1. Selong Selo, Lombok
Situated on a hilltop in southern Lombok, this villa resort features a stunning bay panorama. Beyond the view and tasteful local craft décor, what sets Selong Selo apart is its comprehensive sustainability programme. Organic and non-organic waste is sorted, cleaned and processed daily in the resort’s recycling facility. A worm farm helps recycle food scraps. The compost fertilises the grounds, and the mulch reduces water usage by protecting the lawn against water transpiration. The resort also produces its own electricity with solar panels as well as generates clean gas fuel by utilising rice husks, a by-product of local farming.
2. Grand Park City Hall, Singapore
In October this year, this refurbished property clinched the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific (HICAP) Sustainable Hotel award for climate action. Noteworthy initiatives include using energy-efficient LED lights with motion sensors in guestrooms, installing rooftop solar panels and harvesting rainwater for use in air conditioning systems. The 343-room hotel features plenty of green spaces – from an edible garden to a leafy courtyard – to reduce carbon footprint.
3. Babel Guesthouse, Siem Reap
The country’s first zero-waste shop and refill station is located in the lobby of this eco-conscious boutique hotel. Inside the boho-chic rooms, guests are equipped with a jug of potable water, biodegradable containers and bags, bamboo straws, cassava rubbish bags and reusable cloth laundry bags. There are also guidebooks that highlight community-centric companies like Tara Boat, a river cruise operator that champions safe working conditions; and Phare Circus, which puts on performances to raise awareness on social issues.
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This article was originally published in the December 2019 issue of Silkwinds magazine