If you are looking for a champion of sustainable and responsible tourism for your next visit to Thailand, then look no further than Koh Jum Beach Villas. Located on the idyllic and unspoiled island of Koh Jum, a short boat ride from Krabi town, Koh Jum Beach Villas shares luxury beach living with its guests and also takes sustainable and responsible travel very seriously. In joining a Secret Retreats initiative last year, Koh Jum Beach Villas earned a Gold Certificate from Travelife, an international organization that audits and certifies the sustainability practices of the travel industry, and Koh Jum Beach Villas have now just earned yet further recognition for their sustainability efforts in winning the Eco Lodge/Hotel Category of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Responsible Thailand Awards for 2020.
These achievements validate the hard work and sincerity of the owners and team at Koh Jum Beach Villas in their commitment to minimize their business’s impact on the environment, lower all carbon emissions, and work sustainably and responsibly within the local community. The property was designed and built using natural materials to support its “Genuine Natural Luxury Island Living” philosophy. Each villa has been designed to make the best use of natural ventilation and uses low-energy lighting to reduce energy consumption in their villas. They even have their own 5kw wind turbine to generate part of their energy needs. The team has also long worked with the organization ‘Trash Hero’ who promote community based efforts in managing waste within a community and keeping environments safe and clean from trash.
The team at Koh Jum Beach Villas share these stories with their guests and encourage participation including providing bicycles as a green form of transport for guests on the island, and also working with the local community in protecting the mangroves near their island home through the planting of sea grass. The resort has also created a kitchen garden, that follows strict organic principles. Additionally, they have a zero tolerance of single use plastics and purify and bottle (glass) their own drinking water within the resort, as well as composting organic waste and practicing a strict ‘no-burn’ policy on the island. Their approach to responsibility isn’t purely environmental, they also work closely with their local community, employ locally and provide zero-interest loans to help local people with business start-ups.
Koh Jum Beach Villas is a wonderful example of how luxury and sustainability can work together hand in hand for the benefit of the environment, the local community, the hotel team and impact positively on the guest experience too. Secret Retreats is proud to have them as a member and as an advocate and shining light of our Conscious Travel Initiatives. CONGRATULATIONS to the owners and team of Koh Jum Beach Villas!