Wild Asia's Responsible Tourism Award Winner: Evason Phuket

With features like a solar thermal plant for hot water, an energy monitoring system with peak demand control and its own wastewater treatment plant, the Evason Phuket Resort is a vacation spot any TreeHugger would love. Nestled into Rawai Beach on the south eastern side of Phuket Island in Thailand, the resort doesn’t discharge any water to the sea and recycles water from its sinks to keep its gardens green. Set amongst 64 acres of tropical gardens, facing the Andaman Sea, the resort composts kitchen waste to use in the garden, and reuses engine oil to treat wood and keep it a shiny black. The resort only uses local suppliers, who are asked to keep plastic packaging to a minimum, and half a percent of their annual revenue, about 2.5 million baht (about US $70,000) goes to social and community programs like the rebuilding of libraries in schools hit by the 2004 Asian tsunami. All of these impressive attributes were enough to win the resort one of Wild Asia’s 2006 Responsible Tourism Awards in recognition of the outstanding implementation of environmental management practices and social programs. The resort is certified under Green Globe 21 and Green Leaf tourism certification schemes. ::Evason Phuket Resort via ::Wild Asia and ::Hugg (GreenLiving)

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