ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
All outdoors finishing (balconies, terraces and pool deck) are made from famous Accoya wood that provides certain environmental gains during its use phase. The durability of Accoya is Class 1, the highest durability class possible, has extensive quality certifications and is guaranteed to last 50 years above ground. This facilitates a longer lifespan which enables lower material consumption (less replacement!) over the same period compared to most other materials. This also means that Accoya has carbon sequestration advantages as it locks CO2 for a longer time from the atmosphere. Accoya stays flat and without being warp, split, swell or affected by fungi, water uptake or rot. This wood is non-toxic and therefore totally safe for people and pets. For more information please visit http://www.accoya.com
All windows and sliding doors are produced by famous German company Schüco. It guarantees maximum energy efficiency and ensures markedly lower heating and cooling costs. They are also designed to ensure that they are fit for purpose, provide user comfort and energy efficiency, conserve resources and protect the climate. Together with their durability and recyclability, they contribute to the creation of sustainable buildings. For more information please visit https://www.schueco.com
POOL SALT FILTRATION SYSTEM
Salinda’s swimming pool employs salt to generate chlorine but they are not pollutant because once hypochlorite has been generated, chlorine decomposes and turns back into salt. That salt employed is the regular one, so it is natural too, and it is much safer than those traditional chemical products and chlorines. Furthermore, salt concentration is ten times less than that found in the sea, so it does not irritate people’s eyes and skin.
70% of 2.5 hectares of the resort is covered with around 96 different types of plants (trees and flowers), some of them reaching around 150 years of age. Orchard trees, such as bananas, mango, custard apple, jackfruit, rose apple, traditional Phu Quoc “sim” berries are planted and gathered during harvest season to prepare smoothies and juices for breakfast. Trees act as air and water filters; the roots filter groundwater and control run off and erosion by holding soil in place. The transpiration process they go through releases moisture into the air, producing a cooling effect. All our healthy gardens are pesticide free and disease-resistant without any chemical dependency.
RANDOM SLATE STONE
One of the architectural features of Salinda is the random slate stone that is covering exterior landscaping and walls. Slate is 100% natural and was quarried from Da Nang region. This metamorphic rock is dense, strong, acid resistant and non-absorptive, and is the material of choice for discerning architects, designers, contractors and builders. It has many characteristics that make its use a positive from an overall environmental standpoint. Slate contributes no detrimental substances to the environment and when slate outlasts the building itself, it can be recycled. In addition, slate’s density adds to temperature stability of a structure, lowering net energy cost, and is resistant to degradation regardless of climatic conditions.
Almost 75% of lighting in Salinda including all landscape lighting system (except for dimmers) is consisted of LED lights, giving a substantial sustainable effects. LEDs use less energy than other types of light bulbs, which places less demand on our energy grid and, ultimately, less demand on the natural resources used to power that grid. Much of the energy consumed by other types of light bulbs is wasted as heat loss. LEDs don’t have this same amount of heat loss, thanks to their efficient design and lack of filament. Cooler bulbs are safer too, posing less of a fire hazard. LED lights do not contain any harmful chemicals or materials. And since LEDs last so long (up to 20 years or more) and are more durable than other types of bulbs, fewer dead LED bulbs find their way into the trash.
RAIN WATER HARVESTING
Water is our most precious natural resource and, we are now increasingly becoming aware of the importance of water to our survival and its limited supply, especially on the islands like Phu Quoc. Therefore, we harvest rainwater to reduce the consumption of groundwater for gardening processes, as it is a renewable, sustainable and a high quality water. It is soft, neutral in pH, free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants that cause staining, pipe corrosion or smell.
AMENITY DISPENSER IN GUEST ROOMS
To reduce the plastic pollution, we use lacquerware bathroom amenity dispensers in guest rooms that elegantly limits carbon footprint and ultimately enhances guest experience with its easy pump system, earthy colors and rustic design. These dispensers help to eliminate the enormous waste that is the by-product of individually packaged soap and liquids, also reducing the amount of unnecessary paper and plastic packaging.
INVOLVING GUEST IN OUR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM
As part of raising general awareness of sustainable future, we also encourage our guests to be part of our sustainability program by considering reusing towels and linen. For example, in case the guest wishes not to change the linen, he may place the environment card on the bed that will be taken by housekeeper as a note for not replacing bed linen. It will help not only to conserve the energy and water, but also reduce the detergent wastewater that must be recycled.
FOOD WASTE DISPOSAL
As part of our food waste management system, we send our food leftovers to pig farms instead of sending food to landfills. Keeping waste food out of landfill would help to reduce greenhouse gases and increase recycling, as food waste contributes to the devastating problem of climate change. For many pig farmers 60-75% of their costs in rearing their animals can come from the cost of commercial feed. This increase in demand puts pressure on global food supplies, exacerbates global food price volatility, and contributes to global hunger. Therefore, feeding surplus food to pigs can be a much cheaper option for farmers.
Around 98% of our employees are local Vietnamese nationals, coming from all over Vietnam and around 20% of the total number of employees are from Phu Quoc. As part of our vision, we will embrace the Culture and Spirit of team work from diversified cultures, therefore being an important contributor to the growth and importance of the young Hotel Industry in Vietnam today.
INTERNSHIPS AND TRAININGS
Salinda Resort offers an internship program for undergraduates who seek a deeper understanding of the hotel operations and management, Salinda culture and five star guest service. We recognise the value of our interns and trainees, and understand the importance of inspiring new and young hoteliers to flourish and succeed in this industry. We strongly believe that the young generation of the hospitality industry in Vietnam is the key to our future and sustainable success. We believe that this people will be able to make a difference and revolutionise the service sphere not only for our hotel, but also for the entire global hospitality industry.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Our partners conduct health and safety trainings on monthly, quarterly and annual basis, educating all our employees with information, resources and programs to ensure safe operations. These educational programs aim to maximize the potential of energy/water/supplies conservation and to support clean, safe and healthy workplace environments. We have both internal and external audits for hygiene, fire, engineering and food safety.