This fearless woman bought an island , now know as “Song Saa Island”,  for $15,000 and helped hundreds of local people.

It all started back in 2005, when Melita’s husband, Rory, was invited to work in . Naturally, she followed him on this big adventure. They were planning to stay in South Asia for a year and then move to New York.

But after spending some time in Cambodia, they decided to stay. It’s been 16 years now, and they still love it here. Moreover, Melita managed to buy a deserted local island for $15,000 and turned it into a chic resort.

It took 2.5 years, hundreds of people, and a whole lot of blood, sweat, and tears, but they eventually designed and built their dream. Today the heavenly place called Song Saa Resort. This luxury Song Saa Private Island features 27 intimate villas, a Cambodian restaurant, a bar, spa, and, of course, the amazing scenery.

The Song Saa resort can be reached by boat from Cambodia’s port of  in less than an hour. Those coming from other cities can take a helicopter straight to the Song Saa beaches.

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Six Senses has unveiled plans to tap in ‘s luxury resort

Six Senses to debut in Cambodia with luxury island resort. 40-pool villa resort to open on private island in 2017

Scheduled to open in 2017, the new Six Senses Krabey Island will be a luxury resort set on a 12-hectare island in the Gulf of Thailand. Guests will be able to access the property by boat from .

Six Senses’ president, Bernhard Bohnenberger, said the new resort would adhere to his company’s environmental principles.

A beach on Krabey Island
A beach on Krabey Island

“We are delighted to add this gorgeous gem to our portfolio of island escapes,” said Bohnenberger. “It is a great pleasure to align with a like-minded and committed owner when it comes to sustainability and wellness.

“[Resort developer] RPB Investment… has taken careful steps to preserve and protect the island of Krabey and is also employing thoughtful and conscientious design into the project’s building practices. We are eager to offer an enticing holiday option and new destination to travellers bound for Cambodia and Southeast Asia,” he added.

Six Senses Krabey Island will feature 40 pool villas, all built using sustainable materials. All units will feature separate bedrooms and living rooms, bathtubs, private plunge pools and outdoor decks. Some villas will also feature outdoor showers, and the Retreat and Reserve villa categories will offer mini wine cellars.

F&B options at the resort will include two restaurants, a deli and ice cream parlour, and an elevated bar overlooking the sea, while other facilities will include an outdoor cinema and an observatory. And the island’s Six Senses Spa will feature a meditation cave, nail bar, gym, outdoor yoga area, and a range of alternative treatments in the Alchemy Bar.

Six Senses Krabey Island will be the second new island resort launched by the company in 2017, along with the Six Senses Fiji. These projects will join the company’s existing portfolio of 11 Six Senses- and Evason-branded resorts in China, the Maldives, Oman, Portugal, the Seychelles, Thailand and Vietnam.

 

It’s a good news for of Cambodia especially the our famous beach town of Sihanoukville. This giant international branded is going to be the biggest competitor of Song Saa Private Island.

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2016 Mekong Tourism Forum to be held on Sokha Beach, July 5-7, 2016

Bangkok – May 30th, 2016: The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has confirmed a compelling list of speakers for the 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum to address its theme, “Authentic Experiences in the Mekong Region”. The forum takes place in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, July 5-7, 2016, and is hosted by the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism.

Tourism ministers, director generals, travel industry CEOs, and leading private sector and development minds will address current and future challenges and opportunities facing tourism in the Mekong region.

One of the highlights will be the Mekong Tourism Open Forum, led by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which invites the travel and tourism industry to brainstorm on the next 10-year GMS Tourism Sector Strategy. A lot has changed in the past ten years including the opening of Myanmar as a thriving tourism destination, increased air and land connectivity, as well as the internet, social media, mobile, and the sharing economy driving a changing consumer landscape.

“This year’s theme is focusing on authentic experiences in a time where consumers are looking to connect with local communities, go off the beaten path to get away from mass tourist attractions, “said Mr. Tith Chanta, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Tourism Cambodia, will define and direct the debates at the forum.

Opportunities and threats will be analyzed against a backdrop of growth. “Tourism demand for Mekong region destinations is storming ahead,” said Mr. Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office in Bangkok. “We need to work together to make sure development is fair and sustainable and that we remove obstacles to growth and poverty alleviation.”

The 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum will be hosted by the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism (MoT) at the Sokha Beach Resort Sihanoukville at the beautiful Southern Coast of Cambodia from July 5-7. More information, and the most updated agenda is accessible at www.MekongTourismForum.org. Like last year, MTF strives to be as sustainable of an event as possible, and is looking to move from printed brochures to a mobile app.

In order to make it easy for even small and medium sized businesses to get engaged, for the third time in a row, the 2016 Mekong Tourism Forum is free to attend for the first 150 qualified industry professionals, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia.

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Source: http://www.mekongtourism.org/2016-mekong-tourism-forum-confirms-top-speakers/


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