With its off-the-beaten-track gems, shimmering emerald paddies, white-powder sand beaches, turquoise waters, and rugged jungle, Cambodia is awash with getaways that ooze romance. Here are some of our favorite dreamy Cambodian stays that are perfect for couples.
While romance may come at a price (rooms start at $1,000 a night), every last detail is carefully catered for at Song Saa Private Island, where sustainability remains at the heart of its philosophy. As Cambodia’s only private island—two more are slated to open this summer—simple luxury oozes from every inch of this exclusive resort, which sits close to Koh Rong island, off the coast of Sihanoukville. Boasting a beach complete with powder-white sand, 24 wooden villas, spa sanctuaries, and a protected coral reef, Song Saa is full of intimate spots to rekindle the romance.
For the ultimate secluded getaway surrounded by unspoiled nature that conjures images of romance, then check-in to 4 Rivers Floating Lodge. Combining quality luxury with an eco-tourism ethos, 4 Rivers is located in a remote area in Koh Kong province. Set on a pontoon on the Tatai River in the Cardamom rainforest, the luxurious tented villas—only accessible by boat transfer—boast wooden floors, dark wood furnishings, balconies, and seating areas. If canoodling in the privacy of your accommodation gets too much, the resort neighbors Peam Krasasop Wildlife Sanctuary and offers jungle tours, river cruises, and treks.
Formerly the royal retreat of King Father Norodom Sihanouk, Amansara in Siem Reap now serves as an exclusive resort for the rich and famous and ticks all the boxes when it comes to a romantic getaway. The stunning minimalist 1960s complex has housed a string of VIPs, including former U.S. first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, actor Peter O’Toole, French president Charles de Gaulle, and Angelina Jolie. Home to 24 luxury suites, including 12 with a private pool, an elegant dining room, two pools, manicured gardens, and a sumptuous spa, there is an abundance of dreamy moments to share at Amansara.
Drawing on the surrounding nature, Templation is a sumptuous retreat taking in stunningly sculptured landscapes and heaps of natural beauty. Nature and water are integral features at Templation, which sits on the leafy outskirts of Siem Reap. Having opened in early 2016, the tranquil escape is home to 33 discrete villas and suites—21 with private pools—dotted throughout four hectares of landscaped grounds that take in bursts of color from native flora, ubiquitous bodies of water, and quiet leafy spots, perfect for relaxing with your other half. Decade-old trees have been carefully preserved in the design and a 700-square-meter lake-like swimming pool seamlessly blends into the surrounding landscape.
The idyllic seaside town of Kep has heaps of charm, making it the perfect place for a romantic break. Throw Knai Bang Chatt into the mix and love is most definitely in the air. Home to an intimate collection of 1960s contemporary designed villas, and an infinity pool that overlooks the ocean, the resort oozes simplistic style and luxury. Private candlelit dinners can be arranged to cement those magical moments, and sunset at the neighboring exclusive Sailing Club is truly something special.