Responsible Travel With The Leading Hotels of the World
Eco-sustainability is a way of being, a cultural phenomenon that’s growing increasingly more important in today’s world. The Leading Hotels of the World’s members have incorporated eco-friendly and locally supportive practices beyond recycling programs and eliminating plastic straws. From Royal Mansour in Morocco supporting disadvantaged children in their community to Thanda Island in Tanzania protecting surrounding coral reefs and endangered species, our independent, family-led hotels are providing impactful ways to travel responsibly.
Leading Hotels around the globe have helped their respective destinations develop throughout the years and generations of family owners have shaped their communities. They are striving to support their local communities, reduce their carbon footprint and protect their natural environments.
SUPPORTING LOCAL COMMUNITIES
- Nihi Sumba (Sumba, Indonesia): To preserve the unique culture of Sumba Island, the resort’s ownership developed the Sumba Foundation to fight against challenges citizens face. The Foundation has established 250+ water stations, providing water to over 27,000 citizens. Additionally, they support citizen’s healthcare through four complimentary medical clinics and work to combat malnutrition by providing meals to children and supporting farmers with organic seeds and education.
- Royal Mansour Marrakech (Marrakech, Morocco): Royal Mansour partners with the Center Fiers & Forts, a refuge for disadvantaged, orphaned or abandoned children, Trait D’Union, a day center for handicap children, and Tameslouth Village, a co-op supporting local women and children. The hotel also supports EFA (Education for Girls) in which the hotel provides education and financial support to young women.
- Nayara Tented Camp (La Fortuna, Costa Rica): Local citizens comprise 98 percent of Nayara Tented Camp’s staff. To support their community the hotel provides transportation, food and beverage to all its employees as well as a scholarship program that includes English language courses and private school or daycare for their children. Nayara Tented Camp also donates to schools, health and public safety organizations, and orphanages in the region.
- 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa (Cape Town, South Africa): 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa supports numerous local charities like Pack for a Purpose and the ME and WE project. Their support of Pack for a Purpose encourages guests to pack school and art supplies, educational toys, music instruments, and more for donation. The items are donated to a local community non-profit who helps empower underprivileged youths in the community.
- Hotel La Perla (Corvara In Badia, Italy): The Costa family, owners of Hotel La Perla, launched the Costa Family Foundation Onlus which supports children’s and women’s rights in global communities. There worldwide projects touch their home region of the Dolimites and across the globe from Uganda to Nepal and Afghanistan. In the Dolomites they collaborate with LaSpona, a South Tyrolean center for girls and boys affected by Trisomy 21. La Perla offers them the opportunity to work at the hotel. Across the world in India they aid a Tibetan Children’s Village, and in Afghanistan they have developed a harvesting project dedicated to women. Their whole philosophy as a business is based on an evaluation of the common good where they focus on social responsibility, sustainability, democratic co-management and solidarity of their company.
- Thanda Safari (Hluhluwe, South Africa): The Thanda Foundation Trust was established to engage with the socio-economic, educational and developmental needs of the three tribal communities neighboring Thanda in the Umkhanyekude District, as well as the preservation of Zulu culture. The Trust supports several community-based projects and serves as a fundraising vehicle for these project. One effort is the Inkanyiso Crèche Project that supports the youngest members of one of the reserve’s neighboring Zulu communities situated in the Esibhojeni area. Assisted by donations from their guests, Thanda recently built the new crèche and provided a water tank and fencing for the playground. The crèche has 30 children aged between two and four years.
REDUCTION OF CARBON FOOTPRINT
- Baur au Lac (Zurich, Switzerland): Baur au Lac has invested 5 million Swiss Francs into a system that uses the water from Lake Zurich to cool down the air in their rooms and public spaces. In turn the energy this process generates is used to heat up the rooms in winter.
- La Bobadilla, A Royal Hideaway Hotel (Granada, Spain): La Bobadilla is a pioneer of eco-awareness in Spain. The hotel’s use of a thermal biomass system in place of gas has drastically reduced the destination’s CO2 emissions.
- Castello di Velona Resort Thermal Spa and Winery (Montalcino, Italy): Guests are invited to enjoy a private hot thermal bath in their guestroom or within the castle’s public thermal pools using a heat exchanger, which creates hot throughout the property without using a gas system.
- Amathus Beach Hotel Limassol (Limassol, Cyprus): Guests are invited to enjoy a private hot thermal bath in their guestroom or within the castle’s public thermal pools using a heat exchanger, which creates hot throughout the property without using a gas system.
- Carlton Hotel St. Moritz (St. Mortiz, Switzerland): The Carlton Hotel, along with the others Tschuggen’s properties, has become completely climate-neutral starting in 2019. It has significantly reduced the CO2 emissions thanks to sustainable constructions, optimized use of resources, and sustainability training sessions. The hotel has launched ‘Cause We Care’ initiatives including the use of ecofriendly air ventilation and wastewater systems, implementing free charging stations for guest’s electric vehicles and electricity that’s generated exclusively from alpine hydropower.
- Beau-Rivage Palace Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland): To protect the surrounding ecosystem, the hotel offers an innovative air conditioner system fueled by lake water. This system cools the air in an ecofriendly way as the recycled water returns in the lake after the cooling process is complete.
- Hotel D’Angleterre (Copenhagen, Denmark): The historic property prides itself on being completely energy efficient. It utilizes a district cooling and advanced roof and canopy window system. Additionally, the hotel’s kitchen has three 1500-liter bio tanks that convert food waste into biogas. Thanks to this transformation the hotel’s C02 emission has decreased 11 tons per year.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUPPORT
- Constance Lémuria (Praslin, Seychelles): This Seychelles resort helps guests learn about biodiversity and wildlife. An Eco Kiosk on property offers educational insight on Praslin Island’s flora, fauna, Giant Aldabra tortoises and Hawksbill turtles that call the destination home. From October to January the resort invites guests and school children to watch the turtle hatching and releasing season through a guided experience led by hotel staff members.
- Thanda Island Resort (District of Mafia Island, Tanzania): Located on its own private island, Thanda Island Resort is a private marine reserve where guests are encouraged to get involved in marine wildlife workshops with villagers. Thanda’s works with community partner Sea Sense to protect endangered marine species including turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whales, sharks, and the rehabilitation of the coral reef. The Island is powered by solar energy, and rainwater tanks maximize water storage. An on-site desalination plant provides water for the entire Island, and grey water is recycled for the rehabilitation of the Island’s vegetation.
- The Datai Langkawi (Langkawi, Malaysia): The resort launched The Datai Pledge project, an ambitious sustainability program focused on preserving the environment and community’s heritage. Led by a renowned naturalist Irshad Mobarack, the program aims to achieve zero waste at the resort, manage dangers to the coral reefs and wildlife, and educate children on sustainability through hands on projects.
- The Oyster Box (Durban, South Africa): The Oyster Box installed two honeybee hives around the Umhlanga cliffs. Honey at the hotel is harvested from “supas” or sections added to the top of the hives. As a result, no honey is taken from what bees need to survive. The installation of hives protects the native honeybees, contributes to pollination in surrounding ecosystems, and creates a delicious coastal honey derived from local ingredients.
- Chablé Yucatan (Chocholá, Mexico): Located in the heart of the Mayan forest, the resort is deeply rooted in the ancient culture. Once a hacienda used to provide livelihood to families in the village, the resort is committed to preserving mother nature and providing resources to the community. The wellness-centric resort has over seven acres of farmed land with various fruits, herbs and vegetables, which allows the property to provide farm-to-table produce, cocktails and ingredients for spa treatments.
- Laucala Island (Laucala Island, Fiji): The resort is commited to incorporating island culture into the guest experience and housing products and ingredients raised and grown on the island. To do this, the resort purchases fish solely from local villagers, manages a livestock farm and helps produce fruits and vegetables, which feed the island. Laucala guests are encouraged to visit local villages, schools and farms on the island to enhance intercultural exchange and understanding. Through these efforts, the island is 80 percent self-sustainable.
- Chablé Maroma (Solidaridad, Mexico): Chablé Maroma was created with sustainable design elements throughout the property. Columns are made from local tree trunks such as Zapote and Chaca. Terraces and common areas aremade with Sascab wood originating from Yucatan. Additional services include a turtle hatchling release program, complimentary English lessons and sponsorship of local artisans.
- Hotel Royal – Evian Resort (Evian Les Bains, France): Located on a 47 acres property, Hotel Royal is home to a 100 percent natural and organic kitchen garden growing vegetables and herbs that are used in the hotel’s restaurant. The property also uses a watering system that combines rainwater collection and systematic straw-mulching to reduce moisture loss and the need to water. To protect the destination’s biodiversity, the hotel created a ‘LPB Safe Space Agreement’ (League for the Protection of Birds), which protects 45 bird species onsite, many of which are endangered species.