Hotel With Urban Gardens, Soul, and Conscience

July 14, 2010 by

Located in a prime urban location in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Hotel de la Paix fuses ancient Khmer influences with modern art deco design.

The urban gardens offer a oasis of calm and verdant beauty, steps from the city center and just seven kilometres from the famous UNESCO world heritage site of Angkor Wat.

But this hotel goes beyond the high level of service one would expect from a luxury property of this type–it services the local community as well.  In an effort to offer support for the daily challenges and hardships faced by Siem Reap locals with limited opportunities, the hotel invites guests to connect with Khmer families with the goal of fostering cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity through tourism.

Food for a month, donated by a hotel guest

Through Hotel de la Paix`s links with international NGOs and local aid organizations, guests can make a direct contribution to those in need.  The hotel arranges customized community-based activities such as rice sponsorship, educational support and mentoring programs.

Bicycle donations help children get to school

Family with donated food for a month

Hotel de la Paix runs a sewing training center

Children receive donated school bags and equipment

The hotel also supports conservation efforts to save endangered Asian elephants. Asian elephants are at risk in Cambodia due to disease, loss of habitat, lack of safe and plentiful drinking water, and injury or death from landmines. Hotel de la Paix, the only hotel in Cambodia highlighting the plight of the elephant, participated this year in Elephant Parade, a conservation campaign that “shined an artistic spotlight” on the urgent crisis facing the elephants.

From May to July 2010, Elephant Parade placed over 260 brightly painted life-size elephants in the parks, squares, and streets central London. Each elephant was decorated by a different artist or celebrity. In support of the venture, miniatures of the elephants are available for purchase in the hotel boutique.

Goldie Hawn is Elephant Parade Patron

The Prince of Wales in support of the elephants

1 Comment »

  1. Victoria Lyon said:

    If only a small percentage of the luxury hotels in the world had such creativity, conscience and foresight. What an impact that would make on the world! I want my first vacation in years to be at this hotel!!!

    — July 15, 2010 @ 09:32

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