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Sojourn Boutique Villas
Ranked #29 of 365 Hotels in Siem Reap
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 July 2011

This hidden gem just outside of the hustle of downtown Siem Reap is a truly wonderful experience. The staff is outstanding and perhaps the friendliest I've ever encountered in my many travels. Each Villa is a gem with lovely local furnishings and lots of space. Some have spectacular secluded outdoor showers that are so common in S/E Asia. I loved being able to hear the birds and see the bamboo and flowers while showering in an enclosed, outdoor area just outside the bathroom. The huge, indoor soaking tub was also spetacular.

We loved the cooking course that was offered through the hotel and all of the great amenities; including the great pool with the swim-up bar. The flowers and trees on the grounds are beautiful and the smell of the exotic plants is heavenly.
There is a laptop available for internet access at a very small price, so you can keep in touch with everyone.

But best of all, the staff are the greatest! I felt at home and really hated to leave. I want to go back as quickly as possible! Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2011

This is a very special place. One of the most unusual places we've stayed in. This was sadly just an overnighter for us, but I know we will be back very soon. We decided to stay in Sojourn on our last night in Cambodia - mainly because it has such rave reviews on tripadvisor, but also because we loved the idea of the 'destination dining' experience to celebrate our wedding anniversary. If this is your first destination in Siem Reap you may feel a little uncomfortable with the location - but have no fear! Although It feels like it's a million miles from anywhere, it's actually not that far from the main area of Siem Reap and tuk tuks are very cheap and plentiful. The villas are simply furnished but spotlessly clean and very tastefully adorned with flowers and nice touches here and there. The floor and walls are constructed of 'polished' concrete which works really well - I've never seen this before in a hotel / villa, but it makes for a very attractive and stylish room design. We had time for a massage here, and the two girls were an absolute delight and very good at their job. Their English isn't the best, (but much better than my Cambodian!) but we had such good fun and giggles with the language barrier - and the massage is as good as any I've had in a top quality European resort / hotel. At the time of writing there is no spa, but I believe there is an intention to build one soon, so at the moment the massage takes place in the comfort of your room. There aren't too many rooms at Sojourn so the place immediately takes on a very cosy and intimate atmosphere. The pool is probably one of the cleanest and best kept pools I've ever seen. Living in Queensland we know how difficult it is to keep the pool and water so crystal clear and clean during the rainy / humid seasons. You really have to get the balance right with the chemicals - but these guys must have a wonderful pool maintenance man who I would definitely like to borrow! Whilst here, we opted for a walk of the local village, which is a very humbling experience, something everyone should do. I would love to have met the owners of Sojourn but they were overseas at the time, but it is evident from their involvement with the local village that they are very kind and charitable people. The highlight of our stay here was the 'destination dining' experience. WOW!!!! Now... we are massive foodie fans, but being in Cambodia, our expectations weren't too high. But the idea of our own private pavilion, private chef, waiter and musician was just too much for us to pass by. And the food?? FANTASTIC! The setting was just absolutely stunning. It's pitch black, but you're surrounded by candles and every now and then you can catch the fireflies flickering around you. There's frogs croaking and fish leaping out of the water (catfish we think!). This was a very private affair for us and one of the most romantic meals we've ever experienced. The waiter was top class, very charming and his timing was always absolutely perfect. This experience doesn't come cheaply by Cambodian standards, but is worth every penny and costs FAR less than a regular quality meal in Australia or Europe. Just one word of warning - the pavilion setting is a short walk from the hotel, but it's pitch black. You are led to the pavilion by torchlight, but don't wear heels like me (God knows what I was thinking at the time!!) We left very early for our flight home the next day so we missed out on breakfast, but the reception staff had made us some lovely sandwiches to take with us. The hotel's driver was unlike any we'd experienced in Cambodia - his car was immaculate and his driving was cool, calm and collected. Very rare indeed. The driver's English was fantastic too. We can't wait to come back to this place and spend a few days. It's not the cheapest, and it's not the best located, but it honestly doesn't matter because the experience is second to none. Whilst we were in Siem Reap we spent a few days at Golden Temple Hotel too - another fantastic place (see my seperate review) and also 3 nights at Raffles (very nice - but bedrooms definitely in need of refurbishment) so if you want the best of both worlds and have at least 5 days in Siem Reap then I would recommend you split your time between Golden Temple and Sojourn. They are VERY VERY different but equally special in their own seperate ways.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

Loved everything about Sojoune Villas, from the location to the very helpful, friendly staff, the fantastic restaurant. The Manager likes to be called Basil, but is nothing like Basil at Fawlty Towers!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in villa #4 which was at the back of the complex and very quiet
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 July 2011

We stayed at Sojourn for the 2nd time, after a previous visit last year around the same time.
This place is still a gem, a refuge in the middle of the countryside - only 10 minutes by tuk-tuk from Siem Reap town.
Not only an oasis of leisure and quiet, also great food, very friendly and personal service from the staff, intimiate small scale, so no groups of tourists.
They're constructing a small adjacent building where the owner plans to set up a spa - so it's only getting better.
A great place - let's just keep this between us and don't tell anyone else please!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

We were lucky enough to spend a few days here recently and im delighted to agree with ALL the great reasons other guests have talked about. ! The staff are by far one of the greatest attributes of this lovely little hotel. Always Smiling and genuinely Pleased to help you.
Cocktails in the swim up bar were great.,Also the destination dining was lovely and we thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class. Their tuk tuk drivers and van drivers were a great asset to seeing the best of Siem Reap.Highly recommended and we hope to return :)

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 June 2011

Sojourn was fantastic. As most reviews i've read have mentioned, it's about 10 mins outside of town, which is absolutely the main reason to stay here. It's a really easy ride to town and the temples, so you really don't miss out.

Sojourn is basically located right in the middle of Treak Village, and the hotel is a green effort that is also working with the village and donating time and money to improve the lives of the people. For example each family now has a water filtration system and a well they can access for clean water. And if you take the Treak Village tour (a 2 hour walk thru the village), 50% of the fee is used toward to help the village. They also have incentive programs set up to help the people in the village better their lives without giving them handouts. Yes - the temples are fantastic - as we did the 3 day package and then stayed an extra day in order to do "non temple" activities like the village tour (which was the highlight of our trip). You miss out on your experience if you only do temples and stay in the town - Sojourn is where you should be.

And of course Sojourn was also top shelf for all the things you would normally expect at a highly rated hotel -- clean rooms, nice amenities, fantastic service, excellent food, great pool, etc. The food was better than anything we tried in town, including Il Forno which is #2 on tripadvisor right now. I can't even explain how nice and polite the staff is, and how well they do with their English even though they are still learning and don't think they are good with it :)

Could not recommend this hotel more - a place that is truly trying to help it's community in all the right ways, while also being as good as it gets in all the areas you would expect with any top boutique hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

The dirt track might at first seem a little alarming but the remote location is part of the attraction. A beautiful boutique hotel with a very personal and friendly service. We stayed 3 nights, we regret we are not here for a week. We would love to return again soon.

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Additional Information about Sojourn Boutique Villas

Address: Treak Village Rd. | Treak Village, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Region: Cambodia > Siem Reap Province > Siem Reap
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Romantic Hotel in Siem Reap
#9 Family Hotel in Siem Reap
#25 Luxury Hotel in Siem Reap
#27 Spa Hotel in Siem Reap
Price Range: £54 - £146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Sojourn Boutique Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled among rice paddies and palm trees lies Sojourn, the place to unwind and experience Siem Reaps best treasures. Imagine relaxing in tropical surrounds, enjoying decadent cocktails poolside, or at the swim up bar or perhaps indulge in a massage at our 'Origins' Spa. And when a hard days travels draw to a close, watch our magical sunset, as the day sinks into the palm trees. Sojourn offers unique accommodation, the best Khmer hospitality and a team committed to ensuring you have the ultimate escape. With only ten private villa rooms Sojourn offers journeys of an entirely different nature.Located only a short drive from Siem Reap town, within walking distance of the Ancient Wat Athvea temple and purpose built for your ultimate experience....Welcome to Sojourn! ... more   less 
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