|Name of the facility||Serena Beach Resort and Spa|
|Address||90352- 80100 Mombasa|
Serena Beach Hotel & Spa is located on Shanzu Beach, 30 kilometers from Mombasa town. The hotel is specifically located on Global Positioning System (GPS) Coordinates, Latitude: 4°10’South and Longitude 39°45’East. It has 164 guest rooms with a bed capacity of 328 visitors and a total work force of 308 employees. The facility’s uniqueness can be attributed to Shanzu Beach and proximity to important biodiversity conservation areas such as Mombasa Marine National Park and Haller Park. Mombasa Marine National Park measures approximately 10 km² (2,500 acres) while the larger Marine reserve measures 200 km² (49,400 acres). The reserve was established as a Marine Park in 1986, and encloses part of the lagoon, back reef and reef crest habitats of the Bamburi and Nyali fringing reef. The park comprises of the sea waters, mangroves, sea grasses, and sea weed and is home to variety of marine life. Other spectacular attractions include the beach and coral gardens. The park is a popular snorkeling and diving location.
- Serena Beach Resort & Spa is guided by the corporate environmental mission statement of the company. The statement clearly outlines the company’s commitment to:
- Serena Beach Resort & Spa runs a sea turtle conservation programme within its premises that aims to protect the following endangered species: Green turtle, Hawksbill and Olive Ridley. Eggs collected by fishermen from local beaches along North Coast such as Shanzu, Mtwapa and Kikambala are brought to the hatchery established at the beach lawn of the property. The eggs are protected till they hatch and released into the Indian Ocean. Since its inception in 1993 approximately 73,724 eggs have been secured with 63,069 turtle hatchlings being released into the ocean. In 2021 alone, 800 hatchlings have been released. See the picture below of the hatching cages.
|Waste water management|
- Wastewater generated from the guest rooms, kitchens and laundry is managed through septic tanks then pumped into a soak pit.
|Solid waste management|
- Solid waste in the kitchens is segregated into the following categories using well labeled bins: bottles and tins, organic, paper and plastic.
- Path lights at the property are covered to reduce light pollution.
- The main source of water is a borehole located about 3 kilometers away. This is owned and operated by a member of local community.
- The main source of power for Serena Beach Resort & Spa is the national electricity grid-Kenya Power.
|Visitor communication & education|
- Human-size chessboard themed around Marine Life Vs Life Cycle of a Butterfly has been established near the beach. This is based on the conservation projects run by Serena and aimed at creating awareness on marine conservation. The chess pieces have been made by Ocean Sole Foundation out of recycled flipflops
- The facility uses biodegradable chemicals in the laundry and kitchens. These are supplied by Ecolab.
|Benefits to local community/community empowerment|
Serena Beach Resort & Spa supports community development through various initiatives as follows:
Other support include:
|Cultural preservation and promotion/protection of local sites|
- Traditional dances and songs are performed for guests at the facility.
|Business Practises Criteria|
|Purchasing and supplies|
- The facility procures goods in bulk to reduce on packaging.
|Health and safety|
- Health and Safety policy for the facility is in place. It describes the property’s commitment to carrying out business in a safe manner, which protects staff, visitors, the public and property.
|Employment and remuneration/staff welfare|
- Staff are unionised and affiliated to KUDHEHIA, which negotiates terms of service and working conditions for its members.
|Child labor, abuse and human rights|
- Serena Beach Resort & Spa adheres to the minimum legal age requirement for employment i.e. above 18 years.
|Staff education, communication and awareness training|
- Effective communication channels between the management and staff are in place i.e. through the notice boards.
|Date Created||6th March 2018|
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