With bungalows and tents for “glamping,” this jungle resort facing the beach offers relaxation and gorgeous sunsets.
Robinson Bungalows was originally set up in 2012 as no-frills housing for customers of the next-door Dive Shop who were doing multi-day dives. Since then the place has gone independent, although it still has a close relationship with the Dive Shop. They’ve added a variety of accommodation styles, all more refined than the original bungalows. Some are set on a jungle-covered hillside set back from the beach, and others are on the golden sands facing the sea, where every night guests can enjoy a stunning pink and purple sunset. They don’t call it Sunset Beach for nothing!
There are several bungalow types at Robinson. The original standard bungalows are the most basic, with shared bathrooms. These wooden bungalows are starting to show their age (four years is like 40 in seaside bungalow years), but at $20 to $30 they aren’t bad value compared to others on the island. The downside is that some of the bungalows aren’t particularly close to the bathrooms, which means a nighttime walk in the dark (so bring a flashlight).
Robinson Bungalows also offers opportunities for glamping, as high-end or “glamorous” camping is called these days. Their tents are more like bungalows — as large as a room, with windows and futons, solar lights, and furniture inside. In fact, we’d go as far as saying that the tent options are nicer than many of the bungalows! There are several tent styles, but the tipi and large bell tents are on the beach, while the one regular bell tent is set back behind the restaurant. All use a shared bathroom with a cool-water shower.
The double bungalows are newer and nicer and priced between $40 and $70, depending on the season. They are each two stories; on the top floor there’s a double bed with mosquito net, an electronic safe, and a private balcony with lounge seating and sea views. Downstairs is a living area and some of the nicest bungalow bathrooms we’ve seen on the island, with slate floors, tiled walls, a proper mirror and sink — a far cry from the usual concrete floors and scoop showers. There’s also a wooden bungalow that sleeps three — called the “cozy bungalow” — and family bungalows with two double beds that sleep four. Both of these types are relatively simple but have private bathrooms.
The elevated bar and lounge area at Robinson Bungalows has views of the sea and serves Khmer and European food. If you’re able to eat lying down, or just want a snooze after lunch, they have tableside hammocks as well as cushions on the ground. Robinson is a short walk from Huba Huba or Sleeping Trees if you’re looking for other places to drink or dine. Like all of the places on Sunset Beach, at the current time they don’t have internet access and there’s electricity only at night, but they do have solar-powered lights.
Robinson Bungalows can help guests organize dives with the Dive Shop next door and they also rent stand-up paddleboards, which are best attempted when the water is calm. There’s also a decent hike through the jungle to Saracen Bay on the opposite side of the island. It takes about 45 minutes and requires shoes sturdier than flip-flops.
During high season, Robinson Bungalows can be reached by the 2 p.m Buva Sea ferry from Sihanoukville; tickets can be purchased online for $20 return. During low season, contact them to make sure the ferry times are the same. Find out more about how to get to Koh Rong Sanloem.
We were quoted the following prices at Robinson Bungalows, Koh Rong Sanloem:
- Standard bungalow, shared bathroom: $30 in high season, $20 in low season
- Double bungalow, ensuite: $70 in high season, $40 in low season
- Cozy bungalow, one double and one twin bed, ensuite: $80 in high season, $45 in low season
- Family bungalow, two double beds, ensuite: $90 in high season, $50 in low season
- Tipi-style tents for two: $35 in high season, $20 in low season
- Bell tent: $25 in high season, $20 in low season
- Large bell tent: $35 in high season, $25 in low season
Bookings at Robinson Bungalows can be made online.
Sunset Beach, Koh Rong Sanloem
T: 088 454 6872
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