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Inside Four Seasons’ Ongoing Journey Towards Building a More Sustainable Future for Travel

It's not easy going green, but Four Seasons Resorts of Asia is implementing the kind of meaningful, structural changes that can have a lasting impact.

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Four Seasons Resorts Bali at Sayan and Jimbaran Bay connect guests with local artists

Feb 3, 2022

FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS WANDERERS, the travel industry has always presented something of an ethical dilemma. Travel helps bring our world together and bridge cultural gaps, but jetting around Asia-Pacific can result in a lot of carbon emissions and unnecessary waste. In an effort to reduce its impact on the planet, Four Seasons Resorts of Asia has been consistently working towards making travel more sustainable for everyone in Asia-Pacific. These hotels and resorts go the extra mile to make real, substantive changes in reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions. There is always more work to do, but these ambitious, community-oriented projects are already making a difference.

By making dining that much more rewarding.

From Telu, a zero-waste bar at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, which uses local ingredients to the fullest possible extent in order to maximize flavor while minimizing impact on the planet, to the incredible plant-based cuisine at the Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai and nutritionally-balanced meals from local plants by Chef Liam Nealon at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai, these resorts are helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the food we eat. At Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, guests can connect with the natural world on a Jungle to Table Foraging Walk, where they’ll learn all about different edible and medicinal plants.

By thinking local when it comes to produce.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai grows its own rice and relies heavily on the plentiful bounty of nearby Northern Thai farms, while Four Seasons Bali at Sayan also relies on crops from local farmers. Guests at both resorts can experience a day in the life in the rice fields with local farmers, while guests at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay can go fishing with local fishermen to catch their lunch, which they then cook at Jala Cooking Academy. Rather than waste fossil fuels on omelets, Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru has its own free-range chicken coop. Four Seasons Resorts Bali, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle, and Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai all have impressive on-site gardens.

By boosting recycling and reducing single-use plastic.

In order to prevent the use of hundreds of thousands of plastic bottles each year, Four Seasons Resort Bali, Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Four Seasons Resort Maldives and Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An all have their own onsite water bottling facilities. Keep an eye out for compostable straws, napkins, and packaging at all Four Seasons Resorts around Asia. Meanwhile, the Four Seasons Resort Maldives upcycle their plastic waste into stylish sportswear and the Four Seasons Resorts Bali cleans and repurposes leftover soaps from guestrooms in order to donate 2,000 bars a month to Balinese orphanages.

By supporting marine ecosystems. 

FROM LEFT: Swimming with Mantas at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru;
Building coral reefs with Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa. 

Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa and Landaa Giraavaru have transplanted more than 300,000 coral fragments onto more than 7,000 coral frames to help restore the Maldivian reefs. From the Resorts’ two Marine Discovery Centres, a team of 15 marine biologists has also rehabilitated more than 200 sea turtles, many of which were injured in discarded fishing nets. Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui is also caring for its reef by planting 20,000 coral fragments around the Resort since 2017 as part of its Coral Conservation Project.

All photos courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

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