With Earth Day around the corner on April 22, travel companies offer sustainable travel experiences. Check out the latest from these sustainable hotel brands.
This boutique hotel in St. Barth commits to sustainability with new and expanded initiatives. The 44-room property recently introduced a zero-waste culinary concept at its beachfront restaurant AMIS. The hotel also expands its partnership with Coral Restoration St. Barth, offering interactive guided dives, starting this month.
This Jamaican, family-owned all-inclusive resort brand works with its charitable organization, Sandals Foundation, on a large-scale tree-planting event to combat food insecurity in the Caribbean. The Trees for Life event plans to plant more than 500 food-bearing trees across the Caribbean. Since the Sandals Foundation’s inception, 21,651 trees have been planted. More than 90 percent of the produce and poultry served at Sandals Resorts comes from local farms. Sandals Resorts also recently launched composting sites at select resorts to assist in sustainability goals.
The vacation club brand soon launches a Planting Seeds environmental education program. The new program introduces guests at WorldMark Portland Waterfront Park to the concept of urban permaculture through various workshops. Urban farming offers benefits from sustainability to fighting hunger. The on-site workshops are complimentary for all guests, and any produce will be donated to a local CSA.
There is something magical about sipping a glass of local wine while watching the sun slip into the Aegean Sea as the afterglow tinges traditional, white-washed Cycladic houses with glorious shades of rose, purple and gold. Ancient Greeks believed Helios, the Sun God, caused sunsets by driving his fiery chariot into the sea. Standing at water’s edge in Mykonos, watching the sky slowly turn from purple to inky black, you almost believe it.
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I hadn’t even made it to my first cup of coffee when I got an early phone call from my sister, who lives two time zones away. “OMG, Kristy, Patsy Cline came on twice while I was driving the kids to school today,” she laughed. “You know what that means, right?” We both gasped and then instantly began singing the lyrics to “La Bamba,” an inside joke we’d shared since our family’s Alaskan cruise decades ago when we, unintentionally, won the ship’s karaoke contest among a sea of Patsy Cline tributes.
Located in the heart of Houston’s Theatre District, the recently renovated Lancaster Hotel originally opened in 1926. The classic interior with an abundance of natural light floods the two-story lobby. A shimmering chandelier and elegant marble floors juxtapose nicely with the contemporary art displayed on the salon staircase wall.
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The Woodward Geneva and Swiss International Air Lines recently launched a new collaboration to transport passengers to the counter of Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier Robuchon. As part of the SWISS Taste of Switzerland inflight culinary program, the partnership provides Business and first-class travelers on SWISS long-haul flights departing from Geneva and Zürich carefully curated menus inspired by the restaurant.
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United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Midway Atoll is the end of the Hawai‘ian Islands, literally. This is the ultimate fate of these low, sandy islets ringing a lagoon: Eventually these last remnants of a once large volcanic island will sink beneath the waves, completing a story that began 1,500 miles away. Midway, though not easy to get to, occasionally features in cruise itineraries. Holland America Line’s Westerdam offers a rare chance to glimpse the remotest of all the Hawai‘ian Islands with a scheduled stop in October 2024. You can still see the relics of the famous World War II battle here as well as a million nesting albatrosses and other seabirds.