From adventurers to serial relaxers, yoga enthusiasts to self-confessed foodies, there’s something for everyone on Song Saa Private Island, where sustainable luxury is the number one priority.
Created with sustainability in mind, Song Saa Private Island reflects the beauty of the Cambodian coastline. Located in the Koh Rong Archipelago, a 45 minute speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Port. It’s a place that breathes in time with nature, built from local materials, by local hands, and infused with local art and soul. An evolved tropical getaway with a pristine private beach, spacious wooden villas, heavenly spa sanctuaries and a preserved coral reef, Song Saa Private Island lets you detach from the world and tune into simple luxuries.
Built with reclaimed timber and materials from the mainland, the resort’s design and architecture reiterates their commitment to sustainability. Each villa is a private sanctuary; a refined blend of thatched roofs, linen-draped canopy beds, up-cycled décor and repurposed furniture. Discarded oil drums find new life as lamps. Driftwood serves as a table or bench. Salvaged wood from old fishing boats and factory yards now forms decks and floors and beams. When it comes to wiling away your time, Song Saa lets you be as active or as inert as you like. Lay idle on the pristine sands or take off on a diving adventure. Take a sunset cruise across dazzling seas or explore our rainforest trails and see the Island’s native plants and wildlife. At night, enjoy a quiet dinner for two, then retreat to your villa terrace, clinking glasses under the constellations and wondering how you could ever leave.
Complementing the resort’s luxurious surroundings, utmost comfort and unparalleled service, Song Saa Private Island offers a host of adventures and activities to enhance your private island experience. Snorkel around Song Saa islands where Song Saa has spent years rehabilitating the reefs surrounding the resort, now home to a colourful array of tropical fish and vibrant corals. Grab a snorkel and get to know some of the local fish species: parrotfish, damselfish, sea horses, spotted rays and even sea turtles. You can also explore the area’s hidden coves and heavenly bays in a truly low-impact way by hopping in a kayak. Bask in the breathtaking scenery of Song Saa from the sea, or paddle out to the sunset for heart-stopping views. Prefer to relax in the comfort of your own private villa? Have a cosy night in – the team will set up a private cinema in your villa and screen the movie of your choice with complimentary popcorn.
For those wanting to start the day right, morning yoga classes are on offer, suitable for everyone from first-timers to experts. On the note of well being for the mind body and soul, the team at Song Saa can arrange a traditional blessings ceremony by a local team of Buddhist monks. A truly memorable moment, perfect for birthdays, weddings, and honeymoons, the ceremony takes place at one of the many magical locations around the island. In addition, the wellness therapists often conduct shared meditation classes in one of the immersive island locations. Upon request, the team of therapists can also conduct a private one-hour session in your villa. For the adventurous types, explore the island on a safari with a guide from the Song Saa Conservation Team. Get to know the local species, habitats and ecosystems, and the conservation work Song Saa does to protect them. Neighbouring Koh Rong is home to wild, untouched rainforests and tours with a guide are available to see native flora and fauna, and learn about the island from a cultural and historic perspective.
For the foodies, Song Saa’s culinary practice is proudly based on locally sourced ingredients: seasonal fruits and vegetables, wildlife-friendly Ibis rice from farmers in the North, fleshy cashew nuts and meaty coconuts from nearby villages. Then there’s the distinctive favour of Kampot pepper infusing the resort’s cuisine with a truly local culinary twist. Khmer cooking classes are also on offer, where resident chefs can teach you how to craft some of Song Saa’s favourite traditional dishes. Song Saa is more than a private Island, it’s a collective incorporating The Song Saa Foundation, a non-profit organisation established in 2013 to protect the habitats of the Koh Rong Archipelago and improve the welfare of its communities. The foundation continues the conservation work started in 2006, where initiatives included establishing the kingdom’s first marine reserve, which has grown to become a preeminent coastal marine NGO, helping to improve the lives of local people and promoting the protection of the environment worldwide.
Within this collective sits Song Saa Design, working with incredible artisans throughout Cambodia, Southeast Asia, and remote parts of China. All products and textiles are hand crafted using traditional techniques, and held to the highest, time-tested standards of quality. Melita Koulmandas Hunter is the creative force behind Song Saa Design. The architect and interior designer of Song Saa Private Island, Melita also creates homeware and fashion collections, focusing on organic, recycled and repurposed materials, to create an aesthetic that is both earthy and innovative, perfect to bring a little of Song Saa to the comfort of your home. In recognition of Song Saa’s commitment to sustainability, the Butterfly Mark by Positive Luxury has been awarded. EJ