Song Saa Private Island
What To Know
- The onsite restaurant serves Western and Cambodian dishes
- The resort holds regular meditation and yoga sessions
- Drop by the Song Saa Sanctuary for a relaxing massage
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
Song Saa Private Island is located in Koh Ouen.
Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 27 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring private pools. Satellite programming and iPod docking stations are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free international calls.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. After a day at the private beach, you can enjoy other recreational amenities including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and complimentary babysitting/childcare.
Food & Drink
This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities.
Enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s dining establishments, which include 2 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Mingle with other guests at a complimentary reception, held daily. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. For your convenience, a complimentary breakfast is served daily.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-in, express check-out, and dry cleaning/laundry services.
How to Get There
This, as many have already said, is like a trip to the Maldives but with a conscience. Food and accommodation are top notch and the staff are wonderful. The reef is thriving with very good snorkelling (not quite like the Maldives) and the beach is gorgeous. We stayed for 12 nights all-inclusive (my wife and 2 children aged 14 & 12) in a 2 bedroom over water villa which was huge with all mod cons and AI covered everything (apart from reserve wine list) including sparkling Rose / Prosecco.
We flew into Phnom Penh and the social and economic challenges of this country are very apparent, particularly with the levels of plastic litter and pollution. We drove for c.6 hours to Sihanoukville (which is pretty grim) on the coast where the boat takes you out to Song Saa and for the entire time we saw plastic discarded on the streets, fields, streams and public areas. We flew back from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh and this was much better than the drive.
Once on the boat the challenges of this beautiful country are somewhat forgotten other than the constant reminder of the plastic pollution which washes up on other islands and can be seen in streams floating in currents on the sea (there isn’t one recycling plant in the whole of Cambodia). The local village on Koh Rong has had major funds donated by the foundation at Song Saa and they are doing some excellent outreach work with them, especially the children. A visit there is well worth it and we also brought a lot of old clothes with us to donate and pens / paper.
Days on the island drifted away easily with Yoga every morning before a fabulous breakfast, snorkelling, kayaking (they need to replace the broken windsurfers), reading, visits to the spa, hanging out at the plunge-pool of our villa, sundowners with magical sunsets, lots of extra activities on in the day if you want them and excellent suppers. One suggestion is to get some more chilled / deep house / ibiza type tunes to listen to while sat on the bar beds watching the glorious sunsets. The very limited playlists on offer (and on constant repeat) was a real miss.
More people need to go to Cambodia and support the people while at the same time challenge the looming environmental disaster and hope that the seemingly apathetic government realise that sustainable eco-tourism will attract more affluent travellers willing to invest in their country. Well done to the team at Song Saa and keep on raising the bar of luxury travel, social outreach and environmental sustainability.
We knew Song Saa would be good and we were not disappointed. From the time we left the jetty on the speedboat with glass of fizz in hand to the time we sadly had to leave to come home this was a get away from it all that was something special. The meals in different locations made each dinner have a special twist and on the beach next to the waves under torchlight was extra special. Kevin the manager, with his soft Irish lilt, always came to talk to us each meal and made us feel like we were at home but in a very exotic location! All the staff always had large smiles and couldn’t wait to say hello and test their English on us and were very professional and attentive. If you can afford to come here once in your life then you should as it is a once in a lifetime experience.
My wife and I decide to o a four day holiday to Song Saa. The initial contact with the the reservation team was very good, and they do accomodate your arrival needs where possible, to get to the boat ramp for the trip out to the island. The trip out to the island is very nice and the staff on the boat are great as the first introduction into what you are about to immerse yourself into. Once on the island and after an initial greeting the staff member then takes you to your room. There is no 'reception' as such and this is a bit different.
The rooms are amazing. We stayed in a jungle room, with a great view. The beds are fantastic, the quality is amazing. The individual private pools to each villa are great. The pools are unusually colder than the actual ocean was. But certainly not detrimentally cold.
There are lots of nice touches including little scrolls inviting you to dinner at various places and also little night time turn down treats. The showers etc are fantastic. Rooms are very tidy and you certainly don't feel like there is another 'villa' next to you.
The other facilities on the island include a gym with a spectator view. The equipment is basic, but you can achieve most work outs to keep yourself going. I wouldn't really want to be in the gym with more than one other person though, but when I was there I was on my own and it was great.
The main pool area is fantastic. A large infinity pool with the ocean behind it. There is a pool bar, plenty of beds and lounges. A great place to chill out.
Vista is the main dinning/bar area. It is an amazing place to have breakfast, afternoon drinks and dinner. This is one of our favourite places. Make sure you look around as there are plenty of fish to see and sights to take in. The staff are amazing and look after you. Take the time to talk to them and find out a bit more about them, Learn the language, a thank you in Khmer I am sure goes a long way.
Snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking are all on offer. We certainly enjoyed the snorkelling on the local reef's. There is also the chance to do a guided snorkelling session and a donation for the environmental fund is a great way of paying it.
A few things to consider. It's expensive. Sure if money is not an issue for you then this is a great place anyway, but just be aware that it isn't cheap. Plus there is a 20% tax on almost everything.
The island does amazing things with the environment and conservation, however this is a billboard for what plastic is doing to our planet. To see plastic bottles floating around in the ocean and on the beach is heartbreaking. Be prepared for that, it kinda sucks. But again if you see it, pick it up. It's not hard. Although we can't remember where name the marine biologist from Exeter university has a passion for working at Song Saa and for the work she does that is inspirational to everyone.
The food is made to a great standard. There is lots of choices and the drinks were great. We really loved the fact that we didn't wear shoes again after the first day until we left. The washing feet ritual before going into a villa or down the boardwalk to Vista become something we enjoyed.
Although it is expensive we love what Song Saa does for the people who work there. Out of the tax 8% goes towards the works directly and 2% goes towards an event for them, as we found out a recent one was for the staff to go to Siem Reap to discover their culture heritage, that's amazing.
We will hopefully return one day, it was a magnificent time. I would highly recommend this to anyone. The staff from the general manager down lead by example and if the rest of Cambodia could take a leaf out of how Song Saa does business with the environment, the education and the Cambodian staff it could only be for a richer future in all aspects.
Song Saa is the absolute best place to gather your thoughts and recharge. The sustainable environs are only the beginning. The appointments in each villa are beyond perfection. Then there is the staff...who can not do enough for guests. I mean basically the staff anticipates your every want or need. Did I mention the spectacular sunsets and food? We were in a villa on the water... throughout the day the views were breathtaking. Ending with an amazing sunset. The food was delicious...and available all day long delivered to your villa or at one of the 2 restaurants.
My husband and I cannot say enough about our stay, which was too short.
ps As a bonus to the property...the sustainable efforts and values outlined by the foundation are so admirable and important to the world we live in.
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