Alila Villas Koh Russey, the brandâ€™s first resort in Cambodia, occupies its own private island in the Koh Rong archipelago.
The 50-pavilion, 13-villa boutique resort has a strong Khmer influence, and has been endorsed by EarthCheck, an Australia-based organisation that has benchmarked and certified Alila Villa Koh Russeyâ€™s areas of operational and environmental sustainability, as well as carbon dioxide emissions.
Most of the islandâ€™s natural foliage has been preserved, and 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-metres 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.
There are two restaurants on-site: Horizon, which serves up aÌ€ la carte breakfast and dinners with an emphasis on French and French fusion fare; and the Beach Shack, offering Khmer cuisine, seafood and light dishes.
Meanwhile, recreational facilities include the beachfront Spa Alila, an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, and a fitness centre with private yoga room â€“ where complimentary yoga and Tai Chi classes are held daily.
As well, hotel-arranged excursions include guided access to hidden temples, highland trekking in the Bokor National Park, exploring the Kepâ€™s Crab Market and Kampotâ€™s pepper plantation and taking in the laid-back riverfront scene.
The journey from tarmac to resort takes just a 20-minute private car transfer and speedboat ride from Sihanoukville Airport.