Chioh-Hui Goh of studiogoto designs Alila Villas Koh Russey, Cambodia

Alila Hotels and Resorts announced the scheduled opening this 2015 of the Alila Villas Koh Russey, a luxury resort in the southern coastline of Cambodia. The property occupies 61 acres on Koh Russey, an island in the Koh Rong archipelago in the Gulf of Thailand, with access from Sihanoukville via Ochheuteal jetty.

With the project currently ongoing, the first phase of the development will see the completion of the villas and the hotel in late 2015.

The project design was endorsed by EarthCheck, an Australia-based organization that provides benchmarks and scientific advice and certification for sustainable tourism.


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Among the sustainable features of the villas will be systems that automatically adjust lighting and temperature when occupants enter or leave the villas. Meanwhile, resort structures only account for 15 percent of the total site area, preserving most of the natural foliage. Also, a fishing exclusion zone 650 feet around the resort will preserve the marine environment. The resort will also feature a nursery, which aims to protect more than 20 species of trees indigenous to the island.

Alila Villas Koh Russey boasts the design of Singaporean architect Chioh-Hui Goh of the architectural firm studiogoto. The master plan evolves a low-density villa community infused by the Khmer culture, while adhering to Alila’s sustainability policy. Chioh-Hui’s design ensures the project meets EarthCheck’s benchmarking and certification program in areas of operational sustainability, carbon dioxide emissions benchmarking and environmental sustainability. 

studiogoto is a Singapore-based architectural studio founded in September 2008.

When completed, there will be 132 villas, each of which has a swimming pool, and 47 duplex apartments. The villas will range from one-bedroom to four.

The developer of the project is French CityStar, founded in 2003 by Jean-Louis Charon, who was formerly managing director of Nexity, a French real estate development company. The managing director in Cambodia is Etienne Chenevier.

This is the first time that Alila worked with CityStar.


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