Your own island in the beautiful azure waters is, of course, happiness: all the sunrises and sunsets, the singing of birds, the sound of waves and snow-white beaches are only for your beloved. But it is even more pleasant to take a wild land, surrounded by water on all sides, and create something amazing on it. In any case, this was decided at one time by a modest housewife from Australia, and now a successful owner of a luxury island resort, Melita Kaulmandes Hunter.
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Melita Kaulmandes Hunter found herself in Southeast Asia almost by accident: her husband Rory was invited to work in the business capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, in 2005.
Initially, the couple planned to stay in Cambodia for a year, and then go to noisy, but well-developed and understandable to a civilized person New York.
Since then, 10 years have passed, and Melita is no longer attracted to the" Big Apple": she still lives on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand. However, the quality of life has changed somewhat.
You can't exactly call an Australian a downshifter: she bought an abandoned island in Cambodia for a ridiculous 15 thousand dollars and was able to make an ultra-expensive resort out of it.
Today, the paradise called Song Saa Resort consists of 27 villas, a Khmer cuisine restaurant, a bar, spa services and, of course, stunning nature with its beauty and untouched nature.
The price for a day's stay on the island is about $ 870 — this is a lot, but Melita has no problems with attracting tourists.
You can get to paradise by boat from the city of Sihanoukville-it is located less than 30 kilometers from the island-or by helicopter from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
All real estate on the island is made of natural or recycled materials — wood, stone, and some-even from the remains of old boats.
Coca-Cola, hamburgers, sausages and other health — threatening dishes will not be offered to guests of the resort: the food is only local, as useful as possible. For those who are particularly concerned about their well-being, there is a special "detoxifying" spa menu.
By the way, you can not only rent a villa on the island, but also buy it. However, the price tag is not funny — from 600 thousand to 1.7 million dollars for a hut.
I must say that the locals were immediately happy about the appearance of an active Australian woman — there are problems with employment in Cambodia.
More than 80 percent of the resort's employees are Cambodians from other islands and from the Mainland.
In addition to the activities for the maintenance of the resort, Melita is actively engaged in charity, and very different. You can help her in this glorious endeavor by simply coming to rest.
Melita plans to spend this money on educational, environmental and other initiatives in Cambodia. In general, no New Year's fireworks with subsequent arrests and half-naked cross-country races in the jungle.