Eco-Friendly Christmas at Hyatt Regency Kinabalu


This festive season, let Hyatt Regency Kinabalu ignite the spirit of sharing and giving with joyful celebrations as we usher in the New Year.  Hyatt Regency Kinabalu unveiled its eco-friendly Christmas 2016 theme during the Christmas lighting ceremony last night. Guests arriving at the hotel will be fascinated by a collection of unique driftwood Christmas trees and decorations filling the spaces from the car porch at the entrance, atrium lounge and throughout the hotel. A warm Cranberry Cinnamon scent greets the guests upon entering the hotel carrying them away into the joyous Christmas spirit.

Leaving the traditional Christmas decoration using plastics and non–recyclable items behind, the concept of using driftwood as the theme of this year’s Christmas decoration was mooted by the General Manager, Thor Gervasi, who is passionate about the continuous effort of creatively recycling everyday items for nature conservation.

Hyatt Regency Kinabalu’s Artisan, Railin Kindod constructed three different types of Christmas trees with a total of thirteen six feet trees installed at the car porch and restaurant outlets, and a massive twelve feet tree placed at the Lounge. The star tree toppers, wreaths and snowmen decorations ,all made from driftwoods,  are enhanced with low-wattage LED lighting which complements the contemporary rustic ambience that perfectly fits the theme at The Lounge.

The detailed planning, preparation and actualization of the project which commenced in October, kick-started with the activity of collecting driftwood, from the shore of Bongawan to Tanjung Lipat, by the hotel associates. The weekly activity clocked a total of 200 man hours inclusive of the hours spent to assemble the trees and the daily two-hours allocated to complete the eco – friendly handcrafted ornaments.
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All fourteen Christmas trees – were crafted from 1,800 kilograms of driftwoods, whereas, 100 fused bulbs collected from Engineering, 200 toilet paper rolls collected  from housekeeping; 120 popsicle sticks, 60 paper cups  and self-made salt dough concocted from  four kilograms flour, one kilogram of salt and two litres of water, were used to create the eco – friendly handcrafted ornaments.

“Christmas is all about giving, love and care. I am amazed and proud with the team’s effort in materializing the whole concept of this year’s Christmas decorations that is truly unique and one of a kind in Sabah. At Hyatt, we care for our environment promote an environmentally harmonious living and safer earth with the same commitment with which we care for our guests and colleagues” says Thor Gervasi, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Kinabalu.

Visit Hyatt Regency Kinabalu for the unique Christmas experience from December 1st onwards, and join in the various activities organized for in-house guests, as well as, patrons on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Listen to the mesmerizing Christmas carols serenading The Lounge from December 22 to 24, from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and December 25 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and 7:30pm to 8:30pm.


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