DALLAS, December 24, 2011 - White feathers are an international symbol of peace. On December 2, 2011, Hôtel de la Paix, a five-star boutique hotel dedicated to community sustainability in Siem Reap, Cambodia, unveiled the most magnificent Christmas tree of its kind in the world.
This eco-conscious Christmas tree is composed of a mind-blowing 3,200 nine-inch white feathers, hung delicately on individual wires from the ceiling in the hotel’s lobby. As a commitment toward sustainable tourism and the environment, the astounding tree was made entirely with recycled materials. A dream project for hotel staff, the mammoth task took more than 10 days of preparation, several dedicated staff members and three engineers to complete.
With a blend of ultra-modern design and Khmer palace-style architecture, the innovative Christmas tree fits in with the designs of world-renowned architect, Bill Bensely, who recently helped the hotel achieve Gold List status.
Always striving for creativity and individuality, Hôtel de la Paix has developed a reputation for creating some of the most unique Christmas trees in Southeast Asia since 2008. While importing a live tree is not an option, the hotel continues to impress hotel guests and the international travel community with glorious masterpieces each year. Innovative ideas come from the proclamation that Cambodia deserves to embrace the future with respect to the past.
Hôtel de la Paix also united with its community partners to donate funds toward local volunteer initiatives upon the tree’s unveiling. Each year, the hotel staff strives to create these uniquely ornate Christmas trees to bring holiday splendor to an impoverished community. Upon the unveiling of the tree, Hôtel de la Paix and hotel guest made a generous donation to their community partner, The Green Gecko Project.
About Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap
With 107 beautifully appointed rooms and suites and its award-winning spa, the hotel caters to the discerning traveller seeking style and relaxation. The restaurant Meric offers world class dining and the stylish arts lounge showcases exhibitions of emerging artists.
The hotel is ideally situated within walking distance of the shops and restaurants in Siem Reap and is nearby to the ancient temples of Angkor, Siem Reap’s most popular tourist destination and a UNESCO world heritage site. Hotel de la Paix also takes initiative to encourage responsible tourism and enable guests to gain a true understanding of Cambodia. Hôtel de la Paix opened in 1957, but has most recently undergone a renovation, completed in 2005.
With a stunning fusion of Ancient Khmer design and a hint of art deco, the hotel has since become one of the most stylish hotels in Siem Reap.
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