Home to the iconic Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a beguiling destination steeped in history and exotic culture. Unknown to most and accessible only to a handful of privileged guests, Song Saa Private Island is an eco-luxe tropical hideaway spread over a pair of jungle-smothered isles of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong in the remote Koh Rong Archipelago off the coast of Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia.
Indochina’s only private island resort featuring all pool and over-water villas, Song Saa is a destination in itself, championing Cambodia’s coastal beauty through its commitment to pioneering green initiatives.
With a pristine private beach and a well-preserved coral reef, Song Saa Private Island lets you detach from the world and indulge in simple luxuries including unique cuisine, stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand, spellbinding outdoor adventures as well as an array of spa and wellness treatments, making it an ideal destination for families with young children and adventurous adults alike.
Where is Song Saa Private Island located?
Song Saa Private Island lies 45 minutes by speedboat from the port of Sihanoukville in southern Cambodia. The two islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong are connected by a wooden footbridge and remain a pristine oasis of virgin rainforests, tropical reefs, and beautiful white-sand beaches. Sihanoukville is well connected with Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.
There are direct daily flights from Siem Reap taking about 45 minutes and from Phnom Penh, you can travel by road, taking approximately 5 hours, or by air, taking about 40 minutes. The drive from Sihanoukville Airport to the port takes about 30 minutes. Further afield, Sihanoukville is also connected with Bangkok in Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam via direct flights.
If you want a faster and more convenient transfer, you can also opt for a private helicopter. The journey from Siem Reap takes approximately 1.5 hours and a little over an hour from Phnom Penh.
What sort of accommodation is available at Song Saa Private Island?
Built with sustainability in mind, Song Saa exudes local art and soul. The resort features 24 private pool villas set either amidst lush vegetation, overlooking the ocean, or over water. Each villa is a private sanctuary offering beautiful views, generous space, and utmost comfort. True to its core principles of harmony, sustainability and barefoot luxury, the entire resort is hand built using reclaimed timber and materials from the mainland, with an open-plan design and innovative décor that lets you immerse in the beauty of Cambodian coastline while meaningfully contributing to the local communities and conservation.
The villas feature energy-efficient thatched roofs and sandstone walls with up-cycled décor and repurposed furniture. Discarded oil drums have been turned into lamps; driftwood collected from local beaches and coves has been carved into tables and benches; salvaged wood from old fishing boats and factory yards around Cambodia and Thailand has been used in floors, decks, and beams; and all the artwork featured across the resort has been sourced from local artists.
Each of the villas is generously appointed with king-size bed, twin vanity bathroom, oversized sunken bathtub, a fully stocked personal bar, 40-inch flat screen TV, Bose surround sound system, high-speed Wi-Fi internet, an outdoor shower, and a private plunge pool.
- There are seven one-bedroom and two two-bedroom villas.
- They are set on an elevated ground affording great views of the ocean. Surrounded by a natural canopy cover, they offer utmost privacy and come with the choice of sunrise and sunset views.
- One-bedroom Villas are 135 square metres in size and feature a 26 square metre private plunge pool with an outdoor deck.
- Two-bedroom Villas are 300 square metres in size and feature a 33 square metre private plunge pool with a kitchen, a mojito making station and an indoor dining space.
Ocean View Villas
- Located on the sunrise side of the island, all seven one-bedroom Ocean View Villas offer direct access to a private beach area with blissful views of the open ocean.
- 200 square metres in size, the villas feature a 26 square metre private plunge pool with an outdoor sun lounger. There is also a private dining gazebo and a private elevated beach area measuring about 87 square metres.
- Located on the sunset side of the island, these villas offer direct access to the sea.
- The six One-bedroom Overwater Villas are 135 square metres in size and feature a private 26 square metre plunge pool. One of the unique features is a lounge area with glass floor offering views of the ocean below.
- There are two Two-bedroom Overwater Villas measuring 300 square metres with a 33 square metre private plunge pool. Just like their Jungle Villa counterpart, both the villas feature a kitchen, mojito making station and an indoor dining space.
- An epitome of luxury, this two-bedroom overwater villa is ideal for honeymooners or a family wanting to be in one of the most discreet and exquisite locations on the island. Spread over 300 square metres, the villa features a 33 square metre private plunge pool and comes with a kitchen, a mojito making station, an indoor dining space, a lounge area with glass portholes with ocean views and a private butler.
The resort features a stunning infinity pool, a gym, and a spa and wellness centre focusing on the ancient Buddhist philosophy and traditions. Dining at Song Saa Private Island is a sumptuous experience, where the focus is on fresh, sustainable, and predominantly locally sourced food, featuring the best of Cambodian and regional cuisines.
The resort’s main restaurant – Vista Overwater Restaurant & Lounge – is an open-sided dining venue offering contemporary Western and Cambodian cuisines including local seafood highlights of fish amok and samlor koko.
Driftwood Bar & Kitchen is a beachside casual bar offering pizza and tapas-style menus with a delectable selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Besides these two formal venues, poolside, in-villa, and destination dining options are also available for something a bit different. As you can imagine, both the islands are blessed with charming locations to create a perfect setting for special celebrations.
What activities are available at Song Saa Private Island?
Whether you want to relax in your villa or on the white-sand beaches, discover local culture or indulge in active aquatic adventures, Song Saa offers an impressive range of activities to suit all age groups and energy levels.
- Snorkelling around Song Saa Islands: Over the years, the Song Saa Foundation has been instrumental in setting up Cambodia’s very first Marine National Park and has undertaken various initiatives to rehabilitate the reefs surrounding the islands. Although the region’s marine diversity does not compare with Indonesia or the Maldives, it is still excellent for snorkelling with a wide spectrum of marine life including parrotfish, damselfish, sea horses, spotted rays and sea turtles. Qualified experienced divers can enjoy scuba diving excursions further afield. One of the highlight experiences is the bioluminescence swim at night, which is simply surreal!
- Sea kayaking: Very popular with kids, the islands across Koh Rong are dotted with hidden coves and stunning bays, which are perfect to explore by kayak. You can also combine it with a picnic lunch on a deserted island for the ultimate castaway island experience.
- Island safari: Explore the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong with a member of the resort’s Conservation Team to learn more about local species, habitats, and ecosystems. You can also visit Prek Svay village on the neighbouring island to learn about Song Saa Foundation’s efforts dedicated to community welfare and development.
- Buddhist ceremonies: For special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and honeymoons, a traditional blessing ceremony by Buddhist monks can be arranged on the island, which is such a spiritual and memorable experience.
Does Song Saa Private Island cater for families with young children?
Children of all ages are welcomed at Song Saa Private Island. The resort’s Discovery Centre offers educational and engaging experiences for kids such a nature treasure hunt. The resort also has a playhouse with a variety of games and toys, and babysitting service can be arranged with prior notice. The activities on and around the islands are gentle enough for younger and older kids alike.
When is the best time to visit Song Saa Private Island?
The best time to visit Song Saa Private Island is during the dry season between November and April. This region remains hot all year around with daytime temperatures remaining well above 20 degrees Celsius. November to February tends to be very pleasant and the days start to become hotter from March onwards with the average high of approximately 35 degrees Celsius. The wet season runs from May until October with September and October attracting maximum rainfall.
How does Song Saa Private Island protect and nurture the local environment?
Established in 2013, the Song Saa Foundation is dedicated to protecting the habitats of the Koh Rong Archipelago and improving the welfare of its communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has undertaken various initiatives including setting up of Cambodia’s first ever marine national park. Its achievements so far include:
- The initiation of Cambodia’s first island-based solid waste management programme. Launched more than a decade ago, the Foundation has till date collected and responsibly processed over 200 metric tons of waste and successfully coordinated over 100 beach clean-up events.
- Promotion of an organic agriculture scheme to support local livelihoods.
- One of the largest health and education programmes in the country. A wide range of hands-on skills development programmes are provided to over 200 children ranging from conservation and climate change to health and hygiene, organic farming, and English language. With the help of International Medical Relief, free healthcare clinics are organised for over 3,000 inhabitants hosted by a team of US-trained medical experts as well as local medical students.
- The initiation of projects addressing the local impacts of climate change. Mangrove forests and surrounding coral reefs have been rehabilitated and the provision of clean drinking water has been achieved for one of Song Saa’s local communities.
- The Foundation’s marine conservation projects include the Ocean Stewardship Programme, the creation of a Marine Fisheries Management Area, development of artificial coral reefs and conducting seagrass surveys. In 2018, the Foundation developed a “marine plastic upcycling project” in collaboration with the Global Shapers Community to reduce marine plastic waste in Kong Rong Archipelago.