|My Frangipani Resort guide|
The next day I rowed ashore, washed the slime off the dinghy compliments of a week in Kuah and walked into the beautiful resort for a coffee while I waited for the start of the eco tour I had promised myself. I was the only participant, so got a really good low down on the features if this amazing place. It feels like a regular resort, with restaurants and bars overlooking the beach, swimming pools and lush tropical gardens but behind the scenes, everything has been considered, environmentally.
Mr Wong, the owner said that beating the environmental drum has little affect, but an appeal to the bottom line, works wonders. In this vein the resort collects rainwater and saves, uses solar hot water and saves, recycles grey and black water and saves. The features go on and on. There is a farm on the premises that provides fresh vegetables, fruit, chickens fish and ducks, all nourished by scraps from the kitchen and gardens. The artist in residence has a brief to produce work from recycled raw materials. There is also a workshop that recycles broken furniture into functional pieces.
|All black and gray water is cleansed through a series of ponds and reeds, then used to water the gardens|
|Kitchen and garden waste is composted and used to mulch the kitchen and other gardens|
|Collected rainwater is used to flush toilets|
|Everything has a secondary use|
|A squid fishing light globe transformed into an art work by the artist in residence|
To say the least it was inspirational and the resort is leading the way hopefully for resorts everywhere. It was a great contrast to much of SE Asia where there is little consideration for aesthetics, let alone the environment.