Make travel a force for good by choosing beyond green hotels
The Covid pandemic has opened many eyes to how travel and tourism can help or harm local communities. As the journey restarts, choosing a vacation at a luxury Beyond Green property will not only help the environment, but provide social and economic benefits to the community you are visiting. Why not make your vacation a force for good?
Beyond Green, part of the Preferred Hotel Group, is a new portfolio of more than two dozen luxury hotels and resorts that aims to make sustainability, broadly defined, the new standard. It was launched on April 14, 2021 with the aim of encouraging travel with purpose and so that the holidays can better contribute to making the word a better place for everyone.
While ecological sustainability is certainly important, Beyond Green’s approach goes beyond environmentalism. All member properties are verified on their commitment to protecting natural and cultural heritage and contributing to the economic and social well-being of local communities. They must adhere to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and are assessed every two years on more than 50 sustainability indicators. Member properties should, for example, offer fair wages and benefits, adopt anti-discrimination policies and buy as much as possible from local sources.
Beyond Green properties are present on almost every continent. In Central and South America, you will find them in Belize, Chile, Costa Rica and Panama. In the United States, you can visit Beyond Green members in California, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Europe has one Beyond Green hotel in Greece, one in Ireland and one in Italy. Africa has the most Beyond Green lodges: there is one in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, three in Botswana, two in Namibia, more, all new for Beyond Green , one in Madagascar and Zambia. There are also two Beyond Green properties in French Polynesia and one in Mongolia.
Unique experiences and places
One of the most unique properties in Beyond Green is the Three Camel Lodge in Mongolia. Every staff member – including senior management – is Mongolian. The lodge is located in the southern Gobi Desert near ancient petroglyphs and the buildings were designed and built according to Buddhist and Mongolian traditions. Your stay will be in a luxurious classic manage (known as a yurt outside of Mongolia). Inside the round dwelling it looks a bit like you are under a giant parasol and the structure allows you to watch the stars from the bed.
Two of the new members of the Beyond Green family are Miavana from Time + Tide in the Nosy Ankao archipelago in Madagascar and Time + Tide Chinzombo in Zambia. On a tropical island in the Indian Ocean is Miavana by Time + Tide where you will experience “shipwreck luxury” in one of the 14 beachfront villas. The island is home to lemurs, chameleons and a abundance of coral reefs. Time + Tide Chinzombo Lodge in Zambia overlooks the river in South Luangwa National Park. You can see leopards, lions, hippos and more wildlife on (seasonal) boat and walking safari, as well as on day and night game drives. Wildlife conservation is important at both properties, as is providing opportunities for local education and economic empowerment.
Near Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, stay in one of the six luxurious “forest villas” at Beyond Green Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge. Your park fees help the endangered mountain gorilla population of the country and the lodge offers a number of reforestation, conservation and education initiatives, in addition to showcasing the work of local artisans and working with a community cooperative of local fruits and vegetables. Bisate Lodge purchased the site from the local community and was a major employer during construction and continues to employ local residents.
In the United States, there are six Beyond Green resorts. One example is Point, in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area near San Francisco. The 142-room resort was built with materials from the former Fort Baker military base in an effort to both preserve historic architecture and divert thousands of pounds of construction waste from local landfills. The resort supports local organizations like the Conscious Kitchen School Restoration Program and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.
Special offer 2021
If you make a Beyond Green reservation by September 20, 2021 for a two-night stay this year at any of the 15 participating properties in the Journeyer’s Pick package, you will receive an exclusive thank you.
Examples of special thanks for booking include a Polynesian outrigger experience at the spectacular InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa or a private 1.5-hour Shinrin Yoku forest therapy session at andBeyond Vira Vira in Chile’s Lake District.
Whichever you choose, you know that you will be making the world a better place just by choosing how you will take your next vacation.