LAST UPDATED: 29th June 2016 at 10:01am
A private, secluded hideaway, Song Saa is huge on sustainability, but what they do in this area (and it's a lot - the hotel's work with surrounding communities is astounding) is brilliantly matched with top-notch levels of service, style and heaps of comfort.
Its owners Rory and Melita Hunter have created a harmonious balance in the 27 villas that dot the retreat - over the water (below), on the beach, or on the rainforest-shrouded hillside. The resort is situated on two interlinked tropical islands (the name means 'the sweethearts' in Khmer), and is surrounded by white sand and virgin coral reefs, in the unscathed, entirely romantic Koh Rong archipelago.
Food-wise, chef Joel Wilkinson conjures up a modern take on local flavours (head to the Driftwood Bar for a tapas-style menu with a twist). It's certainly no surprise that Song Saa has made its way on to the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List for 2015. Gold stars all round, we think.
WOW FACTOR: Book on to one of the three programmes at the Song Saa Sanctuaries and you'll have a private consultation with the 'Head of Wellness'.
GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company (www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £2,545 per person, all-inclusive. Includes flights and transfers
FLIGHT TIME: 14 hours
LAST UPDATED: 18th September 2014 at 10:53am
If this itinerary is ringing your bell, you're probably looking for more than just a typical atoll in the Maldives. Song Saa is one such island.
A private, secluded and unique hideaway, its owners Rory and Melita Hunter have created a perfect balance of style and sustainability in the 27 villas that dot the retreat - over the water, on the beach, or tucked away on the rainforest-shrouded hillside. From the driftwood and timber furniture made from old fishing boats, to the Aesop toiletries beside your vast bath, the concept of barefoot luxury has never been executed so well. The resort is situated on two interlinked tropical islands (the name means 'the sweethearts' in Khmer) and is surrounded by white sand and virgin coral reefs, marooned in the untouched Koh Rong archipelago.
Whether you spend your days enthralled by the unspoiled coves and bays or nip on an island safari with one of Song Saa's conservation specialists, it's all part of their 'always included' programme that means you can experience whatever you like, all day long, without the dollar bills racking up. When it comes to food, chef Joel Wilkinson conjures up a modern take on local flavours - and, for all you people who dare detox out there, they even have a menu dedicated to healthy eating, while vegetarians and vegans are welcomed with sumptuous local ingredients.
WOW FACTOR Kingfisher-spotting through Koh Rong's thriving mangrove forest on a private tour. Magical.
GO The Turquoise Holiday Company www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk offers eight nights from £2,875 per person. Includes flights, accommodation, and all meals and transfers
LAST UPDATED: 7th December 2013 at 11:50am
You thought the Maldives were beautiful? Well, you haven't seen Song Saa.
The resort, which is situated on two inter- linked, rainforest-covered islands (the name means 'the sweethearts' in Khmer) is surrounded by white sand and virgin coral reefs, and marooned in the untouched Koh Rong archipelago off the coast of Cambodia.
Owners Rory and Melita Hunter have created a unique blend of style and sustainability in the 27 luxurious villas, which are dotted over water, on the beach and tucked up in the rainforest-shrouded hillside.
No detail has been overlooked, from the driftwood and timber furniture made from old fishing boats, to the Aesop toiletries beside your window-surrounded bath.
The 'always included' rates mean you can indulge, safe in the knowledge that everything from sunrise to sunset is covered.
WOW FACTOR The stunning over-water, alfresco restaurant, where chef Neil Wager conjures up a modern take on local flavours.
FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours.
LAST UPDATED: 1st November 2012 at 2:35pm
Cambodia is a place of fascinating contrasts: a land of peaceful people recovering from conflict; luxe hotels and simple village life; lush jungle and caster-sugar beaches.
Travellers have long been drawn to Siem Reap's ancient temples, but since an Australian couple, Rory and Melita Hunter, opened the country's first luxury beach resort on their pair of private islands, Song Saa, it's now possible to combine magical temples with unspoiled beaches.
Meaning 'the sweethearts' in Khmer, Song Saa, in the Koh Rong archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand, radiates romance. The 61 islands are untouched, so visitors are among the few to step foot on this pristine paradise. Spanning two islands connected by a walkway, there are just 27 villas - overwater, ocean view and jungle (our top choice).
With an 'always included'
policy, everything from the world-class food to the mini-bar is
covered. And whether you kayak into nearby mangrove forests, watch
hornbills land on your sundeck, or stay
in bed, Song Saa is barefoot perfection.
WOW FACTOR: Take a 30-minute speedboat trip to Five Mile Beach on the nearby Koh Rong. While you take a dip in the warm turquoise waters, Song Saa staff will set up parasols, cushions and a gourmet picnic.
FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours
WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring