GM of the Zeavola Resort in Thailand shows how to run a beach resort based on green
practices, staff unity and guests’ cultural understanding
Florian Hallermann, the General Manager of the Zeavola Resort in Phi Phi Island, southern Thailand, has published a handy guide to making tropical beach resorts environmentally friendly.
Zeavola’s Little Green Book is written as a practical manual, cultural primer, and inspirational guide to running a 53-villa resort in an age of environmental accountability and cultural sensitivity.
The 42-page downloadable PDF shows how Hallermann and his 130 dedicated staff have built an ecologically responsible and culturally sympathetic luxury resort on a spectacularly beautiful headland on a remote island location in the inner Andaman Sea.
Over the last 11 years Hallermann has led by example and cultivated the primacy of learning, adapting, understanding and respecting the environment and Thai culture. He has nurtured loyalty, unity, sharing and, in effect, family cohesion among staff.
As a practical Austrian he is not shy on sharing details on breakthrough results achieved by the Reddonatura wet waste composter, Chaipattana water aerator, the Enviroswim ES3 swimming pool water purifier and the garden shredder.
He acknowledges the transformative results achieved by implementing practices recommended by creative engineers and consultants such as Alexander Auer and Alexandre Tsuk of #refillmybottle, among others.
The result: Hallermann has reduced laundry water consumption by 4000 litres a day, stopped the one-way use of 120,000 plastic bottles annually, saved 260kg of plastic food packaging a year, and made dozens more environmental improvements across Zeavola’s hotel operations.
Hallermann also tips his hat to inspirational partners such as underwater photographer and environmentalist York Hovest, Stefany Seipp at Green Pearls, the PADI team at his resort, and Adrian Grenier of the Lonely Whale Foundation. The latter has declared war on single- use straws with his campaign #stopsucking.
The Little Green Book contains insights on Thai culture, local sea gypsies, and how guests can give back to the host community while on a beach holiday.
Hoteliers can read an in-depth interview on what motivates Hallermann on the Green Pearls
The inspirational and practical Zeavola’s Little Green Book is available as a download for THB140 (US$5) with all proceeds being reinvested in green projects at the resort.
ABOUT THE ZEAVOLA RESORT
Zeavola Resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), is Koh Phi Phi's leading and most loved luxury diving eco-resort. Located at Laem Ton on Koh Phi Phi Don's stunning and pristine northern tip and less than an hour by luxury speedboat from Phuket, Zeavola offers guests a step back into simplicity, a journey of unforgettable discovery and deeply engaging luxury diving experiences. Zeavola is strongly committed to live and work together with nature in a sustainable manner to protect the biodiversity of our island while always looking for new and unique ways to connect our guests to Phi Phi on a deep level while offering luxury as natural as it is authentic. Visit zeavola.com for detailed information on the 53-villa eco-sanctuary.