Song Saa Private Island Resort, Cambodia

Courtesy Song Saa, Cambodia

Courtesy Song Saa, Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island Resort

In Cambodia’s Koh Rong archipelago, the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong lie side by side, connected by a footbridge. The islands are known locally as Song Saa, Khmer for “The Sweethearts”. Song Saa Resort spans the two islands and sits in Cambodia’s first marine reserve, which make it the perfect spot for luxury overwater bungalows. With breathtaking sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand, Song Sea Resort encourages guests to connect with the environment and tune into simple luxuries.

Ala carte and all-inclusive packages are available at Song Saa Resort. The all-inclusive package provides three meals, unlimited snacks, house beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), In Villa dining, a 30 minute morning foot ritual and head, neck, and shoulder massage for each guest,  three pieces of laundry per day per guest, airport transfers, a local village tour, use of snorkel gear at Song Saa’s House Reef, and a 10% discount on motorized water sports.

Song Saa operates on its own “island time” where clocks are set forward one hour to allow guests to enjoy the sunrise at a more well-rested time. The resort’s boats, used for arrivals and departures, run on mainland time to avoid confusion with flight schedules.

Accommodations

There are 24 private villas, comprised of a mix of overwater bungalows, jungle and ocean-view villas. Villas are built with local materials, like reclaimed timber and other materials from the Cambodian mainland along with salvaged wood from old fishing boats, and decorated with local art. Each open plan villa comes with a private pool, outdoor deck with daybed, sunken bathtub, flat screen tv, surround sound system with iPhone and Android docking, and access to high speed WiFi. Thatch roof, canopy beds and upcycled decor truly drive home the resort’s commitment to sustainability and luxury.

Jungle and overwater bungalow villas come in one or two-bedroom floor plans, while ocean view villas are available with one bedroom. The two bedroom overwater bungalow Royal Villa is the largest and most private villa on the island. In addition to the standard amenities, the Royal Villa features a kitchen with a mojito making station, indoor dining, and a dedicated guest ambassador to ensure your stay is all you dreamed.

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Courtesy of Song Saa, Cambodia

Activities

The resort is nestled on a well-preserved coral reef on a private beach and each villa comes with its own private pool, however Song Saa also features a large infinity pool should you feel a bit more social.

You’re encouraged to do as much or as little as you like during your stay. Diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and sunset cruises are available. Island-hopping tours, and rainforest exploration tours that allow you to explore Koh Bong or Koh Rong are among the more adventurous options offered. Cambodian cooking classes and private beach picnics are among the lower key options, or you can simply lounge and take in the scenery.

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Dining

The resort’s dining options feature locally sourced seasonal ingredients and wildlife-friendly Ibis rice from farmers in the North and coconuts and cashews from local villages. 80% of the food served at the resort is locally sourced, including seafood freshly caught by local fisherman. Kampot Pepper, grown in the Kampot Province of Cambodia, is frequently used to flavor dishes. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are not only available, but some of the resorts tastiest

Vista Overwater Restaurant & Lounge offers an a la carte menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features Western and Cambodian cuisine in a breezy waterfront location. The lounge serves juices and cocktails.

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Courtesy Song Saa Resort

Driftwood Bar & Kitchen is located on the beach and serves pizza and tapas in a more casual atmosphere. It’s a great spot to grab a cold beer during a day at the beach and is open for lunch and dinner. Unique destination dining experiences can be arranged on the Driftwood Deck, the Point, and other locations, depending on availability.

Pool-side dining service is also available, servers will visit your loungers and take your order. And in-villa dining can be arranged.

Spa

Song Saa’s spa integrates the wellness journey into the environment utilizing a “spa with no” walls concept. Little treatment sanctuaries are nestled amongst nature in various spots throughout the island. The spa philosophy embraces the Buddhist tradition “metta bhavana”, which is the culture of loving kindness. Honoring this philosophy, the spa venue is divided into three themes: stillness, healing, and blessings. Modern and traditional Khmer therapists, as well as yoga, reiki, and meditation gurus make up the spa’s staff. Products and treatments are artisan created and use sustainable local natural ingredients that are sustainable.

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Courtesy of Song Saa

A full slate of treatments from massages and facials to bath rituals and scrubs are available. Unique treatments like the Night Spa allow guests to enjoy the energy of Cambodia’s night sky while taking part in rituals that encourage reconnection, well-being, and peaceful slumber. Khmer Leaf Herbal Compress Massages incorporate medicinal leaves found on the island, like tamarind, lemongrass, and basil, into a poultice that is used during massage to detoxify and promote well-being.

Weddings

Wedding packages, starting at $4500, are available and range from barefoot beachfront ceremonies to more formal events at Vista Overwater Lounge & Restaurant.

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