Recycling, reusing and reducing their impact on the environment, these eco-friendly and sustainable hotels are doing their bit to help the world
SILVERSANDS GRENADA, CARIBBEAN
Opened in December 2018, Silversands Grenada offers guests a chic, luxury and sustainability-led experience on the glittering shores of Grand Anse Beach. Silversands Grenada has committed to supporting the Grenadian community and culture by partnering with GRENROP (Grenada Network of Rural Women Producers), which provides farming jobs to a network of 50 single mothers on Grenada. Silversands Grenada sources the majority of fruits and vegetables for its two restaurants through GRENROP, committing to a monthly purchase guarantee, giving the female growers the assurance that their hard work will always reap financial benefits.
Rates at Silversands Grenada start from $800 (currently approx. £609) based on two sharing a Silversands Garden Room on a B&B basis including private airport transfers silversandsgrenada.com
NIHI SUMBA, INDONESIA
Sumba is a hauntingly beautiful Indonesian island 250 miles southeast of Bali – twice the size, yet undiscovered by mass tourism. It’s a magically pristine land of gorgeous beaches, tropical scenery and fascinating tribal culture. Nihi Sumba is the only resort on the island and sits on a sweeping bay facing the Indian Ocean, with 28 villas that blend into their lush environment. Philanthropy is at the core of the hotel’s business model, with a portion of profits channelled into The Sumba Foundation. As part of their stay, guests are encouraged to volunteer with The Sumba Foundation, which aims to lessen the consequences of poverty across the island. The foundation has had an incredible impact since its creation in 2001, reducing malaria infection rates by more than 93 per cent, with 360 students now trained in WHO Malaria Training. In 2008, the team launched their School Lunch Programme which joins a plethora of other activities and initiatives that help and support the local community. Guests of Nihi Sumba can volunteer at the local school where they can serve the students lunch and spend valuable time learning more about the rural villages that populate the island.
Rates at Nihi Sumba start from approx. £1,627 per night based on two people sharing on a full board basis. Sumba is a one-hour flight from Bali and there are daily flights from Bali’s Ngurah International Airport in Denpasar. nihi.com
THE FARM AT SAN BENITO, PHILIPPINES
Veganism is said to be the single biggest way to reduce environmental impact on the earth and The Farm at San Benito puts this at the forefront of its values. The Farm is the original eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort located in Lipa, Batangas, a 90-minute drive south of Manila, Philippines. A pioneer when it comes to delicious, organic, vegan cuisine, The Farm is home to award-winning Alive! Restaurant – one of Asia’s first and finest restaurants offering vegan cuisine. Alive! serves delicious, innovative vegan dishes using ingredients predominantly grown on-site, saving the transportation of food to the resort.
Room only rates at The Farm start from USD$ 342 in a Palmera Suite. Various packages are also available and all-inclusive, ‘Life-Changing Holidays’ start from USD $436++ per person per night based on double occupancy and from USD $524++ per person per night based on single occupancy. thefarmatsanbenito.com
BAWAH RESERVE, INDONESIA
Made up of six private islands, 13 beaches and three lagoons, and accessible only by private seaplane, Bawah Reserve is an off-the-beaten-track group of six tropical islands in the Riau Archipelago, Indonesia. The stunning eco-resort combines high-end design with sustainability and a “back-to-nature” concept, pioneering eco-friendly practices such as solar water heating and water desalination systems and fortnightly cleaning of its beaches. The resort has also set up a nursery to repopulate the islands’ forests and created a 500sqm permaculture garden. Bawah Reserve took five years to hand-build, using sustainable bamboo and other recycled materials, such as driftwood and copper. It recently announced the launch of Bawah Anambas Foundation (BAF), an independent charity aiming to protect and improve the overall ecosystem of the Anambas, by preserving land, sea and local community.
Rates at Bawah Reserve start from $1,980 USD per night in a Beach Suite for two people on a full board basis including round-trip transfers from Singapore, spa daily treatments, laundry, in-room minibar and a host of land and water-based activities. For more information visit bawahreserve.com
SIX SENSES KRABEY ISLAND, CAMBODIA
Six Senses has expanded to an exciting island location in Cambodia, with the opening of Six Senses Krabey Island on 1 March 2019. The resort draws upon the renowned Six Senses commitment of providing top-tier facilities wedded to environmental responsibility. Both resort and spa have been brilliantly designed to blend into their surroundings using local sustainable materials. As with all Six Senses resorts, there is an on-site water bottling plant providing drinking water in reusable glass bottles. There is also an organic farm where the majority of the islands fresh fruit and vegetables will be produced. The resort takes a proactive approach within the local community by supporting the education of disadvantaged youth through social projects within the local Khmer communities. What’s more, the marine ecosystem surrounding the island is looked after through projects to support and promote coral propagation and sea-plant growth.
Rates at Six Senses Krabey Island start from $537 (currently approx. £408) based on two sharing a Hideaway Pool Villa Suite on a B&B basis sixsenses.com
ANSE CHASTANET, ST LUCIA
Catering to the ever-growing number of vegans world-wide, Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia, has announced that the resort has expanded its culinary offering by debuting an entirely vegan concept menu for its renowned and formerly vegetarian, Emeralds restaurant.
The mouth-watering and carefully crafted menu has been created by Anse Chastanet’s ‘James Beard Award’-winning consulting chef Allen Susser, in collaboration with the resort’s vegan chef de cuisine, Frank Faucher. The resort also plans to regularly host international vegan chefs to ensure that guests experience a myriad of vegan creations and recipes from around the world.
The modern tapas-style vegan cuisine will celebrate the rich flavours of the Caribbean and will feature fresh local produce from local communities and Anse Chastanet’s organic Emerald Farm, in keeping with the resort’s eco-conscious farm-to-table philosophy.
Nightly rates at Anse Chastanet start from $375 (£292*) per room based on double occupancy. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 10% VAT. www.ansechastanet.com
JW MARRIOTT, MALDIVES
JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will be opening this year on the island of Vagaru with 61 super-sized villas. The spacious villas will start at an enormous 234 sqm (over 5x the size of an average London one-bed flat) and go up to an expansive 638 sqm, each with its own private swimming pool. Located a 55-minute seaplane flight to the north of Male in the Shaviyani Atoll, JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa will place a strong emphasis on privacy, with private decks and pools designed so they can’t be seen from outside the villas, and in-villa dining options on offer for intimate couple or family meals. The villas are designed to look like inverted Maldivian Dhoni boats and guests will have a choice between five categories.
The villas are not all that is impressive, the resort will have five stand-alone restaurants including a Japanese restaurant with former Nobu chefs and a Thai restaurant in a tree house. In total the resort will have five stand-alone restaurants, three bars with 98 types of rum, an expansive wine room with over 300 wines, a chef’s garden, multiple private dining options – an exceptional offering for a resort with only 61 villas. Further highlight facilities and features include a pristine house reef, a water sports and dive centre with marine biologist, a Spa by JW, a Family by JW Kids Club with a pirate ship, an over-water gym, an open-air yoga pavilion, multiple wellness spaces, an adults only pool, and much more.
Nightly rates at JW Marriott Maldives start from USD $886 (£672 approx.) in an Overwater Sunrise Pool Villa based on double-occupancy on B&B basis. For more information or to book visit Marriott.com or call +960 300 6966.