A scattering of secluded villas face the ocean at the Royal Sands resort, a welcome addition to the Koh Rong waterfront. Although not completely isolated, the well-thought-out position of each villa creates an angle of privacy that’s perfect for enjoying views of, arguably, the best beach on the island.
Though the villas are fairly minimalist in style, the investment made by the friendly owners in creating the perfect island beach escape is clear in every detail. While we do love a private pool, if you can bring yourself to wander those few steps further, you’ll find equal refreshment and relaxation in the near-impossibly turquoise waters of the bay.
An hour by ferry from Sihanoukville brings you to this breathtaking beach resort - a luxury hideaway on the west coast of Koh Rong, not far from the nearest fishing village.
Water sports, fishing & trekking
Outdoor pool & jacuzzis
A firm favourite by a country mile
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The dining here is simply superb. However, if you fancy a change from the cuisine on offer in-house, take a leisurely 40-minute walk along the beach to their sister property to try a different range of delicious dishes, or stop at the earthy fishing village for a bite to eat amongst the locals.
Once you’ve had your fill of ‘toes in the sand’ and uninterrupted relaxation, venture out on a kayak, or explore the island's jungle interior, mangroves and savannah… If that’s not enough to knock your socks off, delve into one of the ocean's strangest natural phenomena and experience bioluminescent plankton - a natural wonder not to be missed.
In recent years, Cambodia has presented us with a few additional beach options that really bring the island scene to life - just what we’ve been waiting for. The Royal Sands resort has become a sought-after choice, offering the perfect balance of laid-back beach life and adventure at your fingertips. There’s a wide range of watersports and activities on offer, and so many ways to relax it's clear that their priorities lie in making guests feel blissfully chilled out.
From the outset, it’s clear that sustainability is a focus of real importance here. Considerable effort has been made to use natural building materials such as teak, bamboo and limestone. Building plans ensured only single storey buildings throughout the resort and solar energy is used to power the pier, walkways and gardens. Royal Sands have invested in several projects around the resort to reduce their carbon footprint, proving their commitment to sustainability and the environment.
Discover the true breadth of Cambodian culture by exploring the Angkor Temples, bustling Phnom Penh before heading to the Cardamon Mountains and rounding up with a few days on Cambodia’s islands.