Dar Bouidar Children’s village gives abandoned children a safe home, in Marrakech / ©Cenizaro Hotels and Resorts
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“We want to be more than a window for our guests to view the natural beauty of their surroundings,” says Alexys Tjhia, director of corporate responsibility at Cenizaro. “We want to offer travelers of all ages an immersive, enriching opportunity to experience the real local biodiversity of each of our properties, the full flavors of the land and truly connect with the communities in which our properties are set.
“As international travel resumes, we’re conscious that travelers’ mindsets have changed over the last two years, with the majority of guests now wanting to really make a positive impact on the destinations they’re visiting. Through the launch of the new Dollar-A-Day program, we hope to make this possible.”
Of course, the work doesn’t stop there. The brand has also recently launched the Earth Basket program to minimize the food waste produced across its portfolio of properties, creating on-site kitchen gardens at each resort to showcase local produce, converting leftovers into compost, and giving guests the chance to take culinary masterclasses with the talented resident chefs.
“Through rolling this initiative out across the portfolio in 2022, we hope to educate guests and staff on the importance of sourcing produce locally and sustainably, and ultimately elevate the overall culinary experience,” explains Tjhia.
These programs are accompanied by the luxury brand’s wider initiatives already in place to minimize each property’s impact on the environment. At the Residence Maldives, for example, the hotel has installed solar panels to produce its own electricity, created a rain harvesting system, water recycling plant, and removed all plastic water bottles.
The resort is also part of the Protect Maldives Seagrass program working with the Blue Marine Foundation and Maldives Underwater Initiative to preserve the archipelago’s underwater seagrass meadows on which its delicate marine ecosystem relies to thrive.
The Earth Basket program was created to minimize the food waste produced at each property / ©Cenizaro Hotels and Resorts
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