The 50-pavilion, 13-villa boutique resort, Alila Villas Koh Russey, on the Cambodian Riviera is designed by Chioh-Hui Goh of Singapore firm Studiogoto with sustainability at the forefront.
Endorsed by Australia-based EarthCheck that has certified the resort’s areas of operational and environmental sustainability, the development preserves the island’s natural foliage with the low-density structures accounting for 15% of the 60 acres of grounds. Further sustainable features include lighting and temperature systems that automatically adjust when guests leave rooms, a fishing-exclusion zone to conserve marine life and a nursery that protects over 20 species of native trees.
“Like the relevance of the Krama (a patterned cloth widely used in Khmer life) to the Cambodian people, it has inspired much of the geometry in our design concept, in fusing the architecture, landscaping and interior works with the destination while paying tribute to the local artisans,” says Goh.
The resort also offers two restaurants, a spa, an infinity pool, fitness center. The resort is a first for the brand in Cambodia and will open in November.