The Royal Sands Koh Rong is a new all-villa resort comprising of 67 units on Cambodia’s second largest island. There are 30 villas featuring their own personal pools. The 5-star resort spans a 550-metre stretch of pristine, soft, white sandy beach which descends into crystal-clear turquoise water. The resort is located an hour by own catamaran boat west of Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand.
The property was built on the highest standard on 7.2 hectare of land which will certainly become the benchmark for future beach resorts in Cambodia.
Welcome to Cambodia’s second largest island, Koh Rong (Khmer for “Rong Island”). Its name is something of a mystery. “Rong” is an old Khmer term for a cave or tunnel. It’s also used to describe a form of shelter, although some of the islanders say Koh Rong is named after a person long since forgotten in the mists of time.
The island is its own “Sangkat” (local district), located 25 kilometres (16 miles) off the port town of Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of approximately 78 square kilometres (30 sq. miles) and boasts 43kms (27 miles) of pristine beaches. There are four village communities within the boundaries of Koh Rong, namely Koh Touch, Doeum D’keuw, Prek Svay and Sok San.
Its balmy, tropical climate provides a year round temperature of between 27 and 30oC and a consistently sublime water temperature that hovers around 30oC. There are two distinct seasons; the monsoon or wet season from June to September and the dry season from October to May.
Surprisingly, the island’s vegetation ranges from dense jungle to savannah, which dominates the interior. Many tree species are to be found on Koh Rong, including native Teak, Tamarind, Fig and the mythical Banyan, which all support a huge variety of animals, such as monkeys, birds, snakes and even buffalo. The surrounding waters are teaming with tropical fish and coral.
It’s yours to enjoy, but please remember that part of Koh Rong is a Marine Reserve and therefore all coral, shells and marine life are protected. We ask for your assistance in protecting Cambodia’s heritage. Please do not remove anything from the water and do not damage the reef whilst swimming and snorkeling
The Royal Sands Koh Rong is located an hour by boat west of Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand. A few airlines operate flights into Sihanoukville, from Siem Reap and other regional centres. The Royal Sands Koh Rong can arrange round-trip transfers for guests from the airport to the port and then onto the island itself, in its very own luxury ferry.
HELICOPTER TRANSFER PRICE
The Royal Sands Koh Rong is in partnership with Helicopter Cambodia to provide the very best in private helicopter transfers between the resort and Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Our 67 villas reflect our commitment to providing an ambience of luxurious relaxation and calming inspiration. The bedrooms are spacious and positioned so as to allow guests to enjoy the best views from their beds. The bathrooms are equally spacious, featuring indoor and outdoor rain showers. Tropical, uncluttered décor provides a contemporary and relaxing feel.
Each villa is freestanding and offers high-quality amenities. They are fitted with Super King-size beds. Sofa beds for additional guests are available on request. Sofas are located inside, with day-beds on the outdoor area, offering guests a variety of options on which to relax.
3-BEDROOM BEACHFRONT POOL VILLA
Offering the ultimate in privacy, The Royal Sands’ premium villa is located at the far end of the resort, with direct access to the beach yet within easy reach of the Chill Lounge and main pool. The three-bedroom villa offers two independent bedrooms on the ground floor, set around an 18 meters private pool, with a third bedroom on the upper floor which is accessed by a private staircase. This room offers unparalleled views of the resort and the ocean beyond from its open-air terrace.
The last word in comfort and sophistication, this accommodation provides the perfect, private retreat.
Refreshingly open-air, this is the perfect place for lunch, sundowners or a relaxed ocean-front dinner. For the chefs, the focus is on quality, simplicity and authenticity. During lunch, we keep it simple with a-la-minute BBQ seafood, crunchy crisp salads, pizzas and burgers. For dinner, we move away from “comfort food” and offer refined Asian dishes. But whatever time of day, The Chill serves up freshly-squeezed juices, chilled beers, a great selection of wines by the glass and sublime tropical cocktails.
Every day spent at The Royal Sands Koh Rong should start and end here. Taking pride of place in the centre of the resort, our open-air Ocean Restaurant serves up Cambodia’s finest buffet breakfast and, by night, is transformed into a truly romantic setting, awash with candlelight and a balmy sea breeze. As with everything we do, the focus is on quality. We use only the finest international and local produce to create something for everyone. Select your options from a range of evening menus, offering western classics, Cambodian “must-haves” and the most popular dishes from across Southeast Asia. The service is attentive, yet discreet. The atmosphere is refined, yet relaxed.
Step through its solid timber doors and leave the world far behind you. Senses Spa at The Royal Sands Koh Rong offers a range of traditional and contemporary therapies to calm the mind and energise the soul. Features include a semi open-air ‘sala’ for foot and Khmer massages, an outdoor yoga ‘sala’ dedicated to the art of breathing & stretching and private rooms for more specialised therapies. Talk to our staff about booking a treatment in a room which comes equipped with indoor shower and glass floor. These rooms offer the unique opportunity to deeply relax into your treatment while gazing at tropical fish.
An outdoor yoga ‘sala’ dedicated to the art of breathing, overlooking the mountains of Koh Rong. Recommend to book in advance your private Yoga class with our team upon arrival at resort.
For gym lovers and those who wish to keep the holiday calories under control, the fitness center is located immediately in front of the spa area, overlooking the mountains of Koh Rong.
The Royal Sands’ dramatic black swimming pools is situated adjacent to The Chill. Nests sit in the water, in front of the two jacuzzis. Guests can enjoy the pool throughout the day with a full food & drink service.
In this part of the world, “island hopping” has become something of a rite of passage and Koh Rong offers some beautiful options. Explore nearby bays and encounter the locals in truly unspoiled locations
Sok San Bay offers a stunning underwater panorama. Our beach boys will direct you to the best spots. They’ll also be happy to act as a guide or teacher. Buoyancy vests are available for inexperienced swimmers. Some of the best areas for snorkeling are around the jetty and the rocks at the corner of the beach, but a half-hour stroll from the resort is a reef we’ve called “Khmer Garden”. Guides are readily available if you’re the slightest bit unsure about how to get there.
Or Blue Lagoon Snorkelling Tour:
A 20-minute boat ride takes you to an exclusive treasure trove of coral and tropical fish. The Blue Lagoon is a magical cove, set in a protected marine area. It offers shallow snorkeling amidst swathes of mesmerizing anemone. Need we say more?
Cambodia remains one of the diving world’s best kept secrets and Koh Rong’s crystal-clear waters offer the perfect location. Its many reefs provide dozens of shallow dive sites with little or no current. This makes Koh Rong’s waters some of the safest on Earth.
Access to these dive sites is just a few minutes by boat and a world of discovery awaits. An abundance of marine life can be enjoyed, including coral, sponges, specialist flat worms, colorful nudibranchs and a dizzying array of tropical fish. If you were trying to find Nemo, you can relax.
The Royal Sands Koh Rong has its own PADI Dive Center headed up by our Activity Manager, Lionel Bonnett. Lionel has logged more than 6,000 dives all over the world. You could not be in safer or more knowledgeable hands.
Koh Rong might be a famed beach destination, but the island’s interior of jungle, mangrove and savannah is well worth exploring. We’d recommend seeing it by kayak or while you fish.
The areas surrounding Sok San Bay are completely untouched by commercial fishing, providing a rewarding few hours for those who love to cast a line. Try your luck with our local fishermen on a traditional wooden boat.
Stand Up Paddle (SUP)
Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) is ideal for strengthening the muscles of the core and is one of the world’s fastest growing fitness trends. Rental includes life jacket.
While we understand completely that you wouldn’t necessarily choose to leave the luxury of The Royal Sands Koh Rong, we encourage you to venture out of this comfort zone and explore your island paradise. One of the most adventurous ways to do this is by bike. Pick one up at the Activity Centre. Our knowledgeable team will explain everything you need to know. Guides are available for the more challenging routes.
You are more than welcome to trek alone on the trails and small paths on the island. Just be aware that many of the smaller paths have been cut by wood loggers and can go deep into the jungle. Our local guides will be happy to help you discover the island’s hidden treasures such as The Waterfall, Chnee Cheeb Bay and Koh Touch etc..
Bioluminescent plankton is a wonder of nature and is not to be missed during your stay at The Royal Sands Koh Rong. Our pristine bay provides the perfect conditions for one of the ocean’s strangest natural phenomena. Your guide will accompany you into the shallows for an experience you will never forget.