Song Saa Private Island

Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia

Jungle villa

Jungle villa

Jungle villa

Jungle villa

Jungle villa

An outstanding private-island retreat in the Koh Rong archipelago, named among the 'world's best stays' in 2016 - includes a pool villa, breakfast, a spa ritual, long-tail boat trip to a local village and more

There’s no question as to whether eco can be luxe at this highly exclusive hideaway in the Koh Rong archipelago. Arranged over two connected islets, the extraordinary Song Saa Private Island was recently named one of the world’s best stays in the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2016.

Approximately 45 minutes by speedboat from Sihanoukville, Song Saa offers a view of Cambodia’s unsurpassed natural beauty that few will ever experience. This is five-star hospitality at its most breathtaking; the 27 thatched villas are all impeccably kitted out with a linen-draped canopy bed, an oversize sunken bathtub and a private pool with plush daybeds. The infinity pool has been positioned to face both east and west for unobstructed daybreaks and sunsets, and there are mini spa 'sanctuaries' sequestered around the main island.

It has the same air of unreality you’d expect to find in the Maldives, but it’s far from a replica of over-water glamour. Owners Rory and Melita Hunter have woven sustainable practices into every aspect of their island idyll, from seafood sourced from local villages to establishing Cambodia’s first-ever marine reserve in the azure waters that wash around the stilted villas.

Song Saa may be in its own private time zone (dubbed ‘island time’), but a stay here is not simply about lying on a white-sofa’d sun deck. Visit the neighbouring Prek Svay village by long-tail, don a snorkel to explore the surrounding reefs and venture out on an otherworldly bioluminescence swim by night. This resort doesn’t just ‘tread lightly’, it magnifies the charms of its environment. If that’s not paradise, we’re not sure what is.

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Boutique Relaxing Romance Scenery Spa

We like

  • The spa sanctuaries dotted around the main island in secluded locations
  • Cinematic screenings can be arranged on the private deck of your villa
  • Song Saa’s eco conscience - the owners have established a Marine Protection Area around the islands, as well as a number of projects to support local communities

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