One of Thailand’s most prestigious hotels is offering a complimentary night’s stay to any of the country’s professional healthcare workers in recognition of their sacrifice and dedication to saving lives during this year’s coronavirus crisis.
Banyan Tree Samui, an 88-villa property overlooking a secluded bay of sapphire waters in the Gulf of Thailand, announced that any doctor, nurse, paramedic, ambulance driver or other healthcare professional will receive a complimentary night’s accommodation in one of the resort’s luxurious villas – each of which comes with a private infinity pool – when they book at least one further night’s stay between October 10 and December 20, 2020.
“To all Thailand’s professional healthcare workers, as our way of saying thanks for all your efforts during this most hazardous and heart-rending of times, we’d like to offer this gift of a complimentary night in one of our villas,” said Banyan Tree Samui General Manager Remko Kroesen.
The resort’s Seedlings Program supports mentorship for local students on Koh Samui, as well as scholarships to provide financial support for those able to continue their education. And earlier this year, Kroesen personally led his staff in giving blood as an effort to assist the local community in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The resort was last year awarded a “Gold Certification” by EarthCheck, the world’s leading scientific watchdog for the hospitality industry, making it the first hotel in Thailand to be recognized for its environmental policies at such a level.
In July, Banyan Tree Samui was awarded the Amazing Thailand Safety and Health Administration (SHA) certificate by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in recognition of the hotel’s upgraded health and hygiene standards and commitment to guest safety.
SHA certification was introduced by TAT in May to encourage not only hotels and resorts but all tourism-related enterprises, including restaurants, spas, department stores and major attractions, to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 as Thailand looks to reopen to international travelers in the near future.
After meeting all required hygiene and quality controls following a rigorous inspection, approved businesses may display the SHA logo for two years to reassure visitors.
Last month, Thailand was rated No. 1 in the world by the Global Covid Recovery Index in terms of combatting the virus. To date, the kingdom has recorded 3,622 cases and 57 deaths since the outbreak began. However, the Thai tourism industry has been severely impacted by the closure of borders to international visitors. In recent weeks, several proposals have been floated by the Thai government to reopen the country to tourism before the end of the year.
Deluxe Pool Villas start from 9,999 baht (US$320) per night at Banyan Tree Samui. All reservations can be made via the website: https://www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/samui