Once a small Cambodian navy outpost, the little island of Koh Russey has since blossomed into a breathtaking example of the best that Southeast Asian tourism has to offer. It is an ecological paradise situated among a group of other small islands in the Gulf of Thailand. Visitors will find sprawling coastlines adorned by white sand beaches, aqua-blue waters that beckon those with a penchant for snorkeling and other marine sports, and tropical jungles filled with the island’s namesake, bamboo (“Russei” means bamboo in native Khmer). Since its opening in 2018, the Alila Villas Koh Russey has stood as the apex of contemporary luxury and hospitality amid the beautiful surroundings of what has been deemed “the New Cambodian Riviera.” The hotel and resort’s 63 pavilions and villas — many of which include access to a private pool — all offer sleek, modern design touches and features, such as access to private terraces, gardens, and balconies. Direct beach access is even available in some of the villas and the ultra-plush Four-Bedroom Beach Estate. Other activities and services arranged by the expert Alila Leisure Concierge team, along with amenities and facilities like the luxurious Spa Alila, make a stay at the Alila Villas an unforgettable experience.
Accommodations at the Alila Villas Koh Russey can be broken down into two main types, pavilions and villas, with the only exception being the opulent Four-Bedroom Beach Estate. As the overall hotel and estate is designed with an ideology of “15 percent development and 85 percent nature” in mind, all lodgings exist in harmony with an abundance of natural and landscaped green spaces. A minimalist, modern approach is taken to exteriors, and interiors are finished in natural wood tones, volcanic and slate-like stone accents, woven silks, and light-colored fabrics. High ceilings, large bay windows, and open-air spaces further the contemporary feeling of indoor-outdoor tropical living and Zen-like serenity. And if the tranquil elegance of the rooms themselves wasn’t enough, stunning views of the ocean and the surrounding natural environment abound.
The one-bedroom Garden Pavilion rooms are 50 square meters and feature a king-size bed with a private garden view and a natural stone bathroom. They also have a spacious al fresco terrace or balcony. Guests can also choose to stay at the Ocean Pavilion, which features a view of the ocean from its outdoor terrace or balcony.
Like all villas at the Alila, the One-Bedroom Villa comes with 24-hour access to the Alila Villas Host Service. It also includes all features of the pavilions plus others, including private pool access, a cabana with a daybed, living rooms, kitchen pantries, and more. These 110-square-meter villas feature one king-size bed and offer either a garden view or an ocean view. One-Bedroom Villas with an ocean view also offer direct access to the beach.
With 180 square meters of space and two king-size beds, these villas can accommodate up to five guests and also include separate living and dining areas, a kitchenette, a spacious lanai, and two bathrooms. They also feature a large private swimming pool and direct beach access.
At 560 square meters and with the capacity for 10 guests, the Four-Bedroom Beach Estate is perfect for larger parties and guests looking for the pinnacle of luxury accommodations. These lodgings feature four king-size beds, generous multi-room outdoor and indoor living areas furnished like a luxury vacation home, direct beach access, ocean views, and much more.
It should be no difficult task to keep up with one’s daily habits of wellness and healthy living during a stay at the Alila Villas Koh Russey. In fact, guests are likely to find themselves feeling more rejuvenated and energized than ever before thanks to amenities like the Spa Alila, Gym Alila, and a large beachfront swimming pool and boutique. The Khmer region itself is renowned for playing host to numerous ingredients for healing, such as coconut oil, aloe vera, and many other herbs and spices. It’s therefore no small wonder that the Alila Koh Russey is quickly earning a reputation as a top destination for those seeking peaceful healing and relaxation.
The “Alila Living” boutique is open daily from 9 AM to 9 PM and features an array of wellness and beauty-oriented products, as well as some regional merchandise.
The well-equipped gym at Alila is open 24 hours and offers the latest in cardio and strength training equipment and free weights. There is also a private yoga and tai chi room.
Don’t miss the chance to soak up some sun at the spacious outdoor pool that’s complete with beach access and private couples-only alcoves.
With treatments incorporating natural ingredients and expertly trained hands administering them, Spa Alila is an ideal getaway for a day (or even a shorter stint) of therapeutic relaxation. Ancient Asian healing techniques are often coupled with tried-and-true spa beauty treatments at Spa Alila. And with five double rooms and an extensive menu, there is certainly no shortage of options where a spa session is concerned.
A highly diverse range of cuisines and cooking styles is carried forth in the dining experience at the Alila Villas Koh Russey. This is due in part to its location in Southeast Asia where French influence was heavy during colonial times; but local touches and ingredients still reign supreme and are often merged with classical French culinary techniques. Whether Alila guests choose to dine at Horizon, a poolside outpost serving breakfast and dinner, or at Beach Shack, a charming all-day dining spot right on the beach, guests will find dishes prepared in international, French, Fusion, and native Khmer styles.
The island vibe is heavy, albeit in a classy way, at Beach Shack. This eatery is built around a sand-floor central bar and an open grill, allowing guests an intimate look at chefs preparing the freshest daily seafood catches over the flames. The Beach Shack menu is sure to have something for all tastes with authentic Khmer dishes, Asian favorites, Western comfort food infused with Caribbean flavors, and more.
This Alila culinary option starts guests off with a 7:30 to 10:30 AM breakfast window featuring an a la carte menu of breakfast choices from all over the world. In the evening, the atmosphere blurs toward the sophisticated as chefs prepare French and French Fusion cuisine using primarily farm-to-table ingredients sourced from either local suppliers or grown on-site in Alila’s organic fruit and vegetable gardens.