Travel trends 2014: Cambodia

I continue my look at where’s on the radar for 2014.

Today: CAMBODIA

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With one of the most idyllic settings in the world, Song Saa Private Island, is the ultimate castaway retreat (www.songsaa.com). The only top-end resort in the Koh Rong islands in Cambodia, it won’t be long before this largely undiscovered area is on everyone’s must-see list. Found off the coast of Sihanoukville, the resort offers eco-luxe villas with outdoor showers, an Ila spa and an overwater restaurant offering experimental Khmer dishes.

Owned by Brit couple, Rory and Melita Hunter, Song Saa offers a glamourous green sensibility with meticulously thought-out details. Many of the interiors have been created from local or recycled materials – from driftwood columns to fishing boats used as wall art, in-room toiletries are by Aesop and the Champagne bar is just the spot to watch the sun go down. The resort is also being recognized as a pioneering new model for sustainability, at the luxury end, with the owners launching a separate organization, the Song Saa Foundation, to focus on conservation and work with local communities (www.songsaafoundation.org). For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, book into one of the healing retreats based around Buddhist philosophy. Guests can experience a mix of ancient healing practices, such as chakra-alignment, Reiki, Ayurveda, yoga, guided meditations, as well as specially prepared spa cuisine and nurturing activities. Go before everyone else does.

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