Bintan Island luxury resort in Indonesia

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Responsible tourism: Bintan Island luxury resort in Indonesia

Environment

Thirty years ago, our founders purchased a vast expanse of coastal land in Phuket, Thailand punctuated by lagoons of the most intense cobalt blue. Only to discover that its beauty came not from Mother Nature, but the pollution by the previous tenant, a tin mine. Rather than walk away, they dedicated themselves to cleansing the acid-laden soil by planting more than 7,000 trees. In doing so, they transformed this ecological wasteland into our environmentally sensitive first resort in 1994. Since those beginnings our passion and focus on the journey, discovery and the romance of travel remains at the core of our business today.

Our accommodation at Bintan was built using local indigenous materials as far as possible while minimising the impact on the environment. 67 villas located in coastal rain forest were constructed around existing trees, cutting down a few trees as possible to minimise the impact the resort had on the natural environment. The villas were built on stilts and platforms to avoid cutting trees and prevent any possible soil erosion.

Like all our other resorts around the globe, our Binton site was designed to show a sense of place - this comes from careful planning and research to ensure it highlights the best of Indonesian style and design and fits into the local surroundings. Laguna Bintan and its surroundings are home for many protected species, including hawksbill turtle and green turtle which we monitor and protect.

During their stays, guests are encouraged to join our conservation programmes including tree planting, nature walks with a guide, visit the local fishing village, beach cleaning, turtle feeding, turtle release, and conservation.

Our Green Imperative Fund, forms part of the Stay For Good programme, which crowd sources micro-contributions from our guests during their stay with every dollar matched by us. Since the fund's inception in 2001, the Green Imperative Fun has raised more than US$7 million, disbursing over US$4.1 million in support of worthy social and environmental efforts whereby the primary beneficiary is external to us.

As part of the integrated resort, we look after the local golf course and ensure this is done in a sustainable way. For example in order to save potable water usage, more than 80% water usage for watering golf is from rainwater and reused water from hotels that treat through STP first. In addition, we have been a member of EarthCheck since 2009, achieving Gold Certified since 2017. In 2017, our collective resort achieved multiple awards, including the Indonesia Sustainable Tourism Destination (ISTA) Award from Ministry of Tourism of Republic Indonesia.

Community

In our view the mission of business and the purpose of growth are to build a better society for all. We see sustainability not only in terms of the environment, but also in terms of the benefit to the communities we operate in. This has been our ethos since the company was founded and continues to be the guiding principle. We created ‘Stay for Good' which encompasses our sustainability efforts and encourages our guests to get involved through a number of new initiatives. We believe we can do well and do good at the same time.

Launched in 2007 to nurture young people at risk of societal exclusion, Seedlings Mentorships aims to provide young people with the motivation and means for completing their education in preparation for entering the labour force. A concerted effort to harness our core competencies to support enhanced long term prosperity within communities, this two phase programme benefits the community at large by providing the next generation with educational opportunities. This in turn allows communities to break the poverty cycle as education is a strong tool for empowerment.

At Bintan, we have contributed to developing local capacity through the aforementioned program Seedlings by giving support to unprivileged students through mentorship and scholarship program.

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