Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas is constantly reinforcing its commitment towards environmental, social and cultural conservation. To accomplish this, Anantara has established in-depth policies, procedures and initiatives with respect to:
- Water conservation
- Energy conservation
- Waste management
- Health and safety
- Social culture
Anantara’s wide diversity of destinations across Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East – means the brand operates amidst many different cultures, wildlife species and environments. One thing that all of these places have in common, however, is the need to ensure that tourism is operated in a way that is sustainable for the people that live there and for future generations of residents and travellers.
Ongoing sustainability projects include:
Anantara’s 365 Days of Good Deeds
Ever since its first hotel opened in 2001, Anantara has been committed to creating luxury travel experiences that also benefit the environment and local communities. All of Anantara’s properties worldwide immerse themselves in local initiatives that give back to the community and environment, thereby enhancing the social and environmental surroundings of each Anantara destination. Anantara has brought all these good deeds together and at least one good deed takes place at one of our hotels every day of the year.
Notable projects include:
- Island cheetah breeding programme in the UAE
- Mangrove planting in the UAE and Thailand
- The establishment of an eye clinic in the Maldives
- Coral Adoption programmes in the Maldives
- Rare turtle release programmes in Thailand
- Outreach programmes for orphanages and schools at each resort
- Elephant Autism Therapy Project in Thailand
The King's Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
Since its inception in 2001, the King’s Cup Elephant Tournament has built a reputation as a not-to-be-missed charitable event that attracts people from all around the world. The welfare of elephants in the polo tournament is paramount, with strict rules in place to ensure that the pachyderms are well cared for at all times.
Through the generosity of participants and spectators at the lively annual auction and during the tournament, Anantara has raised over USD 900,000 to date which has gone to various charities that benefit the elephants of Thailand. These include housing for mahouts and their families, shelters for the elephants and a mobile blood centrifuge and elephant ambulance for the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre (TECC). Since 2009 donations have also gone to funding the world’s first ever elephant therapy programme to research the rehabilitation benefits for autistic children. Other significant benefits include money raised for building the first elephant hospital in Krabi in the southern part of Thailand; research and tree planting to build elephant corridors in Kuiburi so there are no elephant/farmer conflicts; funding the first educational computer application for children to teach them the importance of conservation and protection of wild elephants in Thailand.
Dollars For Deeds
Through Anantara’s Dollars For Deeds programme, hotels match guests’ donations dollar for dollar to raise funds for a range of worthy causes.
The programme, launched in Thailand, giving guests the option to donate one dollar (THB 30) per night of their stay, with Anantara matching each guest’s contribution.
The funds raised are donated to three worthwhile foundations: the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) in Chiang Rai, the Mai Khao Turtle Foundation in Phuket and the Princess Sirindhorn Craniofacial Centre at Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok.
As of 1 January 2018, Anantara has begun a new chapter with its sustainable straw initiative – saying goodbye to plastic straws in all of its hotels and resorts in Asia. With this initiative, Anantara along with sister brand AVANI became the first major hotel brands to eradicate plastic straws at every single property in Asia. Preparations are underway to expand the initiative globally by the end of the year.
In the serene mountainous region of Northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort is working with a local artist, Khamchan Yano, who was shown by the village elders a fast-growing wild bamboo indigenous to the surrounds. Together they have perfected a way to keep the bamboo strong whilst also ensuring it is hygienic and reusable. This new social enterprise will continue to supply the hotel and provide local employment. In Sri Lanka, Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle has added a plot of bamboo to its existing organic garden, which is tended by local villagers. Bamboo shoots will grow alongside tea, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and rice – another step on their journey to becoming fully self-sufficient.
Anantara hopes to inspire more hospitality operators to follow this lead and to encourage its own guests to carry their experiences at their hotels and resorts back home with them to continue refusing plastic straws in their day to day lives.