HOTELS THAT CARE
Covid-19 has thrown the travel industry a curveball. Travelling the way we used to has come to an end. Yes, it will rise again, phoenix-like and even more appreciated, but for now how we holiday has changed.
We’ve been in touch with our travel providers the world over to see how they’ve used this time to renovate, energise and give back.
Nihi Sumba, Indonesia
Hotels such as Nihi have always had a strong philanthropic commitment to its neighbouring communities. However with revenue from guests down, Nihi was concerned how the Sumba Foundation, set up for the purpose of benefiting the people who lived on the island would continue to support them.
Thankfully owner Chris Burch came up with an innovative idea to encourage donations. He offered to match 1:1 any pledges made which would in turn directly help with medicines, food aid and malnutrition projects. Any guest familiar with Nihi knows the important connection between its extraordinary people and the hotel, and money flooded in, ensuring families had food, plus vital medicines and protective equipment. Fundraising continues if you’re able to contribute.
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Nihi’s commitment to the environment has always been a high priority. Ninety percent of staff are employed locally, and the Sumba Foundation supports local communities. The resort itself runs off biofuels and there is an on-site organic garden.
Kasiiya Papagayo, Costa Rica
Fresh off the back of winning the International Architecture Award, Kasiiya on Costa Rica’s wild Papagayo Peninsula have kept momentum going after guests left the resort empty. Conservation has always been high on their agenda, so the hotel used this quiet period to install night-time cameras which help learn the patterns of animals such as turtles in their pristine ecosystem.
The hotel has kept their connection with local community strong, ensuring the nearby village of Nuevo Colon had adequate supplies and medicine. Further to this, they aided in a community project to strengthen the infrastructure of the village
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Run on 100% solar power, Kasiiya is heavily involved in the protection of its surrounding flora and fauna with annual sustainability projects making it one of Costa Rica’s most eco-friendly lodges.
Live From Colombia
With a lack of visitors, many travel providers have turned to creativity to keep travel alive. And with many of us unable to go abroad, being inspired from afar has helped us get through the lockdown months. A case in point is Galavanta – our organisers on the ground in Colombia. Instead of arranging the usual diverse mix of cooking classes, guided tours and jungle hikes for our clients, they turned to their experts to create a range of fascinating content for everyone to enjoy online.
Former visitors and curious would-be guests were able to enjoy a series of interactive webinars with some of Colombia’s top chefs, professional baristas, sommeliers, historians, award-winning mixologists and wildlife photographers. Not only did it shine a light on those passionate people that make your experience extra special, by charging a fee for the content it allowed Galavanta to raise money for those most in need.
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One of our favourite spots in Colombia is Corocora Camp – an excellent spot for discovering its surrounding floodplains and forest by canoe, horseback and drives to track anteaters, howler monkeys and even puma.
In Kenya, Kicheche have always been champions of sustainable wildlife conservation with luxury bush camps scattered around the savannahs of the Masai Mara and Laikipia. Historically they have put aside a quarter of all revenue into the protection of wildlife habitats.
With so few travellers this year the greater Kicheche family has pulled together to support rangers salaries, predator monitoring and patrol costs. Without these boots on the ground the wilderness would be under real threat from the local cattle farmers and opportunistic poaching. Kicheche has seen support and money for this cause pour in from across the world, a heart-warming display of compassion from those who have experienced the beauty of these areas of Kenya.
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If you like safari which has a heavy dose of conscious conservation then Kicheche is for you. Their commitment to community and education is admirable while offering a truly top-notch safari experience.
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