Song Saa, Cambodia

Northwest, Cambodia

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Song Saa, Cambodia


Tucked away 45 minutes into the open seas, between Sihanoukville and Thailand is the archipelago of about 2 or 3 small islands that is home to Song Saa. Covered with virgin rainforests and tropical reefs, it is mainly un-inhabited. Even the Five Mile Beach (FMB) is yet untouched by tourism and Song Saa, the first and one of its kinds is still finding its roots in the forest. Unlike Thailand which is crowded, Song Saa – the sweethearts island, rests in perfect silence.
 

We Love
  • The hotel has been designed to be in total harmony with its natural surroundings.
  • A romantic candle-lit dinner in a mystery destination is included.
  • Select a movie of your choice and a projector and screen will be set up in your villa, complete with fresh popcorns.
  • The Five Mile Beach is perfect for those who like the morning run.
  • The resort supports a local school on the Koh Rong Island for introduction of more sustainable forms of agriculture.
     
Need to Know
  • There are only 27- one and two room villas.
  • Most fresh supplies are purchased from the market gardens on neighbouring Koh Rong.
  • Guests can also roam through stands of tropical fruit trees and other crops and hand pick the ingredients they want for the meals. The resort is also cultivating their own garden for a unique menu based on sustainability and sensuality.
  • Dress is generally informal. Bring lightweight clothing that wicks moisture. Laundry service is available.

The Review

With the increase in tourism to Cambodia, mainly to the cultural centres of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, both with excellent hotels to choose from, I have often wondered if only there was a place in Cambodia where travellers could finish their trip with an R&R. Before now there has been little in the way of luxury to entice a traveller to stay, moving them to head for another destination to quench their thirst for blue seas and sandy beaches along with pampering and luxury.

We heard of Song Saa sometime ago and couldn’t wait to visit and experience what was being planned. Once complete, I couldn't wait to see if they had created the perfect slice of paradise in the Gulf of Thailand.

Look
The entire space is beautifully constructed using natural materials, a high ceiling with an all-encompassing canopy so as to integrate seamlessly into the natural space. At the centre of its architectural design is its creative art by Melita, Rory Hunter’s lovely wife. Her creativity and personal touch can be felt even in our two bedrooms villa, so beautifully designed. The focus is on relaxing the mind, with a beautiful sunken bathtub, offering views over the bay through the full length window or lazing outside in a small pool. And a complimentary mini bar to spoil you.

Sleep
It has 27 thatched villas scattered variously over a forest-covered hill, along the water'sedge, and above the water on stilts. All the villas have secluded terraces, private pools, and all the high-end creature comforts Robinson Crusoe could only fantasize about. There is also a sanctuary where you can shower looking out over the sea, a private verandah to watch the sunsets and yes, should you wish, the resort’s chef can come and treat you to fresh seafood under the stars.

Eat
Meals are served at the over-water restaurant, beside the infinity pool (or even in it), in your villa, or on the beach. They say, meals in the resorts are mostly dependent on the chef and his moods. Luckily Neil, the chef here is fabulous with his creations, jovial and would happily cook for you even if the restaurant is closed. With no worries of being late for your meal at any time, life seems to be too good to be true.

Explore
The resort is small, that is the beauty of it, but the nature around is big. We heard that the adjacent Island had been dedicated to wildlife. So we jumped into a speed boat to see the wildlife for ourselves. There are horn bills, sea eagles and an abundance of sea-life, visible from walkways over the water. Snorkelling though not so great is possible and there’s a spa. However, a good way to build your appetite is to go kayaking in the mangroves.

One More Thing: While we set off for our rooms to rest, Rory, the owner struggles with new ways of making the development of his resort sustainable. In these economic hard times sustainable development for Rory has not been easy and so wasn’t the cancer for Melita but they have done well in sharing their passion with those who have found their way to this little paradise. The Hunters are what the islands are – Song Saa, meaning in the local language, ‘The Sweethearts’.

Getting There

From Phnom Penh. A luxury vehicle from the property will pick you up in one of their brand new BMW 5 series vehicles for the 3-hour transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to Sihanoukville Port, where a luxury speed boat will be waiting to whisk you away to the islands. Please contact the resort for more information and pricing of transfer options from Phnom Penh.

From Siem Reap. Both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh Airport have multiple daily services to virtually all Asian gateways, including Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur.

Cambodia Angkor Air operates 3 weekly flights (Mon, Wed and Fri) on their brand new ATR72 aircraft. The 50-minute journey will bring you directly to Sihanoukville International Airport, where we will pick you up for the 15-minute drive to Sihanoukville Port.

 
Song Saa, Cambodia Northwest, Cambodia

Song Saa Resort


Song Saa Resort has 27 villas (22 one bedroom villas and 5 two bedroom villas)

Jungle Villa – 1 bedroom
Location                On top of a hill
View                     Choice of sunrise or sunset view
Bed Type               1 King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child, or 3 adults (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Bathtub with indoor and outdoor shower
Outdoor                 Sundeck
No of Units             9
Size                      116 sqm / 1,248 sq ft


Jungle Villa – 2 bedroom    
Location                On top of a hill
View                     180 degree ocean view
Beds                     1 King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Bathtub with indoor and outdoor shower
Outdoor                 Sundeck, private kitchen
No of Units             2
Size                      309 sqm / 3,326 sq ft


Ocean View Villa – 1 bedroom
Location                On the Ocean front
View                     180 degree sunrise view
Beds                     1 King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Shower with separate bathtub
Outdoor                 Sundeck
No of Units             7
Size                      231 sqm / 2,486 sq ft


Overwater Villa – 1 bedroom
Location                Over the water
View                     Sunset view
Beds                     1 King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Bathtub with indoor and outdoor shower
Outdoor                 Sundeck
No of Units             6
Size                      136 sqm / 1,463 sq ft


Overwater Villa – 2 bedroom
Location                Over the water (direct access to the sea)
View                     Sunset view
Beds                     1 King size bed
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Bathtub with indoor and outdoor shower
Outdoor                 Sundeck
No of Units             6
Size                      309 sqm / 3,326 sq ft


Royal Villa - 2 bedroom    
Location                Over the water, discreet location
View                      Sunset view (direct access to the sea)
Rooms                   2 bedrooms
Beds                     1 King size bed and Twin beds
Occupancy             2 adults and 1 child (Rates quoted for 2 persons)
Bathroom               Bathtub with indoor and outdoor shower
Outdoor                 Sundeck, private kitchen, private jetty
No of Units             1
Size                      309 sqm / 3,326 sq ft


Policies
    Minimum check-in age is 18 years.
    Children of 5 years and under are complimentary.
    Children between 5 and 12 years get a 50% discount.
    Children of 13 years and above will be charged at full rate.
    Only one extra bed allowed in room. Baby cot is available.
    Airport transfer to/from local airport can be arranged by the property at a charge.
    Laundry and Internet access to WiFi is complimentary.
    Smoking rooms are available

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:         2:00 PM
    Check out:       12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:   1 night

 

Song Saa, Cambodia


What to do
Water Sports: Go snorkelling and explore the local reefs around the Song Saa Islands to see colourful coral – if you’re lucky you may even see a seahorse, grouper or a parrotfish or head out in one of our kayaks to explore the beautiful unspoiled coves and bays of the surrounding archipelago and have a picnic or take a personal guide to Koh Rong’s mangrove forest where you will see the marine and birdlife.

Cultural Adventure: Trek to the nearby fishing village and visit local people. Tour the local fruit orchards, and see what is being done to encourage sustainable livelihoods or explore the amazing Five Mile Beach with its beautiful powder white sand. If you feel more adventurous then take the rainforest tour on Koh Rong, where you will encounter some of the species and ecosystems of these forests.

Koh Tang Adventure: Take a speed boat and head out for a private excursion to the archipelago of Koh Tang, one of the last battlefields of the Vietnam War. Here you can go snorkelling on the one of the coral islands while the staff will organise your picnic.


When to go

The ideal time to visit Cambodia is between November and February when it is cool and dry. In the beginning of March, the heat begins to build until April when it can be quite oppressive and uncomfortable. In May and June the southwestern monsoon brings a measure of relief and also high humidity. The wet season, lasts until October but it rarely rains all day. It generally rains short spurts mostly in the afternoon or evening. Although the wet season can be a low season for tourism it has its own advantages. It is when the Angkor complex is at its most beautiful, the vegetation is lush, the moats for full of water and there are less tourists so you can explore the temples in peace.

Currency
The national currency is the Cambodian riel. In Cambodia, however, most prices are quoted in US dollars and travellers may find it convenient to carry small denomination notes in this currency.

Electricity
Electricity is 220 volts/50 cycles. Cambodia is plus seven hours GMT. The country is in the same time zone as neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Bargaining is customary in the local markets.

Tipping
If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many of our experiential and adventure destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.


Getting there

From Phnom Penh. A luxury vehicle from the property will pick you up in one of their brand new BMW 5 series vehicles for the 3-hour transfer from Phnom Penh Airport to Sihanoukville Port, where a luxury speed boat will be waiting to whisk you away to the islands. Please contact the resort for more information and pricing of transfer options from Phnom Penh.

From Siem Reap. Both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh Airport have multiple daily services to virtually all Asian gateways, including Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Kuala Lumpur.

Cambodia Angkor Air operates 3 weekly flights (Mon, Wed and Fri) on their brand new ATR72 aircraft. The 50-minute journey will bring you directly to Sihanoukville International Airport, where we will pick you up for the 15-minute drive to Sihanoukville Port.

From Sihanoukville Port.  An easy 35 minutes to Song Saa Private Island on their luxurious speed boat. The boat departs for the island at 9am, 1pm, and 5.30pm every day from Sihanoukville Passenger Port, Gate 1.

Visa & Health
Tourist visas are required and can be obtained in advance or on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap. In the latter case, guests must provide a passport photo and US$20. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and must have one entirely blank page for the visa. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.