Avana nurtures a close connection with the resident community that are mainly Thai, Muong, and Hmong people whose history dates back 1,000 years in Mai Chau.

Conservation at Avana

At Avana Retreat, we wish to be recognized for best practices in environmental and social sustainability. We aim to help people in Mai Chau acknowledge the importance of preserving their living environment and traditional culture. Our environmental commitment is best expressed by close interaction with nature. We plan to return the environment and surrounding landscape back to what it was long ago. We invest in the local community’s growth, the well-being of its citizens, and the health of the local economy because we acknowledge that sustainable practices not only enhance our guests’ experience but maintain the destination’s appeal.

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10++ Hectares Were Reforested

When it comes to taking care of the environment, we have long considered it our priority. Since the first villa was built, more than 10 hectares have been reforested at Avana and the surrounding region. We are continuing to work with the local government to reforest other empty hills in Mai Chau. We practice revegetation as a means of returning the landscape to its original state and improving air quality for better public health.

90% Of Avana Staff Are Locals

In keeping with our commitment to being true citizens of the area, we focus on hiring locally. Ninety percent of Avana’s staff are local. They often come to us with limited education. If they have aspirations for self-improvement then we provide English and skill training programs to help them succeed. Once they become a member of the Avana family we offer fair wages, health coverage, safe working conditions, opportunities to progress, and additional on-the-job training. We aim to improve the livelihood of the local ethnic communities so that residents can stay and live well in their homeland and contribute to the development of their area.

Free Onsite Activities To Raise Local Heritage Awareness

Hmong people cultivate our terraced rice fields. Local performances such as traditional dance, fabric weaving, and bee-wax painting demonstrations are frequently set up at Avana to allow cultural exchange between guests and local artists. Books, musical instruments, agricultural tools, and a variety of other items that showcase minority people’s lifestyles are displayed in our library and exhibition space.

We Source Our Food With Responsibility And Share Our Resources

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted globally each year. That is one-third of all food produced for human consumption. With this in mind, we learn to use the resources in our kitchen carefully. We acknowledge that surplus food that comes from our restaurants is valuable to local communities so we share our food leftover to be utilized by locals for livestock feed. Also, to ensure that our food has been grown sustainably we source our food from local farmers and suppliers.