Get ready to add some extra flavor to your hotel experience! As transformation and innovation challenges are faced by traditional industries, the 200-year-old sun-dried salt industry stands resilient. Regent Taipei and Silks Place Tainan, sister hotels of Silks Hotel Group, have aligned their vision with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Together, the hotels have partnered with salt fields in Taiwan to champion sustainable development and help reintroduce the fading magnificence of the once-flourishing centuries-old salt industry.
Regent Taipei partnered with Zhounan Salt Field, one of the last two remaining sun-dried salt fields on Taiwan’s southwest coast, to showcase its commitment to sustainable development and promote locally sourced ingredients. Originally established in 1824, the salt field thrived until the decline of natural sun-dried salt in 2001. However, thanks to the efforts of the Chiayi County Budai Cultural Association, the farm was revitalized in 2008, and the historic salt fields received a breath of new life. Through cultural and tourism education, people are now forging friendly and sustainable connections with the fields.
For this collaboration, Zhounan Salt Field has handpicked seven locally sourced Taiwanese salt products to be featured at Robin’s Grill, located on the second floor of Regent Taipei. The steakhouse is offering a “Salt Sommelier” service to guide guests in ensuring each bite is perfectly accentuated by a carefully selected local salt. This unique collaboration also incorporates the different salts into unique salads and desserts, delivering an unrivalled “farm-to-table” experience that leaves a lasting impression on every palate.
Additionally, Regent Taipei introduced a rejuvenating spa treatment at its award-winning Wellspring Spa that incorporates everything salt from an exfoliating bamboo salt scrub to a mugwort salt bath and four salt-inspired post-treatment snacks, providing a holistic and revitalizing “farm-to-skin” experience.
Silks Place Tainan, following the sustainable development philosophy of the Silks Hotel Group, has signed the “Salt Field Adoption Program” with Taiwan Patron Cultural & Creative Co. which operates the Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields in Beimen, Tainan. Silks Place Tainan introduced the harvested sea salt into the hotel’s restaurant menu and provides mugwort bath salts to guests who wish to relieve travel fatigue.
The Jingzaijiao Wapan Salt Fields proudly stand as Taiwan’s largest and oldest salt drying field, with a sun-drying tradition spanning 360 years, all the way back to the Qing Dynasty. Through their meticulous “three exposures and nine sun-drying” process, they produce the highly esteemed “Taiwan fine salt,” known for its purity and rarity.
Silks Place Tainan actively engages in co-creation with the local community by adopting around 100 square meters of crystallization ponds, yielding approximately 500 kilograms of salt annually. This partnership enables the hotel to promote Taiwan’s local ingredients and integration of “food education” into its restaurants’ ethos, advocating sustainable dining practices. With a focus on culinary innovation, Silks Place’s culinary team crafts flavored salts using natural two-layer salt infused with ingredients like garlic, red onion, and tomato basil. These unique salts not only replace imported seasonings but also contribute to Taiwan’s promotion of local produce.
Silks Place Tainan has launched a specially curated “Salt” family room package, immersing guests in the world of salt farming. Guests can visit the historic Jingzijiao Wapan Salt Fields as experienced salt workers guide them through the traditional salt production process. Donning conical hats, guests will experience the joy of hands-on salt harvesting, connecting with centuries-old traditions. After the harvesting, salt halide, a natural coagulant crafted from concentrated seawater and a blend of minerals, is combined with high-quality soy milk to create a fragrant salt halide tofu pudding to enjoy.
The family room package includes a three-day, two-night “farm-to-learn” stay at Silks Place Tainan’s Family Suite complete with breakfast. One child under the age of 11 can also enjoy a complimentary full experience. Those who book through the official website can enjoy a 30% discount on High-Speed Rail tickets.
Through these initiatives, Silks Hotel Group shares Taiwan’s finest local ingredients, embracing sustainable the farm-to-table, farm-to-skin, and farm-to-learn ideas.
Silks Hotel Group upholds social responsibility in its everyday practices to integrate new aspects of sustainability into everyday experiences. Within the hospitality industry, every facet revolves around individuals and society – the dedicated workers who tirelessly craft exceptional experiences for our esteemed guests and the local businesses we collaborate with to celebrate and preserve Taiwan’s vibrant culture, arts, and cuisine. This interconnectedness forms the very fabric of Silks Group’s hotels, and we hope to further minimize their environmental footprint and promote sustainability through our services and community initiatives.
Silks Hotel Group
Founded in 1990, Silks Hotel Group (formerly FIH Regent Group), is one of the top Asia-based hotel management companies as well as the largest and most profitable hotel group listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The group currently owns and operates the renowned international luxury hotel Regent Taipei, shopping mall Regent Galleria, the authorization and management of Regent brand hotels and luxury residences in Taiwan, and three diverse hotel brands: cultural luxury lifestyle hotel brand Silks Place, hot spring resort Wellspring by Silks, and stylish boutique hotel chain Just Sleep. In addition to hotels, Silks Hotel Group has also expanded its footprint in the Food and Beverage industry, operating Silks Palace in the Taiwan National Palace Museum, and other renowned attractions. The brand’s DNA focuses on fusing Eastern and Western cultures as well as providing extraordinary accommodation, dining, and service.
Currently, the hotels under management and operation of the group include locations in Taipei, Yilan, Hualien, Tainan, Kaoshiung, Osaka, and more.
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Regent Taipei booking website: https://www.regenttaiwan.com/overview/news-events/
Phone number: 02 2523 8000
Silks Place Tainan booking website: https://member.silkshotelgroup.com/SPTN/
Phone number: 06 390 3000