Tropical paradise with organic farm

The Six Senses Krabey Island combines luxury and sustainability to provide a unique experience.
Text by Fabian Peters, Photos by Patricia Parinejad | 12/27/2019

On the organic farm in the south of Cambodia chickens peck at their grain and goats graze between fruit and vegetables grown firmly in keeping with ecological principles. The farm is part of the Six Senses Krabey Island Resort, the most recent project of the Six Senses Group. The organic farm not only produces food for the hotel kitchen but also for the local markets. Simultaneously, the local population is acquainted with sustainable farming methods.

The concept behind the resort just off the coast of Cambodia is an expression of the company’s philosophy. After all, the Six Senses Group has set itself some ambitious aims for its projects: It wants to create the height of luxury but simultaneously to represent the local culture. At the same time, it wishes to minimize the negative impact on nature and the population, indeed, the resorts should contribute to improving the ecosystem and local standards of living. In the form of Six Senses Krabey Island the company demonstrates impressively how it seeks to do justice to these goals.

While the organic farm is on the mainland, the resort is on an island measuring just 12 hectares and boasting rich tropical vegetation. The resort itself consists of 40 villas, two restaurants and a large spa. Here, again, great care has been taken to ensure that the building does not adversely affect the rainforest with trees up to 50 meters tall, its rich fauna or the island’s maritime ecosystem. Which is why the construction was preceded by comprehensive, biological and marine biological studies.

Environmentally sound luxury

Similarly, with the architecture there is a focus on sustainability: The building is made of regional materials, such as the locally logged socrom wood and red sandstone. Cambodian rattan and locally produced ceramics are just two local products used for the furnishings and fittings. Moreover, the hotel complex features a large organic garden, which is watered using treated waste water from the ultra-modern sewage plant. And on the topic of water: The island’s own bottling plant fills glass bottles to avoid plastic waste.

This strong commitment to the environment in no way prevents the resort from offering the height of luxury: Each of the villas has a sun deck with infinity plunge pool and rain shower. Thanks to the continuous glazing of the houses guests feel they are more or less part of the surrounding rainforest with its fascinating flora and fauna. In the resort’s two restaurants the dishes represent a fusion of local Khmer cuisine with top international gastronomy. The extensive spa not only offers relaxation and beauty treatments but also fitness and yoga. In addition, guests can indulge in fishing, snorkeling and water sports, visit the open-air cinema or the observatory. Cookery courses are also offered where guests can learn how to use the locally grown fruit and vegetables. And naturally they can go on trips to the organic farm on the mainland to find out more about the production there. By promoting the principle of sustainability in this manner the philosophy behind Six Senses also bears fruit in a practical sense.

Contact Hotel

Koh Krabey Island
Ream Commune
Preah Sihanouk Province 18000
P.O. Box 9553, Cambodia

Phone: +855 69 944 888