In today’s world it’s crucial for hotels to give back, not just to the environment but also to local communities. In this post we share some resorts around the world that are going above and beyond to do their bit…
The beautifully luxurious Nihi Sumba Island resort is not just eco-friendly. As well as growing organic produce and looking after their own turtle hatchery, the resort heavily invests in the community through The Sumba Foundation, supporting health, education, clean water and income projects. Nihi has already set up a number of primary schools and reduced malaria in local villages.
The magdas HOTEL values itself on being open minded and celebrating culture. Employees come from across the world – many refugees from crisis-ridden countries who were rejected work elsewhere – bringing diversity through design, food and service. As well its social value, magdas supports the environment with upcycled furnishings and a rooftop of beehives that creates organic cosmetics used in its onsite salon.
Owners of the American Nicaraguan Foundation, Alfredo and Theresa Pellas have opened a luxury resort that offers an eco-friendly experience whilst supporting their non-for-profit mission. The Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat is a small 8-room property along the coast which immerses guests in local culture and supports local employment, sustainable farming and environmental practices. 1,300 acres of forest has been regrown as a part of a nature reserve to bring back local wildlife, whilst each of the 143 members of staff are from the immediate town Nandaime. Guests don’t have to indulge in social activities however a series of volunteering projects are offered to each.
On the uninhabited island of Hadahaa, the Park Hyatt Maldives is a multi-award winning resort recognised for its commitment to sustainability. From the onset the ecosystems have been protected, whilst various practices such as maintaining island vegetation and conserving soil compost keep the island as natural as possible. Each of these initiatives have contributed to its many awards including healthiest reef, as well being the only resort in the Maldives to be certified for eco-friendly design and construction by EarthCheck.
The boutique Danish-style 11 Howard is a luxury design hotel in New York’s Soho district. With the aim to provide conscious hospitality, the hotel works with the local community, donates a portion of reservation fees to charity and partners with various organisations including FEED, which is supported each time guests indulge in the minibar. Art is also an important part of the hotel, which displayed a 12-story mural by youth group Groundswell.
From its initial design, Soori Bali has undertaken a handful of green initiatives. The original layout was oriented to maximise sunlight whilst minimising heat, providing natural ways to ventilate the property. Water efficiency and local produce are also high on the hotel’s values. The community is an important part of Soori’s brand – local staff make up the majority of the workforce whilst disruption to the rice paddy fields has been kept at a minimum with further access provided for farmers.
After a yearlong pop up in Amsterdam, the floating Good Hotel has made a permanent home in London where it will stay for five years. The waterfront property is all about supporting people; long-term unemployed locals are offered hospitality training, local businesses that have healthy work environments are sourced and for every booking made, £5 is donated to supporting the education of children in Antigua and Guatemala.
In Healdsburg, California, the h2hotel prides itself on its sustainable details from the top of its solar roof to its energy saving elevators. As a Gold certified building the hotel is as eco-friendly as it is chic. Local art includes a giant spoon sculpture brought to life by rainwater whilst recycled wine bottles, recycle paper hangers and chemical-free rugs make up bedroom décor. The outdoors is just as green. In fact 60% of the site is open space, with the waters of Foss Creek running through it.
The clue is in the name at Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a hotel constructed purely of the blown down trees from Hurricane Felix. Underground electricity so not to disturb wildlife, chlorine-free pools and natural ventilation are just some of what makes this luxury lodge impressively sustainable whilst locally employed staff and contractors are educated on green living. Solar panels across the lodge are also used to light the local school and health centre whilst their current water filtration project will provide clean drinking water for the surrounding community.
Each of the 60 Omni Hotels & Resorts across the USA support the ‘Say Goodnight to Hunger’ campaign, providing Feeding America with a meal for every booking made. Donations are made directly to food banks in the 42 communities surrounding the hotels. Omni’s staff don’t hesitate to get involved, volunteering over 7,000 hours in the last year.
The Sarojin is more than a five star resort. Since 2004, the luxury hotel’s Community Fund programme has contributed to a vast number of local projects including a hotel trainee scheme for older children from a local orphanage, monthly fundraising for a local children disability centre and offering a local street food tour whereby guests can cook food for the children and staff. Guests are offered complimentary transfers to visit all of The Sarojin’s community projects and are encouraged to volunteer and meet the locals.
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