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The man with a plan in Ao Nang

Traveltalk’s JON UNDERWOOD reports from Thailand on an Aussie who is creating an eco-resort that promises to deliver a breath of fresh air to the local tourism industry.

There's something remarkable slowly emerging in the hills outside Ao Nang in the Thai province of Krabi.


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Anana is a sustainable lifestyle hotel that will rejuvenate and replenish the mind and soul of its guests – without having a detrimental impact on the surrounding environment.


The innovative project is the brainchild of renowned Australian hotelier Wolfgang Grimm, who was the gregarious General Manager at the InterContinental Hotel in Sydney for many years and is a proud recipient of the Order of Australia.


On a tour of the site, Wolfgang explained why he felt the time was right for a property such as Anana, which will be Green Globe Certified when it opens in October.


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“I believe that in the tourism industry, which is super successful all over the world and particularly here in Thailand, the time has come for hotel owners and operators to show that hotels can be run differently, can have a different concept, can be in diverse locations and have a much more refined environmental emphasis,” he said.


Anana will have 59 studio rooms designed to reflect the Thai way of life, where guests will sleep on raised organic timber podiums.


As you would expect from such a resort, health and wellness programs will be in abundance, including yoga and Muay Thai classes, while the luxurious spa will offer extensive massage and beauty treatments, plus a panorama sauna, steam room and a Himalayan Salt Cave. There will also be an infinity pool and a gym.


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A working farm with an ‘artistic’ angle will be the centrepiece of the environmental agenda, offering cooking classes and the chance to learn the culinary secrets of local street vendors. Guests can pick food from the farm with the resort chef before cooking what they’ve harvested. Anything left over goes back into the resort’s bio-gas system or turned into compost.


In other moves to make Anana sustainable, plastic will be banned and water and waste management practices will be implemented. Specially designed electric tuk-tuks will be used to ferry guests to and from the property.


“This is an all-embracing concept to make sure that you take home more than memories. You are taking home the knowledge of a lifestyle that would be so easy to adapt into your lifestyle that your holiday will last for years.”


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Published: 16 February 2018

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