September 19, 2019
There is an increasing concern around the world about environmental awareness, particularly with hot topics such as global warming and plastic waste. Hotels are increasingly doing their bit to save the planet. The disposal of plastic water bottles and straws is just the tip of the iceberg. Here is a hotel in Cambodia that does much more in terms of respect for the environment without encroaching on luxury and comfort. And it does it well. This week we’ll talk about the Baby Elephant in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Ideally located to explore the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, (only 7 kilometers between the hotel and the World Heritage site), The Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is above all an ethical, sustainable and creative social enterprise focused on Eco-friendly travel. Yes, at the Baby Elephant, they have done everything to get a real Eco friendly hotel. There garbage becomes compost and the rest of food is used for animals, cardboard and glass are reused on the site or given to people, such as glass bottles for roadside gas sellers and the cooking oil is converted into bio-diesel by the NGO Naga Earth. Is that all? No. They regularly collaborate with experts to safeguard the environment and optimize water drainage. Indeed the hotel serves as a filling station for drinking water and their pool for example is filled with salt water to reduce the use of chemicals.
The on-site organic garden and farm animals provide ingredients for the bar, the kitchen, the spa, the staff meals and an ‘à la carte’ breakfast is freshly prepared instead of a buffet to reduce wastage. The menu includes also vegan options and of course, plastic straws are banned and beer is served draft and not in a can to reduce glass and aluminum waste.
All the hotel’s Industrial waste is conserved and reused; all the lights are converted to low-consumption LED lamps, and bikes are available from NGOs such as Charity White Bicycle. Even mosquitoes are kept under control with non-toxic lemongrass traps in the garden!
The suppliers are local, and that, in order to reduce fuel consumption and make the local trade work. The baby Elephant also promotes art by supporting various artistic initiatives and acts on various actions for the children protection in Cambodia. Finally, the staff is regularly trained, has a correct work schedule have holidays, and receives a good salary with a savings plan.
With no doubt with this impressive list of green strategies, the Baby Elephant Boutique Hotel is an excellent choice for Eco Conscious traveler, wellness travelers, and their families.
Vihearchin Svay Dangkum 418 Street 53, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia