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Thinking Green

Entertain youngsters with the dedicated kids' clubs, child-focused culture tours and special family programs at these Leading Hotels of the World:


ADMIRE a direct view of the White House from this Washington hotel, the first Luxury Eco Certification Standard-recognized property in the United States.
UNDERSTAND how the high-tech low-emission glass and a heat-proof façade contribute to the energy saving efforts of this urban resort in Shanghai.
KNOW that this LECS-certified resort supports both its surrounding rainforest and local communities through an ambitious sustainability program, including providing equipment to local schools.
EDUCATE your kids about the environment and conservation with the youth green program devised by this hotel nestled in California's Carmel Valley.
FIND OUT about 'Take Stock in Children', a local community program supported by this LECS-certified Art Deco Miami property.
DISCOVER the 'Dignified Luxury Program' at this LECS-certified Paris hotel, designed to preserve its local environment.
DINE at the diverse choice of restaurants at this Sardinia hotel, dedicated to sourcing over 80% of its ingredients from Sardinian soil.
STAY at this LECS-certified London hotel boasting organic, local and seasonal cuisine, a dedicated 'Green Team' and a chlorine-free swimming pool.
ENJOY the challenging slopes of this Colorado ski hotel and find out how it became the first LECS-approved hotel in the West.
RELAX with a 100% organic spa treatment at the eco-friendly spa (even the ceilings are made with recycled materials) of this beachfront California hotel.

Eco Friendly

Trend: Experience Nature

From African savannahs to real-life adventure playgrounds, traveling to the world's untouched corners guarantees inspirational journeys. These four Leading Hotels offer transformative experiences, thanks to their spectacular natural settings.


SAFARI: Zulu Camp at Shambala Game Private Reserve, South Africa
Nestled among South Africa's Waterberg Mountains, the luxury cabins of this new game reserve dot the vast savannahs that are home to Africa's Big Five. Some 30,000 acres host a maximum of sixteen guests, so peacefulness is guaranteed in this unspoiled part of the world.


RAINFOREST: Bristol Buenaventura, Panama
Adding dashes of terracotta orange to the Pacific Coast's palette of azure blues and verdant greens, Hotel Bristol Buenaventura is a hacienda-style property brimming with tropical elegance. Framed by lakes and lush vegetation, the hotel makes the most of its surroundings, offering extensive hiking through cloud forests, canopy zip-lining and scuba diving.


NATIONAL PARK: IGUAZU GRAND Resort Spa & Casino, Argentina
Fifteen minutes from the entrance of Iguazu National Park, this family-friendly hotel is the ideal place to stay while exploring the world-famous falls. The hotel has its own eco-trail within twenty acres of semi-tropical vegetation, as well as an organic garden that supplies fresh produce to renowned barbecue restaurant La Terraza.


RED ROCK COUNTRY: Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa, Arizona, USA
Located in Sedona's Boynton Canyon, just over two hours from the Grand Canyon, Enchantment Resort & Spa is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. The ubiquitous red rock mountains provide both the breathtaking backdrop and challenging hiking routes, and the hotel even has a private entrance directly into the canyon for its guests.

Zulu Camp at Shambala Private Game Reserve
Zulu Camp is built in traditional Zulu style with streams from the nearby river running through the camp. In Africa, people love telling stories of their experiences and sharing their knowledge of the African bush, of adventures and unforgettable animal encounters, customs and heritage. They are passionate about Africa and share that passion with all guests. As one embarks on an African safari, one immediately discovers that this life-changing adventure will make the story their own. The remarkable setting of the camp reflects the guests stay of luxurious comfort and internal reflection. It is a holistic experience journey and ideal for quiet contemplation. Within this beautiful setting, guests will have a chance to reflect and gain a true understanding of the connection with the environment. At Zulu Camp, the unhurried atmosphere, combined with the natural beauty of the surroundings, creates a romantic backdrop for an idyllic bush retreat.

Pulse: Unspoiled Landscapes

When nature is providing an unbeatable backdrop, blending in can be the key to standing out. These four eco-conscious Leading Hotels make the most of their pristine surroundings to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences.


Nature and luxury go hand-in-hand at Australia's Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, located in the heart of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Surrounded by 4,000 acres of nature preserve and two national parks, the resort's philosophy is deeply influenced by the precious land it rests upon. The sweeping view is best from the private terraces of the forty freestanding suites.


Expansive vistas, too, set the scene at The Chedi Club at Tanah Gajah, Ubud in Bali's lush Ubud region. Just twenty villas sit on twelve acres of rice paddies, ensuring maximum privacy appropriate for this quietly rural landscape.


Tranquility also takes center-stage on Malaysia's Langkawi island. On its northwest tip, The Datai Langkawi occupies a prime position between the Andaman Sea and an ancient rainforest. Elephants were used in the hotel's construction and today guests can take pleasure in the resort's natural splendor with guided jungle walks and nature treks.


In Myanmar, by contrast, it is not just one location, but a whole nation that feels untouched. Get a sense of this with a stay at The Strand Yangon, a national monument evoking the elegance of a bygone era. Here, modern amenities, including a spa suite and gourmet restaurant, stand alongside the architectural and cultural remnants of a colonial past waiting to be discovered.

The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, Ubud
The Balinese are revered for their uncanny ability to celebrate beauty and grace in the everyday. Renowned hotelier Adrian Zecha was inspired by this philosophy when he conceptualized The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah, outside the village of Ubud. Set amongst more than 12 acres of emerald green rice paddies, the resort radiates tranquility. At the entrance, an arrangement of flower adorned Ganesha sculptures lends a spiritual ambiance, while the property itself features serene lotus ponds, reflecting pools and private villas. The interiors blend harmoniously into the landscapes, and each villa has its own butler to help with everything from unpacking to poolside pampering. Ubud, with its bustling restaurant and art gallery scene, is nearby, though most guests choose to simply stay put.
The Datai Langkawi
Pulau Langkawi, in the Andaman Sea off the northwestern tip of Malaysia, is one of just four inhabited islands in an archipelago of 100. Its remoteness makes it a nature lover's dream destination, with lush rainforests and pristine beaches. The Datai Langkawi celebrates this spectacular setting. The Asian-minimalist design blends beautifully into the landscapes, and the sleek guest rooms are equally sophisticated, with tropical wood floors, shantung-silk wall panels and sprawling marble baths. Families and couples on a romantic getaway happily co-exist here, while golfers can play the challenging, award-winning course, which has a unique 19 holes. Active types can partake in sailing, sea kayaking and snorkeling.
The Strand Yangon
Located on the banks of the Yangon River, The Strand is housed in a restored Victorian mansion that exudes history. It was built in 1901 by the ambitious Sarkies Brothers at a time when the country was ruled by the British. The Strand quickly became one of the Asia’s most prestigious hotels, hosting such guests as Prince Edward, George Orwell and Noël Coward. Almost a century later, legendary hotelier Adrian Zecha cast his gaze on the historic property, which had fallen into disrepair, and set out to restore its legacy. Today the white-washed façade, teak-framed windows and elegant interiors are newly splendid. The lobby, with its cane furniture, soaring ceilings and jasmineperfumed air, transports guests to the bygone era when Rudyard Kipling and Somerset Maugham were in residence.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, a three-hour drive from Sydney in Australia's Blue Mountains, represents a new breed of high-end hotels dedicated to preserving the natural world for generations to come. Low-density is the mantra at this nearly 4,000-acre property, centered around the restored Wallerawang homestead, dating from 1832. Amenities and facilities, from the sumptuous, free-standing villa suites to the acclaimed spa, find the balance between relaxed and refined, while the great outdoors are breathtaking. Guests can go horseback-riding, hiking or biking, though most popular are the wildlife safaris (to see kangaroos, wallaroos, wallabies and more). Through grassy plains and verdant valleys, these nature tours vividly illustrate how important—and admirable—this resort's mission truly is.
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