An environmentally-friendly resort
Do you feel odd when you hear “environmentally-friendly resort?” If so, it may be because you already have an image of something connected to nature, such as a blue sky and blue sea, from the word “resort.” However, is it really strange to be described by the word “environmentally-friendly?” Recently, “environmentally-friendly” southern island resorts are gaining attention.
It is said that the history of resorts in Asia and Africa dates back to the imperialism period in the 19th century. They were originally developed in colonies by European colonial powers as military garrisons, and some with good climatic conditions and beautiful views later had been turned into health resorts and summer resorts. As you know, today they have become popular as places to enjoy leisure and tourist spots where people from all over the world gather.
These resorts have been visited by many people to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape, and as a result, ironically, the natural environment has deteriorated. The expansion of sightseeing facilities and the concentration of tourists has caused environmental destruction such as water pollution, air pollution, and increased waste. These situations are far from sustainable. In the resort industry, Six Senses Group, which operates luxury resorts around the world, has been running its business since earlier times with the philosophy of coexisting between the natural environment and local communities. The group’s brand “Six Senses Resort,” which offers a “novel and ingenious experience” that takes advantage of regional characteristics, currently has 18 bases in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
Six Senses Krabey Island, which has opened on a remote island in Southern Cambodia in 2019, is an island that was developed in whole as a resort. The buildings on the island, including 40 villas, two restaurants, and a spa, have been constructed after conducting biological research on forests and seas to avoid making any impact on the island’s ecosystem. Locally logged wood and sandstone are used as architectural materials, and locally produced cane chairs and pottery are used for furniture and fixtures.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy nature, such as a cruise watching the sunset at sea and snorkeling in the crystal-clear sea. However, that is nothing different from what traditional resorts offer. The significant feature of the Six Senses Krabey Island is a short trip tour to an organic garden on the mainland of Cambodia. In addition to growing fruits, herbs, and vegetables for use in the restaurants, the farm raises chickens and goats for fresh eggs and milk. Guests can not only visit and look around the farm but also learn about sustainable farming methods such as composting food waste and germinating seeds.
In the resort, modern facilities, such as solar panels, sewage treatment facilities, and systems to save electricity in each room, are installed. It is also making efforts to eliminating plastic waste, such as making straws from bamboo and lemon grass and serving water with reusable glass bottles. These efforts are comprehensively introduced by a facility named “Earth Lab.” Here, everyone can learn how the “environmentally-friendly” resorts behave to reduce consumption and protect ecosystems by producing locally as much as possible what is needed. There may not be a better place to rethink sustainability than the resort with a rich ecosystem, with tropical rainforest and coral reefs existing.
Photo:Six Senses Group