This was my first hotel experience where sustainability was as intrinsic to the brand as a welcoming reception or a decent breakfast. We take the latter for granted at all hotels, but an ethical approach needs to be of equal. Importance, just like it is at Thyme. All of the signs of excess that are typical of luxury hotels from room, from the lighting (always on!) to heating (tropical!) are approached here with the planet in mind, while not compromising on comfort. Instead, there is subtle but effective encouragement to turn out lights, keep towels and adjust heating.
Some aspects in my room caught my attention in particular: disposable slippers have been removed from all rooms, in an effort to move away from throw-away culture. Instead, they offer a discount on beautifully soft slippers made from offcuts of leather and available from the hotel boutique. And how about those tiny bottles of shampoo that make me squirm each time I see them, yet many hoteliers consider to be the height of luxury? At Thyme, delicious bar soaps are on offer, and all bottles are refilled each day. Even coffee pods in the room are plastic-free and fully compostable, made from plant-based fibres with rich coffee inside, produced using wind, sun and bio-gas energy (they even suggest guests leave both pods and tea bags in their room for farm compost).