Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia’s first luxury private island resort, has unveiled its first mock-up villa.
The upmarket resort is being built on Koh Ouen and Koh Bong in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. On completion, the resort will feature 25 Rainforest, Beach and Overwater villas, each featuring a private pool. The resort is inspired by Cambodian fishing villages with features such as overwater buildings, thatched roofs, use of rough natural timbers and drift wood, while offering the amenities and services of a five-star resort.
At the heart of the resort will be an overwater restaurant and lounge, positioned just off the island’s shoreline and surrounded by ocean. Other resort facilities include an infinity edged pool, gym, spa & wellness centre, yoga & meditation centre and a beachside water sports centre offering a range of activities such as sailing, diving, kayaking and snorkelling.
“We are pleased to see the project’s steady progress. The completion of the first one-bedroom jungle villa marks a key milestone for Song Saa and illustrates the quality of development that we aim to achieve at the resort.” said Mr. Rory Hunter, CEO of Brocon, the Australian-owned company behind the development.
The resort commenced construction in March 2010 and is scheduled to welcome guests in November 2011. The second show villa will also be completed by mid-February.
The first phase of villas was launched for sale CB Richard Ellis in late 2009 and sold out within two months to investors from Japan, Norway, UK and France. Following this, the subsequent phase of one-bedroom over-water villas was launched in October 2010. The second phase of overwater villas has received interest from investors in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and the UK, with one sale now concluded, leaving only five overwater villas remaining for sale.
“While overwater villas are commonly seen in the Maldives, Song Saa is the first and only development at present to offer overwater villas for private ownership in Southeast Asia,” added Hunter.
“The quality of the completed show villa at Song Saa is unmatched by other product seen to date on Cambodia’s coastline and the development offers an opportunity for investors to get in early at the start of the development cycle.” said David Simister, Chairman of CB Richard Ellis Indochina.
Development on Cambodia’s coastline has been limited to date and tourism in Cambodia has been largely centred on Angkor Wat and Siem Reap. However, with regular air services from Siem Reap and Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville scheduled to begin in March, this is expected to be a major catalyst for growth in Sihanoukville and Cambodia’s south coast tourism. Song Saa is accessible by a 20-minute boat ride from the Sihanoukville port.
Alternatively, the resort can also be directly accessed by a one hour sea plane flight from Siem Reap. Brocon has recently finalised a deal with a sea plane operator to operate two daily flights to and from the island, making the resort extremely accessible for owners and hotel guests who combine their beach holiday with a trip to Angkor.
Heading the Song Saa Private Island’s management team will be Jean-Paul Riby, the resort’s General Manager who is a specialist in small, remote luxury resorts with over 15 years of experience.