Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is not your typical Thai beach resort, being set amid vast tropical gardens and yet just steps away from pristine sands of Karon Beach.
The resort works tirelessly to enhance and preserve the variety of exotic plant species, which make up the gardens. And at the same time hotel staff and management are equally dedicated to caring for Karon Beach, with regular beach clean ups to assist the local community maintain their precious corner of coastline.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket has been certified since 2011 and was one of the first Mövenpick resorts to be certified in Asia. As a Green Globe Gold Member, the resort’s commitment goes beyond environmental and employer sustainability to encompass social sustainability. Throughout the year the resort participates in a range of social activities within the community including blood donations and raising funds for schools.
Of special merit is the partnership formed with the SOS Children’s Village Phuket, which is home to more than 130 children of all ages. Established after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, this orphanage receives and provides donations of school supplies, food and toys for the children. In addition to regular donations, the resort is committed to offering hospitality internships to any orphans who complete their school studies.
“We are very proud of our achievements in sustainable operations at the resort and of our partnership with Green Globe,” said Nick Porter, General Manager. “The resort is committed to promoting sustainability, as reflected in our management principles and daily practices. It is our goal to reduce negative environmental impact at all levels, and encourage our partners, guests and team members to do the same.”
On the resort’s grounds, a number of sustainability initiatives are in place that deliver a unique charm for guests to enjoy. For food-lovers, a Thai cooking class introduces guests to the flavors of Thailand and provides insight into this world-renowned culinary style. In addition, the accompanying tour around the organic vegetable garden within the resort, allows participants to learn about Thai ingredients, then harvest them for use in the cooking class. The organic garden also demonstrates best practices in composting and pesticide-free cultivation.
Getting around Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is also a fun exercise in sustainability. The traditional Thai Tuk-Tuk is a symbol of Thailand recognized worldwide, but the resort has transformed this iconic vehicle in an eco-sustainable way. Working with a local supplier, the original gas engine was replaced with a 100% electric engine to minimize the carbon footprint. Taking this clean transportation idea a step further, the resort has also purchased Toyota hybrid vehicles to transport guests to and from the airport.