If relaxing next to the pool with a cocktail in hand sounds like your cup of tea, then head to DIB Club. Words by Marissa Carruthers, photography by Enric Català.

There’s no question what DIB Club’s selling point is: the pool. And it’s not just any old swimming spot, it’s a sprawling mass of water that forms the venue’s striking centre piece.

Since taking over in early 2017, Dara Hotels has transformed the venue into a stylish spot, adding a restaurant and bar, as well as sprucing up the surroundings to evoke a relaxed beach club vibe.

Situated on rising Koh Pich, next to HUIONE Golf Club – hence the large net that hangs above the pool to prevent any potential harm from rogue golf balls – DIB Club is the perfect place to kick back and relax throughout the week, or bring the kids at weekends, although reservations are recommended as general manager Frederic Bachelet says it fills up quickly with families. He adds DIB attracts a healthy mix of locals and foreigners.

With plenty of stylish seating sitting in the dappled shade, or sun loungers for those wanting to top up their tan, this is the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail.

The drinks menu takes in the usual range of spirits, wines and beers, with champagne available for those wanting to splash out.

The cocktail menu inclues all the classics, from a cosmopolitan and tequila sunrise, through to caipirihna (all cocktails $5.50).

The pina colada fits perfectly with the vibe, fusing together rum, coconut milk and pineapple juice. Well balanced, the coconut shines through, complimented by the sweetness of the pineapple without being too strong on the alcohol front.

The vodka passion is refreshing, with its smooth blend of vodka, passionfruit, mint and sugar syrup providing the perfect remedy to Phnom Penh’s many steamy days.

The mojito is another cocktail done right, and is one of DIB’s best-sellers.

The mint and lime juice pack a punch in the classic offering, with passion, ginger and lemongrass options also available for those looking for a slight twist.

The blue margarita – tequila, triple sec, blue cara cao, lime juice and sugar syrup – isn’t for the light-hearted. However, the salty rim helps to ease the alcohol-fuelled kick that comes with

the concoction.

On the food front, a range of salads, pasta and pizza are served, as well as burgers, sandwiches, wraps, Asian dishes and desserts.

Also home to the Magic Castle playground and a range of activities, from yoga and capoeira, to zumbafit and aqua gym classes, as well as its popping first Friday of the month pool parties, DIB Club has something for everyone to enjoy, even if it’s simply chilling on the stylish seating among the tropical fauna or sunbathing by the pool.

Use of the pool is free for those who spend $5 or more on food and drinks.

Koch Pich Street, Phnom Penh.
Tel. 099 997 740.
Open Monday to Thursday, from 9am to 8pm, and 10pm at weekends.
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