Malaysian Luxury Collection Resort, The Andaman in Langkawi has received its second ASEAN Green Hotel Award.
The ASEAN Green Hotel Award is a biannual ceremony held by ASEAN member states to recognize hotels initiating and operating environmentally sustainable practices.
Hotels are judged under a number of criteria including the use of green products, energy efficiency, waste management, air and noise pollution management and the collaboration between the hotel and local communities.
The Andaman is an eco-friendly resort surrounded by a 10 million-year-old rainforest and natural coral reef.
Amongst the environmental efforts by the Andaman recognized by the ASEAN awards are the provision of drinking water filtered by osmosis and placed in clay pitchers in the guest rooms, desk lamps made from fallen geological rocks that date as far back as 600 million years, and the invitation to guests to assist in live coral transplanting, later being relocated to the reef.
Another unique eco-friendly contribution to the resort is the high-end sustainable seafood restaurant, Jala. Situated on the beach named National Geographic’s 9th Best Beach in the world, Jala features the natural environment as its décor, and guests are interlinked with nature walking on the restaurant’s sand floor, and flanked by the rainforest’s tallest trees and the stars of the restaurant, three giant Meranti trees.
The Andaman was also recently awarded the 2013/14 Asia Pacific Hotel Award for Malaysia’s Best Sustainable Hotel.