Green, sustainable, or eco-friendly hotels are in more and more demand in Phuket after years of uncontrolled and irresponsible development which could lead this beautiful, once unspoiled tropical destination to become another huge block of cement without any consideration for its environment. The authorities are starting to respond to a greater demand for eco-tourism options and are realising that there is a lot to be done to keep Phuket and its neighbouring inhabited islands respectful to nature in a way which ensures a long-term commercial viability.
As is often the case, it is hotels and resort managers and owners who were the first started to realise that, due to the ever-growing number of visitors in Phuket, it was not possible to carry on running world-class hospitality residences in a polluted environment. Here are five properties which do the most to exist in harmony with their natural surroundings, giving guests the comfort of knowing that they are having a minimal impact on the environment; they are the five best green hotels in and near Phuket.
- Phuket FantaSea Cultural Theme Park
- Phi Phi Islands Tour with Express Boat
- James Bond Island Full-Day Tour via Big Boat
- Coral & Racha Islands Full-Day Tour
- Whitewater Rafting & 4-Wheel-Drive Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Flying Hanuman Ziplining Experience
- Canoeing Excursion in Phang Nga Bay with Thai Buffet Lunch
- Introduction to City Tour
- John Gray's Cave Canoeing Tour in Phang Nga Bay
Located on the east coast of the mostly undeveloped Yao Noi Island, just at the south of Phang Nga Bay, Six Senses Yao Noi is a stylish resort which shows a great respect for the territory it is settled on and for its inhabitants. It takes only 20 minutes by speedboat from Phuket to reach this superb property, perfectly integrated in its environment.
Featuring 56 opulent villas, an internationally-recognised spa, six top-of-the-range restaurants and bars, and a great range of leisure activities, the resort has been thought out to impact as little as possible on the natural beauty of the island. Six Senses Yao Noi’s strong dedications on energy self-sufficiency, water and waste management, and social commitments are indeed laudable.
Aleenta Resort & Spa Phuket – Phang Nga is a superb property situated right on the pristine beach of Natai, in Phang Nga Province some 20 minutes north of Phuket International Airport. Awarded the name of Thailand’s Best Small Green Resorts in 2014, Aleenta is a luxurious establishment hosting 40 contemporary-styled rooms, suites, and villas, as well as three restaurants, one bar, a spa, and activities dedicated to well-being and relaxation such as a gym, yoga, Tai Chi, and detox programmes.
The dedication to environmental protection of Aleenta Resort encompasses a wide range of actions such as waste water management, energy conservation, landscaping and beach maintenance, rubbish separation according to plastics, cans, glass and organic waste which are then recycled accordingly, and commitment to local educational and eco-friendly projects with Baan Khao Pilai Elementary School, Marine Turtle Foundation, and Pure Blue Foundation.
Katathani is a long-established Phuket resort located right on the superb small beach of Kata Noi. Occupying most of the beach’s length, Katathani is a huge property that features 480 rooms set in two wings, six restaurants (including the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, specially recommended for its sunset vistas and delicious fare), five bars, six swimming pools, a classy spa, and impressive grounds that gives the impression of it never being crowded.
On the green side – apart from the very well landscaped tropical gardens - Katathani Phuket Beach Resort has been awarded for its commitment into environmental conservation on multiple occasions, including: Green Leaf Award in 2003; TUI Environmental Champion in 2004, 2008, and 2009; Kuoni Green Planet Award in 2006 and 2008; HACCP Implementation Certificate in 2007, Ministry of Energy Excellence Award in 2010; and ISO 14001 (Audit for environmental standards) in 2011.
Peach Hill Resort is a fashion-forward accommodation choice, harbouring a superb contemporary Thai design, located on the hill separating Kata Centre and the beach. Featuring 241 well-appointed rooms and villas, three free-form swimming pools, a health centre, a spa, and a Thai and international restaurant, Peach Hill is really a great place to spend a holiday in Phuket.
Peach Hill Resort belongs to the Peach Group of Hotels, which includes three other stylish resorts in Phuket – Andaman Cannacia, Peach Blossom, and White Peach – all of them run with a strong commitment towards sustainability and environmental preservation. Peach Group of Hotels has implemented a series of actions aiming to reduce waste and increase recycling (their 4R’s policy: reduce, reuse, replace, and recycle); reducing the use of chemicals; increasing green activities within the local community; and organising regular operations of beach cleaning, mangrove planting, and more. The group received Green Leaf Foundation and Travelife Gold Awards for its achievement in sustainable tourism.
Moevenpick Resort is a large property located on Karon Beach Road, a short distance from the cool Karon Centre with its lively dining, shopping and nightlife entertainment scene. Guests can enjoy a terrific and mind-relaxing holiday at Moevenpick Resort & Spa in Karon which, apart from being extremely family-friendly, spacious and comfortable (it has 205 rooms and suites in huge, magnificent gardens) shows a fervent dedication to environmental conservation in the way it runs its business. From energy efficient lighting to water consumption reduction to better management of waste and chemical use; everything is done to ensure sustainability in all its operations.
Moevenpick Resort & Spa in Karon has been certified by the Green Globe Organisation, which was created at United Nations Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and represents the best in sustainable practice within the travel and tourism sector in 83 countries around the world.