Independence. Liberation from the stress of cramped spaces, invasive concrete, crowded beaches. Amongst 22 acres of rainforest and tropical gardens, enjoy the ocean and its balmy breeze, the harmony with nature, the gentle and constant attention of a dedicated staff. Independence, the crown jewel of Cambodia's art of hospitality.
1964. Nine years after gaining its independence, Cambodia experiences its Golden Age. Creative architecture, musical blossoming with popular artists such as Sin Sisamuth, whose influence is still palpable nowadays, and inauguration of the first beach resort in the country, Independence. King Norodom Sihanouk, passionate about the project, invites luminaries from the world to stay here, including Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of U.S. President J.F. Kennedy, in November 1967.
After the turmoil and the dark years of the 1970s and 1980s, the resort regained slowly its former luster, undergoing a comprehensive campaign of renovation and extension from 2004, on the initiative of a group of Cambodian entrepreneurs and investors.
Today, a new phase of beautifcation for the "Grande Dame" of Cambodian hospitality is under completion, with the recent opening of our redesigned Sunset restaurant and a glamorous infinity pool right on the shore to be inaugurated soon. Cambodian younger generations consider with pride and affection this symbol of the Golden Age.
Entering Independence vast premises from the winding seaside road, you immerse yourself in an universe of majestic trees and tropical flora, preserved animal life and serene quietness. Several species of hardwood trees that have unfortunately disappeared from the shores of the Gulf of Thailand remain protected here.
Strolling along alleyways and stairways carved into the rocks, you reach Independence Beach itself on one side, the Terrace promenade on the other, and then it is time to enjoy all the bounties from the ocean, swimming in aquamarine waters, lounging on the sand or on the decks of Sunset restaurant, walking the jetty that extends far into the sea...
Dara Independence is the venue for many national and international events, while our guests continue to enjoy perfect tranquillity. Plan your own private celebration with us, from birthday to wedding parties.
Several contestants to Miss Global international beauty pageant visited Independence in March 2017. With local officials and Dara Independence management, they discussed the beach and forest preservation actively developed at our resort, where eco-consciousness has always been a priority.
What a better background than our pristine beach and lush tropical gardens for pre-wedding pictures? Contact our Events Manager for rehearsal sessions, photo shootings, bridal shower and planning of the big wedding party ahead.
Independence was proud to be the starting point for The Spice Road Classic Rally that took participants and their vintage cars all the way to Myanmar in November 2016. Fans of splendid period automobiles had their day at our resort, and a Buddhist blessing before starting the long journey.
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