07 February 2018
A luxurious and historical Hotel since 1920s is renovated for re-opening
Le Bokor Palace located between the tropical forest and the “Opal Coast” on Preah Monivong Bokor National Park, nearby Kampot Province and was inaugurated on 14 February 1925 to host royalty and elites for decades. The hotel was revived in the early 1962 by Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk, and served members of high-ranking officials, governments and wealthy business people, and it used to be Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk’s favorite retreat vacation.
Perched on a cliff at the top of Bokor Mountain, this historical hotel commands breathtaking views of what the French once called the Opal Coast. The weather on top of Bokor Mountain ranges between 17 °C – 24 °C (62.6 °F - 75.2 °F) for whole year round. Bokor Mountain is not just tourist destination for traveler, but also a health resort with natural health treatment that effects on lung, breathe, nutrition, nervous system, enable blood regeneration, and regain strength. Le Bokor Palace is four-storied building, toughly and neatly designed, has a powerful presence, embellished with decks and Italian-style pergolas.
Today, Le Bokor Palace is restoring by Sokha Hotels & Resorts. “Le Bokor Palace is a historic hotel that is our country’s treasure, our company has fully refurbished the building, preserving the original features and recreating its colonial interior design, with bathroom fixtures imported from Italy and ornate floor tiles from Spain. After extensive renovation of this grand colonial building for opening in early 2018, Le Bokor Palace includes 36 tastefully appointed luxurious rooms and suites. Its two restaurants capture the elegance of the hotel’s historic past, with Swiss and Cambodian chefs are preparing both 100 year of renascence menu and Royal Khmer cuisine with freshest organic vegetables and ingredient that grown nearby organic farm. Name Le Bokor Palace is maintained and reserved as the historical French colonial and Preah Karuna Preah Bat Samdech Preah Norodom Sihanouk.” commented Mr. FRUGERE F. Philippe (Mr.), General Manager of Le Bokor Palace.
The remains of the colonial settlement – which included Japanese house, Catholic Church, Wat Sampov Pram, Domnak Sla Kmao, Damnak Sdech, City Hall and other colonial buildings – can still be seen today, spread out across a plateau and often shrouded in mist.
While visitor stay at Le Bokor Palace known as nature health resort can also visit the spectacular of Mountain Lake, beautiful Popokvil waterfall, Rock formation various shapes of rocks at 100 rice field and a unique shape of rock symbolize a gate between heaven and earth. Meditation is recommended on Bokor Mountain especially at 500 rice field. Bokor Mountain is the only place in Cambodia that has Nepenthes flowers, the local use the flowers for medicine.