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Designer comfort meets social and environmental responsibility at Phnom Penh's new The Quay Hotel

Get ready for The Quay Hotel, Phnom Penh's hottest new hideaway. Situated on the vibrant and buzzing kilometer of the Tonle Sap River's quay, the 5 floor, 16-room boutique hotel is set to impress the influx of globetrotting guests to Cambodia's capital.

At Quay, contemporary design and fine hospitality go hand-in-hand with social and environmental responsibility. Read: curvaceous Swan chairs plus wi-fi plus wheatgrass infused juices plus a rooftop bar, gardens, Jacuzzi and massage deck equals a luxurious stay with an invisible carbon footprint.

By partnering with GERES Cambodia, an international development organization promoting clean energy that is both environmentally and socially sustainable, Quay will be the first carbon friendly hotel in Cambodia.

Their deal? They agree on doing their best to think globally and act locally by effectively reducing global CO2 emissions while addressing energy-poverty linkages specific to Cambodia.

GERES will offset 100% of CO2 emissions calculated from the building and operating of Quay through a select auditing methodology compliant with global protocols.

Quay will buy shares in Geres's Fuel-wood Saving Project (CFSP), which engineers, markets and distributes improved cook-stoves that effectively reduce CO2 emissions while improving the situation in Cambodia. More Cambodian women (87% of stove users) will get better stoves and in turn, protect their health, save charcoal which effectively saves large portions of Cambodia's endangered forests, and saves money to be potentially spent on better nutrition and education.

Designed to appeal to the modern-day traveler, Gary Fell of Gfab Architects designed capacious interiors that highlight limestone floors, timeless modern furnishings and fine touches of fine Khmer silk textiles. Quay's sophisticated, minimalist sensibility is sure to become a mini landmark in Phnom Penh.

To top it off, The Quay Hotel's street-level restaurant, Chow, is poised to offer a chic and casual dining experience featuring select authentic and fusion Asian noodle dishes and revitalizing juice blends.

Inspired yet? Then follow suit. Quay makes it easy to join the carbon market. Guests receive a template to calculate their personal carbon footprint as well as locally responsible actions to neutralize their emissions. Quay has also developed Green Leaves, a climate friendly auditing and award system that GERES will soon introduce to the global hotel and restaurant industry.

The Quay Hotel is set to open in April of this year with the first fully carbon neutral Green Leaves award.

SOURCE: Luxury Travel Magazine