Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel Newsletter, November

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BABY ELEPHANT

Hello from Siem Reap! We’re celebrating our 1st birthday as Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel (formerly Rumahmu).
We rolled out our new name in April 2016 – you can read about the story behind it here – and our first year has been a busy, challenging but immensely fun one! We’ve already made a raft of changes and improvements, to ensure that your next stay in Siem Reap will be your best yet – and we’ve got plenty more to come.
Thank you to all our past, present and future guests and friends for your support in helping us to make Baby Elephant the oasis that it is today. We hope you’ll stay on our journey with us as we reveal lots more exciting improvements – and do come and visit us again soon! Take a look at the photos from our birthday party on our Facebook page.


Milano X Siem Reap: Watch Cambodian artist Ranon Phal illustrate the Baby Elephant logo from his current home base of Milan, Italy.

Wear it home – t-shirts now on sale at Baby Elephant!


BIG NEWS: BRAND NEW BUDGET ROOMS IN OUR NEW HOTEL WING

Hold the front page – we’ve added a whole new wing to the hotel! We have been fortunate enough to take over the building next door, allowing us to expand Baby Elephant. After 2 months of renovations and improvements we have grown into a 25-room hotel. In addition to the 13 Premium Rooms in our existing building, we now have another 12 Budget Double and Twin Rooms. These are perfect for both individual and group travellers looking for a comfortable, budget-friendly place to stay without the added frills offered by our premium rooms.
These bright, modern, air-conditioned rooms have comfortable beds, desks, plenty of storage, and private bathrooms with complimentary amenities. Needless to say, guests in these rooms still get all the benefits of daily housekeeping and 24-hour front desk service – plus all other facilities like our gorgeous saltwater pool with jets, our gym space, beautiful spa, and restaurant serving delicious local and international dishes throughout the day. All rooms come with our free signature a la carte breakfast and complimentary airport pickup.
To celebrate, we’re running a launch sale with massive discounts off all rooms right across the hotel for all arrivals from November to March – both Premium and Budget Rooms! Book direct with us to secure the best deals. We will also be running flash sales for the entire high season when you book direct, so be sure to check back!


Quick Fact: Baby Elephant is just 7 kilometres from Angkor Wat. The medieval nature of Angkor civilisation means the Angkor Archaeological Park lacks formal boundaries. But stretching over some 400 square kilometres, including forested area, the park contains the magnificent remains of several capitals of the Khmer Empire of the 9th to the 15th centuries, including the largest pre-industrial city in the world.

Keen to see it all? All you have to do is get to Siem Reap, then our knowledgeable team will help you arrange the rest.


FOR THOSE WHO PREFER LUXURY: FRESH NEW LOOK FOR OUR PREMIUM ROOMS

But Wait! There’s More: We also recently gave the Premium Rooms in our existing building a beautiful refresh – meaning you can now enjoy high-end linens, fresh colours, vibrant design, and even more comfort than these rooms already offered! All our spacious, peaceful, air-conditioned Premium Rooms come with safety deposit boxes, minibars, phones to order our delicious room service and contact the front desk and other rooms, and large flat-screen TVs.
There are also bathrobes, slippers, and large, chic bathrooms with complimentary organic bathroom amenities – and all guests get free a la carte breakfast, free airport pickup, and use of our lovely pool and other facilities. Read all about our new-look rooms on our website, and remember to book direct for the best deals (don’t forget, these rooms are also half price until the end of November 2016!)


FIND WELLNESS: TWO YOGA CLASSES EVERY WEEK

Our yoga program has been running since July, but we’re delighted to announce the launch of our new schedule for November – as well as our new yoga instructor Melissa Lingo
In November, we’re running Vinyasa yoga classes on Sunday mornings at 9.30am. And for our Wednesday evening classes at 5.30pm, Melissa has designed a series of ‘back-to-basics’ sessions that help us all to find out best form.
All our classes cost $6, and walk-ins are welcome – no need to register! Sessions take place around the hotel grounds, including up on our gorgeous, relaxing rooftop terrace, with views of the local area and our neighbours’ crocodile farm! After the class, you’re welcome to relax at the pool with a cocktail, mocktail or something to eat – after Sunday classes, a selection of brunch dishes from our extensive a la carte breakfast menu is also available.

Read more about the Baby Elephant yoga program here.


HELPING LOCAL KIDS ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS

Baby Elephant has recently taken on two young Cambodian trainees, who we’re helping to complete their education and reach for their dreams. They have been staying with us on a full-board basis, and helping the Baby Elephant team with odd jobs – but the best news is that this week was their first day at high school! Jing and Ravuth came in from the countryside, and are now attending Siem Reap’s 10 January 1979 high school.
They both want to be lawyers and, while they’re only in year 10 at the moment and might yet change their minds about their career paths, we promise to support them with whichever path they choose. Thank you again to our loyal guests who make these kinds of initiatives possible by staying with us at Baby Elephant – and we’re sending big congratulations and good luck to our trainees at their new school!


WATER FESTIVAL IS HERE – AND WE’RE HAVING A HUGE SALE ON ALL ROOMS!

Cambodia’s annual Water Festival, or Bon Om Touk, is almost upon us! This year the festival takes place on 13, 14 and 15 November, and you can expect Siem Reap to be taken over by boat races, food and market stalls, and a lively carnival atmosphere. Many local businesses in Siem Reap and around the country will be closed during this period, but Baby Elephant will open as normal, and we’d love to welcome you through our doors to experience this must-see Cambodian festival.
Baby Elephant is the perfect place to stay during Bon Om Touk, thanks to our peaceful side-lane location that’s just a short hop from the riverside as well as the night market and Pub Street areas. And to celebrate the arrival of Water Festival, you can find incredible savings off all our room rates until the end of November! Be sure to book direct on our website in order to get the best deals.
Find out all about the Water Festival on our blog.


SIEM REAP’S BEST CAFES AND COFFEE SHOPS

Where the scene is: Siem Reap is of course best known for the stunning temples at the Angkor Wat complex, but did you know our little town also has a vibrant café scene? It’s one of our favourite things about the city, and we have plenty of favourite spots to grab a coffee. Take a look at our recent blog post to discover where to head in Siem Reap for the perfect caffeine fix – and plenty more.

Where are Siem Reap’s best cafés? We’ve got the scoop on our blog.


NEW FRENCH WINES AT OUR POOLSIDE BAR

We’re excited to announce that we’ve introduced a whole new selection of wines to our bar at Baby Elephant, from the renowned Louis Eschenauer range. Louis Eschenauer’s history of wine production dates back to 1821, and our great choice of bottles from the south of France pair beautifully with the extensive range of local and international dishes available for lunch and dinner. We’ve even stocked a delicious Rosé for summer wine lovers.
A glass of wine is also the perfect way to enjoy a relaxing moment by our gorgeous saltwater pool – and don’t forget, our daily happy hour offers two-for-one deals on many of our wines, spirits and cocktails! What’s more, all DIRECT bookings for Premier Double rooms now get a free bottle of wine on arrival – yet another reason to book direct.


DEC ’16: ATHLETES, PHOTOJOURNALISTS, ARTISTS CONVERGE IN SIEM REAP

Three massive events collide in Siem Reap, Cambodia from 3 – 10 December this year, and if you’re good at planning, you can definitely partake in them all. With the Angkor Photo Festival, the Kindness Festival and the Angkor Marathon all falling at the same time, December is a fantastic month to get even closer to the magic of this up-and-coming little town. Read more here.


INSTALLING STREETLIGHTS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

(not on Pub Street but on Road 53)
Improving our community and the lives of those around us is an important part of our vision for the future of Baby Elephant. As part of that commitment, we’re thrilled to have been able to install streetlights on the adorable little local lane that leads to our front door. These streetlights are hooked up to our electricity supply, meaning we pick up the bill for running them – in the process, we’ve made your stay in Siem Reap more comfortable as well as making our neighbourhood safer for both locals and visitors.


New Guest Services:

  • New menu with excellent Cambodian, Asian & Western fare. Includes gluten free, vegan & vegetarian options
  • WELLNESS:Extended massage services. All rooms from Classic Double up now offer organic bath and hair amenities
  • SERVICE:
  • COMFORT:Premier Double Room now comes with complimentary fruit basket, freshly ground FeelGood coffee beans + French press, and a bottle of wine
  • FOR KIDS:Deluxe Family Room soon to feature Baby Elephant colouring-in tear outs for children (enquire now!)
  • EXTRAS:Airport pickup, 24 hour reception, daily housekeeping, room service & mini-bar stocked daily

DID YOU KNOW?

Responsible tourism is important to us. The team that takes care of you at Baby Elephant consists of 17 Cambodian tourism and hospitality professionals who benefit from fair and equitable work conditions. You can read more about the Baby Elephant ethical employment and tourism policy on our website

About Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel

Siem Reap’s Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is an evolving independent hotel with a sustainable and ethical business model. We offer 25 hotel rooms, ranging in style from premium budget to affordable luxury. A dynamic, creative and nourishing space for our guests, Baby Elephant is situated close to the centre of Siem Reap. We are nestled down a unique Cambodian lane which has its own stories and rustic style. Baby Elephant provides an inclusive, relaxing, family-friendly experience for people with discerning taste who appreciate good service, relaxation, health and good food & drinks.

Our goal is to be a leading independent hotel in Siem Reap, to provide excellent value and to provide a space where all travellers are welcomed.

Read about us on TripAdvisor or visit our website www.babyelephant.asia

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