Song Saa, Cambodia

Flanking two private islands off Cambodia’s south-west, Song Saa retreat is about low-impact design but high-style interiors. Bliss.

Where is it?
Flanking two private islands called Koh Ouen and Koh Bong off Cambodia’s south-west coastline, five hours by car and boat from Phnom Penh

Why is it amazing?
Translated in Khmer language as the ‘Sweetheart Islands’, Song Saa is Cambodia’s first high-end island getaway.

Located thirty kilometres off-shore, Australian owners Rory and Melita Hunter took six years to make their peaceful low-impact but high-style retreat which comprises of 27 thatched villas constructed from local sandstone, driftwood and recycled building materials.

Each is organic and deliciously comfortable, with private plunge pools and sun decks with gorgeous views and day beds shaded by driftwood twigs.

Inside there are plenty of special touches: an espresso machine, sumptuous Ploh linen, complimentary mini bar and terrazzo bathtubs built for two. It’s the Hunters’ community responsibilities that really shine.

Koh Bong is a preserve of nature trails and nesting boxes for hornbills, and the surrounding waters a marine reserve for seahorses, giant clams, and sea turtles; the breezy open-sided restaurant serves a sophisticated and very contemporary take on Khmer cuisine using only locally harvested fish and vegetables.

Don’t leave without
Trekking to the squeaky white sands of uninhabited Nine Mile Beach on nearby Koh Rong where staff set up an indulgent picnic of salads, fresh crusty breads and bubbly under oversized paper umbrellas

When to go
The dry season, from November to March.

From $1272 per night for a one bedroom jungle villa all inclusive; +61 414251157;

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