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Our Commitment to Nature
The Pavilions Anana Krabi prides itself on our ecological commitment and eco-sustainability. We believe that this shows our ongoing commitment to ensuring that we operate in a sustainable manner as possible, providing the best eco-experience for our guests without harming nature.
Located amidst 360 degrees of fresh air, native green nature and mountains, The Pavilions Anana Krabi is the perfect ecological holiday and events environment away from mainstream tourism. The Green Globe certified resort follows the UN Sustainability Goals and is at the forefront of sustainable hospitality. Leading by example, the resort has eliminated single-use plastic and manages energy and waste responsibly. The Pavilions Anana Krabi organic farm supplements the restaurants with farm to table produce, while the plant-based ‘Coopers Kitchen’ is Krabi’s favourite Vegan Restaurant.
The guest’s wellness journey at The Pavilions Anana Krabi offers a truly holistic body, mind and soul experience. From Yoga, Thai boxing, meditation, swimming in the 30m volcanic stone pool and Thai Spa therapy to healing the one and only Himalayan Salt Spa in the area, guests discover lifestyle alternatives. Another highlight is the unique and private Aqua Beach Club located on a beautiful natural tidal beach, just a 7-minute ride away by complimentary shuttle.
Above all, The Pavilions Anana Krabi is mindful of the ever-growing global warming crisis and has developed a carbon reduction and elimination strategy. This has resulted in the resort obtaining its own fleet of electric and carbon-neutral vehicles, shuttles and boats. Exploring the best of the Andaman Sea and beaches around Krabi and Phi Phi from the 50-foot Classic Eco Cruiser or taking a leisurely river cruise on the unique solar electric powered long-tail boat is a must.
Green Globe is the highest standard for sustainability world wide
The Green Globe International Standard for Sustainable Tourism has been developed over decades of research and development. It is the original Standard that all tourism eco-labels are based on. So if you want to do the very best for the planet, you need to meet the very best Standard there is for sustainable tourism.
The Pavilions Anana Krabi is one of only 8 in Thailand with the certification.
The Pavilions Anana Resort Krabi seeks to provide guests with an experience close to nature and show respect for the environment we live in at Ao Nang, Krabi. We are intentional with the foods we consume, the products we purchase, and the “Thailand experience” provided to our guests. The Pavilions Anana is a Green Globe Certified Resort where we strive to reduce environmental impact and allow guests to be surrounded by the idyllic landscapes and limestone cliffs.
The focus of this hotel is to serve our guests and the environment. Our Permaculture Art Farm includes a farm-to-table approach to provide guests healthy, local, and organic produce. At the Asana Spa, you can relax our Himalayan Salt Room or experience a traditional Thai massage. We want you to connect to nature and yourselves during your stay at The Pavilions Anana Krabi.
Saving Resources In The Rooms
- Sustainable bathroom amenities and removal of all single-use plastics.
- All lightbulbs are high-efficiency lightbulbs, and the modern “whisper quiet” aircon systems are 40% more energy efficient than the industry standard.
- To save more energy, all windows are tinted and insulated following low-energy building standards.
- All showerheads and water taps are equipped with water-saving aerators. These save up to 50% of water.
Giving back to nature
- The industry average carbon footprint for comparable properties in Thailand was at 323,086.00 kg of CO2e. The Pavilions Anana Krabi is emitting only 72% of this amount in the first year.
- Energy Use Intensity of 101.6 kWh/m2/year. This number ranks in the top tier of most efficient properties in Thailand, following the Thai Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency regulations.
We measure water usage month by month in average daily usage per room-night. This allows us to reflect and understand water usage, depending on occupancy. Throughout the hotels opening year in 2019, there was a reduction of 50% usage from opening to the end of the year from using the data at hand.
Waste is never wasted
- Food waste is composted on-site, and the compost is used in our organic farm
- In-room amenities are entirely plastic-free, and where single-use packaging cannot be avoided, the materials are either biodegradable or recycled by our house-keeping team.
- Toothbrushes and combs are made from bamboo, cotton- buds are made from sustainable woods instead of plastics, straws are only served where necessary and are then made from paper.
- Paper in the office is avoided wherever possible.
We give all our grocery suppliers reusable containers to avoid cartons, plastic bags and crates on delivery.
- Waste is recorded in all hotel-departments to identify areas where garbage can be most easily saved.
The Organic Farm
- Up to 60 mostly edible indigenous plant species. These plants produced on average 5kg of fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables and 5-10 fresh pineapples daily. With this harvest’s help, we covered approximately 80% of the groceries used in the main kitchen.
- During the pandemic year 2020, the gardens were expanded and the plants had time to grow. We expect 2021 to be able to produce more vegetables than needed. The surplus will be distributed among the community.
- In 2019 the gardens sequestered approximately 1,700 kg of CO2 per year, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 142 guest nights. They also contribute to additional CO2 savings as we reduced carbon emissions to deliver vegetables and avoided the use of chemicals in otherwise intensive farming.
- Education is important, and guests can learn about the farm, healthy food options, and our farm-to-table philosophy. Guests can also harvest their own pineapples for shakes at Coopers Cafe.
The future depends on what we do in the present
Eco-airport transfer. In 2020 we purchased our first fully electric vehicle for testing its range and usability for airport pickups. The MG EV is well suited to pick up guests from Krabi Airport and Ao Nang and Krabi’s ferry ports for up to 3 guests and their luggage. As soon as more models become available in Thailand, we will gradually increase our fleet to offer rentals and vans as well.
Thailand’s first fully electric Longtail Boat. In cooperation with Torquedo, a Germany- based manufacturer of electric outboard engines, we have successfully developed the first all-electric longtail boat. A modern electric engine is propelling a traditional longtail boat that local artisan boat builders have built. With a speed of up to 6 knots, we are now able to silently cruise through the lush mangrove estuaries of Krabi and Koh Klang.
Krabi Eco-Cruises over a 100-year-old Danish Schooner, is spending its well-deserved retirement from stormy north-sea fishing in the tropics, is now being used to sail from Thalane Bay, about 25 minutes north of Ao Nang. The excursion is run waste-free, and due to the sails being used for most of the trip, almost no fuel is being used.
Wolfgang Grimm is a third-generation son of a German hotelier family and has been in the hospitality business for 50 years, 25 of them in senior management at InterContinental Hotels in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Over the last four years, Wolfgang Grimm has grown the family of Anana’s ecological ventures into a complete offering of holiday services.
It is Wolfgang’s vision to grow the ecological alternatives into a fully regenerative offering continually. Wolfgang and his team are, therefore, constantly developing new ecological ventures. The focus on regenerative tourism goes further than simply being aware of the traces we leave on our vacation and minimizing the impact we have. Regenerative tourism at The Pavilions Anana Krabi means to increase the positive impact the business and all its participants have on the communities and our local environment.
The following goals are to increase the positive impact: A Coral restoration project off Ao Nang’s Islands is already well underway, and future guests will be able to contribute to coral planting while on a waste-free snorkelling excursion. In collaboration with Marine biologists from Trang and Bangkok and the local National Park rangers, this project has the potential to impact locals and tourists alike.
A little closer to the shores of Ao Nang are the seagrass meadows. An often overlooked ecosystem that offers grazing grounds for the rare dugongs of the Andaman sea fulfils essential functions in the marine ecosystem protecting coral reefs from runoff silt from rivers as well as providing nutrition for fauna close to shore. These seagrass areas are also very important for CO2 sequestration as they regenerate very quickly and build out deep roots. These roots in turn, solidify the sea-ground.
Part of our profits from Aqua Beach club will go into the replanting of the seagrass close to the beach club, so guests of Aqua Beach club will contribute automatically to the restoration of the meadows.
The bridge between ocean and land and arguably one of the world’s most powerful ecosystems are the mangrove forests. For us, they provide the stage for our eco-tourism with their plethora of rare animal species. For the locals, they offer food and shelter. For the local animals, they are hideout, breeding ground, hunting grounds, home. For the sea, the mangroves offer protection from debris that is being washed out from the rivers. For the shoreline, mangroves provide protection against tides, storms and rising sea levels. For the planet’s climate, the mangroves sequester 5 times more carbon dioxide than tropical rainforests. We are extremely lucky to be living at the outskirts of one of the last big, healthy mangrove jungles of South East Asia. It is our duty to protect and restore this ecosystem with everything that we do.
For this task, the protection and restoration of our mangrove jungles, seagrass meadows and coral reefs, we envision a future, where the tourists will return in a post-pandemic world of regenerative tourism actively contribute to it with their choices as well as their spending. We envision a future where tourism providers like our partners and us provide opportunities for the local communities to successfully partake in this new face of tourism, where less is more, where quality once more becomes more important than quantity.