Few could have predicted that Cambodia's untouched Koh Rong Archipelago would be the destination of one of the most hotly awaited hotel openings of recent years.

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The opening of Song Saa was not just exciting in its own right, but because it signals that this pretty much virgin coastline is now rivaling the beaches of neighbours Thailand and Vietnam.

Nowadays there's more than Angkor to attract visitors to Cambodia. The hotel itself is based on two pristine islands lying side by side in the turquoise sea and known locally as Song Saa - Khmer for 'sweethearts'.

The hotel is every bit as romantic as the name suggests, with a footbridge connecting the islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong. There are 27 luxury overwater, rainforest and beach villas built almost entirely from sustainable materials and intended to keep damage to the natural environment at a negligible minimum.

At the heart of the resort is a top-class restaurant and a lounge area on stilts over the gently lapping sea and in prime position to take in the dramatic sunsets and star-filled night skys.

Guests can explore the islands' reefs, wander among virgin rainforest or simply flop on the pure white sands of Song Saa's beaches. With more than 20 deserted islands close by, opportunities for offshore adventure are plentiful.

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A marine reserve has been established to safeguard the islands' reefs and marine life including dugongs, seahorses and exotic species of tropical fish, and guests can see a good deal of the sub aqua action from the footbridge connecting the two islands.

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