The World’s Most Sustainable Hotels
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 (Condé 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.
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