Social: It is extremely important to us to operate in a socially sustainable manner and to place the human factor at the center of our work.
We support the locals so that they can earn their own income. That is why we buy everything that is possible for us on our island. This is more expensive, but it benefits the local traders, farmers and workers, which is very important to us.
Our Swiss owner advises local people free of charge on health matters, nutritional issues, income improvement, education and many other topics.
Before corona pandemic, she financially supported a project that allowed a group of high school students to travel to Malaysia to experience for themselves what life and the economy are like abroad.
We consciously promote ethical, sustainable tourism. At Zoé's Paradise Waterfront Hotel, we want to make the Batak heritage accessible to our guests in a respectful way.
We promote equality between men and women and pay the same salaries for both genders.
LED (Philips) and energy-saving devices
German quality standard
Swiss quality standard
Energy / electricity: It takes courage to take environmental issues seriously in Indonesia. We do this and deliberately don't use air conditioning, as these are really very harmful to the environment!
The CHSE audit showed that our hotel is well ventilated and, for the sake of the environment, it makes sense to use more environmentally friendly stand fans in the rooms instead of air conditioning.
We were the first hotel on Samosir that spared no expense to have a professional electrical installation installed according to German standards and very energy-saving Philips lighting, wich was a novelty in Batakland in 2016. Nobody had this environmentally friendly technology before because it was expensive here in Batakland. This was a role model, because some entrepreneurs came to inspect our electrical installation. They never saw this quality before.
Beyond this, we consciously forwent complimentary refrigerators from beverage manufacturers, recognizing their high energy consumption. Opting instead for energy-efficient appliances, we surprised the beverage representative with our refusal, motivated by our dedication to prudent electricity consumption.
Given the frequent power fluctuations in Indonesia, we've taken the proactive measure of installing professional stabilizers, supplemented by a standby generator to navigate power outages effectively.
Our WiFi was installed in 2017 by an IT specialist from Switzerland and no hotel on Samosir Island had such high quality WiFi technology as we did.
While solar power initiatives have gained traction in Indonesia, they have yet to earn the endorsement of our energy advisor and ourselves. We remain vigilant, awaiting more promising alternatives.
Cleanliness: Our investor and a specialist from Switzerland trained us in 2018 on how we can produce environmentally friendly cleaning agents ourselves. We are happy that we were able to inspire others to do the same!
We take great pride in our eco-friendly approach to water management. Our exceptional SWIMMING POOL is maintained with utmost hygiene, without the use of harmful or unpleasant chemicals. We employ copper technology for treating our pool water, harnessing its natural antibacterial and algicidal properties. As a result, our pool water remains uncontaminated, allowing it to be safely drained without any harm to the environment.
In the event of heavy rainfall, which may introduce acidic elements, we employ a minimal amount of chlorine that naturally dissipates rapidly. This ensures that even babies can safely enjoy our pool without any concerns.
Drinking water: All our guests have the opportunity to refill their drinking water bottles for free.
Garbage and plastic: Our hotel is trying to avoid plastic and garbage as much as possible, which is a real challenge here in Indonesia. We still haven't found a cost-saving alternative to plastic bags for our trash cans, etc. and we hope that we can do without it soon. We find it very unsanitary to have the trash cans without a sack, even if they are cleaned every day.
Regional purchase: We use our own island resources in everything that is possible and focus on quality rather than quantity.
We deliberately have a small menu selection in our Lakeview Restaurant with local and saisonal menus. They are freshly cooked.
We follow the WHO guidelines as well as the Swiss Society for Nutrition and consciously promote local menus, but also cook western dishes on request.
Garden: Although we only have a small garden, there is some garden waste that we compost.
We always strive to improve our sustainability for the benefit of our environment and our descendants. We don't talk about it often, we just do it, because we really love 💖 SAMOSIR ISLAND!