The award-winning Song Saa Private Island opened in 2012 and pioneered conservation-based luxury tourism in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. The resort works with surrounding villages, the Cambodian government, financial investors, donor partners and other stakeholders to improve local livelihoods while at the same time preserving the region’s fragile yet crucial marine life.
Created with sustainability in mind, Song Saa Private Island reflects the beauty of the Cambodian coastline. It’s a place that breathes in time with nature, built from local materials, by hand, 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 guests 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 its commitment to sustainability. Each villa is a private sanctuary, a refined blend of thatched roofs, linen-draped canopy beds, upcycled decor and repurposed furniture. Discarded oil drums find new life as lamps. Driftwood serves as tables or benches. Salvaged wood from old fishing boats and factory yards now form decks, floors and beams.
The culinary offering is based on locally sourced ingredients: seasonal fruits and vegetables, wildlife-friendly Ibis rice from farmers in the north, cashew nuts and meaty coconuts from nearby villages, and, of course, the bounty of the sea. Then there’s the distinctive flavour of Kampot pepper infusing the cuisine with a truly local culinary twist. Vegetarians and vegans are also well catered for.
When it comes to wiling away time, Song Saa guests can be as active or as inert as they wish. Take a sunset cruise across shining seas or explore the rainforest trails to see native plants and wildlife. The spa philosophy embraces the Buddhist tradition of metta bhavana — the cultivation of loving kindness — and its menu has three themes: stillness, healing and blessings.
Relax and become enveloped by Song Saa’s wellness philosophy, surrounded by the serenity of the island environment
Need to know
• 24 villas
• Dedicated massage villa
• Overwater massage
• Night spa
• Private yoga and meditation
• Personal training
• Khmer leaf herbal compress/poultice massage
• Karuna Kaya massage
• Metta massage
• Spa Ritual: ILA experience