Part of Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts’ Cenizaro Cares programme, the Earth Basket initiative launched in 2019, starting at The Residence Bintan. Now in place across the majority of The Residence by Cenizaro properties, the Earth Basket is a year-round on-site kitchen garden, converted from degraded land at each resort.
Spearheaded by each resort’s Green Committee, independence is given to each resort to develop the kitchen gardens to suit their unique needs and best showcase local produce. Each kitchen garden is guided and developed through close cross-departmental collaboration, giving the local teams ownership while also serving as an educational tool for guests, staff and the broader community.
All the produce is grown pesticide-free and the food waste from the resort is converted into compost and used to nourish the garden. The freshly grown produce features in the culinary and spa offering, allowing guests to eat well and live well. Not only this, but the Earth Basket programme is fully integrated into elevating the guest experience – through workshops in the farms, to culinary masterclasses with the hotel’s chef, to packages designed for guests to learn about sustainable living.
At Le Jardin Secret de La Maison Arabe, the orchard boasts a bounty of over 300 orange and olive trees as well as lush vegetable and herb gardens that provide for much of the produce used in their kitchens and world-renowned cooking school. Hotels guests also enjoy the large bowls of tangerines harvests from the gardens which are placed in their rooms.
Whilst at The Residence Tunis, the olive harvests are used to produce their own olive oil and at The Residence Maldives; the specially cultivated Ayurvedic plants are incorporated into uplifting, health-focused beverage offerings as well as used with house-made virgin coconut oil for our spa treatments as are the special herbs at The Residence Bintan which are used to create jamu , a traditional Indonesian herbal health tonic.