Three Ways This Hotel is Leading the Change Towards Eco-friendly Tourism in Thailand

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Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Jun 01, 2024

With more women than ever supporting the search for sustainable travel, it’s no surprise that
eco-friendly tourism in Thailand continues to lead the trend. And placing The Land of Smiles at the forefront of destinations that deliver is the Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta. Here, between serene sunrises, daily dips in its breathtaking beach waters, and delicious dining, I was able to discover an environmentally friendly escape that was taking its commitment to sustainability seriously. (Without losing its love of luxury in the process!)

Seeing the forest for the trees

The island of Koh Lanta boasts nearly 3.2 square kilometres of mangrove forest, capable of storing up to 1200 tonnes of carbon per hectare. In recognising the critical role of reforestation in the battle against carbon emissions, Pimalai has embarked on a series of initiatives designed to preserve and restore these vital ecosystems.

“By helping to maintain healthy forests, including mangroves, we can remove carbon from the atmosphere and preserve the island – and the planet – for many generations to come,” says Pimalai owner and director Charintip Tiyaphorn.

For example, this year, Pimalai has collaborated with the local community on Koh Lanta for a reforestation project. Volunteers planted 150 trees in the Klong Chak area, to contribute to the rejuvenation of the island’s green cover.

In addition to reforestation, Pimalai actively participated in a beach cleaning exercise and the release of hermit crabs at Lam Tanode National Park, highlighting the resort’s commitment to maintaining the ecological balance of the coastal areas.

As a visitors, the investment is obvious, by way of fresher air, cleaner beaches and lush photo opportunities that prove that green is the new black.

Community at its core

In addition to its reforestation projects, Pimalai Resort is actively involved in providing internships for Thai students, offering them valuable hands on experience with the potential for future employment.

My visit to the village of Langsord on Koh Lanta Noi showcased Pimalai’s engagement in community development, with the resort playing a pivotal role in establishing a rice cultivation cooperative, that empowers villagers to earn extra income while promoting sustainable agricultural practices.

Waste not, want not

Finally, Charintip reports that Pimalai operates a zero-food waste policy as part of its daily operations, using excess organic food to fertilize the resort’s organic gardens

This responsible, zero-waste approach includes an island-wide waste management
program (with Pimalai collecting refuse from local villages), a zero single-use plastic policy and
extensive recycling.

“These concerted efforts are propelling Pimalai towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral in the coming years,” he adds.

“The climate crisis will affect everybody on Earth, so we all have to accept responsibility and take steps to reduce its impact,” says Charintip. “At Pimalai, we are fully committed to preserving our natural, local ecosystems.

A small hotel, making a big difference

Acknowledging this dedication to sustainability, the Pimalai resort has been selected to join Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s (SLH) Considerate Collection, an exclusive portfolio of highly responsible and eco-sensitive five-star hotels.

However, accolades aside, this intertwining of sophistication with sustainability, personally provided me with an exquisite experience where environmental awareness, was not at the expense of a luxury escape. 

As Koh Lanta’s first five-star resort, the 121 room Pimalai Resort & Spa has been delivering award-winning, top-tier travel experiences on Andaman Island since it launched almost two decades ago.

It is here that guests, such as myself, can potter away the day at a private beach, spend action-packed afternoons sea scuba diving and snorkeling, or simply relax on a sunset cruise.

And while a smattering of local bars and restaurants line the shore, Pimalai Resort & Spa’s onsite eateries are the star. With my personal pick being Seven Seas – which serves up Michelin-chef-conceived menus throughout the evening.

Finally, although a range of recreational activities are also avaiable to deliver wellness from within (such as the signature Pimalai Spa), it actually felt even better knowing that I was playing a part in encouraging eco-friendly tourism in Thailand, without giving up my love for the luxe life in the process!

For Pimalai Resort & Spa bookings contact your preferred Travel Specialist or visit www.pimalai.com 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

By Robyn Foyster Robyn Foyster has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com. She is the only person to edit and publish Australia's three biggest flagship magazines - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea. Robyn was Group Publisher of Bauer Media's most successful and prestigious magazines including Woman's Day, Good Health, Grazia and ran Hearst in Australia including Harper’s BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison. Voted one of B&T's 30 Most Powerful Women In Media at the Women in Media Awards Robyn was a keynote speaker at Pause 2021, Cebit & J&J Women In Leadership. Robyn was also the winner of the prestigious Magazine Publisher Association’s Editor of the Year award.

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