I’ll Be There | Fare Healthy Festival | Shoreditch (4th – 5th February)

For the first time ever I have succeeded in keeping January a dry month! #DRYJANUARY SUCCESS! And having felt so good for it I haven’t even poured an Espresso Martini down my throat this morning and convinced myself it was breakfast (as I’d initially been counting down the days to do).

*the fact that I was lucky enough to spend January in India, where alcohol is either out of date, tastes like paint stripper or not available was enormously helpful…

Nonetheless I’m really feeling inspired to keep on the healthy path of sobriety, meaning that instead of ending the grape depression (I’m here all week) by reaching for the nearest class of wine, I’ll be heading to Shoreditch’s Truman Brewery for the third annual Fare Healthy Festival – the UKs first and foremost food, fitness and wellbeing festival.


Perfectly timed to keep those new year good intentions going, the two-day event will once again inspire, educate, entertain and motivate attendees to eat, move, think, and, as a result, #feelbetter.

Open from 9.30am until 5.30pm, the festival is unique in combining food, fitness and wellbeing, with pop-up restaurants and bars, exercise classes, expert panel talks, cookery demonstrations, a bookstore, alongside a market place featuring over 100 brands.


Fare Healthy has something for everyone with a series of varied exercise classes including Ballet Barre with Naturally Sassy, the renowned SBC experience with Russell Bateman, and yoga classes from two of my favourite teachers; Michael Wong from Boys of Yoga, and the lovely lady I’m lucky enough to have as amy mindful mentor, Annie Clarke of Mind Body Bowl (pre-order her new book here)



For those more interested in the foodie side of the festival, Fare Healthy is also teaming up with four renowned British chefs to launch the festival’s first ever supper club, ‘A Root To Fruit Banquet’, on Saturday 4th February. The Root to Fruit chefs are pledging to create a meal that use zero-packaging to create a zero waste dining experience.

Chefs cooking on the night will be:

● Tom Hunt, eco chef, food waste activist and chef patron of Poco restaurant
● Gill Meller, head chef of River Cottage and author of new book Gather
● Justin Horne, chef and founder of Tiny Leaf, London’s first zero waste restaurant
● Tess Ward, chef, food writer and author of The Naked Diet cookbook
● Peardrop London, catering company & lunch delivery service set up by chef Rose Lloyd Owen, founder of Fare Healthy

The four course menu will be entirely organic, vegetarian, agro-ecological, 100% British and most importantly, will use ingredients in their entirety, from their roots to their stalks, demonstrating how much of our food is thrown away. Cocktails will be available at the Sipsmith and Jax Coco Bar and Pure ionic water will also be available

Root to Fruit Eating means to eat mindfully, reconnecting with our foods origin and nature in order to value our food, the planet and the farmers who produce our ingredients.


Fare Healthy was created in autumn 2014, a collaboration between self-taught chef Rose Lloyd Owen and a small selection of chefs, bloggers, and fitness instructors. Since it’s inception and launch event in January 2015, Fare Healthy has amassed a loyal following of fans, and tickets for previous events have sold out in less than an hour.

Tickets are on sale now, priced at £25 per person for the festival and at £50 per person for the banquet. The Root to Fruit banquet begins at 7.30pm.

Bottomless Brunch, Victory Mansion: Stoke Newington, East London

Inspired by Manhattan’s trend, Bottomless Brunches have become the norm in London, as though brunch without free-flowing fizz is nothing more than a sorry-looking, late breakfast.

London is drowning in restaurants offering bottomless Bloody Mary’s alongside samey-small brunch plates; but when a creative collective of bartenders and chefs came together to open Stoke Newington’s Victory Mansion, an East London tavern bringing its own take on eclectic casual dining and groundbreaking cocktail concoctions – the Bottomless Brunch result was a beautifully balanced offering of outstanding food and an innovative drinks, playing homage to British eccentricity and it’s local London roots.


A stone’s throw from Church Street, on the lively Stoke Newington High Street, Victory Mansion is brightly lit, stylish, sociable and homely.

The walls are covered with vintage drink adverts, black & white photography and shelves displaying retro spirit bottles. The furniture is a homely dark oak finish blended with evergreen leather chairs, set against a feature wall of palm-print wallpaper.



Everything is comfortably recognisable yet beguiling enough to intrigue..

Example: a truly top notch, too-easily drinkable cocktail on the Bottomless Brunch menu is affectionately named the Barbara Windsor; a name known and loved turned into a Gin, Earl Grey, Fresh Lemon and Fizz blend – far more lovingly concocted than any old prosecco served during most Bottomless Brunches.

And while the girls go for breakfast bubbles, the boys (*anymore more hardcore than me) can opt for a Bloody Dafoe, its namesake taken from William Dafoe, less known for living in London’s N15 and better known for playing The General in Platoon – the recipe, a unique Bloody Mary blend featuring a homemade Guinness & Marmite syrup.

Love or hate it, that’s an unbeatable Hair of the Dog!



Bottomless Brunch cocktails also include the JJ Lister, inventor of the microscope and another east London boy celebrated with Aperol, fresh orange and pink grapefruit sherbet; and the Victory Coffee, an Espresso Martini like no other (I’m a credible judge), featuring rocket fuel strong Clockwork Coffee, Dutch coffee liqueur with rum and Hazelnut liqueur.



When it comes to the food Sam Wilksinson’s menu is the best of the brunch!

Bringing his personal flair to signature breakfast dishes, poach egg on toast is elevated to Burnt Miso Prawn Toast with Chilli & Avocado, and classic kippers on toast transforms into Smoked Kippers with Beetroot, Pistachio & Orange Oil, crumbled over Sourdough Toast.


Vegetarians are more than catered for with a plant-based plate of Spicy Spring Onion and Pumpkin Fritters, cooked to perfection, and served with Spinach, Poached Egg and Smashed Avocado – all of my favourite foods on one hearty, healthy plate.

There’s also the option of Smashed Avocado and Crispy Quinoa, and a Mushroom & Sage Pattie with Manchego & Honey Mustard on Sour Dough Toast – More of my favourite things on a plate – so I ordered both!


Victory Mansion is a tasteful but low key perfect place for a lazy weekend catch up with friends over top quality food and back to back beautifully executed cocktails.

The music selection is on point, entering to the doors to The Doors, followed by the likes of Fat Freddy’s Drop and Nina Simone. What starts off as a late n lazy Bottomless Brunch will very easily slip into your Saturday night.

Highly Recommended!

8 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N167PL


Guide to Luang Prabang: From Shoestring To Showstopping

Hidden in the shadow of lofty green mountains, in between the mighty Mekong and calming Khan rivers, lies the laid back town of Luang Prabang, a UNICEF designated world heritage site and the most stylish of Laos’ tourist draws, thanks to its French Indochinese heritage.

Luang Prabang is a perfect, pocket-sized blend of prohibition-era Paris and the innocent, but beguiling, Buddhist way of life. Endowed with chic colonial architecture, the town is as dotted with red-roofed temples as it is red-wine bars.

Backwater of Beyond : Nong Khiaw & Muang Ngoi (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick




Steeped in culture, Luang Prabang’s most famous tourist attraction is Wat Xienv Thong, the most enchanting and historic Buddhist monastery in the entire country.

Backwater of Beyond : Nong Khiaw & Muang Ngoi (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick



While visitors flock to marvel at its intricately designed golden walls and quietly admire this graceful place of worship; this quaint riverside town has so much more to offer backpackers and flashpackers, whatever the budget.

There is a distinctly stylish and low key vibe here, where French culture compliments its Southeast Asian home.


Things to do, What to Eat and Where to Stay

The cheapest way to enjoy Luang Prabang and soak up its atmosphere is by hiring a push bike from one of the town’s many guesthouses (£1 for 12 hours) to meander down the town’s winding alley ways and alongside both of the rivers.



Let Angkor Restaurant Review: Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick

Cycle along the Mekong and there are no shortage of budget-friendly river front restaurants or cheap street food stalls.

The former makes a picturesque pit stop for lunch or evening drinks to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. The former is the cheapest and most authentic way to eat out in Luang Prabang – with vegetarians more than catered for. Grab a bowl, pay £1.50 and treat the barbeques and street food stalls like a buffet and fill up as much as you can.


Meat-lovers will adore the dirt-cheap smoky skewered pork and vegetarians can eat their fill of vegetable noodles, fried Mekong river weed and sweet potato curries.

If a bicycle isn’t for you, your feet wont tire of strolling past French Colonial houses-turned-wine-bar or art galleries, dotted with Chinese lanterns; leading you in circles around the town among Luang Prabang’s legacy of ancient red-roofed temples to the sacred Buddha image, Pha Bang.

Backwater of Beyond : Nong Khiaw & Muang Ngoi (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick 

Greenpark Villa Hotel: Vientiane, Laos www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick


Things to do, What to Eat and Where to Stay

If visiting Luang Prabang with a little cash to splash then you will not be disappointed with town’s choice of frangipani fringed boutique hotels, stylish restaurants, cocktail bars, fashion boutiques, art galleries and day trips…

…The best bit about most of these options being that they each serve, in some way, to give back to Laos local communities – essential to this beautiful country with its little-known tortured past as the most bombed country in the world!

While spoiled for places to stay, my number one recommendation would be the stunning Villa Maly hotel. Centered round a pristine pool under chic Chinese lanterns, you will find Villa Maly, a colonial mansion turned boutique hotel, hidden from the hustle of Luang Prabang by its dense green garden of sky high palm trees and vibrant banana plants.

villa maly poolside 4 Bianca Capstick/BorntobeaWiildflower

Villa Maly Hotel : Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick

The hotel serves expertly blended cocktails by the talented team in Villa Maly’s Mouhot’s Bar, its namesake Henri Mouhot, the French naturalist who rediscovered the famous Angkor temples before travelling through Luang Prabang.

As well as Mouhot’s Bar, Villa Maly offers luxury dining at Le Vetiver a perfect alfresco experience, sited on a wooden deck, appointed with a warm rose wood furnishing and sheltered by a canopy.

And on balmier evenings guests have the option of a poolside barbecue: Surrounded by the garden’s tropical frangipanis, ginger, orchids, lilies, gardenias and mango trees, and served next to what has been rates as one of the best pools in Luang Prabang, here Villa Maly’s team will fire up the grill and leave you to cook your selection of tantalizing cuts of well marinated tenderloin, ribs, pork, shrimp and fresh seafood.

If you’re not watching your pennies then Luang Prabang’s sunny streets are rife with luxe Laos cuisine, French bistros and low key wine bars.

Everyone who’s anyone in Luang Prabang 
(whatever that means!) heads to L’Eléphant, where you can choose from a French or Lao menu (Ban Vat Nong; 856-71-252-482; entrées from $10).

Its sister restaurant next door, the chic Green Elephant, 
is Laos’s first vegan eatery (no phone; set menu, $21).

And even if you’re not staying at the hotel itself, the 3 Nagas café—with extra-fresh Lao court cuisine—is worth 
a visit. The shady patio makes for 
a great lunchtime spot (856-71-253-888; entrées from $5).

My favourite restaurant is Le Tangor  on the main street of Sisavangvong Road; a French restaurant perfect for people watching, serving a killer steak and baked camembert, espresso martinis and delicate lemon tart. The shabby chic, red hued interior plays strong homage to its Indochinese heritage to perfection.

Let Angkor Restaurant Review: Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick


Let Angkor Restaurant Review: Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick

Let Angkor Restaurant Review: Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick

Let Angkor Restaurant Review: Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick

Let Angkor Restaurant Review: Luang Prabang (Laos) www.borntobeawildflower.com Bianca Capstick

Statues of Buddha sit alongside vintage tins of Fois Gras and the walls are adorned with retro TinTin prints.

If you fancy making the most of Laos boat life, stretching beyond the Mekong then take a unique cruise along the spectacular Luang Say from £120 per person based on groups of 9-38 people.


Go between November and January when temperatures are mild, but keep in mind that this is also the season when tourist numbers are highest.

Alternatively head to Luang Prabang in the rainy season (April-July and Sept-Oct), when ‘rain’ means a brief cleansing shower most afternoons, but otherwise lovely weather.

Avoid March when temperatures are searing.

The Lao New Year festivities (from 13 to 15 April) are a worthy draw, and the tradition of throwing water is delightful – and tonic.

Koh Rong Sanloem Travel Guide: Cambodia

Koh Rong, the largest of Cambodia’s collective of islands, has enjoyed the “backpacker favourite” status for the last five years. However its smaller sister, Koh Rong Sanloem, beautifully unspoiled, yet closer to the mainland is a much quieter and more picturesque and serene spot; favoured by the “flashpackers,” and definitely worth consideration for backpackers looking a little further off the beaten track – or for those not looking for a trashy Full Moon Party.



Despite being just 45 minutes away from Sihanoukville by the “Fast Ferry” ($20 return) or 2 hours in the “Slow Boat” ($10 return)*; navigating your way to, from, and around the island is a little more challenging than you’d assume: So below are some points to consider when planning a trip to this truly stunning island.




*The main strip in Sihanoukville is full of small travel agents who will be able to book you on either ferry. Try to book a day in advance if you’d like to go early in the morning, otherwise you can arrange same-day transport.

  • How to get to Koh Rong Sanloem

Just south of Koh Rong, Koh Rong Sanloem takes pristine beaches to another level; offering picture perfect snorkelling spots and peaceful Eco-conscious diving options, as well as a stretch of standy beach for sun-worshipping.



Koh Rong Sanloem’s M’Pay Bay is the closest beach to Koh Rong and as well as offering unspoiled beaches, here a small community of fishermen and their families gives tourists a unique insight to village life.

For an average of $40 a night (you can stay in a dorm for around $10, camp for $5 or pay up to $80 for more premium accommodation), you can sleep in a beach front bungalow with private bathroom (some also offer free wifi in the guesthouse restaurant between 6pm and 11pm); and use the dense jungle behind you for trekking and exploring.


A 45 minute trek through the jungle will lead you to the other side of the island, Saracen Bay; where a stunning and vast expanse of pure white sand snakes round in a circular bay, meeting a pure aqua shallow sea; the landscaped dotted only with occasional traditional turquoise fishing boats.



IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION: If travelling from Sihanoukville main land, both ferries will only drop you off on Saracen Bay and you will have to make your own way to M’Pay Bay either by paying $45 on for a “taxi boat” or talking to some locals and jumping in with them for free at around 4pm when they head home.

No one will tell you this before getting to the island, so if heading to Koh Rong Sanloem from the mainland it is best to book a guest house on the stunning Saracen Bay; or keep in mind that you will have to make your own way (via boat or jungle trek) to M’Pay Bay.

Similarly, if you are traveling to Koh Rong Sanloem from Koh Rong, most boats only go to M’Pai Bay, so it is worth booking accommodation here, or keeping in mind that you will have to find your own way to Saracen, via the same suggestions above.



Both beaches are equally beautiful, with chilled out beach bungalows, low key bars (although M’Pai is has a bit more of a party scene) and delicious seafood restaurants; Both are also a little more expensive than the mainland with accommodation starting at around $30 a night and the cheapest dish (including breakfast) starting at $4.50.

Therefore whether you end up in M’Pai or Saracen you are in for a similar experience; it’s just useful to know which beach you can expect to end up on, depending on where you are travelling from.

However as they are only a 45 minute, breezy, jungle walk apart, it’s very easy to day trip from one side of the island to the other to experience both!

Prefering the quieter island life, we stayed on Saracen

  • Where to Stay on Saracen Bay

After the fast or slow ferry drop you at the Jetty, the second guesthouse you will reach is a Turkish-owned set of beach bungalows, called Rumi & Atam Bungalows, which at $30 / night was one of the cheapest options, and where we chose to stay. The bungalow was a decent size, had sea views, clean private bathroom and the seafront restaurant, naturally serves very good Turkish and Khmer food for a reasonable price. The staff are very sweet and our stay was very pleasant.


About halfway down the beach is the beautiful Green and Blue Resort. Somewhere I wish I’d stayed if we’d explored a little further at first. Again, Turkish-owned, this bohemian blissful spot has blue and green day beds, hammocks, murals, traditional Turkish “Evil Eyes” hanging throughout and offers beautiful, uniquely designed bungalows with balconies  which cost around $60 a night.



For a cheaper option try the lovely Easy Tiger Bungalows at $24 a night and for a bit of luxury, go for Sol Resort which just opened in 2016, or the very cosmic Moonlight Resort – where you will stay in unique luxury domes at the far end of the beach for $120 a night. – Another place I wish I’d explored further to reach when looking for a place to stay.


  • Where to Eat on Saracen Bay

The restaurants in both Rumi and Green Blue Resort offer very good Turkish Food, Green Blue is better, with more picturesque views, stylish cocktails, more of a beach vibe – and is the only place on the island to take card or offer cash back. Green Blue is a romantic little dinner spot and close to where the Plankton surface at night, if you feel like a sparkling midnight swim after dark.


For incredible pizza, perfect seafood (and the most reliable wifi on the island)  head over to Moonlight Resort’s Blue Moon Restaurant. As though dining under the stars, the blue domed restaurant is a beautiful place to eat along side the shore.



  • What to do on Saracen Bay

Sunbathing is the obvious choice: All of the hotels and bars have day-beds and sun loungers on their ‘patch’ of beachfront, free for anyone to use; and if you need a little shade then there are plenty of treehouse style beds, built around the shoreline’s palm trees.

The living is easy and blissful.

StandUp Paddle boarding at just $5/ hour is available on the island, the team also arrange 2-3hour snorkelling trips around the Saracen Bay’s two reefs for just $20/person, or 6ft Diving for $60/person.

The snorkelling trips are beautiful: The sea is crystal clear, making for a serene immersion into coral reefs spiked with Black sea urchins and shoals of tropical fish. To the meditative sound of your own breath, hours can be spent lost underwater admiring clown fish – and small octopi.


If you need to resurface to adjust your snorkelling mask, you’ll also spot monkeys playing in the jungle on the reefs edge.

If island-hopping through Cambodia, it would be my strong recommendation to visit beautiful Koh Rong but to steer as far away from Sok San Beach as possible – unless you enjoy terrible music (*PSYTRANCE) and don’t mind the tragedy that it’s once pure shores* are now washed up with the mainland’s rubbish.
*It also speaks volumes about how tourism has changed the island for the worse now that police patrol the beach to stop anti-social behaviour.

Instead take the time and small extra expense to visit Palm Beach on the north side of the island. This private, but inexpensive stretch of beach with thatched bungalows, a great bar and a solid playlist is a stunning, edge of he world setting, opposite the stunning SongSaa Resort, the owners of which, work hard to preserve their local environment and marine life.


Sojourn Boutique Hotel : A Soulful Stay in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia is a very special country; and anyone who knows me well will know just how special the country is to me. – A country which, after centuries under Vietnamese and Thai siege and the devastation during Polpot’s Khmer Rouge Regime, rightfully still wears its heart on its sleeve; it’s heart-centre being the soulful Siem Reap.

As the country’s heartland, home to the famous Angkor Watt temples, Siem Reap has seen a huge increase in tourism in the last couple of years, bringing with it an equal increase in beautiful boutique hotels with frangipani-fringed swimming pools. However only one can lay claim to giving as much back to its local communities as it does for its guests – and that place is the stunning Sojourn Boutique Villas.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel poolside 1 Bianca Capstick www.borntobeawildflower.com

Nestled in the authentic Treak village, a short drive out of the dusty bustle of Siem Reap’s town centre; Sojourn Boutique Villas combines style with substance by offering guests an experience that stretches so much further than excellent exotic cocktails sipped at its swimming pool’s bar.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel poolside bar 1 Soujourn Boutique Hotel poolside 1

Soujourn Boutique Hotel Thai Coconut Cocktail 1 Soujourn Boutique Hotel poolside 1

Opening visitors’ eyes to its soulful surroundings, Sojourn Boutique Hotel stands out by offering guests walking tours around Treak Village ($5 per person), and ‘A Day in the Life” tours in Komphein Village, as part of its community enriching work through HUSK, an NGO lovingly set up by the hotel’s owners in 2009, following Typhoon Ketsana.

HUSK Cambodia Soujorn Boutique Hotel Treak Village 1 Soujourn Boutique Hotel poolside 1

The fee for the walking tour goes directly to HUSK, whose remit is to help people help themselves, give children access to education, improve basic hygiene, provide access to food and better nutritional knowledge, and help establish programs so that the villagers derive income through sustainable projects and tourism.

HUSK Cambodia Soujorn Boutique Hotel Treak Village 2


Treak Village is also brought to life with even more vibrancy thanks to Sojourn Boutique Villa’s hands-on Cambodian Cooking Class* in its bamboo pavilion. Unlike any other Khmer cooking courses, this one starts with a short visit to a local family’s home to learn about food customs and beliefs within the village.

HUSK Cambodia Soujorn Boutique Hotel Treak Village 4

Taking this new-found knowledge back to the hotel’s beautiful Bamboo Pavillion, sunkissed in the morning light; here under the guidance of Sojourn Boutique Hotel’s Head Chef, up to eight people will learn how to make three traditional Khmer dishes – followed by a sit down lunch together to enjoy your three courses of your own creations.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel Treak Village HUSK Cooking Class

Soujourn Boutique Hotel Treak Village HUSK Cooking Class 2

Continuing to give back to its community, the majority of the hotel’s team of incredibly warm and smiling staff are those who live locally, walking the short distance to the utopian setting of Sojourn Boutique Villas each day.

Taking upmost pride in their roles, the team here go above and beyond to make your stay as special as possible, whether it’s squeezing a different fresh fruit juice for you each morning, shaking cocktails in the atmospheric lantern-lit restaurant or poolside bar or turning down your bed every evening and leaving chocolates on your pillow.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel breakfast

Not a trick is missed at Soujourn Boutique Villas: Pick up to the hotel is arranged from wherever you require and on arrival fragrant Jasmine “welcome” bracelets and cooling face towels are lavished upon you.

Guests are spoiled further with the beautiful, winding palm and banana tree-lined walk to its villas, greeted by fluttering butterlies and perfectly-timed falling Jasmine flowers on route, adjacent to an ocean blue swimming pool surrounded by loungers, day beds, water features – and it’s in-pool cocktail bar.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel garden

Soujourn Boutique Hotel vila

Soujourn Boutique Hotel poolside 2

A family-friendly hotel; here children splash, sunworshipers worship, shade-dwellers seek shelter under the light cover of the Bedouin style double loungers, and those in full holiday mode sup sun-kissed cocktails, very reasonably priced at $4.50 or $3.50 during the 4pm-6pm Happy Hour.

Quicker than you can say “Happy Hour,” your bags, fresh lime juice and sweet, toasty coconut pancakes will have been spirited into your luxury villa, prolonging the welcome even further.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bedroom 4

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bedroom 5

With almost as many Jasmine flowers dotted around your heavenly holiday home as you’ll find in the grounds, beautiful attention to detail runs throughout.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bedroom

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bedroom 1

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bedroom 2

Coffee, English Breakfast, Earl Grey & Darjeeling Tea sit atop your well-stocked minibar; the rooms are adorned with statues of Buddha and local photography; the rain shower alone (let alone the stylish stone bathroom) was about the same size as my Hackney studio flat and locally sourced, ethically made beauty products sit alongside your giant stone sink waiting to be used.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bathroom 1

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bathroom 2

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bathroom 3

If the azure of the pool can’t lure you over for a sunset apéritif at the bar, each villa has its own balcony on which cocktails and light bites will be brought to you – and in a little more seclusion thanks to the dense tropical garden surroundings.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel bedroom 3

Dinner here is atmospheric, the restaurant romantically lit by tea lights in Chinese lanterns, with the ripples of the swimming pool still in sight or sound. – And the food is exquisite.

Little is known about the diversities and subtleties of Khmer Cuisine and at Sojourn these delicately spiced flavours are played out in a sophisticated menu which offers the likes of a light, tangy Crab & Coconut Salad (easily the best salad I’ve ever eaten) and the delicious national dish Amok, the option of a daily special such as John Dory Fish steamed in ginger and local spices. France’s colonial heritage in Cambodia has shaped an impressive wine list of Bordeauxs, sparkling wine and champagne.

The restaurant is open from 7am-10am for breakfast, included in your room rate and offers the likes of perfectly cooked omelettes or decadent French toast dusted with cinnamon and honey; all accompanied by perfectly your choice of tea or a barista blended Flat White. The restaurant re-opens at 11:00am for the rest of the day.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel breakfast 2

Soujourn Boutique Hotel flat white

Huge thanks to the wonderful, dedicated and philanthropic Fiona and Anthony for having us. A stay at Sojourn Boutique Villas really is the perfect oxymoron of altruistic luxury.

Soujourn Boutique Hotel

  • Room rates range from $165 / night in a Terrace Room through to $240 / night in a Temple Villa. Be sure to check their bookings page for any deals.
  • Treak Village Rd,Treak Village Siem Reap
  • (+855) 12 923 437 / info@sojournsiemreap.com
  • Donate to HUSK

*Cambodian Cooking Classes are $24 per person for the half day class and $35 for the full day class. There is a maximum of eight participants involved in any class. Classes are run daily at 9.30am and 12.30pm and take around 2.5 to 3 hours per class. Bookings are essential and can be made at reception. – Full review to follow.