Tropical retreat honoured by Thailand Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization, and VGreen for operating in harmony with the environment
High-end, experience-driven beachfront retreat, Santiburi Koh Samui has been certified as a 2020 Green Hotel and recognized as a carbon-neutral resort. Both accolades reflect its deep and lasting commitment to the environment.
Nestled among 23 acres of landscaped gardens and coconut groves, with a 300-metre-long stretch of private sandy beach, Santiburi Koh Samui has received a 2020 Green Hotel certification from the Thailand Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, an entity from the Bureau of Public Participation Promotion. As a 2020 Green Hotel, it is recognized as a sustainable resort that has succeeded in enhancing the use of resources and energy of the property and improving the standard of all its services to become more environmentally friendly.
Santiburi Koh Samui was already certified at the end of 2019 by the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization for cutting the amount of carbon it emits and successfully offsetting the rest. The certification programme was created in collaboration with VGreen, Kasetsart University’s environmental research programme.
Santiburi operates a comprehensive environmental programme, comprising wastewater treatment, energy saving, waste management, organic gardening, recycling, and replacing any chemicals, plastics and other harmful products with green alternatives, including a natural salt cleaning system for its private pool villas.
The resort has also trained its team in all areas of eco-friendly operations and works with responsible local suppliers that share its values.
Guests are encouraged to play a role; they can decide how often their towels and bed linen should be changed and participate in community activities such as beach cleaning. The resort supports many important local community initiatives, including a conscientious elephant sanctuary.
“We are thrilled to be certified again as a carbon-neutral and green resort. The team at Santiburi has been working hard towards this status for many years by undertaking a series of important initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, lower our energy usage and preserve our ecosystem. These new accolades are a recognition of our ongoing efforts. I am confident that our guests will be delighted to know that their stay remains in perfect harmony with Koh Samui’s island ecosystem,” said Sabine Lamberts, Santiburi’s General Manager.