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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Not only the garden is magnificent decorated with a refreshing pool, and the rooms build in a traditional fashion are beautiful with extra details as the Khmer Showers (my favorite!), and the services is helpful and friendly beyond their duty, but you are helping a good cause. The extensive connection of the Hotel with different NGO´s is amazing, for example is you want to have a massage they will contact you with “Seeing Hands” and organization that gives the blind a profession that will allowed them to be self-sufficient. And what to say about “Krousar Thmey”!!! If you get a chance go to visit their exhibition on the Tonle Sap,do it!! is just fantastic!! Really simple but a great example of what can be achieved.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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BenitoBenoit, Owner at SiZen Retreat & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2012

Dear Customer,
Thanks for your nice comment. We really appreciate. Yes, we are connected! I built the hotel to get a living but most of my time is dedicaed free of charge for Krousar Thmey foundation that i created 21 years ago. If interested, you might have a look on the web as the one of the world of children award that i'll receive on October 25th. It will honor our work in Cambodia especailly regarding blind and deaf schools. you may look also into healing cambodia web site.

For your information, the blind masseurs are not coming from Seing hands, but from Krousar Thmey and all the money you have paid for the massage is for them entirely.
Originally, Seing hands did want to train them but they would have had to stay 10 years as employees there. That's why Krousar thmey has helped blind people to be trained for massage but to remain independant. The techniques are different too...as Krousar Thmey masseur do provide relaxing massage, not traditional khmer which may be hard sometimes.

Thank you again for your nice comments and we look forward to welcoming you again.
Benoît DUCHATEAU-ARMINJON

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Reviewed September 22, 2012

Hotel Borann offers an intimate experience, nicely tucked away, yet close to the canal and city centre.
With an attentive staff who will ensure that your needs are met. The Hotel provides a serene sanctuary to rest and refresh between the visits to explore the magnificent Ankor Wat National Park which is located a 15 minute tuk tuk ride away. Siem Reap offers the charm of the traditional with a contemporary twist and is a much more personal experience than the capitol Phnom Penh.
Freshly made brioche, criossants, jams and juices greeted us each morning. and the pool provided respite from the heat.
Having stayed twice with Hotel Borann in the past two years, I found a destination that delivers an authentic and enjoyable experience and an opportunity to connect with the Khmer cullutre and people.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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BenitoBenoit, Owner at SiZen Retreat & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thanks a lot for your review. It is always very pleasant for the team to make their best for the guest to enjoy their stay and to see it works.
We hope to see you again. Bénito.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We loved staying at the Borann and, as a family, voted it as our overall holiday favourite. The staff were warm and friendly and so helpful. (The receptionist Bunna even took all our postcards to the post office for us on the day we were leaving as we had run out of time to do this.) They offered great advice on how to spend our 3 days exploring the Angkor Wat area. Our tuk tuk driver Pad who was employed by the Borann was great, a gentle man who drove our noisy family around wherever we wanted to go with good humour and grace. Spending time in his tuk tuk, waving at the many families we passed, was one of our children's favourite activities.

The setting was beautiful, nestled in a lush and tropical garden on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The lovely saltwater pool was particularly welcome after a long hot day visiting the temples. We loved the fact it was chlorine free and we could swim with our eyes open under water without goggles. The children particularly enjoyed jumping in during a heavy monsoon rain shower!

The rooms were very clean and comfortable and we loved the simple, graceful design in fresh white and reds with traditional Khmer leather carvings on the wall. (You could buy these from Little Angels, a great initiative for disadvantaged children in Bakong District, NE of Preah Ko temple). Also, we quickly became converts to the Khmer showers, a big ceramic pot filled with cool water with a bowl to dip in to douse yourself (there was also an electric shower option if you preferred).

The Borann is linked to a humanitarian organisation called Khrousar Thmey. In Siem Reap they have a centre that provides a home for disadvantaged children. They also provide training, such as massage training for blind young people. You could book to have a massage from these blind massuers through the Borann and they came to your room. My husband and I both had a massage and they were fantastic. It was good to feel that in staying at the Borann and also supporting this massage initiative that at least some of our tourist dollars were going to worthwhile causes. We were so impressed by the friendliness and positivity of the Cambodian people that we met, and also by the range of initiatives around that aimed to help the countries most disadvantaged. The Khrousar Thmey centre in Siem Reap is open to visitors, and hosts a free exhibition on Khmer cultural heritage. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit, but would love to next time!

The food at the Borann was also top notch. Fabulous breakfasts (included in the price) of delicious fruits and croissants to rival the french, as well as eggs and bacon if you fancied the full monty. We had a delicious fish Amok (a traditional spiced fish dish cooked in coconut milk) in the evening too. Another treat was an early evening gin fizz sitting by the pool surrounded by the soft hum of the garden's resident crickets and gheckos, watching the children playing in the water.

And as for the temples... epic, awe inspiring and beautiful. Three days just wasn't enough and we would love to go back one day. And if we do we will definitely choose to stay in the Borann again!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Elizabeth P
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BenitoBenoit, Owner at SiZen Retreat & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thanks for you long comment which helps guest to make a difference and have some ideas about us and around us.
We do care about our guest, wishing them to return having a great image of Cambodia. For the past, Cambodia had such a bad image that it needs a lot of effort, including humanitarian and ethic businesses to help it.
I think you'll be glad to learn that my work within Krousar Thmey will be awarded in New York soon. You can check it on World of Children Award.

Thanks and see you again. Bénito.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We spent 4 nights at Borann L'Auberge des Temples in August 2012 and very satisfied by the warm welcome of the staff and the excellent advice on the visit of the temples.

Our room was large and very clean, its decoration subtle and authentic. So was the bathroom (which offered the choice between a standard and a khmer shower - so nicely refreshing!)
The beautiful tropical garden is very well taken care of and the swimming pool is a true reward after a long day walking in the temples.

The hotel is set a little bit off the beaten tracks, which is a guarantee for quietness and rest. The center of Siem Reap can be reached in a 5-min tul-tuk drive or after a 15-min walk.

Last but not least, we really liked the social awareness of the management and their will to help deprived people by e.g. arranging massages by blind women or teaching children.

Room Tip: You may prefer a room on the second floor of the two-storey bungalows
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Patrick S
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BenitoBenoit, Owner at SiZen Retreat & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2012

Thanks a lot for your nice review.
Yes, indeed, as i am involved in humanitarian activity for the past 21 years, i am trying to raise awareness of guest about problems in Cambodia.
Borann was set up for me to earn a living and not to depend on Krousar Thmey which i create 21 years ago but to continue supporting it paying for my own expenses.
Thanks to have chosen Borann and we hope welcoming you again soon.
Bénito.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

It was such an amazing experience to be in Siem Reap. Every bit the holiday we had hoped for. Angkor Wat and the temples... amazing. Sunrise was crowded but worth the effort. Our stay in Borann made the experience complete and perfect. The people at Borann were so friendly... always smiling and helpful. Everyone says the pool is great... and it was, especially after a long day at the temples. Borann was also able to arrange for us someone whom we think is the best tuk-tuk driver by far.... again full of smiles... and did not make us feel that all he wanted was our money! Bit off the track from Old Market and Pub Street but my family of 4 including 2 teenagers were happy to take a leisurely walk there one evening, and on the other days the tuk-tuk ride only cost us USD2 each way. Borann is definitely where we will return to when next back in Siem Reap.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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BenitoBenoit, Owner at SiZen Retreat & Spa, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2012

Thanks a lot for your nice comments.
We look forward to welcoming you again. Bénito.

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