Guests at the Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga resort recently released 20 endangered baby leatherback turtles into the Andaman Sea. The exercise was organised by the Pure Blue Foundation, as part of the new Aleenta Resorts & Spas Mai Khao Marine Turtle Initiative. Pure Blue was created by Aleenta Resorts founder, Anchalika Kijkanakorn
The resort has raised these baby turtles over the last few years, offering support and funding to the Turtle Sanctuary, housed at the Khao Lumpee-Haad Thaymuang National Park just 20 minutes south of the resort. With 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.
“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 (US$3,290) to the project. The Pure Blue Foundation continues to raise funds and is currently holding an online auction which will close at 2pm on June 1, 2011 – and can be found by visiting: http://auctions.weblite.ca /purebluefoundation/