“We are very proud about our achievements, and the recent successful re-certification,” said Manish Jha, general manager at the Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa Koh Samui. “We are always researching new methods or technologies to help us reducing our eco-footprint. It may be simple steps, such as watering our garden with recycled water, or changing plastic shampoo and soap bottles to glass containers in every guest room, we do make every possible effort to protect the environment.”
One of Green Globe’s top performing members, the Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa Koh Samui in Thailand, is continuously reinforcing its commitment to environmental, social, and cultural conservation. For years, this luxury hotel has demonstrated a proactive attitude and a high level of enthusiasm to implement sustainability practices at all levels of the business.
Energy and water consumption is minimized in all areas of the resort and a reduction target has been set in line with Anantara Group requirements of at least 10 percent annually. The resort combats pollution through reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste which impacts landfills, and by cooperating with a local waste management company. Packaging is reduced to a minimum and local suppliers focusing on products that are durable and recyclable are given preference. Guests are invited to join local social awareness programs offered by the hotel, and indigenous culture is integrated into everyday experiences.
Anantara has always been known for its strong CSR based community initiatives, and it is no surprise that the entire team at the Bophut Resort is actively involved in saving the last mangroves forest in Samui Island. An integral part of the eco-system, mangroves act as natural barrier to strong winds, waves, and erosions, while maintaining the water quality. Mangrove forests are also home to a variety of local species of animals, and migratory birds seek food and shelter in the mangroves during migration.
“Mangroves are among the most threatened habitats in the world, and their rate of disappearance is accelerating. The mangrove forest is a key area in sustaining the environment, and we participate in regular planting programs,” added Manish Jha.
All Anantara properties across Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, the Maldives, and the Middle East immerse in local initiatives that give back to the community and environment, enhancing the social and environmental surroundings of each Anantara destination. Whether it’s rescuing street elephants in Thailand, marine turtle protection in Phuket, coral rejuvenation in the Maldives or supporting local farmers in Indonesia, Anantara is dedicated to carrying out a corporate social responsibility program at a grassroots level in each of its exotic locations around the world.
ABOUT ANANTARA BOPHUT SAMUI RESORT & SPA
Located on a tranquil stretch of sand, Anantara Bophut Resort & Spa offers inimitable luxury coupled with renowned Thai hospitality. Anantara Bophut presents a Koh Samui resort lifestyle that is quite unlike any other, from Bill Bensley designed tropical gardens which complement the charms at Fisherman’s Cove on Bophut Beach, to southern Thai architecture, which reflects the local cultural heritage and world-class amenities enhanced by Anantara’s unique design touches. The property features 106 spacious resort rooms, brought to life by Southern Thai artwork and décor. Guests can enjoy a wealth of leisure facilities and experiences from windsurfing and sailing to spa, beach, yoga, tennis, cooking classes and area excursions. Anantara Bophut Samui Resort restaurants offer fiery Thai curries and handmade Italian pastas, open kitchens and tableside cooking, rich local flavors along with some of the world’s best culinary traditions. Bophut Beach, located on Koh Samui’s northern coast, is 15 minutes from Koh Samui’s International Airport. Shuttle flights from/to Bangkok operate on an hourly basis.
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com