Guests at the exclusive Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga
resort were recently given the chance to help save indigenous
turtles when they released 20 endangered baby leatherback turtles
into the Andaman Sea.
The event was part of the Aleenta Resorts & Spas
Mai Khao Marine Turtle Initiative, managed by corporate social
responsibility group, Pure Blue Foundation, which also pioneered
the groundbreaking reef restoration project off the coast of the
resort. The Pure Blue Foundation was created by Aleenta Resorts
founder Anchalika Kijkanakorn.
The resort raised these particular baby
turtles over the last few years and has shown its dedication to
their cause by offering monthly support and funding to the Turtle
Sanctuary, housed at the Khao Lumpee-Haad Thaymuang
National Park just 20 minutes south of the resort.
this funding the resort employs a full-time representative to tend
to more than 200 turtle hatchlings and rehabilitate injured
turtles, as well as taking guests to visit the park.
particular 20 turtles were large enough to leave the nest and the
sanctuary contacted Aleenta Phuket–Phang Nga to ask if it would like to release them back to their natural habitat as the resort
had cared and nurtured them from the start.
“We are a resort built on guilt-free
luxury and are delighted to continue this important work - as well
as give our guests the opportunity to become involved,” said Ms
Kijkanakorn. “It is the type of rewarding experience guests can
enjoy when they stay with us.”
Following the turtle
release, the resort donated another THB100,000 to the project and
has committed to supporting the foundation in the long-term.
Furthermore, on check-in, Aleenta offers guests information on
turtle conservation and matches donations of THB40 per night to
the Turtle Sanctuary.
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