Here’s why to book direct with us for your stay in Siem Reap

Here’s why to book direct with us for your stay in Siem Reap

The lobby and gardens at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia - photo by Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

We know that, when you’re booking your Siem Reap hotel stay, you’re blasted with countless offers from online travel agencies and booking agencies. So even if you’ve already decided to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel (and who could blame you!) – whether that’s for our beautiful saltwater pool, our affordable luxury accommodations, our delicious selection of local and international food and drink, French wines, and innovative cocktails, our trendy tropical interiors, in-house spa, artists-in-residence, rooftop yoga classes, or simply our independent, ethical social enterprise business model (phew – there’s a lot to like about us!) – it’s far from certain that you’ll book direct with us rather than somewhere else. And so we don’t take it for granted that you’ll book direct – but we certainly hope you will, and here’s why.

Get our best-rate guarantee

We guarantee that if you book direct with us for your Siem Reap hotel stay, you’ll get the best possible rate available anywhere. And we back that up with our best-rate guarantee, so that if you find a better rate elsewhere we’ll match it – no strings attached. Click here to read more about our best-rate guarantee.

Enjoy regular promotions

We run regular promotions throughout the year, offering a range of discounts and special offers on our best accommodation options and stay packages at our boutique Siem Reap hotel. But you won’t find these Siem Reap hotel deals with the online booking sites – we reserve them for our most valued customers who book direct. For the latest updates on all our special offers, make sure you sign up for our regular e-mail newsletter, too. 

Special perks for direct bookers

Some of our most special rooms come with extra perks. For example, stay in one of our rooftop Premier Double rooms – with unmatched seclusion and privacy, since there are just two of these rooms on our top floor, plus access to a balcony with incredible 180-degree views across Siem Reap – and you’ll have a free bottle of wine waiting for you on arrival, plus a fruit platter, a French press, and freshly ground artisan coffee to take your stay with us to a whole new level. What’s more, when availability permits, we like to handsomely reward customers who book directly with the likes of free upgrades, early check-ins and late check-outs, and extra surprises for special occasions to make your stay even more memorable.

Pay at the end of your stay

If you book your Siem Reap hotel room with an online travel agency or other booking site, depending on the rate you choose you may need to pay for your accommodation upfront. That’s not the case when you book direct with us – no matter how great a deal you’ve bagged in one of our frequent hotel room promotions, you can always pay right at the end of your stay when you check out.

We’ll collect your credit or debit card details at the time you make your booking online with us, just in case you don’t show up (it happens!), but we won’t otherwise charge your card prior to your stay. Nor do you need to pay a deposit when you check in – we’ll just introduce you to the hotel, show you to your room, and let you get on with enjoying your holiday in Siem Reap! When it’s time to leave (even though we wish you didn’t have to!), you can settle your bill in cash or by card – simple as that.

Your booking is secure

There’s no need to worry that your booking or payment details will be less secure with us than they would be with an online booking site. We use a third-party booking engine that employs security technology to ensure your personal information is protected throughout the whole process, so you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands. 

Help us create ethical jobs

Baby Elephant is a social enterprise in Siem Reap, and a huge part of what we do is creating sustainable, ethical jobs for locals. Every booking made through an online travel agent costs us in commission – on the flip side, every direct booking saves us money and enables us to pay our staff more, employ more local Cambodians, and even offer our loyal direct-booking customers better Siem Reap hotel rates. Thank you for booking direct and helping us achieve more.

To book your Siem Reap boutique hotel stay direct with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, just click here.

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Introducing our artists in residence at Baby Elephant

Introducing our artists in residence at Baby Elephant

We are thrilled to welcome two new artists in residence – In My Name Silver and Tamara Venn – at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel, adding to the creative dynamic and nourishing environment for guests at our Siem Reap hotel. Together with the arrival of these artists, we are thrilled to have expanded our exhibition and art space to include a business centre for guests, complete with printing and co-working facilities.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

 

In My Name Silver studio and workshop artist in residence at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

In My Name Silver

Silversmith Claire McKenzie and her apprentice Srey Neap are together In My Name Silver. They have now settled in as our first artists in residence. In My Name Silver is running two-hour silversmithing workshops at Baby Elephant – in which you can learn to make your very own sterling silver band ring.

Claire and Srey Neap also take commissions for silver jewellery lovingly handmade and designed from a specially chosen range of Khmer words – the perfect memento to remind you of your time in Cambodia, or as a gift for a loved one.

Discover more about In My Name Silver here.

Tamara Venn Art artist in residence at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Tamara Venn

Illustrator and painter Tamara hails from London, and our new artists-in-residence programme brings her studio right home here to Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel. Tamara is responsible for the beautiful wall mural that brightens up our stunning tropical garden restaurant, as well as countless other artistic additions to the hotel’s fun and lively ambience.

As well as working on new pieces in her studio at Baby Elephant, Tamara will have prints of her various work available for sale on-site.

See more of Tamara’s fabulous work on her web site.

Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Where to stay in Siem Reap

Looking for a Siem Reap hotel from which to explore the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants that Siem Reap has to offer, while also being within easy reach of the famous Angkor Wat temples? Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is waiting for you – click here to take a look at our relaxing rooms, all with free breakfast (including vegan options, of course!) and use of our gorgeous swimming pool.

Photos from the launch of the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant

Photos from the launch of the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant

At the start of June, we were thrilled to launch our new in-house Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant, in conjunction with Lemongrass Garden, Siem Reap’s leading independent day spas. Our launch event brought together friends of Baby Elephant, Lemongrass Garden and the local community in a stylish celebration to mark the arrival of rejuvenating, all-natural treatments at our independent, nourishing Siem Reap hotel.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Take a look at the photos from the night, with our thanks to photographer Alessandro Vannucci. For more details on the Lemongrass Garden Spa at Baby Elephant, click here.

It’s Plastic-Free July at Baby Elephant

It’s Plastic-Free July at Baby Elephant

It’s Plastic-Free July in Siem Reap! At Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel this July 2017, we’re joining forces with ethically minded, socially conscious businesses all over temple town to cut down our plastic usage, and to help the environment in the process.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Terrifying amounts of disposable plastic are used and thrown away each and every day, not only in Cambodia but all around the world. In Siem Reap alone, it’s estimated that as many as 4.6 million disposable plastic bottles are thrown away each month – and that’s just by visiting tourists! Meanwhile, an average of 2,700 plastic bags are used per person each year across Cambodia.

Since it doesn’t biodegrade, this over-use of plastic is a real problem for human health, sea life, and nature more widely. Since launching in Australia in 2011 and in Cambodia in 2015, the Plastic-Free July challenge has engaged thousands of people across the globe in striving for less plastic polluting our day-to-day lives. In 2016, over 60,000 people from 129 countries joined the challenge!

The Plastic-Free July Challenge

The one-month Plastic-Free July challenge encourages everyone to do what they can to combat the top five plastic enemies of styrofoam/polystyrene boxes, plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic bottles, and plastic cups. Reusable, environmentally friendly alternatives are already widely available – like fabric bags, bamboo straws (just like the ones we already use year-round at Baby Elephant!), and sturdy, long-lasting bottles and cups (like the refillable glass water bottles we give our guests!) – so the real challenge is to use these as often as possible.

We hope you’ll help us on our mission to cut plastic usage here at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel – we truly believe that it’s possible to do so without reducing the level of service we are able to provide to our guests.

Plastic-Free July at Baby Elephant

Plastic-Free July fits perfectly with our existing range of ongoing environmentally friendly and socially conscious initiatives, which we undertake under the banner Go Green Baby Elephant! We roll out a new green-minded initiative every month – so far, these include:

• Providing guests with refillable glass bottles in bedrooms, and an unlimited free supply of drinking water in our reception areas

• Growing many of the fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs for our restaurant menu and staff meals in the hotel’s very own organic kitchen garden

• Recycling day-to-day materials, and aiming for as little overall waste as possible

• Going out as a team on mass litter-pick clean-ups of our beautiful local neighbourhood

• Using adorable lifelong bamboo straws in our juices, cocktails and other drinks, rather than plastic straws

As part of our contribution to Plastic-Free July, we will also be introducing reusable boxes for the packed lunches and early breakfasts that we give our guests to take on temple trips, and plastic-free serving containers for butters and jams with the delicious free a la carte breakfast we offer every guest at Baby Elephant. We will also be switching to reusable cloth bags for our guests’ laundry, and asking our suppliers to bring our veggies (the ones we don’t grow ourselves, that is!) to us in boxes rather than big plastic bags.

Stick with us as we make steady progress during Plastic-Free July, and on an ongoing basis once the limelight of this month’s efforts has faded – it’s in everybody’s interest!

To find out more about Plastic-Free July, visit the Plastic-Free Cambodia web site at www.plasticfreecambodia.com, and the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/plasticfreejulycambodia. Throughout July, they also have a number of events going on to make the occasion, including drinks meet-ups, film screenings, and a DIY health and beauty products workshop.

Image by Plastic-Free Cambodia.

Photos from Baby Elephant’s Full Moon Apothecary and Viva Chile! Food Fair

Photos from Baby Elephant’s Full Moon Apothecary and Viva Chile! Food Fair

We’ve had an action-packed month at Baby Elephant – from sipping charcoal cocktails, making flower crowns and participating in captivating Pagan ceremonies, to stuffing our faces with the very best of Chile’s street food scene, it’s been a busy one! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Gin Appreciation Society Full Moon Apothecary popup and our Viva Chile! food fair – here are a few photos of our latest events.

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Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

Upcoming events

Upcoming events

Thursday May 11

7PM The Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society #3 | The Full Moon Apothecary

INVITING ALL FOREST NYMPHS & DRUIDS FOR HERBAL AND BOTANICAL CONCOCTIONS, A GARDEN PARTY, A MEDIEVAL BBQ & FULL MOON MAGICK.

Excellent Deals Direct

Planning to stay with us at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel? The secret when booking is to book direct! Book your stay at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel direct on our website and enjoy:

  • The best deals on tours and transport
  • Savings on extra services
  • The best prices on room rates

We look forward to seeing you soon! Or kun cheran.

After our star-studded Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society popup event in March, led by Phnom Penh’s premier mixologist from the legendary cocktail bar Le Boutier, we’re back at 7pm this Thursday 11 May for an all-healing full-moon edition of our evenings of gin-loving antics.

Brewed as it is from numerous botanicals, gin has been used for its natural healing properties for hundreds of years. So as the full moon prepares to shine down on the spiritual town of Siem Reap, buzzing with mystical energy and renowned for its mesmerising temples at the Angkor Wat complex, what better opportunity could there be to roll out our full moon gin party?

Join us as we bathe under the moonlight, with wood nymphs and other pagan creatures, and try some delicious healing tinctures. The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel team will be showcasing three tasty, original cocktails with healing properties, plus a variety of innovative gin and tonic recipes. You can beat the gin-induced hunger pangs with snacks including recipes from Jakarta’s Slam Dunk Sandwich Co., previously headed up by Baby Elephant’s very own Adam and Ilana – we’ll also have some special pagan tunes to set the scene and, if you fancy something just a tad more conventional, our standard cocktail and drinks list will also be available.

This month’s Gin Appreciation Society event takes place at 7pm on Thursday 11 May. Hotel residents are welcome to join us, as well as visitors staying elsewhere, expats and locals – but numbers for the event are strictly limited, and reservations are essential. To secure your place, please e-mail bookings@babyelephant.asia.

New to the Baby Elephant Gin Appreciation Society? Here’s the inside scoop: we’re unashamedly jumping on the bandwagon of the gin fever sweeping the region (and the world) – yet which oddly hasn’t yet made huge waves in Siem Reap – and declaring our love for botanicals. Baby Elephant’s monthly Gin Appreciation Society is a casual yet impassioned meeting of gin-lovers, allowing us to embark on a journey of discovery together.

Chile Food Fair | Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Siem Reap

Sunday May 14

4PM Viva Chile! Food Fair

DON’T MISS OUT ON OUR AUTHENTIC CHILEAN FOOD FAIR AT BABY ELEPHANT.

Cooking classes and demonstrations – Chilean wines and cocktails – street foods and small bites – traditional sweets and more!

Baby Elephant’s intern, Melody, is a Chilean culinary arts student. She has been working alongside Head Chef Hoyha learning about Cambodian cuisine for the past 4 months – but now it’s her turn to show Chef Hoyha what Chilean food is all about! Melody and Chef Hoyha will be showing Siem Reap some of the delicious food from Melody’s far-away nation.

Come and try the street foods, small bites, sweets and drinks that are famous in Chile! We will have vegan options and food that the kids will enjoy.

This event is for the whole family, so bring the kids and enjoy the pool.

HOT TIP:
In Chile you would have to travel the entire country to have the foods we will be presenting in one place! Instead – you can just drop into Baby Elephant and sample away.

About Chilean Cuisine:

Chilean cuisine stems mainly from the combination of traditional Spanish cuisine, Chilean Indigenous Mapuche culture and local ingredients, with later important influences from other European cuisines, particularly from Germany, Italy and France. The food tradition and recipes in Chile are notable for the variety of flavours and ingredients, with the country’s diverse geography and climate hosting a wide range of agricultural produce, fruits and vegetables.

Chile is one of the world’s largest producers of wine and many Chilean recipes are enhanced and accompanied by local wines.

  • SOPAIPILLAS CON PEBRE
  • SANDWICH CHACARERO
  • ALFAJORES CON MANJAR
  • COMPLETOS
  • EMPANADAS DE PINO
  • EMPANADAS DE VEGGIE Y QUESO
  • EMPANADAS VEGANAS
  • KUCHEN DE BERRIES
  • AND MORE

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