Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba Powering Ahead with Solar

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba Powering Ahead with Solar
October 14, 2015 Bradley Cox

Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is a contemporary five-star resort located on the southern shores of the Red Sea in Jordan. The resort has its own private beach, where guests can enjoy water sports or go diving to marvel at glorious coral reefs, teeming with spectacular marine life. There are more than 3,000 square metres of pool space at the property that features a water slide, kids’ pools and Jacuzzis. Cultural and historical sites including the ancient city of Petra are situated nearby, and visitors can explore shops and venues offering the best of Jordanian traditional arts and crafts. Two of these interesting places are Taybeh Village with its Nabataean pottery and the Wadi Mousa Silver Production Centre.

Green Globe congratulates Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba on its recent re-certification for the fourth year running, in acknowledgement of its dedication to sustainable practices.

Beat Peter, general manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba said, “Our successful re-certification by Green Globe is an honour that underlines our full commitment to sustainability. We have consistently aimed to improve our operations over the years. This year’s projects, for instance, included the installation of additional 150 solar panels to increase our capacity in heating water using natural energy, setting-up additional softener tanks to ensure the durability of our equipment, completion of Phases 3 and 4 of the LED Light Project, where ordinary light bulbs were replaced with LED lights, and the Pool Maintenance Programme, with which water leaks were repaired thereby reducing water wastage.”

The property uses the Hotel Optimizer management system designed by Green Globe’s preferred Middle East partner, FARNEK, to record and monitor all energy and water consumption. Solar panels are used to partially heat water in the pools and spa. In addition, other energy saving initiatives include using motion sensors, which are utilized for outdoor lighting and at parking lots. Also, air conditioning units in guest rooms automatically switch off when balcony doors are open.

“Moreover, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba continuously seeks ways to better protect the environment, and included in our future plans is the installation of a Variable Frequency Device to our water pumps, in order to regulate fuel and energy consumption, and the RO system to save on water consumption,” added Mr. Peter.

To further conserve water, the resort has a unique “backwash process” that re-uses the water of the swimming pools and Jacuzzis for irrigation. Also, native plants such as cactuses are used in landscaping to minimise water usage. Furthermore, dual flush toilets and low-flow aerators on faucets and showers are installed in guest rooms and public areas. Kitchens also have low-flow water taps installed.

Also, eggs and olive oil are locally sourced to contribute to the regional economic development’s high demand produce such as bread, dairy products, vegetables and fruits. And to support community-based businesses and craftspeople, locally produced souvenirs are given to hotel guests. In addition, Jordanian tourism, culture and arts are promoted through the Info Channel in guest rooms and the Concierge Brochure.

The management and staff at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba actively participate in various CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiatives throughout the years, including the Shine programme, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Hands Across the Sand and regular beach clean-ups.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco).
Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels &Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world.
The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.com.

Contact:

Jamila Matriano
Personal Assistant to the General Manager
Communications Coordinator
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba
South Beach Road – Tala Bay Area
771100 Aqaba
JORDAN
phone +962 3 2090300
fax +962 3 2090301
email jamila.matriano@moevenpick.com
web www.movenpick.com