Blissful spa and Pepper Crab

Today I was being thoroughly spoilt. My Christmas present from El was a 4 hour pamper package at a women’s only spa  just out of town on the river. Peter gave El the same thing! So we headed off together around 10.30.  

 What a great experience. We arrived and off with our shoes Cambodian style and down to the covered deck on the edge of the river. El had a quick dip and Tea was served from gently smiling young Cambodian women. 

 When it was time to start we headed up the stairs into the loft area which had billowing white curtains and fans whirring quietly. Down onto the plain bed for the first treatment : a papaya and honey scrub. I’d never had a scrub before and boy did I like it. My girl had strong and careful hands and for an hour scrubbed every bit of my dry skin. Then a wipe down,  a shower,  some more green tea before upstairs again wrapped in a pretty sarong. Then came the aromatherapy massage. Blissful I must say. By now we were both so relaxed. But there was more. We had a healthy fresh juice and then it was the facial. Gorgeous. 

It all ended with another shower and then into the tuk tuk and off to Kep with the boys. I think some of the good of the massage and facial was undone after the rattling journey along the coast to Kep. 

Kep is a seaside town best known for it pepper crab. We stopped at one of the many restaurants along the waterfront and got stuck into two pepper crabs  between us. Yum. They are becoming very famous and people travel down from PP for the day to eat them. 

We washed up at the two sinks convienently  placed in the middle of the restaurant so you can duck over at any time and wash your hands. So practical! We finished and walked along the beach front and looked at the markets. Same but different to markets the world over. 

The ladies in the markets are a pleasure to watch. All friendly and going about their business with calm and contentment. 

Simple lives. Simple pleasures. 

It would be good if we all seemed to enjoy our work. 

Then a walk along the coast and around the corner to a beach Pete had never been to. It was a pretty horse shoe shaped bay with people splashing around and could have been in any number of countries. The sand was white, the children playing soccer, the parents in groups chatting. People setting up their own comfy chairs along the promenade. We stopped for a drink at the Beach House hotel and watched the spectacular sunset. Ah! So beautiful. I’m entranced by sunsets and having seen a few good ones this one was right up with them. 

And so back to Kampot for a quick drink and dinner before heading back to our guest house. 

Did I mention that for the first time in a long while I got the accomodation WRONG. Yes , me who checks everything. I didn’t follow my gut this time. As it had  glowing reviews and seemingly good facilities. I went for comfort over position. And as a consequence we have to get a tuk tuk every time we go to the little town centre. I kind of sensed it would be wrong but didn’t change and of course now I’m sorry! 

Next time I’ll follow my instincts! 

5 thoughts on “Blissful spa and Pepper Crab

  1. Merry Christmas to the Maitland’s. We are enjoying your travel and seeing southeast Asia through your eyes. Pete and El seem like wonderful guides and are showing you their world. We have our map out following your trek. Is there a premium upgrade option to this blog for scratch-n-sniff or taste testing? You make the food and drink sound marvelous.


  2. What a gorgeous holiday you are having frannie, the photos are lovely! Such a shame about your acom … I guess with all your travels, you need to accept a lemon sometimes, or just once!! But it sounds like a lovely place to stay, even tho in the wrong spot. I’m very jealous of your spa treatment – bliss!! Enjoy my friend xx


  3. So – a wedding in Cambodia! Combines your love of family and travel in the one package😀
    Your spa experience sounded just gorgeous – and you also get to spend some quality time with El. All in all it seems to be a great holiday.


  4. I’m so envious of your gorgeous spa treatments and relaxing life style. Though I must say we had a great time with Rob and Jordan. They made the most of the Coogee scene: restaurants, beach, bars. Plus all my grandchildren together for the first time. Pretty amazing.


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