The odds you will ever set foot on Song Saa Private Island might be slim – because, let’s be honest: who has the money to spend 1.595 to 5.153 USD per night in high season? – but luckily you can always rely on the.ego.tripper to put in the effort and let you enjoy it afterwards in pictures and words. You’re welcome by the way. As you can tell: it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.
Song Saa is by far Cambodia’s most luxurious hotel/resort, set on two private islands off the coast of Koh Rong that are connected by a footbridge. This incredible resort was built by an Australian couple who leased the two islands from the Cambodian government. It opened in 2012 and is now considered one of the world’s top resorts. Why? Lemme tell you.
The resort’s 27 one- and two-bedroom villas, perched overwater, on the beach or in the jungle, all provide uninterrupted views of the dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry evenings. In addition, all villas feature king-sized beds, exquisite bathrooms complete with twin basins, oversized baths, indoor and outdoor showers, private pools and natural finishes which seamlessly bring the outdoors in. For those guests in search of a discrete island hideaway, the two-bedroom Royal Villa offers exceptional privacy with its own jetty for arrivals and departures. At the center of the resort is the 70-seat Vista Restaurant and Bar – an overwater lounge and restaurant offering panoramic, 360-degree ocean views. This is where executive chef Neil Wager makes magic happen, from breakky till dinner.
So much for the theory. In reality things are different. EVEN MORE AWESOME. Honestly, I’ve been to a few luxury resorts in my life, but this one tops it all. The whole experience starts with a speedboat pickup in Sihanoukville, with champagne and local fruits aboard. After about 35 minutes you arrive in heaven. Or the pier to heaven to be more precise, where some of the staff are waiting for you to greet you and show you around. They show you the brilliant restaurant, take you to the ‘public’ pool (my two bedroom over water villa had it’s own beautiful infinity pool, so I didn’t use the public one at all), tell you where the private sandy beach is, where you can take cooking classes or lend a kayak or sailing boat, they explain that you can go to the gym, where the yoga class is held every morning and last but not least: how to get to the spa.
Then you are taken to your villa. As I said: in my case the two bedroom over water villa. From the outside, you think: fair enough. But open the doors and you are smacked in the face by luxury, grandeur, comfort, brilliant interior designing… More than 300 square meters of pure luxury, with two beautiful bedrooms, an enormous living room, a kitchen with ‘mojito station’. Also, there was a very pretty woman waiting for me in the pool. And then you have the view. I’m sorry, ladies and gentlemen, I’m a bit lost for words at this time. It’s very hard to think about my stay on Song Saa and find myself in Antwerp, Belgium right now.
Anyway, I’ll stop talking. Let’s look at some pictures (some have Song Saa copyright, others are my own). If you want more info: songsaa.com.
The airports of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have direct daily flights from Asia’s main airport hubs such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur
From Siem Reap – 50 minute domestic flight to the coastal town of Sihanoukville and 30 minute speedboat onwards to Song Saa
From Phnom Penh – travel either by helicopter directly to Song Saa (90 mins) or by luxury BMW transfer (3 hours) to Sihanoukville and 30 minute speedboat journey onwards to Song Saa