Song Saa to plant 120ha sustainable luxury resort in Siem Reap

Song Saa (pictured)

The owners of Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia is inviting developers and investors to be a part of its latest sustainable hospitality project, a 120ha integrated resort in Siem Reap.

The site of the new Song Saa Reserve project is five minutes from the famed Angkorian temple of Banteay Srei, with a 35ha lake as a central feature.

The site of the Song Saa Reserve project

In line with the ethos of Song Saa Private Island and sister NGO Song Saa Foundation, the new project is positioned as an ethically led integrated resort that blends luxury tourism with initiatives that restore and improve the local natural and human environment.

Investors will have the opportunity to purchase plots for hospitality-based projects, including a projected seven resorts. With over 120ha of land available, Song Saa Collective says developers can consider projects “on a scale that is unrealistic in Siem Reap city”.

Among the sustainable tourism features proposed are a hospitality training centre, a “Green School”, rainforest nursery, permaculture gardens and a solar farm.

With an environment and social plan as well as a rainforest restoration strategy in place, implementing agency Song Saa Foundation will work with developers to uphold sustainability standards at Song Saa Reserve.

“Since Melita and I arrived in Cambodia in 2005, we’ve felt a deep sense of commitment to developing the country in a way that’s inclusive and aligns all stakeholder interests while showing the world how special this country is,” said Rory Hunter, CEO and co-founder of the Song Saa Collective.

“The Song Saa Reserve scales up our ethos and approach and allows Cambodia to show the world how tourism, done right, is a powerful means for lifting people out of poverty and protecting the environment, while delivering lifetime experiences to global travellers and attractive returns to our shareholders.”

Coopers Hill is responsible for the site’s master planning, and real estate company CBRE is acting as the sole agent.

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