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Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang: Guardian of Classic Khmer Culture

Zannier Phum Baitang Hotels

Nature is the very essence of Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang, which means “green village” in Khmer

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, USA, June 17, 2022 / — Nature is the very essence of Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang, which means “green village” in Khmer. No wonder the resort is dedicated to protecting the environment. Consisting of eight acres of unspoilt land, the resort has been designed to respect and enhance the surrounding land – most of it being rice paddies.

Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang’s dedication to sustainable practices is evident in the methods employed throughout the hotel to create a sustainable environment. 2022 is the first year of green globe certification for Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang.

The installation of a treatment plant to preserve water
Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang is equipped with an autonomous water treatment plant that provides drinking water. The goal of this water treatment and bottling plant is to reduce the use of plastic water bottles on the property and provide customers with clean, fresh, drinkable water year-round.

Drinking water for guests in their villas is supplied in ‘grosch top’ reusable glass bottles. These “Refill Not Landfill” bottles are also offered for tours and excursions. Reusable glass bottles can be refilled at several stations in the station. Not only does this technology replace the use of plastic bottles in each room, it provides water throughout the resort.

Water at Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang comes from five deep wells. Phum Baitang water is crystal clear and filtered by reverse osmosis, the finest filtration method known to date. Guests therefore feel secure knowing that the water they consume at the resort is the cleanest possible.

As for the gray water produced at the resort, it passes through a biodigester and is used to water the garden and to top up the two water basins.

Creation of a vegetable garden and ecological pond

Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang has a beautiful garden, consisting of rice fields, private courtyards, a landscaped garden with trees, flower beds, lawns, and more recently a vegetable garden and a new ecological pond.

The station works with five local villagers, who are employed as part of the 15-person gardening team. The villagers oversee the maintenance of the rice fields and the harvesting of the crop, using local techniques. Traditionally grown with the help of water buffaloes, the rice is served in both restaurants directly from the surrounding rice fields, in the staff canteen as well as offered to customers as a local organic gift from Cambodia to take home. There are four harvests per year and guests are invited to participate in the planting and harvesting phases. The station is home to four buffaloes, which plow the rice paddies and maintain the lawns. Garden waste is collected, mulched and used as natural compost, as well as buffalo excrement which is used as fertilizer to regenerate the fields and promote biodiversity.

Recently, the gardening team created a new lotus pond near the buffalo shed and the existing lily pond. The idea behind the project was to add an additional water source, enhance biodiversity with new insects attracted to the flowers, use the lotus flowers for interior decoration, and provide a cooling pond for the buffaloes. of water. Only a few months after its inauguration, the pool is 90% covered with lotus.

This approach is part of the station’s desire to preserve techniques such as the cultivation of plants by cuttings, rather than bringing in plant material from afar. All plant species planted at Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang are endemic. Tropical fruit plants have been planted, including mango trees, banana trees, coconut trees, papaya trees and palm trees. These agricultural techniques are driven by local villagers who wish to preserve local horticultural know-how, while creating amazing green spaces around the lodge.

In addition, Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang has expanded its vegetable garden, which now covers 270 m². Divided into 16 patches, it provides fresh ingredients used in the kitchen and spa, plus an amazing open classroom for visiting kids (and adults). A wide variety of vegetables and herbs are grown in the organic gardens, including eggplant, bok choy, betel leaf, sweet basil, mint, dill, hot pepper, holy basil, morning glory, ginger, aloe vera as well as lemongrass, which is used for drinking straws at the Pool Bar and Sunset Lounge.

Products that cannot be grown in a resort come from local organic farms. Where possible and available, the resort partners with local or national Cambodian businesses for the supply of honey, eggs, coffee, chocolate, various beers, rum and fresh natural juices. The resort also makes its own baked goods using only natural ingredients and cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Team building activities around sustainable development

The entire Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang team is aware of the importance of preserving the environment. The members of the team willingly take part in regular actions at the local level, organized with the encouragement of the general manager and the director of human resources and training.

In addition to internal training on the procedures for separating and recycling all waste (paper, glass, plastic and metal materials), the 150 employees are invited to fortnightly actions outside the station. For example, they actively participate in clean-up events by removing all garbage from the neighborhood, including plastic bags which have become a critical issue in Cambodia. In addition to bonding with neighbours, these activities also educate the local community, especially the younger generation, about waste management. On average, one bag per person is collected per action and sent for recycling, which is equivalent to several tons of waste evacuated by the station team.

Raising customers’ awareness of a greener way of life is also the resort’s leitmotif. In addition to visiting traditional Cambodian heritage sites such as Angkor Wat, Zannier Hotels Phum Baitang also promotes environmental conservation through activities such as bird watching, silk farm tours, and field trips. buffalo cart trekking. The staff also teaches guests about traditional Khmer ways of life. For example, initiation through water blessing ceremonies, and learning about seasonal farming methods, are traditional practices that can be learned by visitors to the station.

Other on-site activities promoting Cambodian culture and sustainable Khmer practices are often organized for guest participation. These include cooking classes for amateurs and budding professional chefs using only local ingredients. This is a unique opportunity for those interested in authentic Cambodian cuisine to learn three traditional Khmer recipes. The resort chef accompanies guests to the local market to pick up ingredients and spices, as well as to the resort garden to pick herbs grown on site. And of course, when the meals are prepared, they are accompanied by rice that comes directly from the surrounding rice fields.

Quentin Guiraud
Public relations and communication manager
Hotel in Zannier
Jozef Plateaustraat 33
9000 Ghent, Belgium
Mr. +32 (0) 472 05 57 19
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Bradley Cox
green globe
+1 310-337-3000
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