Sustain in Private: Private Island Developments in Cambodia

Asia hotel conference addresses several sustainability topics this year

The Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference (APHIC), will be held at the Dusit Thani Bangkok, on 15-16 May 2013 this year.

The Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference is part of the global International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) series, the world’s longest-running hotel investment forum. The 2013 conference explores Asia’s most active markets in hospitality investment (Thailand, Mekong area and other Southeast Asia markets), to address key investment challenges and future directions, as well as showcase opportunities across these exciting markets. The two-day conference features Harvard-style debates, interactive country dialogues, keynote presentations and investment panels delivered by over 40 of the region’s most active owners/investors and subject experts. As the country dialogue for Cambodia, APHIC will explore sustainable island resort developments.

2012 saw the opening of Cambodia’s first private island resort, Song Saa Private Resort, in Sihanoukville, the hottest tourist destination on the southern coast of the developing country. An intimate 27-villa luxury resort spanning two islands, Koh Ouen and Koh Bong, the all-inclusive property connected by a footbridge over a marine reserve is said to “provide an oasis for sophisticated travelers seeking luxury and relaxation amid the simple beauty of its natural surroundings”.

Owner Rory Hunter, with his wife Melita, oversaw every aspect of the resort’s creation. With the design of the property said to have been inspired by Cambodian fishing villages, the resort features over-water buildings, thatch roofs, rough-hewn natural timbers and driftwood furnishings. Song Saa’s focus on relaxation and rejuvenation has resulted in the creation of a treatment menu featuring herbs, plants, sands and stones indigenous to the island.

The property’s sustainability program aims to protect the surrounding natural environment and support local communities. Song Saa thus has a team of four conservationists and has developed a range of personalized ecological programs for guests to experience the area’s flora and fauna, as well as the resort’s nearby villages.

If developing or operating your own private island resort appeals to you, head to APHIC 2013 where you will have a chance to consult expert speakers and hear their practical advice.

Scheduled to be one of the interactive sessions in the lineup for APHIC 2013, this panel will feature delegate-generated content. You will be encouraged to send in your questions through a mobile application, in real time during the discussion, to let our speakers know your foremost concerns.

Speakers for this panel include:
- Rory Hunter, Chairman, Song Saa Private Island
- Sokoun Chanpreda, Chairman, Bed Management
- Andrew Halturin, Project Director and Member of Board, Koh Puos (Cambodia) Investment Group
- Etienne Chenevier, Director – Asia, City Star Private Equity Asia

Together, they will discuss the considerations of planning and development of your next resort island, as well as sustainable designs that could enhance ROI and minimize environmental impact.

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Article adapted from “Song Saa launched as Cambodia's first private island resort”, first published on , a Questex Hospitality publication.

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