Angsana Gallery Riads Collection Morocco
The Angsana Gallery showcases local art and handicraft, and preserves the cultural heritage by supporting the community of artisans.
The Angsana Gallery is the brainchild of Claire Chiang, co-founder of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, a part of Angsana Hotels and Resorts. In 1989, Claire supported the ‘maun’ triangular cushion project in the Thai village of Yasothorn. She furnished the resorts of Laguna Phuket with handmade cushions and traditional Thai handicrafts and textiles.
The Angsana Gallery was commissioned in the then Sheraton Laguna Phuket, and is now a standard feature at Angsana resorts worldwide. It offers Thai herb-based essential oils, incense sticks, massage oils, ceramic and ‘celadon’ spa accessories, skin and body care products as well as fashion apparel and home furnishings with a contemporary touch. All products and merchandise are sourced from Thailand.
Green Imperative Fund
In 2001, Banyan Tree instituted the Green Imperative Fund (GIF) to increase the reach and improve the effectiveness of environment and community-based projects. Banyan Tree guests are invited to support GIF with a contribution of US$ 2 per room per night, under an “opt-out” arrangement. Similarly, guests at Angsana resorts can support the cause with a donation of US$ 1 per room per night. The company matches the contribution of guests, dollar for dollar. The fund is audited by Ernst & Young and the proceeds are used for community and environment-related projects.
More than 14,000 street children in Marrakech are vulnerable to violence, drugs and sexual exploitation. The Angsana Gallery Riads Collection Morocco partners with the Atfalouna (Arabic for ‘our children’) Association to improve their living conditions and ensure access to food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and education. Learn more at www.atfalouna-marrakech.com
Corporate Social Responsibility
The women of the ‘Ait Baamrane’ region need support for their agrarian livelihood. The Angsana Gallery Riads Collection Morocco partners with the Aknari (Berber for ‘cactus pears’) women’s cooperative to ensure high quality cactus pear and date preserves produce. The objective is sustainable development of the region and employment for women. We provide a jar of each preserve as a part of the amenities of exclusive rooms. Learn more at www.aknari.net