Six Senses Samui (Thailand) recently unveiled its latest sustainability initiative, Farm on the Hill, in its mission to be more environmentally conscious and to offer an authentic Thai farm experience to guests. The Farm on the Hill adds significant value to the resort’s operation while also benefitting the local community. The project was originally created in response to a large volume of organic waste on the property, unutilized grey water, and lack of nutrient rich soil.
Six Senses Samui now has nutrient rich soil and produces organic eggs, goat milk and fresh vegetables. Other valuable features include a natural reed bed system that filters and remineralizes the grey water, which can be used for irrigation; a creative waste to wealth garden and a module aquaponic system that is solely constructed from reclaimed waste materials.
Farm on the Hill is not only environmentally friendly but it has also become a popular learning experience for all ages. Guests, hosts and the local community can enjoy feeding the goats, collecting newly laid eggs and even picking organic produce for their next meal. Driven by the passion and commitment of the resort’s engineering and gardening teams, this space adds great value to guests’ experiences. Guests can reserve Farm on the Hill for dinner and take in a private sunset tour of the grounds before enjoying a rurally wholesome Thai barbecue.
Gary Henden, general manager of Six Senses Samui said, “Farm on the Hill started as a small home-grown initiative to support our commitment to sustainability in the resort and our operations, yet in a short time it has grown into a positive example of what can be done with strong conviction and minimal funds. The project has inspired the team and the local community, who actively participate in its upkeep and in some circumstances have replicated at their own homes. The farm is only the start of a much larger transformation, as we plan to evolve our landscaping to become even more purposeful.”