Posted on 17.07.2017 under Destinations
'Luxury that treads lightly' is a way of living at Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia. Established to offer the very utmost in terms of indulgent luxury, while simultaneously taking every measure to protect the environment and nearby marine life, Song Saa Private Island is the perfect juxtaposition. Situated in Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago, the resort comprises two pristine islands that lay side by side, known locally as Song Saa - Khmer for 'The Sweethearts'. This creative and forward-thinking property welcomes its responsibility as a custodian of the surrounding wildlife; mimicking the country's traditional fishing villages, twenty-four Villas, each with a private pool, project a feeling of awe and are true sanctuaries amongst the beautiful surrounding nature.
Every part of this resort focuses on the local, from the cuisine and the sourcing of products for Villas to the unwavering principles of community involvement. Overwater, Jungle and Ocean-View Villas compose an expressive design aesthetic, in which the overarching theme is the natural. Bridging the gap between an ultra luxurious accommodation offering and an almost hyper-awareness of the environment, materials are cleverly used to mirror everyday-Cambodia, such as recycled timber from disused fishing boats and driftwood collected from local beaches and coves. Villas radiate this constant local touch, in an unwavering sense of synergy with the sea, the rainforests and culture; textures are a reference to the fishing villages with pitched roofs and open plan living spaces, effortlessly welcoming in soothing natural sunlight.
Dining at Song Saa Private Island celebrates age-old Cambodian traditions joining with modern Western techniques. Vista Bar and Restaurant overlooks a stunning seascape replete with dramatic sunsets and vivid starry nights, and captures the essence of contemporary Cambodian cuisine. Driftwood Bar showcases a more playful menu, serving tapas-style dishes and pizza. Rustic and relaxed, it is the perfect spot for a sundowner. A carefully selected menu of ingredients is listed under Spa Nutrition, each one nourishing with bountiful antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Minimising any environmental footprint, sea salt is sourced from local producers, and many herbs and vegetables are home grown in the island’s organic garden. Trade items between Song Saa Private Island and members of the community include wildlife-friendly rice, honey, cashew nuts and Cambodia’s very own famous Kampot pepper. Vegans too will find that they are exceptionally well-accommodated here - the joy in dining at Song Saa Private Island is derived from an excellent aptitude for culinary creativity and inclusion.
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