Alila Villas Koh Russey: This dreamy eco-conscious resort in Cambodia is the natural choice for your next getaway


Alila Villas Koh Russey 2019

More hotels and resorts are turning to green initiatives in a bid to minimize the environmental footprint on Mother Earth, and Alila Villas Koh Russey is no different. It’s actually the first resort in Cambodia to receive the highest level of certification by EarthCheck for its efforts to reduce environmental impact.

Tucked away in the gorgeous Cambodian Riviera, the private island resort is a haven for beach bums and nature-lovers alike who love to be greeted with open views of the sea, sand, and the sun. Whether you’re after a laid-back holiday or one filled with adventure, there’s definitely something for everyone at this eco-resort. 

You’ll also get to see for yourself why the Sihanoukville area has been voted one of the top beach destinations in the world that’s well worth the journey. Speaking of, your tastebuds will also be taken on a trip of their own, with the variety of international cuisines available right at the hotel. We’re talking everything from French fusion to traditional Khmer flavors. 

Photo: Alila Villas Koh Russey
Photo: Alila Villas Koh Russey

Situated just off the southern coast of Cambodia, the private island resort is just a 20-minute car ride from Sihanoukville International Airport and 10 minutes on the ferry. Your personal slice of paradise awaits, as each of the 63 pavilions and villas boasts a private pool and breathtaking ocean views.

Not forgetting the 1.2km stretch of private beach, where you’ll be able to do everything from snorkelling, to water sports. One call to the concierge will also get you and your beloved a romantic a three-course gourmet picnic lunch at a secluded spot on the beach (move over, Bali’s floating breakfast). Guests can also look forward to cinema nights on the beach during the dry season.

Photo: Alila Villas Koh Russey
Photo: Alila Villas Koh Russey

In keeping with its nature-focused theme, the TripAdvisor 4.5 star-rated Alila Villas Koh Russey was designed with utmost respect of its natural surroundings, and in more ways than one. The resort isn’t just all about the aesthetics, it also incorporates environmentally sustainable design throughout to protect its biodiversity. Soil erosion prevention methods and energy-saving measures are just some of the sustainable efforts central to the resort’s construction.

It’s all the modern comforts of a luxury villa set against an incredible backdrop of native coconut and iron wood trees. Alila Villas also has community-focused measures in place, with the launch of their Ream Outreach Initiative to address systemic issues relating to waste management and education in the local village of Ong. 

Photo: Alila Villas Koh Russey
Photo: Alila Villas Koh Russey

In terms of Instagrammability, it rates highly, with elements of sleek wood, stone and glass, peppered with Khmer-inspired accents throughout. The clean lines and geometric forms are inspired by Krama, a traditional Cambodian garment with intricate patterns. High ceilings and large bay windows also highlight the lush greenery and allow for the natural breeze to flow through. 

If you’re the type that won’t give your fitness a cheat day even while you’re on vacation (props to you), you’ll be happy to hear that Alila Villas boasts a top-of-the-line gym from Life Fitness as well as a yoga studio. That’s not all, as guests are also welcome to take advantage of the complimentary yoga classes. 

For the post-workout routine, treat your sore muscles to a revitalizing spa experience with the world-class spa and wellness programmes at Spa Alila. You’ll be left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for the next adventure — that is, if you can find the strength to pull yourself away from the stunning resort. 

For the adventure seekers, Alila Villas Koh Russey also has a variety of day trips to the mainland. Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture, with special tours to the mainland to explore temples, coastal towns and the famous pepper farms in Kampot. 

Head over to their Instagram page for more updates. 

COCO+ members, don’t forget — we’re currently running a MASSIVE membership drive, and you could win a fulfilling 3D2N stay at Alila Villas Koh Russey by taking part in our referral challenge. Find out more here 

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