Sector: Hospitality & Entertainment
Rambutan Hotel & Resort in Siem Reap are two little oases’ each with their own private salt water pool located next to each other in the same quiet pedestrian lane across the river from the old center town. Both places are just 5 minutes’ walk from Phsar Cha (the old market) in the historical center of Siem Reap town. Rambutan Resort in Phnom Penh is an urban oasis with a tropical garden and salt water pool located in the elegant BKK1 business center of Phnom Penh only a short drive from all major highlights.
We opened in Siem Reap in 2006. At the time, there were almost no hotels, but it was beautiful, undiscovered, - a blank slate. Our tiny nine-room hotel was down a sandy road next to a pond where a thousand frogs sang every night. Buffalos roamed around, we routinely found snakes, and it felt remote. We were the first gay-friendly boutique hotel in the city and we wanted it to be a safe place for staff to work, whether they were LGTBQ or anything else; we were open to all. Our only criteria when hiring was openness and friendliness. Back then, Siem Reap was one of the poorest regions in the country and people were eager to work. Many had farming backgrounds, they had worked in their family’s rice fields, but never anywhere else.
The hotel was designed to feel like a Khmer village, but with all modern amenities. There was nothing like us in the city. Three years later, we added a resort with 16 rooms, and then expanded into Phnom Penh in 2013 with a 19-room resort. Most recently, in 2016, we opened the Urban Residences side wing of the Rambutan Resort in Siem Reap, our business model has remained the same, and several of our early staff is still with us.
We at Rambutan are an environmentally and socially responsible Hotel and Resort. All Rambutans are operated as social enterprises, because we are proud of our local community and staff. Therefore, we offer every member of the Rambutan family unlimited access to free education, scholarships and comprehensive health and dental care, free interest loans and childcare. All service charge goes directly to the staff. Rambutan Cambodia strives to be as clean and as limited as possible in the use of energy and potential polluters. We therefore implemented together with our staff a wide range of sustainable initiatives: - solar power to pre-heat the hot water - replace single used plastic bottles by refillable glass ones - free refill water stations - grow and purchase organic fruits and vegetables - replace plastic straws and packaging by biodegradable items - recycle our cooking oil into Bio Diesel for the generator - We are a proud supporter of ‘Clean the city’, and ‘Grow a Tree’ initiatives.
Mr. Tommy Bekaert
Mr. Dirk De Graaff