With just five bungalows, Cita Resort is a quiet retreat for those looking to disconnect.
Located on a beautiful stretch of Saracen Bay’s white sands, Cita Resort is a relaxed place to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Run by a Italian-Chinese couple, the resort has just five bungalows. It’s entirely solar powered but, unlike some of its neighbors, offers 24-hour electricity.
Opened in November 2014, the stylish bungalows have a unique, mushroom-shaped design. Each is two floors; on the ground floor is the bathroom and an open-air area with a hammock and wooden platform for lounging, a nod to traditional Khmer wooden houses in the countryside, where the open area on the ground floor is the center of family activity.
The bedroom on the upper floor is simply designed, with a full-size bed with mosquito net and an electric fan. Each bungalow has a balcony with sliding glass door, and if you’ve opted for the slightly more expensive seafront view, you’ll be able to see the aquamarine waters of Saracen Bay from your bed.
Possibly the best part about Cita Resort is the breezy red-tiled restaurant, where the menu has been guided by the Italian owner and features a range of different pastas — including homemade fresh ravioli and tortellini — and a nice selection of wines by the glass and even a pretty good negroni, which is a nice way to enjoy the stunning sea view. We were also happy to see fresh local seafood on the menu. Because the supply is inconsistent, many guesthouses don’t bother with local fish and seafood, but Cita has a daily special with the catch of the day.
There’s no WiFi, which some might see as an opportunity to unplug and hold off on posting on Instagram for a few days — but it’s so beautiful there it will be a struggle! (If you need WiFi, you can buy a Smart SIM card with data package before you head to Koh Rong Sanloem, and there are also several restaurants within walking distance of Cita Resort that have free WiFi for customers.)
If you make a reservation at Cita Resort, it’s best to take the Buva Sea speed ferry or Cambodia Island Speed Ferry (TBC), as they drop off at the pier directly next to Paradise which is a short walk from Cita. If you take Speed Ferry Cambodia, it’s a 30-minute walk to Cita, or, if you have baggage, the staff can pick you up in a small boat.
We were quoted the following prices at Cita Resort, Koh Rong Sanloem:
- Seafront bungalow: $90 in high season, $85 in low season
- Garden-view bungalow: $85 high season, $55 in low season
Prices are lower for single occupancy. Prices on Booking.com or Agoda are as much as $15 cheaper than the rates on the Cita website.
Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem
T: 096 261 2418
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