Green Globe recently awarded the Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat in Ipoh, its first certification.
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat is nestled in a 22.7-acre valley, cradled by 260 million-year old towering Paleozoic limestone hills, verdant rainforest, rejuvenating geothermal hot springs, natural caves and cascading waterfalls. 45 sumptuous Garden, Water and Lake villas, a pampering Spa and Wellness Centre and a host of retreat experiences including a meditation cave combine for ultimate seclusion and bliss.
As Malaysia’s first luxury natural hot springs retreat, Banjaran is intent on minimizing environmental impacts and reducing its footprint. Energy consumption is monitored daily and 80% of lighting is LED with plans to reach 100% by the end of the year. Timers control lighting in all public areas and hotel machinery is set at the most efficient power settings.
Water consumption is routinely monitored and the property has its own sewage treatment plant that treats wastewater. Water saving devices are installed in guest bathrooms, native plants feature in landscaped areas and towel/linen reuse programs are in place. Waste management practices include the recycling of cardboard, paper, glass, batteries and ink cartridges. In future, food waste will be used for composting.
As a wellness retreat, local seasonal produce is used in kitchens when available and local vegetation and fruit trees provide fresh ingredients for the creation of healthy dishes and delights. Spa treatments offer a locally made natural skincare range that is free from artificial perfumes, colourings, preservatives and harmful chemicals. Banjaran aims to increase environmental awareness amongst suppliers by adhering to a responsible purchasing charter. Suppliers that pursue eco-friendly practices such as organic products, use of low energy consumption and recyclable packaging or are eco-certified are preferred.
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat aims to reduce GHG emissions by providing electric buggies and bikes for guest use and requests that suppliers make deliveries as efficiently as possible. Transportation services are also provided for staff members who are primarily employed from the local area.
Local economic growth as well as the wellbeing and advancement of employees is important to the retreat. Staff members receive on-going training that include refresher courses in sustainability goals and one new trainee joins the team every 6 months.
Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat’s Sustainability Management Plan is featured on its website.