Sometimes when we are looking around for stories, we come across resorts or destinations that simply make us go “wow!’.
This week we chanced upon a very different form of glamping – glamour camping – in the Canvas & Orchids Retreat in Cambodia, which also seems to go under the name of Four Rivers Eco Lodge.
Whatever it’s called, this a unique resort where the tents are floating on pontoons on the river, it’s a fully-fledged, self-sustaining eco-lodge – and such a relief from the bipolar Cambodian tourism of Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields.
You can read more about this very different destination right HERE, including how its original iteration was washed away in floods just four years ago.
At time of writing, a land-based tent will cost about $320 a night and a floating billet about $390 (the prices are in US dollars so they vary). You can find out more and book HERE.
Meanwhile, we’ll let the owners describe the resort in their own words. Warning, this passage contains purple prose:
Canvas & Orchids Retreat is a unique luxury Cambodian eco-lodge located in the Kingdom of Wonder. Our collection of floating and on-land tented villas will provide you with a once in a lifetime experience in the beauty and splendour of the Cardamom Rainforest.
We were the first in the world to place luxury tents on floating pontoons and each tented villa has been designed to provide you with the highest levels of comfort, quality and luxury. Much of the furniture has been crafted from durable water hyacinth plant that grows abundantly in the area and there are private sundecks on each of the floating tent structures. Our Island Tents are specifically designed for young families to enjoy.
You will experience the highest standard of service, care and accommodation on the bank of the Tatai River, surrounded by the magnificent Cardamom Mountains. Our dedicated, professional team is here to welcome you and ensure your time with us filled with relaxation, wonder and incredible memories.
Within minutes of arrival, you’ll feel the calmness and tranquillity wash over you. Listen to the gentle sound of the river and the orchestral soundtrack of the wildlife – birds, insects, monkeys and perhaps even an elephant if you listen closely enough.
You will spend your days relaxing on your private sundeck, jumping into the refreshing water, kayaking, venturing into the rainforest for tours and activities, and enjoying local and Western-style cuisine. Our chefs at the Canvas & Orchids Restaurant are eager to share some of their local recipes with you and take great pride in serving dishes that have been handed down through the generations.
Culture and tradition are very important to us in the Koh Kong region of Cambodia. We are eager to show you all that the area has to offer, from the magnificent waterfalls to the fascinating nature trails. We are always excited to show you animals and plants you may never have seen before, or taste herbs and spices that you have never even heard of. Learning about our country through food and facts is an exciting experience for all our visitors. The first time they try a local Khmer sauce or hear the sound of a wild monkey always brings a smile to our faces.
Whether you want a romantic break or wish to bring a group of friends and family for a celebration, we can cater for all your needs. Come and enjoy the peace and quiet of the water, jungle and forest that surrounds us.
Enjoy a trip downstream in one of our kayaks, or spend your time sunbathing on your private sundeck. Perhaps you would like to join a nature trip with one of our expert guides? For the adventurous, there are treks through the jungle or up the impressive Ta Kiev Mountain.
One of our most popular relaxing activities is the sunset cruise. This is a magical excursion as you watch the colours of both the sky and the river change before your eyes as the sun slowly disappears. Fireflies start to appear as the final red glow fades on the water, and their energetic, illuminating dance is sure to mesmerise you.