Green Practices | Caravelle Saigon


Each year Caravelle Saigon goes through an annual assessment undertaken against EarthCheck indicators including Greenhouse gas emissions, Energy consumption, potable water consumption, wastes sent to landfill and community contribution rating. 

According to the latest benchmarking report, the potable water consumption rating was 383.2 liters per guest night, which was better than the Regional leader – an achievement to be highly commended. This results from significant efforts in the Hotel’s water saving program throughout the property including recycling initiatives to make use of treated wastewater for cooling towers and flushing toilets. Energy consumption rating for the year 2017 was 184.7 MJ per guest night, which was also better than the Regional leader by 36%.

EarthCheck is the top benchmarking program used by the travel and tourism industry. Properties applying for certification from the program must pass exacting science-based standards taken by third-party auditors to measure sustainability. In partnership with EarthCheck since 2011, Caravelle Saigon is proud to be the first ever and only hotel in the country to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification.

Welcoming Wellness with Caravelle

In the spirit of World Environment Day on June 5th and Global Wellness Day on June 9th, Caravelle Saigon strives to continue its previous years’ efforts of promoting a lifestyle that incorporates both individual and our planet’s well-being.

We are kicking off off Wellness week on Sunday, June 3rd with an upbeat! Caravelle’s enthusiastic staff will be giving their heart and soul to a bodycombat performance right in front of Ho Chi Minh City’s Opera House. 

Following such an energy consuming workout, step in any of our outlets for healthy treats ranging from famously well-balanced Japanese dishes to “flourless” chocolate cakes, all of which are available from June 4th to 21st. Top it all off with a variety of detoxing fruit and herb waters, invigorating your body throughout the month.

And let’s not forget, living a life of wellness takes more than a healthy body and soul. As you are reading this, Caravelle’s aluminium straws are present in all of our outlets, taking small steps at a time for a big change towards the wellbeing of the Earth.

Every journey towards a goal starts somewhere, maybe your road to wellness will start with Caravelle Saigon!

Caravelle Saigon Takes Leadership Position in Sustainable Practices

In an important milestone, Caravelle Saigon has achieved EarthCheck Gold Certification through EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. 

“Caravelle Saigon are pleased to confirm another successful year of obtaining EarthCheck Gold Certification and still remain the only hotel in Vietnam that can claim this prestigious accreditation. It is through our teams hard work and dedication to reducing our carbon footprint, along with continuous promotion of sustainability practices that we are able to achieve yet another year of certification. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved and have even higher goals moving into 2018.” – quoted by Mr. Michael Robinson, General Manager of Caravelle Saigon.

Since 2011, Caravelle Saigon has been a member of EarthCheck and is the first in Vietnam to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification in 2015. By working with EarthCheck, Caravelle Saigon has joined other industry leaders who are taking meaningful steps towards resolving some of the very real issues that face the planet. 

Caravelle Lights a Candle for Earth Hour 2017

On 25th March 2017, Caravelle Saigon’s management and staff will be joining others around the world in showing our commitment to protect the planet and prevent climate change. Over the past decade we’ve demonstrated our dedication to becoming one of Vietnam’s leading eco-conscious properties, becoming the first hotel in Vietnam to achieve EarthCheck Gold Certification, and winning the ASEAN Green Hotel Award three times. 

This year, we invite you to join us in marking Earth Hour 2017 in the heart of Saigon. From 8:30pm to 9:30pm on March 25, 2017, we will switch off all lights on the hotel façade, and our restaurants and bars will serve dinner and drinks by candlelight. We ask those who choose to participate to turn off in-room lights and appliances from 8:30pm. And in the lobby, you are welcome to light a candle among hundreds of others we’ve arranged in the shape of Earth Hour’s 60+ logo – symbolic of the 60-minute event and our intention to continue this commitment beyond the hour.

Now on its 10th year, Earth Hour is global grassroots movement that brings landmarks, businesses, and individuals together to take action for the environment. Earth Hour began as a non-profit, lights-off event in Sydney in 2007. In 2016, Earth Hour was celebrated across 178 countries and in seven continents. Over the past decade the Caravelle has consistently improved its key benchmarks for sustainable operations to meet top standards in the hospitality industry. We were the first hotel in the country to introduce eco-friendly meeting packages and paperless check-in and check-out. We’ve even staged two flash mobs to raise awareness of environmental issues. 

We’re proud to say our efforts have been noted. The hotel earned the Green Lotus Label in 2012, the Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Award in 2014, and EarthCheck Gold Certification in 2016.

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Proud to be the first and only official property in Vietnam celebrating Global Wellness Day (GWD) 2016, the non-profit event dedicated to living well both physically and spiritually, Caravelle Saigon has tailored a programme including healthy drinks and cuisine plus “staycation” promotion focusing on relaxation, health and well-being for the whole month this June.

The highlight of the programme was Saturday 11th June when Caravelle organised a BodyCombat and Zumba session conducted by California Fitness & Yoga Centers instructors on its rooftop, 27th floor with the honour attendance of Mr. Aldo Belkouar and Mr. Henri Hubert, the two Ambassadors of GWD in Vietnam.

Nearly 100 participants including the executive management, Caravelle associates and families plus in-house guests in white t-shirts and sneakers joined this energising fitness-orientated workout to not only get the circulation flowing but also to support a healthy and stress-free life. 

First celebrated in 2012, GWD was established in Turkey and has spread to 7 continents, 86 countries with 83 ambassadors. With the slogan “One day can change your whole life”, GWD directs the thoughts and raises awareness of the individual and society towards living well.


Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organized by WWF (World Wild Fund). Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide, and the one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

In 2015, WWF’s Earth Hour grew to become the world’s largest event for the environment. While the global lights out remains an impactful visual call-out, its true impact is starting to be seen in areas and communities fighting climate change on an everyday basis.

Earth Hour 2016 will be held on Saturday 19th March between 8:30pm and 9:30pm (local time zone). This annual event aims to encourage individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.


The following actions that will take place in Caravelle Saigon on Saturday 19th March 2016:

• On the hotel Façade: We will switch off all lights during the abovementioned time.

• In all guest rooms: We will be turning off lights in all our guestrooms for a full hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30pm. If you would like to do more, we suggest that you turn off other electronics and air conditioner in your room at the same time. 

• In the Lobby: We will switch off all lights and together Caravelle associates will light up the candles setup as the logo of Earth Hour 60+.

• In Reflections Fine Dining, Nineteen Buffet Restaurant, Café de l’Opera and Saigon Saigon Bar: We will be serving dinner and drinks by candlelight the whole evening.

• Enjoying a unique fashion showed made from recycled material and LED lightning. 

For 60 Minutes You and I, Together We Act


Keeping up with the success of being the only 5-stars hotel to receive ‘’Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Award 2014’’, Caravelle Saigon has passed other candidates to once again be the unique hotel in the country receiving the ‘’Vietnam Environmental Awards 2015’’ from Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), along with other companies and other local organizations in Vietnam. 

As the only and official award held every 2 years by MONRE, this is to honor individuals, enterprises, agencies for implementing excellent performances and achievements in contribution to environmental protection, sustainable development and green growth. 

Coming off a successful EarthCheck benchmark year with good result, this award is considered as another noteworthy milestone after many years of outstanding effort of the hotel in Environmental conservation such as saving energy, water, consuming eco-friendly chemicals, as well as other outdoor activities (Flashmob, Biking for the Environment, Cleaning up the Beach…) to call on public attention in keeping the place we live clean & green. 

Silver certified with EarthCheck since 2011, this historic 56-year-old hotel received the Green Lotus Label in 2012 and also won ASEAN Green Hotel Award for green practices and non-stop activities for the community in 2014.

Caravelle Saigon Successfully Retained EarthCheck Gold Certification 2016

Caravelle Saigon is proud to be the first ever property in Vietnam to achieve the EarthCheck Gold Certificate since 2015 and the only hotel that will have the opportunity to sustain this prestigious achievement for the next five years. In 2016, Caravelle Saigon has once again proved its positioning as an EarthCheck leader in Vietnam by successfully securing the Gold certification.

This certificate positions Caravelle Saigon as a leader in the unique worldwide group of sustainable tourism operators. It is also another noteworthy milestone of the hotel after many years of outstanding effort in making distinct improvements in areas such as; resource saving, recycling and CSR projects to lead the way in keeping the place we live clean and green. 

EarthCheck is the world’s leading certifier of sustainable travel and tourism businesses with an internationally recognised standard, benchmarking & certification program. The “EarthCheck Gold” designation is only awarded after five years of continual assessment by an independent 3rd party audit,  adhering to EarthCheck Company Standards.

Caravelle Saigon Goes Biking For The Environment

In a show of support for this year’s World Environment Day, on the morning of 5th June, Caravelle’s senior management and department heads together with 100 associates and friends set off to pedal along Vo Van Kiet street to raise awareness in environmental protection.

At least 100 bikers wearing green caps and Caravelle Saigon polo shirts sped off on Sunday morning along the Ben Nghe – Tau Hu – Lo Gom channel which has recently been renovated, cleaned and replanted by the city’s authorities. This is also one of the outdoor activities in raising eco-consciousness of the staffs and the community regarding to zero-emission means of transportation. Biking instead of motor biking helps keeping and maintaining a clean environment for future generations. 

This is the Caravelle’s fourth year of participation in World Environment Day. In 2012 and again 2015, the hotel organized flash mobs on the steps of the Opera House; 2016 marks another year of Caravelle’s significant effort in keeping Ho Chi Minh City clean and green.

The United Nations Environment Programme founded World Environment Day in 1972 as a vehicle to stimulate worldwide awareness of environmental issues. Today, the event becomes the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action.

Caravelle Calls Attention to World Environment Day 2015 With Downtown Flashmob

Friends and staff members of Caravelle Saigon Hotel kicked up their heels on the steps of Ho Chi Minh City’s historic Opera House last weekend, in a show of support for greater action on environmental issues.  

At promptly 09:00am on 31st May, 80 associates of Caravelle Saigon stormed the steps of the Opera House in a high-energy Flashmob, drawing a crowd of appreciative motorists and pedestrians who cheered and shimmied in time to the music. The dancers performed four songs in quick succession, before fanning out to encourage bystanders to take personal action to protect the planet.

In addition to the song-and-dance routine, Caravelle Saigon also made a show of donating seven waste bins to the grounds around the Opera House to further promote proper waste segregation in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. 

The activity, which was timed to focus attention to the upcoming World Environment Day on 5th June, was Caravelle’s second Flashmob in the Heart of Saigon, and the most recent in a series of public actions the hotel has taken over the years in support of World Environment Day.

Considered one of Vietnam’s leading eco-conscious properties, Caravelle Saigon picked up its third ASEAN Green Hotel Award for sustainable practises at the close of 2014, and has held EarthCheck’s Silver Certification since 2011. The hotel was the first to introduce eco-friendly meeting packages and paperless check-in and check-out within Vietnam, and has implemented numerous green initiatives such as waste water recycling, installing LED lights and the use of biodegradable cleaning products.

World Environment Day is the United Nation’s chief vehicle for promoting worldwide awareness and action for the environment. This year’s theme, “Consume with Care”, focuses on the need for sustainable lifestyles, highlighting each individual’s responsibility to reduce unnecessary consumption and care for Earth.

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Consume paper with care

Did you know that 350 million tons of paper is consumed worldwide per year? This equates to the weight of 70 million elephants!

The theme for the 2015 World Environment Day which was held on Friday, 5th June, was "Consume with care".   A large proportion of waste is generated from unnecessary use of paper products. A study by Xerox has shown that 45% of paper used in an average office was binned at the end of each day! These numbers challenge us to consider:  Do We Consume With Care?

Because environmental conservation is the matter of our concern, Caravelle Saigon is making efforts to become an increasingly eco-friendly hotel. We are proud to be the first hospitality property in the country to launch paperless check-in and check-out option for eco-minded guests. A paper saving campaign throughout the Hotel has also been carried out in the past 5 years as a commitment and determination in our answer: Yes we care!

Silver certified with EarthCheck since 2011, this historic 56-year-old hotel received Vietnam Environmental Award 2015, HCMC Environmental Award 2014, ASEAN Green Hotel 2014 for implementing excellent performances and achievements in contribution to environmental protection, sustainable development and green growth.

What are you doing to consume paper with care? 



Switch the Straw

A plastic straw is a popular item used everyday, but have you ever thought of how these non-biodegradable and small pieces of plastic contribute to a bigger issue? Plastic straws are one of the top ten items found at beach cleanups around the world. Ninety percent of all floating debris in the ocean is from plastic products.

Animals like turtles, whales and dolphins are ingesting these plastic wastes, especially straws, not to mention plastic bags. The fact is that a plastic straw lasts longer than you might think, up to hundreds of years. One reusable straw can save hundreds or even thousands of disposable plastic straw from polluting our landfills and oceans. Being aware of how plastic straws along with other plastic wastes harm to the environment, at Caravelle Saigon, we are step by step switching traditional plastic straws into metal straws for our beverage servings.

Using this initiative, we are changing the way we see straws and taking action as a responsible hotel to commit to ending single-use plastic waste. We will also continue to look for other eco-friendly solutions to combat this global issue. Caravelle Saigon has achieved EarthCheck Gold Certification through EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. By working with EarthCheck, the Caravelle has joined other industry leaders who are taking meaningful steps towards resolving some of the very real issues that face the planet.

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