Alila Villas, Koh Russey Cambodia, Phnom Penh and The South
This contemporary, open-plan resort sits on the peaceful island of Koh Russey in the Koh Rong archipelago. Getting to the island takes just 10-15 minutes by boat from the mainland.
You’ll likely want to spend most of your time here relaxing. The resort has a private stretch of beach that spans 1.2km and is shaded by trees and an incredible infinity pool that faces out to the ocean. Activities include yoga, water-sports and beach cinema nights. If you do get itchy feet there are day trips to the mainland and mountains.
Other facilities include a small gym and a spa where you can enjoy ancient Asian healing treatments. With regards to dining, there are two options. The Horizon restaurant is open-air and looks out to the pool and ocean, serving up delicious French fusion and Asian cuisine using farm-to-table ingredients. The fresh seafood here is a particular highlight. For a more casual option, sink your toes into the sand as you enjoy lighter meals and drinks at the beach shack. Sit back on a sun lounger here and sip on a drink as you watch the sunset over the horizon.
Garden and Ocean Pavilions rooms sit amongst the gardens with views peeping out to the ocean. They are reasonably spacious, with sleek interiors, wooden floors and furnishings. Bathrooms are just as large as the bedroom and living area, with double vanities, huge bathtubs (only in the Garden Pavilions) and rain showers. Garden rooms are on the bottom floor, with a nice patio area, while the Ocean rooms are on the top floors with better views out to the sea.
The resort also has one and two bedroom villas, each with its own pool, deck and gardens. The grand four bedroom Beach Estate is great for groups and can accommodate up to 8 adults. It sits away from the other rooms and enjoys a view across the ocean.
Luxury - Luxury hotels would have a superb level of service, very comfortable and usually spacious bedrooms, excellent food, great design and character. For us, when we visited, these places all had the 'wow factor'. A luxury hotel should satisfy the criteria of the most discerning clients.