The long-awaited debut of Alila Villas Koh Russey on the Cambodian Riviera will be welcoming guests this November. Hailed as one of the most anticipated openings, Alila Villas Koh Russey resides on its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago. The journey from tarmac to resort takes just a 20-minute private car transfer and speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Airport.
This will be brand Alila’s first resort in Cambodia, sharing the group’s philosophy of innovative design, personalized service and unique guest experiences that has made its hotels – including Alila Villas Uluwatu, AlilaSeminyak, AlilaYangshuo, and Alila Fort Bishangarh – instant successes. Alila Villas Koh Russey is set to serve up pristine bays, dramatic peninsulas, copper-sand beaches, and tropical forests.
The 50-pavilion, 13-villa boutique resort has a strong Khmer influence. Master architect Chioh-Hui Goh, of Singaporean firm Studiogoto, comments: “Like the relevance of the Krama (a patterned cloth widely used in Khmer life) to the Cambodian people, it has inspired much of the geometry in our design concept, in fusing the architecture, landscaping and interior works with the destination while paying tribute to the local artisans.”
Chioh-Hui Goh’s design has also been endorsed by EarthCheck, an Australia-based organization that has benchmarked and certified Alila Villa Koh Russey’s areas of operational and environmental sustainability, as well as carbon dioxide emissions. Most of the island’s natural foliage has been preserved, with the low-density structures accounting for just 15% of the 60-acres of lush grounds. Other sustainable features include villa systems that automatically adjust lighting and temperature when occupants enter or leave, a fishing exclusion zone which is set at 200-meters around the resort to preserve the marine environment, and a special nursery which aims to protect more than 20 species of trees indigenous to the island.
For foodies, there will be two specialty restaurants: Horizon – which will serve à la carte breakfast and dinners with an emphasis on French and French fusion fare – and the Beach Shack a place for guests to kick back and enjoy Khmer cuisine, seafood and light dishes.
Those looking for wellness and rejuvenation will love the beachfront Spa Alila, offering classic Spa Alila holistic treatments that nurture mind, body, and soul. Signature treatments will include Khmer healing techniques and local ingredients such as virgin coconut oil, to reflect its locality. Other in-house facilities include an infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a well-equipped fitness center with a private yoga room where guests can enjoy complimentary daily yoga and Tai Chi classes.
With complimentary shuttle boat transfers on daily schedules to the mainland, Alila Villas Koh Russey is the perfect vacation island to enjoy the Alila Experience on the Riviera. Surprisingly different excursions include guided access to hidden temples, highland trekking in the Bokor National Park, exploring the Kep’s Crab Market and Kampot’s pepper plantation and taking in the laid-back riverfront scene.
Thanks to the two and four-bedroom villas, Alila Villas Koh Russey is a great option for families looking to enjoy the privacy of their own space, terrace, pool, and garden as well as optional Chef and Butler services while the one-bedroom villas offer an exclusive honeymoon experience for couples.
The magical, intimate island of Koh Russey (Bamboo Island) is described by some as ‘a jewel by the sea’. Its dramatic headland is covered in lush, tropical forest with a kilometer of coppery powder-sand beaches bordering its stunning coastline.
Luxury is a State of Being… quite simply this is the place to be on the Cambodian Riviera.