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The world's most sustainable hotels

The Property Addict / Travel

Sep 18 2017

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The PURE awards, which looks for evidence of sustainability in hospitality, has named the winners of its 2017 competition. This week, seven resorts and individuals were picked as champions in their fields of sustainability and conservation, community engagement and mindful design, by the PURE Life Experiences awards. In July, a shortlist was whittled down by a panel of travel journalist judges, including Alice BB (Vanity Fair); Paul Brady and Fiona Kerr (Condà © Nast Traveller); Christina Franco; Klara Glowczewska (Town & Country Magazine); Serena Guen (Suitcase Magazine) and Debbie Pappyn (Calle Tourist). PURE then asked its readers to decide on the winners, which were announced at an awards ceremony held last week at The Sofitel Marrakesh. Transformational Travel: Cascada Expediciones/ Ecocamp Patagonia for The Dientes Trek The Dientes Trek is a wilderness experience. There is virtually no trail infrastructure; it's uncrowded and the immersion in nature and disconnect from the world is designed to be absolute. There is only the traveller, silence, and the mighty peaks and legendary waterways of Tierra del Fuego. The trek has been designed to leave travellers with a greater appreciation and understanding of the power of nature, as well as themselves as humans in the world, where actions have real consequences for the future of the planet. Conservation & Sustainability: Singita, for solar technology at Singita Kruger National Park The aim of the solar project was to reduce reliance on fossil fuels by harnessing energy from this sun-rich part of the world to provide solar power. In 2015, 1,188 photovoltaic solar panels were installed and connected to state-of-the-art batteries and inverters to power lodges. In 2017, the Tesla Powerpack system was introduced. The combination of solar and Powerpack enables sustainable energy generation, consumption and storage. The system has already reduced diesel generator usage by over 70 percent and is forecast to reduce annual carbon emissions by 1,000 tons. Community Engagement: Oceania Expeditions, Karawara culture on Kabakon Island Guests swap their current reality for life on a secluded island, under the guidance of the neighbouring Karawara people in the tropics of Papua New Guinea. Karawara islanders visit guests daily on Kabakon island, supplying their extensive knowledge, time and rich customs, teaching how to forage, hunt, weave, connect and play. Guests are then left to their own devices until the next visit. The project offers an additional income stream for the local community and reignites pride in the continuation of local traditions and cultures. Innovative & Engaging Marketing: Great Plains Conservation, vinyl revival A campaign of four pre-show emails followed a vinyl theme of new tracks on side one and classic hits on side two, inspired by everything from Bowie's Berlin trilogy to classic tracks from Great Plains. The result was a sell-out show and increased brand awareness and feedback from the non-trade show audience. Mindful Design: Wilderness Safaris, Bisate Lodge Bisate's sophisticated architectural and interior design is rooted in Rwandan building tradition. The spherical, thatched structure echoes the thousands of hills that dot the Rwandan landscape, while richly detailed interiors exhibit surfaces and screens are made from a variety of woven materials. Bisate offers a lodge that is steeped in local design, culture and traditional architecture. Contribution to Experiential Travel: Mike Reimer, Churchill Wild Mike Reimer, co-founder of Churchill Wild, is a true entrepreneur and adventurer. The first to offer walking safaris through polar-bear-inhabited regions of northern Manitoba, he's always one step ahead, planning new experiences for guests. From safe, on-the-ground polar-bear encounters to an innovative way for people to snorkel with wild beluga whales to a remote tundra camp set up in the Barren Lands for an Arctic glamping experience, Reimer's insatiable curiosity for what's possible keeps guests intrigued and engaged. Unsung Hero: Lewis Mangaba, African Bush Camps Lewis Mangaba is not only a guide. He is a storyteller, a poet "� a man who inspires passion for preserving wildlife heritage to all who encounter him. Mangaba's intuition in the bush ensures a fantastic experience for his guests. He's affectionately known as the medicine man, and once trekked deep into the wilds of Mana Pools to find a plant to treat mosquito bites after a guest, who had been bitten, was averse to repellents. Originally published in Billionaire.

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