The Royal Sands Koh Rong is the Cambodian island’s first luxury offering, bringing a taste of the high life to its idyllic shores. Set amid powdery sand and turquoise waters, this new resort is a prime destination for a relaxing getaway.
Location This five-star property is nestled along a 550m-long stretch of private beach that overlooks the translucent turquoise waters on the south-western coast of Koh Rong. Private boats to the island take one hour from the mainland port of Sihanoukville.
Rooms The 67 freestanding villas take in ocean view and beachfront villas – some with private plunge pools – and two- and three-bedroom options. All are spacious and fitted with super king-size beds, sofas and an impressively large bathroom, with separate toilet and shower, as well as an outdoor rain shower.
A simple yet stylish theme runs throughout with contemporary designs given a Khmer twist, adding to the luxuriously calm atmosphere that sits at the resort’s core.
I stayed in the Ocean View Villa, which, in line with the rest of the accommodation, has a bright feel, thanks to light pouring in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Lying in bed in the morning and looking out at the pristine beach views was heavenly, as was sitting on the private terrace to watch sunset.
A minibar is provided, as is complimentary fruit, safety box, plasma TV, Wi-Fi and coffee machine.
F&B Part of Royal Sands’ beauty is its isolation. However, that makes eating off-site difficult, with the closest option a 20-minute drive away, and anything else much further. Thankfully, guests have two options, each with expansive menus.
The Chill is perfect for lunch, snacks, sundowners or a more relaxed dinner overlooking the ocean. This poolside restaurant also serves beverages throughout the day and evening. The Ocean Restaurant also affords stunning views and serves an extensive buffet breakfast as well as more fine dining evening options.
Facilities A spacious infinity pool overlooks the ocean, with bamboo cocoons perfect for relaxing in nestled above private Jacuzzis.
A spa, yoga sala and gym cater to those wanting to indulge in some wellness while away. A range of activities take in snorkelling, kayaking, island hopping, diving, fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, mountain biking and trekking.
Service The staff were exemplary of Cambodian hospitality: welcoming, passionate and always on hand to help, as well as offer recommendations for activities.
Royal Sands Koh Rong is a truly welcome addition to the island, offering the ultimate luxurious paradise island escape for those seeking simple yet sophisticated solace.
No. of rooms 67
Rates From US$540
Tel: (855) 2390 0791