S Hotels & Resorts has announced that two of its idyllic island resorts were honoured in the 2020 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards.
Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort, the stunning seafront retreat, has been named as the sixth best resort in Thailand, while Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, the music-inspired five-star resort, was voted as the 23rd best resort in the Indian Ocean.
The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognitions of excellence in the travel industry, and this year’s awards were voted for by more than 715,000 Condé Nast Traveller readers.
Santiburi Koh Samui, S Hotels & Resorts’ high-end, experience-driven island retreat, has enhanced its environmental credentials by signing the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge. Created in partnership with the Expedia Group and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), this initiative is a key part of the global mission to rid the world of single-use plastic and promote low-impact travel. It also forms part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global blueprint for a more responsible future.
Like many of S Hotels & Resorts’ properties, including Hard Rock Hotel Maldives, Phi Phi Island Village Beach Resort and SAii Lagoon Maldives, Santiburi Koh Samui is proud to be a single-use plastic-free resort. It has already banned plastic bottles and has started using glass bottles and bottling its own water, with a hygienic refill station for staff, guests and islanders alike. Plastic straws have also been replaced with bamboo or lemongrass versions, and daily coast cleaning exercises are conducted to remove any plastic waste that may have washed ashore and ensure that it does not return to the sea. This made signing UNESCO’s pledge a natural step forward for Santiburi Koh Samui.