Thailand has some of the world’s most progressive hotels when it comes to leaving a minimal footprint. Which means you can sleep soundly across the country in hotels that unite style and sustainability.
In Phuket, a collaboration between JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Minor Hotels (Anantara, Avani) is working to fund environmental programs that support fragile marine life, such as the foundation’s Nesting Beach Patrols, protecting leatherback turtles that return to nest on the sands of Mai Khao.
Also in Phuket, five-star Keemala has a strong commitment to environmental and ethical practices. From the villa design to the landscaping, garden-to-table culinary approach, plastic-waste free policy and ethically sourced materials, everything has been carefully considered to help ensure a greener future.
AKARYN Hotel Group is one of the hospitality pioneers in Thailand to nix single-use plastics and, among several other sustainable initiatives – it now invests in solar panels, has started an organic farmers market at its Aleenta Phuket resort which also rewards locals and guests for beach cleanups with a free coffee at its beachside cafe.
Travel north to witness the work of the trendsetting Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), which is co-funded by the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle. The sanctuary has, for over a decade, promoted the ethical treatment of elephants, with its camp where mahouts (handlers) and pachyderms co-exist in a safe, peaceful and natural setting – a benchmark for sustainability.