Cambodian tropical island escape on Song Saa

‘Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.’ So said the artist, poet and writer Khalil Gibran, and it’s easy to believe those words at Song Saa. Leave behind the hectic modern world and indulge in utter peace and tranquility, the warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand lapping at your feet as you relax on the resort’s private beach, with tropical undergrowth rustling in the breeze along the shoreline.

What to expect on Song Saa...

Less than an hour’s boat ride from the busy tourist beaches of Cambodia lies a beautiful and relatively untouched archipelago of small islands. Despite being just off the coast, the pace of life couldn’t be further from the hustle and bustle of the popular mainland resorts. Imagine the archetypal island paradise and the chances are that Song Saa will be it - glistening wide sandy beaches, sparkling turquoise seas and a level of privacy that means you can truly escape from the world.

Although striving for luxury and perfection in everything that it does, Song Saa manages to balance this with a strong respect for the local people and the natural environment.

The resort’s owners, Rory and Melita Hunter, were so inspired by the beauty and character of the island when they first visited that they vowed to do everything they could to protect it. Through the Song Saa conservation and community program they’ve achieved great things, including establishing Cambodia’s first marine reserve, setting up a water reuse scheme and reintroducing native vegetation around the resort.

Selective Asia’s Gemma says ‘I was acutely aware of the juxtaposition of an expensive island resort in a country that is still recovering economically from a turbulent history, but the team behind Song Saa are firmly committed to protecting the natural environment and supporting the local communities (most of the staff are local Cambodians learning their way in hospitality).’

There are just 27 intimate villas on the island and you can choose to be nestled in the jungle canopy or perched on stilts above the ocean. Wherever you are you can be sure that the views will be amongst some of the most picturesque you will ever see. 

Food at Song Saa definitely deserves a special mention - it’s all included, but here all-inclusive does not mean dry buffets - Song Saa’s menus are a la carte, inspired by the surrounding environment and truly mouthwatering, and the selection of alcohol is all-encompassing.

Wellness also key to the Song Saa ethos, with a host of spa treatments and local expert therapists on hand to help make your stay as uplifting and regenerating as possible. To make your stay extra special, take advantage of some of the resorts fantastic additional activities - enjoy guided snorkelling around Coral Reef Island or take a traditional long tail boat for a romantic picnic on Koh Rong beach.

Location: Near Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Duration: as long as you like

Accommodation: Song Saa resort on the Koh Rong Archipelago

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Nick says...

'Like no other island archipelago you'll find in Asia, let alone Cambodia...'

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A huge number of activities are included in the price of stay so make the most of these. They include sea kayaking, sunrise yoga, island safari and the Song Saa rainforest encounter.