a big success.