When I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia I initially had a few struggles with finding accommodations that were reasonably priced, while offering me the high-speed internet that I needed to get my work done.
After fumbling around a few places that couldn’t live up to my desires, I found myself at Elephant Baby Boutique Hotel.
I was immediately drawn to the tropic feel and bright colors. It felt like a change of scenery from the typical hotels in the area that all seemed to have an “Angkor Wat” theme going on.
This place stood on its own, while presenting a fun and funky feel that made me want to dance, hang out by the pool, laugh and order pretty cocktails.
Thankfully I was able to do all of this and more at Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel.
It’s obvious that the owners at this place not only want to offer their guests a clean bed and shower, they want their guests to leave having had an experience outside of a trip to Angkor Wat and the famous Pub Street.
Activities was the name of the game on this property. This place is not a young backpackers place with bumping music and beer pong.
One who might be looking for comfortable accommodations that are realistically priced.
All of these factors make this place perfect for a long-term traveler such as myself.
Every other day that I was there, I was able to embrace and or engage in something new and rewarding.
First of all, there are the drinks. The drinks combined with the atmosphere, just say “Good Times!”
Then there is the amazing swimming pool. I can tell when a pool is well taken care of, and this property has a beautiful, crystal blue pool that typically has people sitting around it, doing anything from reading a book to drinking one of the $1.00 Draft Beers from the bar, to working on their laptop.
There’s also a wonderful outdoor balcony that has the best breeze. This matched with the high-speed internet, made this one of my favorite spots to hang out.
One impressive thing that I discovered about Baby Elephant, is that they have partnered with The White Bicycles, a non profit organization that rents out bicycles to tourists in order to provide education and clean water to underprivileged children.
With an emphasis on making wellness a priority at the property, they recently added the Lemon Grass Garden Spa and it’s such a quaint and calm addition. This allows them to offer very reasonably priced massages and more to their guests. Lemon Grass Garden Spa was a very popular destination while I was there, and everyone seemed to love it.
I also had the chance to take one of the best Yoga classes ever, while at Baby Elephant. Yoga classes are taught in an open space on one of the top levels of the property, granting us an awesome view.
The setting and view alone made this experience one I’ll never forget. The instructor Audrey, was obviously passionate about her work and while my body is still sore from the activity, I’m so grateful for the experience. (Clearly the soreness is a sign that I need to practice yoga more often…lol :))
Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed cooking classes with Chef Hoyha. This guy knows his stuff. I was happy to learn how to make Cambodian Curry Paste.
Chef Hoyha has worked with the management team to ensure that the restaurant menu has lots of vegetable options. This is another huge plus for long-term travelers like me. It’s not often that you can find fresh vegetables grown on the property. Baby Elephant Boutique delivered. My favorite meal there was the Veggie Burger & Fries.
Needless to say, one will never find themselves bored or without options for Health and Wellness, if they opt to stay at the Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap.
If you find yourself there when visiting the wonderful Angkor Wat Temples….be sure to tell them that I sent you.
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