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Six Senses Krabey Island

Koh Krabey Islands, Ream Commune, Sihanoukville, Cambodia
+66 2 631 9777
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Six Senses Krabey Island

What we love: Private island living off the Cambodian coast

The Highlights:
--Design that draws in the lush setting
--Free ice cream!
--Authentic spa and wellness on a hilltop

The Review:
Officially opened in spring 2019, this 30-acre private island retreat sits off the southern “Cambodian Riviera,” just a few miles from Ream National Park in the Gulf of Thailand. (Despite the remote-feeling location, it’s a snap to get to with a flight to Sihanouk International Airport, a short drive to a dedicated Six Senses marina, then a 15-minute speed boat ride to the island.) Though the resort adheres to Six Senses philosophy—which focuses on sustainability and well-being—the contemporary design of the 40 pool villas is a bit of a departure for the brand: each is enclosed all in glass, so you’re always connected to views of the jungle, coastline, or water (depending on where on the hilly island your haven sits.) The interiors are crisp and modern, too, and have tech touches like iPads and one-touch room controls, but the big selling points are mainly outdoors—in the private sundecks, outdoor dining and lounging areas, infinity-edged plunge pools, al fresco showers, and green living roofs.

Sustainability is also at the core of the two restaurants—the Khmer-accented Tree and international AHA—which both highlight fresh locally-sourced ingredients, much of it grown at the resort’s 40,000 square-foot organic farm and herb garden on the mainland. (Take a cooking class with the chef to learn about indigenous ingredients, how to properly de-bone a fish, and much more.) Drinks take center stage at the Sunset Bar, which overlooks the Gulf, while the nearby ice cream parlor serves a daily selection of 15 flavors complimentary to guests. Walk (or hop a buggy) up to the top of the island to enjoy rooftop yoga, Khmer-inspired treatments, product blending workshops, and more at the spa; Six Senses’ signature personalized Integrative Wellness programs, which focuses on things like sleep health and detoxing, are also available. Given the island’s rocky terrain, there’s just one main beach area with loungers, attendants, and equipment for kayaking and snorkeling—but there’s plenty of other fun to be had, including speedboat trips, astronomy sessions, open-air movies,and fitness circuit trails that wind you through the jungle.