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