Like the corridors of Angkor Wat, Shinta Mani Hotel contains no entryway closed to their guests. Their hope is that in turn, you open your hearts to the beauty of Siem Reap and Cambodia.
What to experience ?
At first glance, Shinta Mani could easily get lost amongst the growing number of hotels vying for guests in Siem Reap. The boutique hotel features a restaurant, swimming pool, spa, a library and an art gallery. But there is one important difference: the hotel is also actively involved in community projects and poverty alleviation.
The property re-opens in July 2011 after renovation and expansion to double the hotel’s existing rooms to 39 while retaining all of its original charm, but with a more contemporary design feel.
Since opening in 2003, Shinta Mani has remained committed and dedicated to supporting the less fortunate in the community by developing activities that connect the guest more closely to the destination. Shinta Mani also offers you the opportunity to participate in local community support projects. Guests can visit families and help to support them by financing anything from a brick house to a water well, piglets to a sewing machine.
Inspired by the fresh produce of Cambodia and blended with flavours found through the Mekong basin, their Indo-Chinese Restaurant encourages guests to experience the true tastes of the region. Local chefs craft each dish with local and organic ingredients whenever possible.
How does it help ?
Shinta Mani seeks to be an inspiration in responsible hospitality and sustainable tourism. Their business model is based on the basic premise that, beyond operating quality hotels, they have the opportunity to provide assistance to the communities in which they live.
Shinta Mani committed to the education of young, disadvantaged Cambodians by opening a hospitality school to empower youths to find meaningful employment. Several hundred students apply for the free scholarships that are provided each year, but only 40 are accepted.
Students receive general education training in English and life skills, but the majority of their time is spent training in front office, restaurant, spa therapy, housekeeping, culinary arts, maintenance, and finance.
The students are also provided with five kilograms of rice each week, two meals each day they come to study, $20 per month, and support until they are able to find full-time positions following completion of their training.
Shinta Mani is primarily known for working with organisations to empower and improve the lives of rural Cambodians. In addition to these projects, Shinta Mani is also committed to the betterment of local staff by providing superior training, benefit programmes, and excellent working conditions.
All the staff of Shinta Mani have received training on identifying child abuse and how to report it to ChildSafe.
The Siem Reap staff have also had the opportunity to work outside of Cambodia to gain new experience and perspectives.
- Best Overseas Tourism Project – British Guild of Travel Writers, 2006
- First Choice – Responsible Tourism Awards, 2006
- Responsible Travel Award – World Travel Mart, 2006
- Socially Responsible Spa of the Year – AsiaSpa Awards 2008, 2009