Helipad turned into a Rooftop Hydroponic Farm, Bangkok
The Anantara Resort Bangkok partnered with Bangsai Agricultural Centre to offer its guests a locally grown, certified organic, freshly harvested selection of Western and Asian herbs, and vegetables in the hotel's 2,800 square-meter rooftop Hydroponic Farm.
This Hydroponic Farm use to be an unused helipad area and is now offering the Resort’s chefs a variety of Asian vegetables, Western vegetables, herbs and even Japanese melons! Including organic tomatoes, green zucchini, cucumbers, mixed greens, rocket salads and micro greens; with a daily production of approx. 70 kg all together.
Hydroponics is a branch of agriculture where plants are grown without the use of soil. The nutrients that the plants normally derive from the soil are simply dissolved into water instead, and depending on the type of hydroponic system used, the plant's roots are suspended in, flooded with or misted with the nutrient solution so that the plant can derive the elements it needs for growth.
According to the Resort, the system allows higher nutrition per calorie with up to seven times more rich nutrient compared to produce found in local supermarkets while using no soil, 90 percent less water and 70 percent less land.
The Anantara hotel won the Asean Green Hotel Award 2015 and was recently granted GOLD Certification by Green Growth 2050, the global sustainability certification standard for travel and tourism.