In the sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia’s islands nestle like dazzling natural jewels.
Song Saa Private Island lies secluded in this magnificent seascape, just 30 minutes by boat from the international airport of Sihanoukville.
Most of the islands remain undeveloped – deserted oases of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs and glistening white beaches.
As a guest, you’ll be among the first foreigners to experience this beautiful, untouched world, where rare hornbills will land on your balcony. In this private intimate setting, you will lose yourself in the natural world. No intrusions. No work. Nothing but play.
While Cambodia’s islands share the same dazzling qualities that made Thailand’s islands so famous, they remain a truly unspoiled paradise.
If you visited Koh Samui or Phuket before Thailand’s tourist boom, you would have a sense of what Cambodia’s islands have to offer.
While Cambodia’s islands will see some growth, we are committed to maintaining the natural assets that make this location so unique.
If you are in search of a truly private tropical island experience, where you can forget the bustling world, few places rival Cambodia’s islands.
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.
It features 27 luxury overwater, jungle and ocean view villas built with sustainable materials and with the deepest respect for the natural environment.
At the resort’s heart is a world-class restaurant and lounge, spectacularly positioned just off the island’s shoreline and surrounded by sea. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry nights.
Guests can explore the islands’ reefs, wander among virgin rainforest and lie on the pure white sands of Song Saa’s beaches.
With more than 20 deserted islands close by, opportunities for offshore adventure also abound.
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.
But here in Cambodia, he’s found the culinary adventure most chefs can only dream about.
“Every chef loves the opportunity to play with new ingredients and the unique flavours of Khmer cuisine are relatively unknown to the world,” he says.
“I’ve got an amazing opportunity on Song Saa to change that and take the traditional methods and ingredients that underpin Khmer food to a new, contemporary place.”
One thing is certain. He’ll have the best of Cambodia’s food bowl at his fingertips.
Traditional market gardens on neighbouring Koh Rong offer an incredible bounty, and Song Saa guests will be able to roam through stands of tropical fruit trees and other crops hand picking the ingredients for lunch on a rustic table set in the gardens.
Back on Song Saa, the executive chef is also cultivating his own garden for a unique menu based on sustainability and sensuality.
Salt. Heat. Raw. Scent. Sweet. Whether you are dining under the stars on Song Saa’s private beaches, in your villa, or at the overwater restaurant, these elements will underpin everything that passes your lips.
“You’ll taste the ocean in our own sea salt, made from some of the cleanest oceans in the world,” Neil says.
“Everything on every plate will be grown locally, and our seafood sourced from Cambodia’s growing community of sustainable fishers.
“I’m on a very personal journey to create a menu that blends old with new. It will be fresh, truly individual and will tread lightly.”
A taste of what’s to come:
It’s unlikely most Western palates would have encountered Prahok, an ingredient that underpins Cambodian cuisine.
In Khmer it means fermented fish, and it’s central to my modern take on an age-old favourite from this part of the world.
The Prahok is fried with pork taken from the belly, to accentuate the flavour, before it’s blended into a smooth warm puree.
It’s topped with iced cubes of green mango, which melt into the puree, and cucumber jelly highlighted with young mint, with a succulent piece of rolled pork belly on the side.
“I hope you’ll come to experience this dish for yourself. It’s not one you’ll forget.”
Song Saa Sanctuary: a joining of visions for ila and Song Saa.
Song Saa Private Island - Cambodia’s first private island luxury resort – has united with ila to offer a new approach to holistic personal wellbeing, based on the principles of stillness, healing and blessings.
The Song Saa Sanctuary is comprised of a number of private treatment rooms positioned spectacularly in the island’s rainforest and along the water’s edge. It provides a sacred and gentle space where guests will rejuvenate and reconnect with inner peace and joy.
The Sanctuary reflects the essence of its environment, where nature is untouched and respected. We use locally sourced herbs and plants, as well as Song Saa’s silken sands and iron-‐rich stones, in bespoke treatments designed by ila.
When grace touches us we are blessed. Grace is abundant in the natural beauty of Song Saa and our blessings reflect and draw upon this resource.
Life often pulls us away from our centre. At Song Saa, guests will find the tranquillity to reconnect with the happiness within. Stillness is central to wellbeing, and our offerings help guide us back to our centre.
Offered with loving kindness, our healing experiences are given with pure awareness and the ability
At Song Saa Private Island we strive to embrace the Buddhist tradition of ‘metta bhavana’ or loving kindness. We are inspired by the Buddhist principle of reverence for all beings and aim to follow the tradition of offering blessings to others.
Matching Song Saa’s focus on conservation and ‘luxury that treads lightly’ is ila’s commitment to source only sustainable wild harvested natural products from artisan producers, in ways that benefit local communities.
The result of this perfect union is the Song Saa Sanctuary - a place of peace and gentleness where mind, body and soul are restored to their natural stillness and harmony.