Banyan Tree was founded with the core value of driving sustainable development. We employ an integrated and participatory approach, to minimise our impact while safeguarding and enhancing the human and physical environment for present and future generations.
As stewards of responsible tourism, we have conceptualised our values in our “Brand for Good” framework to go beyond the precautionary approach and inspire exceptional experiences among our guests to “embrace the environment and empower people” at each of our locations.
Rooted in our corporate ethos of “Embracing the Environment, Empowering People’, Banyan Tree’s sustainability approach emphasises on building in harmony with nature and contributing to the growth and development of the community where each of our hotels are planted. To learn more about the comprehensive and encompassing initiatives of Banyan Tree Global Foundation, please click here.
Angsana Balaclava Mauritius is committed to Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts’ brand-wide pledge to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics from operations. Initiatives include replacing plastic water bottles with glass water bottles (produced in-house) and switching out plastic straws with biodegradable paper straws.
Banyan Tree’s efforts connect with the issue of global climate action by conserving resources through efficient operations. Since its opening in December 2011, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius has used solar panels to harness the wonderful year-round sunshine in Mauritius. These solar panels help heat hot water for the hotel. In 2016, the property took the initiative to install an in-house water bottling system. The system is capable of producing around 150 bottles of water per day, be it still or sparkling.
A believer that Earth is often taken granted, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius, together with Guests, Management and Associates, signed a pledge against air pollution. Instead of driving their own vehicles, Guests and Associates alike pledge to use more public transport. Associates also pledged against burning of scraps and garbage, especially in their own villages.
Greening Communities Together
The Group’s aim is to restore the natural environment, whilst raising awareness of climate change through tree-planting events, around the area in which we operate, with a current target of 2,000 trees per year. In the first ten years we planted almost half a million trees, and we aim to plant 25,000 during our 25th anniversary year.
Supporting Local Communities
Supporting long-term societal prosperity is central to Banyan Tree’s ability to create value for local communities and this is achieved by empowering them through job creation, education, supporting artisanal cooperatives, community impact initiatives, humanitarian relief and connecting travelers to local culture and heritage.
Located in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, le Foyer Père Laval is an orphanage that looks after some 20 boys between the age of 6 to 17. Through the “Feeding Communities” initiative, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius visited the orphanage and delighted the boys with a lunch spread consisting of yummy favourites such as pizza, chicken, and ice cream. Given its heartwarming success, the property looks forward to continue similar initiatives in the future.
We aim to organize a minimum of four cleaning activities each year, to engage members of the local community, our guests and our associates with the need for effective waste management and to promote responsible consumption of resources and maintaining a healthy environment.
Paul van Frank, General Manager of Angsana Balaclava Mauritius, together with the property’s CSR committee members, hosted “Little Cooks” at Oryza Live Kitchen. At the event, ten children between 7 to 12 years old from le Foyer Père Laval orphanage learnt how to make pizzas. After the fun class, a delicious lunch and a guided tour of the resort followed. Through such initiatives, the property hopes to bring joy to the children’s lives and inspire them to seek their dreams.
'’Our Kebun - Garden’’
In line with the Group’s sustainability goals, Angsana Balaclava Mauritius is proud to introduce their vegetable garden, “Our Kebun”. An initiative championed by the property’s CSR Committee, the garden allows associates to plant and grow their own vegetables and herbs, encouraging a closer relationship between people and the food they consume.
World Yoga Day
Angsana Balaclava Mauritius celebrated “World Yoga Day” with its Associates. Led by the property’s fitness coach Khalid, Associates learnt the many benefits of practicing yoga. For a lot of them, this was their very first time practicing yoga. They explored various introductory positions such as “Child’s Pose” and “Cobra”. In the fast-paced day-to-day living, Associates are encouraged to take care of their own wellbeing.