For over ten years, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has been committed to creating luxury travel experiences that also benefit the environment and local communities. All of Anantara's 17 properties across Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Maldives and Middle East immerse themselves in local initiatives that give back to the community and environment, thereby enhancing the social and environmental surroundings of each Anantara destination. Makes for a feel good holiday, to be sure!
This year Anantara has brought all these good deeds together and is launching the '365 Days of Good Deeds' sustainability programme. At least one good deed will take place for every day of 2012, and guests are invited to combine their five star journey of colourful heritage, local traditions and natural wonders, with the opportunity to participate in a range of good deeds that help the communities both socially and environmentally in each locale.
In the heart of Thailand's northern jungle and hill tribe country at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, the onsite Anantara Elephant Camp is a traditional mahout (caregiver) and elephant village which is completely self supportive. Help to feed, bath and do mahout (caregiver) training programmes with the 30 rescued elephants of the Anantara Elephant Camp at Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, in the heart of Thailand's northern jungle and hill tribe country.
Or combine a stay at Anantara Phuket Villas together with the Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation where you can reintroduce endangered baby turtles to their natural environment on the Mai Khao beach.
To Seminyak in Bali, and Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa encourages guests to participate in local, national and international sustainability and cultural events. The resort takes part in Environment Day, Earth Hour and Earth Day in addition to numerous other programmes such as the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, which has developed over the past 25 years to become the world's largest volunteer efforts for ocean health.
In the world famous paradise of the Maldives, Anantara Kihavah Villas has set up an Eye Camp on Kudarikilu Island in conjunction with professional opticians, offering their local island neighbours complimentary eye checks. In addition, Anantara Kihavah runs an ongoing coral adoption programme, in which guests are invited to plant coral to help regenerate the Maldives' fragile ecosystem. A resident Marine Biologist is on staff at both Anantara Kihavah and Anantara Dhigu to share information on the importance of preserving the fragile Atolls.
Further afield in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the famous Liwa Desert and Desert Islands Resort and Spa by Anantara are the perfect retreats to discover reintegration programmes of the indigenous endangered species such as the Oryx and sand gazelles in their natural habitat. Guests can also participate in mangrove planting to help contribute to the overall health of the coastal area by providing food, shelter and environmental protection for marine organisms and nest dwellers.
It's these kinds of unique experiences that provide Anantara guests with a memorable holiday experience, and they also leave knowing that they have given back to the environment and local community - 365 days a year.
For more information on Anantara's 365 Days of Good Deeds phone + 66 (0)2 365 7500.