Stay at these luxurious hotels that are eco-friendly and sustainable.
CLOTH, WOOD, AND BAMBOO AT BANYAN TREE SAMUI, LAMAI AREA OF KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
On the Gulf islands of Samui, Phangan and Tao, strict new environmental laws are being enforced to outlaw plastics. Banyan Tree Samui, which has become the first and only hotel in Thailand to be awarded “Gold Certification” at a single-property level by EarthCheck, applies its eco-policies by using cloth bags for housekeeping, while wooden and bamboo utensils reign in the restaurants. “We have changed to glass bottles, which means a reduction of 87,600 plastic ones per year,” says Banyan Tree CSR Manager Thepsuda Loyjiw, who is a marine biologist.
A WAR ON PLASTICS AT THE MELIA BALI
The Melia Bali Sustainability Program features strategies to reduce the impact of toxic waste. Introduced a few years ago, it has won a number of awards, including the UNWTO EarthCheck Master Achievement Award last year. The nusa Dua property has started the latest phase of the programme, which is to eliminate the use of plastics wherever possible. The hotel has introduced reusable personal steel drinking bottles and its biodegradable drinking straws made from corn and cassava. Other initiatives include using eco-friendly materials for picnic boxes, slippers made of woven bamboo, wood coasters and gardeners using reusable pillowcases to replace plastic bags for collecting leaves and garden waste.
OCEAN FRIENDLY AT BAWAH RESERVE, ANAMBAS ISLANDS, INDONESIA
A luxury eco resort in Indonesia’s Anambas archipelago, Bawah Reserve was created with a commitment to preserve its ecological state. The six islands are designated a marine conservation area, making it illegal to fish there. The resort’s design was planned to avoid damage and erosion. Architect Sim Boon Yang has melded contemporary design with indigenous craftsmanship to build structures that require minimal interference with the natural terrain. Its eco-friendly approach extends to all operations from using ocean-friendly sun creams and detergents, no plastic bottles, composted food waste to sailing two solar-powered boats. The resort is part of the Bawah Anambas Foundation, created to channel funds back into the land, sea and local community.
A TRIBUTE TO WATER AT ROSEWOOD BANGKOK, THAILAND
Rosewood has opened its 27th property in the heart of Bangkok’s prime central business and retail district on Ploenchit Road. The 30-storey Rosewood Bangkok is designed with the brand’s signature blend of stylish comfort, delivered by a décor or rich materials and finishes in a neutral colour palette. The hotel’s dramatic, indoor 10-story waterfall is a tribute to a city built on water. The element is sacred in Thai culture. There are 159 rooms, including 34 suites and studios, as well as three signature “houses” with their own pools and terraces. The hotel features four restaurants and bars, including a brasserie, signature Chinese restaurant, top-floor speakeasy bar and what is claimed to be first upscale organic café in a Bangkok hotel.