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Tropical retreat in Koh Samui honoured by Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization and VGreen for operating in perfect harmony with the environment

Prof. Dr. Rattanawan Mungkung & VGreen Team, Sabine Lamberts, General Manager of Santiburi Koh Samui, and Yuttana Chuachun, Chief Engineer Santiburi Koh Samui

KOH SAMUI, Thailand (3 October, 2019)Santiburi Koh Samui, the luxurious retreat on Koh Samui’s stunning north shore, has been officially certified as a carbon-neutral resort, reflecting its deep and lasting commitment to the environment.

This tropical paradise, which is nestled among 23 acres of landscaped gardens and coconut groves, with a 300-metre-long stretch of private sandy beach, recently received a certificate from the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization, which confirms that it operates in a completely efficient manner, slashing the amount of carbon it emits and successfully offsetting the rest.

Santiburi operates a comprehensive environmental programme, comprising waste water treatment, energy saving, waste management, organic gardening, recycling, and replacing any chemicals, plastics and other harmful products with green alternatives, including a natural salt cleaning system for its private pool villas. The resort also trains its team in all areas of eco-friendly operations and works with responsible local suppliers that share its values.

Santiburi Koh Samui

Guests are encouraged to play a role; they can decide how often their towels and bed linen should be changed, and participate in community activities such as beach cleaning. The resort supports many important local community initiatives, including a conscientious elephant sanctuary.

The certification programme was created in collaboration with VGreen, Kasetsart University’s environmental research programme. The accolade was presented to Santiburi in a major ceremony held in Bangkok on 19th September 2019. In total, more than 300 organisations were honoured for their outstanding contributions to greenhouse gas management.

“We are thrilled to have been certified as a carbon-neutral resort. The entire team at Santiburi has been working towards this status for many years by undertaking a series of important initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint, lower our energy usage and preserve our ecosystem. This award is a recognition of their efforts. I am confident that our guests will be delighted to know that their stay is in perfect harmony with Koh Samui’s fragile island ecosystem,” commented said Sabine Lamberts, Santiburi’s General Manager.

Prior to receiving the certificate, Ms Lamberts took part in a seminar to educate other hoteliers on successful ways to reduce greenhouse gases and plastics. She also used this occasion to stress Santiburi’s enduring pledge to do business in a responsible and sustainable manner.

Sabine Lamberts, General Manager, Santiburi Koh Samui

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Notes to Editors

About Santiburi Koh Samui:

Situated on a 300-metre stretch of secluded beach, Santiburi Koh Samui offers a range of luxurious tropical villas and suites that serve as individual havens offering ultimate peace and privacy. The family-friendly resort also boasts an array of leisure and entertainment options with privileged access to the world class Santiburi Samui Country Club’s 18-hole championship golf course. The resort also features a high-end LEN spa, an inviting Junior Camp, and eco-friendly watersports, such as kayaking, snorkeling and even sailing. After working up an appetite, guests can choose from various unique dining venues offering Thai and international favourites in refined yet relaxed atmospheres. Santiburi Koh Samui is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Learn more at

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