Location

Why is Song Saa Private Island one of the best places to stay for your trip into Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong archipelago?

Take a break from the mainland, explore the islands and dip your toes in the warm emerald waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Secluded from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, Song Saa lies in a private archipelago and creates a safe haven for the marine life including turtles, exotic species of tropical fish and travelers alike.

Key Facts

  • surrounded by nothing but oases of rainforests, tropical reefs and white beaches
  • a 45 mins speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Port
  • the closest airport is Sihanoukville international airport (30 mins drive)
  • most international flights arrive at Phnom Penh (3.5 hr drive)

What is special?

  • the two islands of the Koh Rong archipelago are known as Song Saa & Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’ and are connected by a footbridge
  • the Marine Reserve offers breathtaking sightings of turtles, seahorses and various exotic species of tropical fish
  • the resort focuses on sustainability and uses recycled building materials to make sure it has the lowest impact on the wildlife of the rest of the island

What do the guests say?

  • the untouched nature surrounding the hotel and the white private beaches impresses everyone staying at resort
  • the resorts core principles resonate with many travelers who highly value the focus on sustainability and use of reclaimed materials
  • guests love the remote location and find their stay at the resort “simply marvelous!”

Accommodation

How is my private space? Will I be able to see the Gulf from my room?

Unwind in your secluded villa while not missing out on the highest standard of luxury in this tropical sanctuary. Created with sustainability in mind, every villa was built from local materials and infused with Cambodia’s art, culture and soul. Nestled between untouched flora, wooden villas with indoor-outdoor lounging areas on the private pool decks allow guests to enjoy the mesmerizing ocean view.

Key Facts

  • 24 luxury overwater, jungle and ocean view villas built with sustainable materials
  • open-plan living spaces and outdoor decks with daybeds and outdoor showers
  • all villas feature an oversized sunken bathtub, a fully stocked personal bar and a comfortable lounge area

What is special?

  • built with reclaimed timber, salvaged wood from old fishing boats, pieces of driftwood and recycled materials from the mainland, each villa accentuates the resort’s commitment to sustainability
  • savor the views of the Gulf from your private deck or even from the comfort of your four-poster bed: guests have 200 square meters of oceanfront all to themselves
  • take a peek at the reef through the portholes of your room to discover the Marine Reserve form the comfort of your villa

What do the guests say?

  • guests love taking a dip in their own saltwater infinity pool to enjoy the stunning view after an afternoon full of activities
  • many guests love their private pool, outside shower and beach so much, that they don’t want to leave their villa and explore the island
  • travelers are impressed by the attention to detail and appreciate small welcome touches like the wide-brimmed hat, a traditional Khmer scarf and fresh fruits in the fridge

Pool & Spa

Where can I rest after a long day of snorkeling through the reef?

Take a stroll along the pristine powdery beach and listen to the calming sound of the waves in one of the beachside lounge chairs. Inspired by the Buddhist traditions the Island’s spa is committed to only use sustainable and natural products from artisanal producers that benefit local communities and gently help you relax and rejuvenate. Every treatment is designed to encourage their philosophy of Stillness, Healing and Blessings.

Key Facts

  • spacious infinity edge swimming pool with a large deck with day beds to relax and unwind
  • the luxury spa offers treatments in Buddhist traditions and healthy treats from the kitchen
  • the exclusive night spa service offers treatments in the moonlight and helps to align the body to its natural cycle

What is special?

  • the spa offers retreats focusing on mental clarity and stress-release in a nurturing retreat environment to promote deep relaxation
  • rediscover the connection to your true self by focusing on inner wellness and spiritual balance with one of the healing Buddhist treatments
  • the resort offers a special Buddhist blessing performed by local monks in the local house of worship

What do the guests say?

  • guest enjoy their break from working life and busy schedules to take part in the “Refresh Retreat”, an escape into the natural world of serenity and calmness
  • vacationers enjoy their spa treatment and are highly impressed by the skilled masseuse
  • guests love creating their personalized spa & health experience after consultation with the knowledgeable Sanctuary Manager

Culinary

What makes the cuisine of Cambodia special? Where can I enjoy my meals?

At Vista Overwater Restaurant & Lounge guests can sit above the ocean and enjoy a breathtaking view of the reef and gazetted marine reserve in an intimate setting while sipping a delicious drink. Every dish on the menu is inspired by the local environment, celebrates the natural gifts of the islands and connects Western and Cambodian cuisine. The Driftwood beach bar offers tapas-style dishes and is the perfect spot for a midday snack or a signature sundowner cocktail while the waves rush like music around you.

Key Facts

  • dinner can be served in the overwater restaurant, in the private villa or at secluded beach locations on special occasions
  • the distinctive flavor of the local Kampot pepper adds a special local twist to the cuisine
  • menus can be catered to guests with dietary restrictions and to vegan and vegetarian diets

What is special?

  • the cuisine is based on locally sourced products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, wildlife-friendly rice from local farmers, fleshy cashew nuts and meaty coconuts from nearby villages
  • dinners take place in a secret location on the island each night, which adds a special atmosphere and a sense of adventure to every meal
  • the resort staff will prepare a private lunch menu at 5-mile beach, a secluded pristine beach close to the resort

What do the guests say?

  • many guests’ favorite dining experience is eating at the edge of the infinity pool with their feet in the water
  • travelers appreciate available late-night snacks such as a thin-crust pizza at the Driftwood Beach Bar
  • the wonderful kitchen staff and the high culinary standard impresses all of the vacationers

Activities

How can I spend my day on Song Saa Private Island?

Pristine beaches are perfect for sunbathing or long walks through the sand. The cerulean waters invite visitors to diving trips and snorkeling adventures as well as to explore the Marine reserve. Sustainable ecological and cultural programs are the best way to get in touch with locals, to broaden your horizon and learn more about the native community. At night, enjoy a romantic dinner in the tropical forest, then retreat to your ocean view villa to enjoy a glass of the finest champagne under an endless sea of stars while the waves softly caress the shore.

Key Facts

  • activities vary from snorkeling around the islands, kayaking to explore unspoiled mangroves, coves and bays to private beach picnics or Cambodian cooking classes
  • qualified divers will be able to discover some of Cambodia’s finest diving sites
  • after years of rehabilitating, the reefs around the island are now home to a range of tropical fish and vibrant corals and invite guests to grab their snorkeling gear

What is special?

  • embark on a rainforest tour of Koh Bong to learn about the unique ecosystem through the knowledgeable Conservation Team members
  • unique activities at the discovery center allow visitors to experience the incredible people and wildlife of the Koh Rong Archipelago learn more about Song Saa’s conservation efforts
  • awaken your inner explorer on the “nature treasure hunt”, where you can discover the island, follow a trail through the rainforest and collect clues along the way

What do the guests say?

  • the Island Boutique is a vacationer favorite for picking up local artwork as souvenirs from a memorable trip to the islands of Cambodia
  • guest love the Song Saa Foundation’s activities for community development like visiting the nearest village to learn about climate change and how it affects the villagers
  • swimming in swirls of bioluminescence algae on a moonless night is a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” at the Song Saa
  • families appreciate the option for in-villa movie nights, where the staff sets up a private cinema in the villa and screens the movie of the guests choice with complimentary popcorn