Soneva, has introduced an ‘eco-campaign’ that offers guest to extend their stay at either Soneva Fushi or Soneva Kiri, Thailand. Cleaverly named, ‘stay for good’ is a campaign that helps support the brand’s efforts to preserve the environment and enrich the community in the Maldives and Thailand in return for complimentary bonus nights at its luxury resorts.
The campaign encourages guests to participate in sustainable initiatives and promotes care for the environment. Guests who partake would be involved in activities such as coral rehabilitation, gardening, community engagement projects, rainforest ecology, beekeeping, mangrove clean-up projects and similar other activities.
During the campaign, guests are invited to work with Soneva’s marine biologists, horticulturalists, mycologists, tropical ecologists, and community engagement managers to support local sustainability initiatives. In return, they will be rewarded with an additional five nights at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, or an additional three nights at Soneva Kiri in Thailand.
Terms and conditions require a minimum stay of five or three nights respectively, in order to obtain the offer. It is mandatory for at least one paying guest to participate from each villa. A programme will be customized for each resort in accordance to the location.
The programme prepared for participating guests at Soneva Fushi will incorporate; Snorkeling with Soneva’s marine biologists to help with turtle identification and coral rehabilitation, helping in registration of fish caught by local fishermen, assisting the horticulturalists mycologists and gardeners to maintain the vegetable gardens whilst learning how to grow vegetables and mushrooms.
Moreover, guests get to participate in beach and reef clean-ups to reduce marine debris and prevent injuries to marine life, learn how to create a seed bank to ensure future sustainability of important crops and also make sustainable bricks in Soneva’s Eco Centro Waste to Wealth facility.
The program also allows participants to engage with the local community by participating in Soneva’s ‘Learn to Swim Programme’ for the local communities and by contributing to education initiatives in the Baa Atoll.
The customized programme for Soneva Kiri includes assisting the resident tropical ecologist to identify and log rare species of flora and fauna thriving in the tropical rainforest in Koh Kood, learning about cultivating tropical fruits and the secrets of beekeeping and honey production, learning how to turn waste into wealth particularly in the areas of bio-diesel, composting, water filtration and charcoal production. Guests also have a chance to participate in reef and mangrove clean-up projects and contribute to education initiatives on the island of Koh Kood.