Passionate about preserving our planet’s precious resources and creating an eco-friendly environment, Anantara Hua Hin Resort has once again proudly won the title ‘World’s Leading Green Resort’ in the World Travel Awards 2015.
For many of Hua Hin’s multiple hospitality award winners, it’s difficult to show visitors how a guest experience is made so pleasurable or the quality of their services can be realised; it really needs so to be experienced as a guest and probably over a period of some days. However being rated as the leading Green Resort is somewhat more tangible. This gave Hua Hin Today the opportunity see for ourselves what this means. Our host, Khun Pookey was very eager to share the celebration of the Anantara’s latest award and at a personal level the pride that comes with this achievement.
The World Travel Awards serves to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry, and is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. Rising amidst stiff competition for this coveted award, Anantara Hua Hin shone in the eyes of the industry for its green initiatives for the second year. Anantara Hua Hin Resort is a 14 acre oasis of glorious indigenous gardens and lotus filled lagoons.
It’s something like strolling through a botanical garden with another sensory experience around every bend of the paths winding through a smorgasbord of greenery. Sometimes scented, sometimes showing the theme of the setting, but always serene, peaceful and green. However as Kermit the Frog once said “It’s not easy being green” or in this very different context – staying green. To ensure the lush foliage is retained and renewed there’s a ground staff of around 40 and a flourishing plant nursery.
The renowned tropical gardens were the creation of globally acclaimed landscape designer Bill Bensley, who describes the results as “biologically interesting by making five distinct sub-gardens; the white garden, the heliconia garden, the red garden, the palm garden and the yellow garden”. The ambience of the landscaping is then enhanced by the ancient Thai village setting. No matter where the guest rooms are set there is always a green vista on show apart from many ocean outlooks to savour.
Green also means a commitment towards environmental sustainability, the resort has integrated sustainable practices to ensure a minimal negative impact on the environment, including lagoon and waste water treatment plants that feeds water to the gardens, regenerating all garden waste and on-property mulching for gardens, as well as 100% LED lighting implementation to conserve energy consumption. Sustainability also features in the resort’s product purchasing, with a focus on products that are durable, repairable and able to be recycled.
“We are honoured to once again be recognized by the World Travel Awards for our dedication to being an environmentally sustainable resort,” says Manish Jha, General Manager of Anantara Hua Hin Resort. “We are constantly reinforcing our commitment towards environmental sustainability. Whether it is as simple as watering our garden with recycled water or going a step further and converting the resort to 100% LED lighting, we make every possible effort to reduce environmental footprint of our operations while continuing to provide memorable experiences to our guests in this beautiful, natural setting”.
Our thanks to Khun Pookey for the opportunity to explore with a ‘guided tour’ and for sharing her personal insights. I suggested to her that whenever she is feeling stressed after a busy day there’s always a way to take time out by just strolling around the grounds!. We’re not really advocating that visitors flock to Anantara ‘Green Park’ but if the opportunity arises to take a ‘tour’, it’s a truly rewarding experience.