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The Andaman, a Luxury Collection Resort, launches eco-friendly meeting packages in the Malaysian jungle

The Andaman, A Luxury Collection Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia, has devised a unique outdoor meetings offering that goes beyond ‘out of the office’.  Set deep within Langkawi’s virgin rainforest, The Andaman provides groups of 10-20 delegates with a truly unforgettable outdoor meeting and team building experience amid a natural setting that takes them away from the daily corporate environment - mind, body and soul.

Located in one of the world’s most fragile and diverse environments between a 10 million year-old rainforest and an 8,000 year-old coral reef, The Andaman is surrounded by an abundance of unusual flora and fauna, including rare wildlife such as the great hornbill, the dusky leaf monkey, the rare colugo (flying lemur of South East Asia), crab-eating macaques and over 300 species of butterfly.  

The hotel’s setting and the focus on sustainable tourism inspired the creation of the new outdoor meetings offering: 
• Meetings take place in the great outdoors in various locations around the resort, instead of stuffy meeting rooms. Meetings and seminars go back to basics with environmentally-friendly meeting amenities such as old fashioned chalk boards.
• Snack breaks and break-out sessions are at the bespoke Meranti table beneath the jungle canopy. Lunch is at beachfront restaurant Jala (a fisherman’s cast net in Malay), a sustainable seafood dining venue offering locally sourced produce.  Diners at Jala walk on sand flooring and walls have been kept at a minimum, ensuring guests feel the outdoors, indoors, bringing the surrounding rainforest and bay in.  

For companies that are interested in novel team building experiences The Andaman has also introduced activities that help protect the environment as well as encourage team camaraderie:

Coral Clearing
• Up to 150 delegates can participate in a unique coral clearing programme.  Meeting at 7am on the beach to catch the low tide, the teams collect lose coral that has been washed up.  Then Dr Gerry the Andaman Resort’s resident Marine Biologist starts a session giving delegates an insight of the history of marine life and relating it to the geographical history of Langkawi and its rich and diverse marine environment. Dr Gerry also touches on the importance of coral reefs and how mankind and global warming is contributing to its destruction at an alarming rate.
• After the introduction, larger groups are then split into smaller groups and given different tasks. For example, one group is tasked to transfer polyps onto pre made Mini ARMS (Artificial reef modules).Another  team is tasked to build new mini ARMs for future guest use and to transfer polyps onto the existing coral reef.  This involves mixing concrete and building the Mini ARMs by combining the concrete and the pieces of washed up coral collected earlier in the morning.
• The final group is tasked with the responsibility of building a raft and given pieces of bamboo, tire tubes and ropes to creatively build a raft to transfer the Mini ARMs to the designated area of the coral reef. Once the Mini ARMs are located, the GPS coordinates are taken and are provided to the client so the delegates are able to monitor the growth of mini ARMs they built.  

Through recent human development, Langkawi has lost large stretches of its natural habitat and The Andaman recognises the necessity of preserving the island’s fragile ecosystem and continues to undertake numerous projects to help preserve the pristine beauty of Langkawi. 

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