I really expected to love the Song Saa, and while it is a nice resort (really lovely villas, though not very private; nice water, small but lovely sand beach; excellent plunge pools) it does not compare well against other properties in its price category elsewhere. It should be priced at 1/2 its cost, but we expected much more at this price level. The island is very small and feels quite overdeveloped; villas are quite close together and the beach is really tiny; at full capacity I can anticipate problems arising over the lack of space. And despite this, they have the cheek to charge for excursions to a local, larger beach.
Service is well-meaning, but not what you expect at £1400 a night. Each room service request took multiple phone calls to sort. The place felt poorly managed. The main restaurant/bar closed early, inexplicably, one night; we arrived for a drink only to find it locked down. There were only 4 wines on offer (despite our asking for the reserve list, which never materialised); the food also was of very average quality--not up to par with what is served at even 4* properties). The "dining in the pool" option suggested to us was particularly odd-- we should have been told that we would have dinner at a table sitting in 3 inches of water on a windy night (ie: your feet are in water for the meal(why ?). All the diners sat with their feet splayed on the table support.
If you are looking for a luxury beach tag-on to a trip to Siem Reap (which is what we did), this is really the only Cambodian option-- not a bad one, and a nice add-on. But as a destination trip on its own, I can't really recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Song Saa Private Island is a haven of sustainable luxury nestled in the undiscovered beauty of Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. With unique, world-class cuisine, stunning sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand, and an array of spa and wellness treatments, Song Saa offers the ultimate indulgence for mind, body and soul. Best of all, our commitment to environmental and community programs means you’ll be treading lightly on this special piece of paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Song Saa Private Island Hotel Sihanoukville