My friend and I were literally the first guests to step off the boat and open the season in November 2016. Nomad's Land was exactly what we'd hoped for - a completely quiet and unspoiled location to have some beach/swim/snorkel time and just soak up the ocean views for hours on end. We loved all the eco initiatives and focus on conservation, very important. The open air beach huts with private deck and hammocks are absolutely charming. You quickly adjust to life unfolding at a different rhythm here, a welcome break for those who are so inclined. It's a fairly intimate place as the overall area is small and meals are a communal affair as is the adjacent lounge area - there's a nice balance between opportunities for socializing as well as solitude.
This type of guesthouse is not for everyone - thankfully, or it would be overrun - but the small inconveniences or limitations that come with such a place (food choices are more limited, pier and water sport gear can be a bit rough, etc) are reasonable for an isolated beach guesthouse and something you quickly get used to. The one thing that surprised us was the proliferation of sea urchins just off shore, which means you can't swim directly off the beach but have to use the pier and ladders instead.
The owner Nicole is a wonderful host and a really lovely human being. We were impressed by the local couple who assist her, Ot and Chantal - they're quiet and not easy to get to know but very genuine. Volunteer staff Vanessa and Clem were great, really pleasant approach to their work and very involved. Nicole could not have been more warm and wonderful during our stay, and was also extremely helpful in setting up assorted transfer arrangements. Plus she stocks a delicious Sauvignon Blanc which is perfect for long hours of ocean gazing!
A very special place - and a rare find.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Unplug from the noisy world and escape to a deserted island. Recharge your mind, body and soul in the serene, untouched archipelago and natural reserve of Koh Totang, Cambodia. ... more less