This unique multicultural hotel brings eco values to high-end hospitality!
Having opened its doors in June 2021, Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa, the first Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts property in Europe The unique multicultural property intertwines Mediterranean influences with the Asian philosophy of the brand which has resulted in the introduction of an entirely new hospitality philosophy in Greece.
Faithful to the brand’s sustainable philosophy, Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa is committed to environmental sustainability and eco-philanthropy. From its opening the resort has expressed in practice a series of operational implementations and social projects, proving its care for the local community and the environment in which it operates.
Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa has implemented a number of operational procedures which have offset its environmental footprint and helped to protect and preserve the environment. From the hotel’s opening, the lighting system, in all rooms, villas, central areas, and personnel-only spaces utilise LED technology. Additionally, the hotel is aiming to adapt a zero plastic policy. A process which has already begun with reusable glasses and mugs being used in the staff canteen in place of one-use plastic. Moreover, waste is kept as low as possible and the hotel has adapted a very thorough recycling policy in cooperation with the local community. Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa recycles glass, paper, non-functioning electrical items, and kitchen oils.
Environmental protection and restoration have been a focal point for Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa. Committed to maintaining the islands flourishing vegetation and crystal-clear waters, this year 60 olive trees were planted on its grounds. The hotel’s villas bear rooftop gardens complete with greens and herbs that the chefs incorporate in their dishes. Furthermore, the property organised two cleanup events in the last six months; the first at Emerald beach and the second at Benitses Village, where a significant 12kg and 30kg of rubbish were collected respectively.
In the context of social sustainability, this year Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa has driven a variety of activations. The hotel focused on raising environmental awareness by creating a weekly schedule of children’s activities in cooperation with Rangers’ Club, as well as through their “eat as much as you can “World Food Day” event which had a strict zero-waste policy. With the purpose of raising awareness surrounding pertinent health issues, Angsana Corfu took the initiative to offer several events for its associates. These included CPR & First aid training, during which 60 people became certified, blood donation for the General Hospital of Corfu, a “Breast Cancer prevention and treatment” seminar led by a well-known oncologist, as well as healthy lifestyle classes.
Finally the importance of social dynamics for sustainability were recognized through a line managers team building cooking activity, and through the hotel’s annual party, which sealed the successful operation of the summer season.
During the Christmas holiday season, Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa stood by the local community with a number of philanthropic events. Shortly prior to Christmas, on December 22, the hotel chefs prepared food, which was later served as lunch by a group of the hotel’s associates, including the Hotel Manager, at an “Equal Society” event to those who have low incomes and / or live on the poverty line. As Christmas drew closer, younger members of the community joined in too, when the resort invited children from a local orphanage to spend a day at the hotel during which they played games, sung carols, and participated in a cooking class which ended with a delicious meal, sweet treats, and gifts. Consciously acting with Corfu in mind, before the new year was rung in, the resort offered gifts to its young friends at the Corfu Special Education Center which helps children with down-syndrome. These gifts had been donated as part of the Treasure Chest Tea initiative, where children could donate a Christmas present to someone in need.
With eco-philanthropy, cultural immersion, and sustainability being its core values, Angsana Corfu Resort & Spa has conducted a range of operational, restorative, and social sustainability actions since its opening, while a number of activations are being planned for 2022.