Monday 14 November 2011


Song Saa Private Island opens in Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago                  
Luxury that Treads Lightly
In Cambodia's Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side.  They are known locally as Song Saa – Khmer for 'The Sweethearts'.  Song Saa Private Island will be as seductive as the name implies; an intimate private island retreat in an undiscovered paradise.  
Most of Cambodia's islands - scattered across the sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand – remain undeveloped but offer deserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches.  Guests to Song Saa will be amongst the first foreigners to experience this untouched world, reminiscent of Thailand's islands before its tourist boom.
The resort spans the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve that has been established to safeguard the islands' reefs and marine life including dugongs, seahorses and exotic species of tropical fish.  27 luxury villas are being built from sustainable materials and in perfect harmony with the natural environment; uncompromising on design that reflects the beauty of the natural surroundings. 
Adopting a 'rustic chic' design, the resort is inspired by Cambodian fishing villages with features such as over-water buildings, thatch roofs, rough-hewn natural timbers and drift wood furnishings.  Guests will enjoy uninterrupted sunrise or sunset views from their Overwater, Beach or Jungle Villas, complete with private pools and all the creature comforts Robinson Crusoe could only fantasise about.  Each villa promises a sanctuary where guests can shower looking out over the ocean, sip cocktails whilst watching the sun set from their private deck or have the resort's chef treat you and your guests to fresh seafood under the stars.  A 2-Bedroom Royal Villa has its own private jetty for speedboat arrival and offers exceptional luxury and privacy, for those in search of an exceptional discrete island hideaway.
At the resort's heart will be a world-class restaurant and lounge spectacularly positioned over the ocean to take in dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry nights. Executive Chef Neil Wager, worked previously at the highly acclaimed six-star North Island in the Seychelles where he cooked for a host of international royalty and celebrities. Neil said, "in Cambodia our team has found a culinary adventure most chefs can only dream about". With a commitment to paying homage to traditional Khmer food practices in a contemporary and sustainable way, the kitchen will source locally grown food, with seafood selected from Cambodia's growing community of sustainable fishermen.
A Spa & Wellness Centre will be situated on its own island with a Yoga & Meditation Centre on the eastern shore and a host of guest activities will be offered to authentically showcase the surrounding Archipelago, its staggering scenery and innately friendly people.  Kayaking up fresh water estuaries, hiking through virgin rainforest, snorkelling with the resort's marine biologists, Khmer cooking lessons and visits to local fishing villages will all be part of the Song Saa experience. 
For Australian couple, Rory and Melita Hunter, becoming the first to develop a private island in Cambodia, according to Rory, "brings exciting opportunity but also an incredible responsibility to set a benchmark in sustainable development, to pave the way for future development in this untouched region of South East Asia".  Central to their vision is their commitment to conservation and community programs with a triple bottom line model which ensures the protection of the natural environment and simultaneously supports the needs of the local people.
Song Saa is now open for bookings for stays from 13 February 2012 via phone on +855 236 860 360 or email For further information visit
Staying at Song Saa Private Island
Choose from twenty-seven luxury overwater, beach or jungle villas (all villas have private plunge pools) on the first of the two islands. From the moment guests set foot on Song Saa's exquisite islands, they won't have a care in the world. With an 'Always Inclusive' pricing policy; one price, per person, per night, guests are free to indulge in everything the resort and its surrounds have to offer. All the features laid out below are 'Always Included' at Song Saa. Everything from arrival foot massage and welcome drink, to all that passes guest's lips from sunrise to sunset, be it a lazy breakfast in the villa, a romantic picnic lunch on the beach, or fine dining in the world-class, overwater restaurant. Everything is included. Featuring a range of cuisines including the exciting Khmer- inspired recipes by Executive Chef Neil Wagner, guests receive daily surprises from the kitchen such as freshly made afternoon tapas and a glass of crisp white wine as the sun sets. Guests can enjoy 24 hours unlimited house wines, spirits, beers and non-alcoholic drinks, including villa mini bars which are restocked daily plus unlimited laundry. Also included is the full use of kayaks, sailing boats, snorkelling gear, kite boards and wind surfers, plus speed boat to and from the resort. High speed internet and satellite TV along with International phone calls are included as are guided tours of the protected marine and wildlife around the twin Islands. Rates range from US$668 - US$1,288 per person per night. Children under five years stay with compliments. Children aged six to twelve stay at a 50% rate.
Getting There
The main Cambodian airports of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have direct daily flights from Asia's airport hubs such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Song Saa Private Island operates Private Plane transfers from Siem Reap (75 minutes) for US$300 per person one way and from Phnom Penh (45 minutes) for US$200 per person one way. Planes land on the neighbouring island of Koh Rong and cost includes 5 minute boat ride to Song Saa. Alternately Sihanoukville is a 3 hour drive from Phnom Penh and private car transfers can be arranged for US$150 each way. Song Saa is a 30-minute private speedboat ride from the coastal city of Sihanoukville for US$90 per person per trip. 

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