Qasr Al Sarab has launched a new sustainability initiative. The Empty Quarter hotel already had a strong commitment to environmentalism, having removed all plastic straws in 2018. Now in 2021, the hotel will go about replacing its plastic bottles with biodegradable substitutes. These bottles will entirely replace plastic options by April 2021.
Renewable energy has also been implemented across the property, with solar panels harnessing the power of the desert sun to create hot water for all guest rooms and villas, and in the resort’s laundry. For environmentalist guests, the resort has also installed electric car charging stations.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s kitchens now make their own compost from the onsite vegetable greenhouse, which is also used as a source of organic produce. The resort also uses greywater for the resort gardens, while a range of disposable amenities across the property is now being recycled.
Part of Minor Hotels’ luxurious Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas brand, the resort adopted the ‘Stay with Peace of Mind’ set of protocols midway through last year.
The initiative mandates a safety committee consisting of senior leadership and cleaning and sanitation experts from Ecolab and Diversey; new hygiene guidelines compliant with local government health regulations and the World Health Organisation; a Guest Guardian for internal audits; enhanced hygiene; sanitized airport limousine transfers; and check-in services with minimal contact and time in the lobby.