17 Thursday Jan 2013

Song Saa private island in Cambodia

For the 2013 year, we are excited to present to our customers a private access to the Song Saa Private Island off the coast of Cambodia, in the gulf of Thailand.

The Song Saa Private Island shares the following information.

  • Song Saa Private Island is the first private island resort development in Cambodia. It sets a new benchmark for luxury accommodation in the country.
  • This high-end, world-class resort spans two small, adjacent islands protected by a marine park established to safeguard their natural assets.
  • The resort is located in the Koh Rong Archipelago of the Gulf of Thailand, just 30 minutes by boat from the local airport at Sihanoukville, which at present has connections to Siem Reap only. Flights are provided by Cambodia Angkor Air and are operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. International connections to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane are available from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports.
  • Most of the Gulf’s 61 islands remain completely undeveloped and many are deserted. Think Thailand 30 years ago.
  • The resort features 27 over-water, ocean view and jungle villas. Each features a private pool, sea views, sundeck, air-conditioning, open style bathrooms, mini wine cellar, Bose sound system, iPod docking station, bath and rain shower.

  • At the heart of the resort is an over-water lounge and restaurant staffed by world-class chefs. It offers 360-degree sea views to take full advantage of stunning sunsets and vivid starry nights.
  • The Song Saa Sanctuary is a secluded amongst our jungle and ocean view villas. The Sanctuary uses locally sourced herbs and plants, as well as Song Saa’s pure white sands and iron-rich stones in bespoke treatments designed by ila around the themes of Blessings, Stillness and Healing.
  • The resort also features an infinity pool; a beachside water-sports centre offering sailing, diving, kayaking and snorkeling; a fascinating ecological program to experience the area’s flora and fauna; and an exclusive boutique to take home a slice of island life.
  • Song Saa Private Island has a strong environmental and social charter to ensure this piece of paradise does not go the way of other locations in Asia. The company has established a team of scientists to ensure the continued health of the marine and rainforest environments.
  • Song Saa Private Island is like no other experience in Cambodia. It is centred on the philosophy that luxury should tread lightly and in harmony with nature.

Song Saa over water villa

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15 Tuesday Jan 2013

Koh Rong excursion

Recently we made an excursion to Koh Rong, a remote island off the coast of Sihanoukville province.  The island is located about 2 to 3 hours boat ride from the coast.  Getting to the island can be challenging but it can be easily arranged by a travel agency.

Boat to Koh Rong island

Our trip began with a bus ride from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville.  We decided to take the Soriya bus, but there is a number of other bus operators that provide transfers from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. Once arrived to the bus station in Sihanoukville, there were plenty of remork and moto-taxi that could easily take you to any hostel or hotel in the city.  The bus price was reasonable but the remork price for foreigners was much higher than for the locals.

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30 Wednesday May 2012

Koh Song Saa Island or “The Sweetheart” Island

In Cambodia’s untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, two pristine islands lie side by side. They are known locally as Song Saa – Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’.

The Song Saa Private Island is as seductive as the name implies. Think intimate. Think luxurious. But above all think harmony – with all the elements of nature that make this place so special.

The resort spans the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve we have established to safeguard the islands’ reefs and marine life including dugongs, seahorses and exotic species of tropical fish

Neil Wager is an accomplished executive chef and insatiable traveller who feels he’s finally found home – and a career making challenge – on Song Saa’s exquisite twin islands.

Neil is no stranger to island life, having come to Song Saa from the renowned six-star North Island resort in the Seychelles. He has cooked for the likes of Prince Andrew, the King of Spain, Sarah Ferguson, David Beckham and Brad Pitt.

 

Sample Package:

  • Transport and the Island resort
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in one bedroom villa
  • Daily full board meals for 2 people
  • One romantic sunset cruise with Champagne
  • One destination dining experience around the island with wine
  • One day private boat excursion around Koh Rong Island
  • Song Saa Signature Spa treatment for two persons
  • Highlight activity: use of Kayak, sailing boat, snorkeling gear, Kite board, and wind surfer.