Help with the heart AND mind, end Orphanage tourism‬ in ‪Cambodia‬

NBC NEWS : Fake orphanages are becoming big, illegal businesses in Cambodia and are scamming donations out of Western visitors.  ITN correspondent Lucy Watson reports on the growth of so-called “orphanage tourism.” Published July 12th 2014, 4:37 am

Check out the video here http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/fake-orphanages-rake-big-bucks-cambodia-n153976

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“Time-Honoured Pleasures” by Affluent Magazine, Singapore

“Despite its classic façade of whitewashed walls, dark woods and stone elements, Heritage Suites Hotel is anything but rustic. The exclusive abode offers 20 suites and 6 rooms, each boasting its own distinctive touch of luxe aside from private courtyards, majestic floor-to-ceiling windows and alfresco showers amidst the lushness of nature.”

Photo by Oyen Rodriguez  © Heritage Suites Hotel

Photo by Oyen Rodriguez © Heritage Suites Hotel

Read more in this link: http://www.affluent-media.com/travel/hotels-and-resorts/time-honoured-pleasures/

 

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Behind the scenes photography session of the Heritage Suites Adventure

Photography © Oyen Rodriguez

Photography © Oyen Rodriguez

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June 14, 2014 · 5:03 am

Check out the 5 PLACES TO PLEASE YOUR FIFTH TASTE by Scott Haas, Asia Tours

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“In Siem Reap, Cambodia, there’s no shortage of restaurants that vie for your attention and while there are a few standouts…one of the best in town is inside The Heritage Suites Hotel (855-63/969-100);  heritagesuiteshotel.com;  dinner for two US$60). Try the Mekong lobster for a delicate entreé into the world of umami.”

Check out the 5 PLACES TO PLEASE YOUR FIFTH TASTE where Scott Haas relays his tours in Asia in search of the science confounding, flavor-astounding, taste-abounding sensation of umami. 

 

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Hotel Room Size Matters in Asia

 

Photo by Eyes on Asia

Photo by Eyes on Asia

Scott Coates, a versatile business professional as well as a freelance writer and journalist has put together an interesting story for Hotelier Herald about the “Ideal Room Size” in the midst of the rising popularity of boutique hotels. Philip Jones, General Manager at Mövenpick Heritage Hotel Sentosa, Singapore and Jam Nsouli, Director of Sales & Marketing at Heritage Suites Hotel in Siem Reap, describes their feelings on finding the sweet-spot for entry-level-room-size.

 

Bungalow Suite © Heritage Suites - Siem Reap, Photo by Eyes on Asia

Bungalow Suite © Heritage Suites – Siem Reap, Photo by Eyes on Asia

Jam Nsouli, Director of Sales & Marketing at Heritage Suites Hotel  in Siem Reap, Cambodia says room size is still quite generous in her area, “In Southeast Asia, we can still consider between 25-30sqm an optimum size for entry-level rooms.” “Aside from the destination highlights, part of the attraction in this region is our Asian hospitality and service which extends to the quality of space and relaxation in the guests’ rooms.”

Read the full article in this Hotelier Herald link.

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YEARNING FOR A RUSH OF ADRENALIN? HERE ARE HERITAGE ADVENTURES’ TOP 3 SIEM REAP CHALLENGES!

#1 – Trail the Countryside on Quad Bikes

Roam the countryside riding an All Terrain Vehicle. Hike all day long to holiest Khmer mountain with a bath in its waterfalls – or cruise for a couple of hours or half a day for an insight of authentic Cambodian rural life.

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#2 – The Rainforest ‘Flight of the Gibbon’

Close to the majestic temples of Angkor, prepare to soar on zip lines, traverse suspended sky bridges, abseil from towering trees, amaze at the majesty and magic of the rainforest and fly like never before.

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#3 – Angkor From Above! A Private Helicopter Ride

Go for a breathtaking scenic helicopter flight; get a bird eye’s view of the surroundings treasures of Siem Reap from the Angkor temples to the hundreds around them plus the amazing floating village of the Great Lake.

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Check the program in this link or email us at info@heritage-adventures.com for more information and we would be pleased to customize a program just for you!

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Live JAZZ IN THE CITY every THURSDAY!

Live JAZZ IN THE CITY every THURSDAY!

April 17 / Thursday – Don’t miss tonight’s Jazz Standards from 7pm to 10pm happy hours at the Cocktail Bar !

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April 17, 2014 · 3:34 am

Happy Khmer New Year!

Happy Khmer New Year!

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“Chaul Chnam Thmey!” which means Happy New Year in the Khmer language, is being celebrated across the country from today April 14th until April 16th.

This festive holiday lasts for three days which is the end of the harvesting season, when farmers enjoy the fruits of their labor before the rainy season begins. You will find at the hotel entrance a table of offerings where our staff has placed candles, incense, bread, soft drinks, and other ceremonial ornaments to offer to the New Year Angel. This is where the staff gathers to light five sticks of incense and pray for happiness, health and prosperity for the coming year.

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April 15, 2014 · 3:33 am

The Heritage Bullet Jewellry Collection in Phnom Penh Post Siem Reap Insider!

Check out “Bullet jewellery set to fire fashion passion”

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Fri, 11 April 2014 by 
The Heritage Collection, a new range of handcrafted brass bullet jewellery, was launched last week at Heritage Suites Hotel. Created exclusively for the boutique hotel, the collection is designed by Saomao founder owner Marie Hill and Ammo Jewelry front-woman Madeline Green.

Green, who has been working with Hill for the last two years, says the collection reflects each of the designer’s unique styles.

“There are two sides to the collection,” she says. “We wanted to offer the customers both the traditional Cambodian style of jewellery, and more of a contemporary fusion, East-meets-West kind of feel.

 

Read the full article here: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/siem-reap-insider/bullet-jewellery-set-fire-fashion-passion

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April 12, 2014 · 3:26 am

Gala Dinner raises over $10,000 for Sala Bai’s new training school for young Cambodians!

Heritage Suites hosted its 2nd Charity Gala Dinner for Sala Bai with Celebrity Chef Luu Meng and raised over $10,000 for the building of its new school

Heritage Suites Hotel in Siem Reap held its 2nd Charity Gala Dinner and Auction for Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School’s extension project last Friday, March 21st 2014. The event featured the country’s Top Chef Luu Meng, supported by Heritage’s Executive Chef Boun Vibol and highlighted Cambodia’s acclaimed Best World Rice campaign. The event raised USD 10,000 net.

HS_IMG_6276Claude Colombié, Director of Sala Baï, commented “It has been such a successful event, exceeding by far our expectations! We feel really proud to have such wonderful partners by our side! On behalf of all our students and team here in Siem Reap, millions of thanks to the Heritage Suites team, to Chef Luu Meng and the sponsors of the event for their great dedication. Having organized so many events in my professional life, I should say that this one will remain very special to me, not only because of Sala Baï, but also because of the genuine kindness and commitment of all who participated and supported us! “L’envie de faire plaisir”… “

Photo by Stéphane De Greef

Sala Bai Director Claude Colombié with Architect Claire, Photo by Stéphane De Greef

To further combat human trafficking and reduce poverty, Sala Bai aims to increase the number of students by 50% in 2016 while preserving the current ratio of young female students (70%). The expansion of Sala Bai: January 2014 – July 2015: Property Acquisition & Construction Work; September 2015: Increase of the number of students, reaching 110; addition of the Beauty Therapy Training; September 2016: 30 more students. Total of 150.

Cambodia's Top Chef Luu Meng with Sous Chef Sophal alongwith Heritage Executive Chef Vibol and team Photo by Stéphane De Greef

Cambodia’s Top Chef Luu Meng with Sous Chef Sophal alongwith Heritage Executive Chef Vibol and team, Photo by Stéphane De Greef

As Cambodia’s most celebrated chef, Luu Meng is passionate about creating career opportunities for the younger generation. “I am very thankful to Sala Baï for creating such an inspirational project for the Cambodian people. It was a true pleasure to work alongside Chef Vibol and his team and I admire Heritage Suites for their dedication. Our teams of the Malis & Thalias group will always support Sala Baï‘s cause and actions in helping Cambodians youth to get out of extreme poverty. These youths will become the actors of the economic development of our country.”

Charity Gala Dinner & Auction for Sala Bai Photo by Stéphane De Greef

Charity Gala Dinner & Auction for Sala Bai with Dean Williams, Photo by Stéphane De Greef

Heritage Suites Hotel is strongly committed to support Sala Baï in educating underprivileged young Cambodians in the hospitality industry. It shares their vision of fighting human trafficking through vocational training. This is what drives the hotel’s active training and hiring of the students as well as its fundraising events and awareness campaigns. Magnus Olovson, General Manager, explains the reason for his commitment:  “The little Sala Bai School has simply captured our hearts and souls through its commitment, tuition quality, consistency, humanity and performance.” More than 75% of the hotel’s employees in the restaurant, kitchen, housekeeping and front office departments were trained at Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School in Siem Reap.

For more information about this event, please contact:

Jam NSOULI | DIrector of Sales & Marketing | Heritage Suites Hotel| jamnsouli@heritagesuiteshotel.com

http://www.heritagesuiteshotel.com

Mayelle BARBIER | Communication Manager | SALA BAÏ Hotel & Restaurant School |info@salabai.com

www.salabai.com

Photo Credits: Stéphane de Greef

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