CAMBODIA – Sihanoukville – Song Saa Private Island

Song Saa is a remote private island resort off the coast of Cambodia, offering ultra-luxurious villas built into the jungle or perched on stilts over the sea.

Theme

Beach Stay, Honeymoon, Wellness

Country - City

Cambodia - Sihanoukville

Market segment

Thematic Leisure

Official category

5*

Easia category

Deluxe

Total number of rooms

27

Price level

$$$$

Traveller made amenities

Song Saa Private Island is a Traveller Made Hotel Partner.

Description

The Song Saa Private island spans the two pristine islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, known locally as Song Saa – Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’. The chunky island of Koh Rong wraps Song Saa in an encircling arm, protecting it from the winds and seas of the Gulf of Thailand. This, they thought, would be the perfect spot to build Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort. Apart from Melita’s strong background in design, they had no experience in building a resort in a remote, third-world location. Yet because they came at it from the oblique angle of people who love great design and who love Cambodia and have made it their home – even to the extent of adopting a Cambodian child – this is a resort that doesn’t feel formulaic.

The resort features twenty seven (22 one bedrooms and 5 two bedrooms) luxury over water, jungle and ocean view villas built with sustainable materials and with the deepest respect for the natural environment. About a third of Song Saa’s villas are overwater bungalows. Another seven are on dry land, overlooking the sea. The rest are scattered among the rain forest that caps the tiny island and they’re all huge and brilliantly designed to make the most of the natural surroundings. The style is silk cocoon with rustic edges.
Each villa offers a spacious bedroom, living area, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The resort has a swimming pool, a small private beach, a lounge bar restaurant…

The Vista Restaurant & Lounge sits on stilts above the ocean, with a sofa’d deck for cocktails and open-air tables for meals under the stars. The guests in good hands: executive chef Joel Wilkinson has worked in some of the world’s top resorts and has been private chef to the Rod Stewart, Kevin Spacy and Hugh Jackman to name a few. A pizza and a cold beer at the beachside Driftwood Bar, or order from the room service menu, which offers a variety of Western food and rustic Cambodian fare, delivered to the villa in traditional baskets.

The wellness retreats at Song Saa fall into three comprehensive categories: ‘Refresh’, ‘Rejuvenate’, and ‘Revive’. Each retreat is linked to its own unique spa menu: refresh with ‘Stillness’, rejuvenate with ‘Blessing’, and revive with ‘Healing’. Inspired by the Buddhist principle of ‘metta bhavana’ (loving kindness), each spa menu has been mindfully curated and embraces traditional and modern treatments from east and west. Executed by a team of local and international practitioners who combine traditional Khmer techniques with modern western practices, the therapies are top-notch.

Families are welcome here and children of all ages are catered for. There’s a range of 1- and 2-bedroom villas to choose from and the beach has warm, shallow waters that are safe for little ones.

Selling Points

  • Song Saa is the first luxury hotel on the Cambodian coast.
  • Ideal for honeymooners, but surprisingly family-friendly too.
  • The Khmer cuisine and treatments are a unique touch.
  • This is one resort with serious eco cred.

Time Transport

From To Km By Duration Road condition
Phnom Penh Sihanoukville 235 km Car; Mini bus; Bus 3h – 4h Good
Siem Reap Sihanoukville 541 km Plane 1h Good
Sihanoukville Song Saa Island 24 km Speed boat 30 min – 45 min (depending on the weather) Good

Easia's recommend room type

Jungle Villa (one bedroom)
Number: 9
Size: 135 m²
Design: Mix of modern and traditional

Jungle Villas are perched amongst the rainforest canopy, at the top of the hill looking out over the ocean with the choice of sunrise or sunset views. Each villa offers a spacious bedroom (king size bed), living area, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The one bedroom villas have outdoor showers. The room features air conditioning, safety deposit box, IDD telephone, cable/satellite TV and DVD player, sound system and Wi-Fi broadband, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.

Note

  • There is sunrise and sunset side, but the sunset would be the best.
  • The villas located on sunrise side might result in clients being woken up in the early morning (5am) because of the sunlight.
  • The villas are up a steep hill. Therefore, it might not be a good choice for the older clients even though the hotel is equipped with small golf cart to go up and down.
  • No twin bed available (only king size bed)
  • Mini bar (as well pure water, sparkling water, house wines…) included in the price of the room and restocked daily

Jungle Villa (two bedrooms)
Number: 2
Size: 300 m²
Design: Mix of modern and traditional

Jungle Villas are perched amongst the rainforest canopy, at the top of the hill looking out over the ocean with the choice of sunrise or sunset views. Each two bedroom villa offers spacious bedrooms (king size bed), living area, kitchen and dining area, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The room features air conditioning, safety deposit box, IDD telephone, cable/satellite TV and DVD player, internet wireless, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer. The two bedroom villas feature a butler service.

Note

  • There is sunrise and sunset side, but the sunset would be the best.
  • The villas located on sunrise side might wake up the clients in the early morning (5am) because of the sunlight.
  • The villas are up a steep hill. Therefore, it might not be a good choice for the older clients even though the hotel is equipped with small golf cart to go up and down.
  • No twin room available – both rooms are equipped with king size bed
  • Mini bar (as well pure water, sparkling water, house wines…) included in the price of the room and restocked daily

Overwater Villa (one bedroom)
Number: 6
Size: 136 m²
Design: Mix of modern and traditional

Situated over the water, the Overwater Villas offer direct access to the ocean from the private sundeck and also the possibility to watch the sunset from the pool. Ideal for those seeking space and privacy without foregoing intimacy. Each villa offers a spacious bedroom (king size bed), living area with comfortable sofas and a glass table for looking at the marine life, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The one bedroom villas have outdoor showers. The room features air conditioning, safety deposit box, IDD telephone, cable/satellite TV and DVD player, sound system and Wi-Fi broadband, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.

Note

  • If the clients have the budget for it, we should take these villas as they are all sunset facing.
  • Only the Overwater Villas have direct access to the sea.
  • No twin room available (only king size bed).
  • Mini bar (as well pure water, sparkling water, house wines…) included in the price of the room and restocked daily.

Overwater Villa (two bedrooms)
Number: 2
Size: 309 m²
Design: Mix of modern and traditional

Situated over the water, the Overwater Villas offer direct access to the ocean from the private sundeck and also the possibility to watch the sunset from the pool. Ideal for those seeking space and privacy without foregoing intimacy. Each two bedroom villa offers spacious bedrooms (king size bed), living area with comfortable sofas and a glass table for looking at the marine life, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The room features air conditioning, safety deposit box, IDD telephone, cable/satellite TV and DVD player, internet wireless, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.

Note

  • If the clients have the budget for it, we should take these villas as they are all sunset facing.
  • Only the Overwater Villas have direct access to the sea.
  • No twin room available – both rooms are equipped with king size bed.
  • Mini bar (as well pure water, sparkling water, house wines…) included in the price of the room and restocked daily.

Ocean View Villa (one bedroom)
Number: 7
Size: 200 m²
Design: Mix of modern and traditional

On the ocean front, the Ocean View Villas offer spectacular sunrise views from the privacy of your own beach (no direct access to the ocean), with an overwater Sala for private dining. Each villa offers a spacious bedroom (king size bed), living area, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The one bedroom villas have outdoor showers. The room features air conditioning, safety deposit box, IDD telephone, cable/satellite TV and DVD player, sound system and Wi-Fi broadband, mini bar, tea/coffee making facilities, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer.

Note

  • NEW NAME for this category of room (old name was Beach Villa) in order to avoid any confusion as these villas have no direct access to the Ocean.
  • All the Ocean View Villas are in a row next to each other. A bamboo wall between each, therefore, it is not very private.
  • All the Villas are on the sunrise side so the clients might be woken up in the early morning (5am) because of the sunlight.
  • No twin room available (only king size bed).
  • Mini bar (as well pure water, sparkling water, house wines…) included in the price of the room and restocked daily.

Royal Villa (two bedrooms)
Number: 1
Size: 309 m²
Design: Mix of modern and traditional

Over the water with direct access to the ocean, amid the seclusion this is the most exclusive villa of Song Saa Private Island. Views are across the ocean with perfect sunsets as well as north over the open ocean. The Royal Villa offers two spacious bedrooms (king size bed), living area, kitchen and dining area, en-suite bathroom, sun deck and a private swimming pool. The room features air conditioning, safety deposit box, IDD telephone, cable/satellite TV and DVD player, internet wireless, mini bar, tea/coffee making, bathrobe, slippers and hairdryer. The Royal Villa features a butler service.

Note

  • Sunset view for the Royal Villa.
  • Have direct access to the sea from the terrace.
  • No twin room available (only king size bed).
  • Mini bar (as well pure water, sparkling water, house wines…) included in the price of the room and restocked daily.

Services

24 hour reception

24h security service

Catering (beach, river, cave, other)

Children Activities

Concierge service

Currency exchange

Diving

Kayaking

Laundry service

Massage

Private event, partying

Room Service

Spa

Swimming Pool

Wi-fi Free

Facilities

Air Conditioning

Bar

Cable, satelite

Fitness centre

Flat screen TV

Gift Shop

Internet

Massage room

Outdoor swimming pool

Private Beach

Private Pool

Restaurant

Terrace

Restaurant details

Driftwood Bar
Capacities: 20 pax
Type of food: International, Khmer
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Situated on the main beach of the resort, the Driftwood Bar is the ideal place to stop by at any time of the day to enjoy a drink after a dive on the private reef of the resort or for a light lunch, for a spectacular sunset or for a private or BBQ dinner.

Vista Restaurant and Overwater Cocktail Lounge
Capacities: 70 pax
Type of food: Asian, Khmer, International
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Vista Restaurant and Lounge offers a contemporary Cambodian cuisine with a 360-degree sea view with sunrise and sunset over the Gulf of Thailand. At the resort’s heart is a world-class restaurant and lounge, spectacularly positioned just off the island’s shoreline and surrounded by sea. Dining promises a culinary adventure using unique flavours of the Khmer cuisine, locally grown produce and seafood sourced from Cambodia’s growing community of sustainable fishers.

Poolside Dining
Capacities: 20 pax
Type of food: International, Khmer
Opening hours: 7:30 AM – 11:00 PM

Tables are set up beside the pool, facing out to sea with all the elements provided for a unique and romantic dinner for two. Guest will have the opportunity to taste a traditional Khmer meal while dangling their feet in the water.

Pros

  • been here for many year as the best hotel of the region
  • Luxurious and unique
  • good collaboration with the hotel team

Cons

  • overpriced and do not seem to change their strategy with the new property coming
  • small beach
  • Some villas are less private than others. opt for a Jungle Villa or Ocean View Villa.

Notes

  • Very expensive – check carefully the tariff. Compared to others luxury resorts (in Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Seychelles) Song Saa is OVERPRICED !!
  • The beach is very small – the design / the style is very similar to Six Senses and Aman hotels
  • Song Saa decided to change the time, to let the guests enjoy a longer sunset meaning when it’s 12am in Cambodia, 11am in Song Saa (FYI it is a Six Senses concept…)
  • The boat schedule will be welcomed at the Sihanoukville port or Gate on as per schedules: (Mainland Timing)
    + From Sihaounkville Port to Song Saa Private Island Departing – 13.00 – 16.00
    + From Song Saa Private Island to Sihaounkville Port Departing – 09.30 – 13.00
  • Flight Siem Reap to/from Sihanoukville: everyday (high and low season)
    + No flight from/to Phnom Penh
    + No water plane available
  • Helicopter from/to Siem Reap and Phnom Penh available – price on request
  • Don’t be surprised to find clocks throughout the resort running an hour ahead of the mainland. Cambodia sits close to the equator, so the sun rises early and sets around 6pm. To provide extra daylight and maximise sunset and sunrise views, Song Saa has established its own time zone, jokingly referred to as ‘island time’!
  • The resort is open all year round. October to April offers the best weather, with dry, clear days and balmy moonlit evenings. Christmas and New Year are the most popular times and the villas are invariably booked up early. May to September brings the wet season, when storms and rain are interspersed with sunny spells. If  don’t mind the showers, it’s a great time to spot wildlife in the lush rainforest.

Contact

Address: Koh Ouen, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Tel: +855-23 686 03 60
Fax: +855-23 22 44 80
www.songsaa.com