Riding on the tourism boom that is sweeping Cambodia, a 612-hectare integrated resort development is proposed on the coast of Sihanoukville (about 200km from the capital Phnom Penh) on a site with a scenic shoreline stretching close to 2km.
The relatively flat site, with areas of mangroves and wetlands, lends itself well to the creation of a resort town. The resort town is proposed to house an 18-hole/par 72 championship golf course, three coastal resorts including one casino resort, and an eco-resort nestled among the pristine mangroves. Various residential types (golf-facing villas, low-rise and mid-rise apartments) are strategically placed within the site to leverage sea and golf views, providing residents with a resort quality of life. An international residential school is proposed to cater to the needs of the residents and attract students from Sihanoukville and beyond.
A strong emphasis of sustainability is placed within the master plan by encouraging walking and cycling within the development precincts. In addition, a sizeable piece of land is set aside for vegetable and fruit farms that allow the resorts and residents to source produce locally. The farm and the resorts will provide employment opportunities to the neighbouring village population.
The Cistri team worked closely with the clients to ensure an economically sustainable outcome that respects the local culture and context while creating a new tourist destination in Cambodia.