Where is it?

Song Saa Private Island off the south coast of Cambodia.

Why do you go there?

Luxury, serenity and a deep connection with the environment. It's a place that breathes in time with nature, is built from local materials, by local hands, and is infused with art and soul.

How often do you go?

I've been only once – I suspect it may have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We spent three nights there as part of a month-long backpacking trip around Cambodia in January 2019.

How did you discover it?

We travelled around mainland Cambodia and decided to take a trip to Koh Rong Island, which neighbours Song Saa Private Island. We were told if taking the canoes out, we must not go near the private island as it was an exclusive resort.

On our first day on Koh Rong, I got a bad bug and was terribly unwell for more than a week. I barely had the energy to leave our beach hut.

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After eight days, I was feeling dehydrated and with lack of a flushing toilet, proper shower and air conditioning in blistering heat, I decided to look up this private island that was taunting me on the horizon.

It was super pricey, but I didn't care how much it cost because I was so ill. I booked it on a bit of a whim and next thing I knew their speed boat was on the way to pick us up for three glorious nights.

What's your favourite memory?

The villas were incredible. We had our own private infinity pool and shaded sun deck with a plush canopy day bed looking out through the jungle to the open sea.

One evening, after a wonderful dinner and a few drinks on the beach, we headed back to our room to watch some movies. We presumed they would be streamed onto the TV but returned to find a massive projector set up like a cinema, along with popcorn and sweet treats. It was perfect.

Who do you take?

My partner Ken. Good company is all you need for a place like this.

What do you leave behind?

All my cares and worries.

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Sum it up in five words.

The world's ultimate paradise island.

What travel spot is on your post-lockdown wish list?

Where I was born and bred: Lewis. My mother and father are still there as are many of my friends. My auntie has a house in Urgha on Harris where I was meant to go and stay at Easter. We were looking forward to nice walks along the beaches, climbing some hills and going fishing. There is no place like home. I plan to visit once the restrictions are lifted.

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