CGH Earth expands

CGH Earth is all set to open two new properties in India this year – one in the Andamans and the other close to Cochin Airport in Kerala.

Hazel Jain

One of the few pioneers of sustainable hoteliering in India, CGH Earth has a two-pronged objective – to serve its guests and to spread the message of being environment-friendly in every way.
G Vijay, CEO, CGH Earth says, “Most of our hotels already have a water bottling plant. We now want to go a step further and add it to the ones that don’t have it. Our mission is to be 100 per cent plastic-free in all our properties.”

The group is frantically getting ready to open two new properties in India within the next few months. It will open one in Kerala near the Cochin airport by August 2018 and one in the Andamans on the beach by November 2018. “Both properties will have a water bottling as well as sewage treatment plants. The one in the Andamans is specially going to be completely sustainable so much so that we will not be using any chemicals or concrete considering that the sensitivity of the region,” Vijay adds.

Vijay passionately subscribes to the company’s philosophy of being completely ecologically-streamlined. Vijay says, “Hotels have a huge responsibility of being sustainable and sensitive to the environment. This is why we start from the beginning – when the hotel is being constructed.”

He gives an example of the Wayanad Wild property where the linen in the guest rooms are sourced from a women’s organisation in Tamil Nadu that helps the local women. The property is also in the process of installing a water bottling plant and it will be ready by August 2018. The amenities in the rooms are made of locally-grown bamboo trees. Without TVs, guests are kept busy with various activities.

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