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“This was 3 days of heaven on earth.” 5 of 5 stars
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Song Saa Private Island
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Koh Ouen, Sihanoukville 18000, Cambodia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 60 Hotels in Sihanoukville
Singapore, Singapore
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“This was 3 days of heaven on earth.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This private island was by far the best choice to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary !!!
It was romantic , secluded an all over breathtakingly beautiful .
There are more than enough to keep yourself busy with.
The food was of the best quality and not to speak of the warm and friendly service.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mark E, General Manager at Song Saa Private Island, responded to this review, June 17, 2013
Dear RouxA,

Thank you very much for taking the trouble to post your review of our Private Island. Coming from Singapore your comments are especially rewarding so thank you very much from the whole of our team.

We do hope to see you back again, so please consider us your home from home.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

We arrived to the 2BR villa and the interior design to it sustainability and green factor was just astounding. We couldn't get over the vistas from our infinity pool, the softness of the bathrobes to the availability of everything from an oven to our own mojito-making setup. The fridge was full of wine and soft drinks that are included as well, to our delight. I can't decide if my favorite was lounging in the main pool, stand up paddle boarding around the island, wakeboarding, the soft beds, or eating. The chef even secretly gave us the recipes to our favorite dishes! Definitely try the fish amok. The food is divine. You can get anything from pizza and frenchfries to haute cuisine. Just ask and it shall be given! Again, I love that this island is sustainable and does charity work and helps the local community.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013 via mobile

We had walked onto paradise! They gave groomed this resort so sublimely! From the amazing white sand and astonishing views to sunset on one side and sunrise on the other; From the drapery on the four poster beds to the sunken bath tub; from individual lap pools for every villa and the fully stocked bar; this is the most amazing place we have ever stayed! They remembered ever detail down to the Aesop products in the bathroom! Each villa is so amazing you will possibly forget you are in paradise and spend the whole time in your room! If you do get outside there is loads of great water sports to get involved in as well as day trips and sightseeing, daily yoga and great poolside dining!! Simply it's Heaven!!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Me and my friends were (more than) pleasantly surprised by the service and the room. We had the over water room which has a private pool looking out to the sea. There're even stairs from our pool area straight down to the sea! Before the trip, we were asked to fill in a simple questionnaire of what drinks we like, any allergies etc. And when we arrived, these were translated to what kind of drinks and snacks were stacked in our minibar. How thoughtful!
For alcohol lovers, you would find drinks in a half bamboo tray along the paths! And for movie night, they transformed our room into a mini movie theatre with a white cloth as a screen and a projector, complete with popcorn and ipad for movie choices. All in all, a wonderful stay which exceeded my expectations.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We enjoyed 5 fabulous nights at Song Saa after a few days around Siem Reap. It was a welcome relaxing break after days of tours & temples. At the moment it's a challenge to get to Song Saa but it's well worth the effort. The only flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville was booked out so we had to fly to Phnom Penh & the drive to Sihanoukville. There were no flights from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville which seems a somewhat under utilized airport at the moment (maybe plans for the future?).
Our flight was due to arrive at 12.15pm (fortunately it was on time) & we found out that the drive is usually around 4 hours with the last speedboat service due to leave at 4pm. In hindsight we should have caught an earlier flight from Phnom Penh (it seems you can't rely even on local Travel Agents to work this out).
Anyway, after quite a stressful drive, we made it just after 4pm & the speedboat waited for us to our enormous relief. I'm sure the logistics of getting there will improve over time.
Once we arrived we began to relax with the help of the welcoming party & a nice drink. No check in so straight to the room (Jungle Villa #4). In our opinion this is the best room on the island & it's the cheapest! The Jungle Villas are all located around the perimeter of the hill. #4 is the first one at the top of the path &, being on the end, has only a single neighbour. The tree-filtered sunset view out to the main island & fishing village is just superb &, being elevated, the whole room is very private. We enjoyed looking out at the fishing boats coming & going & watched the boat loads of staff being ferried to & from the island. This resort has clearly been good for local employment! The fit-out of the rooms is stunning with everything you could need including a mini bar stocked with drinks of your choice. The pool deck with daybed was just perfect.
We loved the carefully sifted sand pathways so no need for shoes at all after arrival. The resort is very thoughtfully designed with some great spaces for relaxing & dining. Daybeds are scattered around & the bar & restaurant areas are simply out of this world. Cocktails have never been so enjoyable!
For dinner every night we were offered a special dining experience. These included on the beach, in the pool (just up to our ankles) & a fabulous local feast served in our room. The food was amazing & we really appreciated the effort involved in provided these experiences.
Snorkelling, kayaking & catamaraning around the island is all good fun & included. We arranged a picnic boat trip to the other side of the big island (Koh Rong). This was nice but a bit pricey at A$550. It included a kayak trip up a deserted river.
On our last evening we were offered a complimentary sunset cruise which was another very nice & much appreciated touch. They are very much about experiences & they go out of their way to deliver. The staff were all so friendly & helpful without exception.
While we were there we heard stories about planned developments for the surrounding area & left thinking that maybe we came just in time. These plans probably won't become reality for a while but it would be a real shame not to experience Song Saa just the way it is now. Truly unforgettable.

Room Tip: Jungle Villas 4, 5 & 6 for a great combination of sunset views to the neighbouring island &...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We travelled to Song Saa with our two children - 3 and 2 yrs old - and in the words of my 3 year old when we entered our villa, "WOW"!. Everything about Song Saa is absolutely mind blowing, and it is not easy to write a review of such a wonderous place. The island itself is truly beautiful. The accomodation is simple and elegant, but appointed with every luxury that one could desire. The service is the perfect level of attentiveness, but not over bearing. The food is exceptional and some of the best that I have ever eaten. We were lucky enough to be there as part of a wedding group, and can I just say, it will no doubt go down as the best wedding EVER! Song Saa is like nothing you have ever experienced... pure magic. A huge thank you to all the staff on the island x

Room Tip: We stayed in one of the Ocean View villas and it was perfect in every way. Having read reviews of th...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Beautiful resort and villas (decor and design is outstanding), staff members are some of the best that I have had the pleasure of dealing with (nothing was too much for them and always with a smile) and the island has just enough to do for both adults and children alike (snorkelling, kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding). The spa was very good and reasonably priced.

The area of slight disappointment for my family and I was with the food. Or rather the choice of food. There are two restaurants at the resort and the food is of a pretty high standard but the menu's at both were a little too "posh" for our liking. I totally understand that for the money you pay, "posh" is to be expected but it would also be nice to eat casual should the urge so take you. Apart for the pizza (which was still a little up itself with goats cheese and onion marmalade type toppings) our 12 year old daughter struggled with the choices. She has a very adult palate at the best of times (she happily ate the rare veal loin in the chef's menu) but she would also liked to have a standard burger, sandwich or basic dessert once in a while. So would we.

The F & B Staff make a huge effort with the Destination Dining option offered everyday and I would urge all guests to try it at least once or twice.

It was my husband's 40th birthday whilst we were there and I had let the team know before our arrival but they went above and beyond what I was hoping for. Cake, champagne, great venue for dinner, throughout the day staff members congratulated him (by name!) and made him feel like it was his day and for that I am extremely grateful.

One tip for guests - the island has decided to have it's own "island time". They are an hour ahead of the mainland. This should be taken into account when organising transfers off the island. Because I did not know this when organising our return transfers, the timings meant we would have spent over 4 hours at Phnom Pehn airport (not appealing AT ALL) so we ended up taking a private boat transfer back 1 1/2 hours later at an extra cost. (Not the end of the world but would have been better had we been prepared).

Room Tip: We stayed in ocean view villa 22 which had the spa suite next to it, which meant it was always very...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Koh Ouen, Sihanoukville 18000, Cambodia
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Location: Cambodia > Sihanoukville Province > Sihanoukville
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Sihanoukville
#1 Luxury Hotel in Sihanoukville
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sihanoukville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Song Saa Private Island 5*
Number of rooms: 27
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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