Why do we rest here? As Trish put it “It never disappoints.”
I took many pictures the last time I stayed at Veranda. It was raining, which made the stone walkways clean and reflective with water, great for photos. This time the weather was perfect for sitting at the pool, taking a hike, thinking and writing in beautiful places.
The jungle is lush and full of noises around our bungalows. A trailing vine is lodged in our bathroom skylight, along with a few small lizards that call it home. Birds fly around in the rafters of Secret Restaurant, accustomed to sneaking into the morning breakfast buffet for some rice or whatever else they can steal. There are so many good views with comfortable seating that I have trouble deciding which one to enjoy.
What makes a place restful? For me it means some things which are decidedly Western, but I am who I am and cannot fool myself into thinking I love to “tough” it all the time. I like:
- Reliable wifi, easy to access and in lots of places
- Security, room locks that work, a safe, reasonable amount of privacy
- Cleanliness – clean, clean, clean
- Good maintenance – my air conditioner was leaking water and a man with a ladder was here within minutes, at night, to fix it. Things work that are supposed to work.
- Good food – there is regular delivery of organic produce, although I don’t know what that means over here
- Simplicity – the natural stone and wood materials are found everywhere here, the colors are lovely and restful
- Peaceful people – soft spoken, helpful and courteous, all
Veranda has all this and does it with a difference that clearly reflects the Cambodian culture. It’s not exactly like any place else that I’ve ever been. Love to rest here. Thank you Cambodia.