Green lights
Condé Nast Traveller India|August - September - October 2021
From renewable energy sources to going low-waste, the hotel industry is innovating to reduce carbon emissions.

Here are key sustainability initiatives at some of the finest properties and Beyond Bateleur Camp in Kichwa Tembo, Kenya A classic on the Preferred Hotel Group’s Beyond Green portfolio, andBeyond Bateleur Camp is situated in the Masai Mara Reserve. When 20 years after its launch, andBeyond Bateleur Camp was revamped, designers, Fox Browne Creative, worked on upcycling original artefacts, antiques and furniture pieces, and incorporating local art. The farm-to-table culinary programme uses produce from local farmers and its vegetable garden, and honey that supports a Maasai women’s group. staybeyondgreen.com

Soneva Jani, Maldives Pioneering luxury sustainable hotel brand Soneva has raised $7 million for carbon offsetting projects through its mandatory environmental levy. At Soneva Jani, one of the two Maldives resorts, the eco-conscious approach is well enjoyed at the table, over pescatarian, vegetarian and plant-based dishes at Overseas by Mathias Dahlgren, and a plant-based menu by raw food chef Diana Von Cranach that showcases rare recipes from Southeast Asia. Soneva is serious about ethical sourcing; 90 percent of the ingredients are grown on-site. soneva.com

SUJÁN JAWAI At the forefront in luxury conservation tourism, SUJÁN has worked to protect its wild settings. Over 100sqkm have been rewilded at the Jawai property, by working with communities and landowners to jigsaw together critical patches of contiguous land to create wildlife corridors for many species, but especially the iconic leopard. Shuttered due to the pandemic, the camps will reopen after a redesign in September. Despite an absence of the mandatory conservation contribution from guests, SUJÁN has doubled the amount of land under its protection. thesujanlife.com

Amanbagh, Rajasthan At the palatial Amanbagh near Jaipur, around 80 percent of the produce used in dishes at the restaurant is grown in the 50,000sqm organic fruit, vegetable and herb garden. The herbs are also used in the Ayurveda treatments and tonics prescribed at the spa. aman.com

The Oberoi, Gurgaon Solar power meets the electricity needs of the nine-acre The Oberoi, Gurgaon and the seven-acre Trident, Gurgaon, via a captive power plant in Balasar, Haryana. Equipped with polycrystalline technology and 27,000 solar panels, the plant will generate 7.5MW. By being fully solar-powered, The Oberoi and the Trident in Gurgaon aim to reduce CO2 emissions by 12,344 tonnes per year. oberoihotels.com

Le Méridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa The LEED gold-certified, 27-acre forest resort has over 15,000 trees renowned for their medicinal benefits. The horticulture setup supports a healthy environment through simple measures such as growing plants like spider lily and Chinese evergreen, known to purify the air, throughout the resort, as well as designating an oxygen zone with bamboo, peace lily, and syngonium. Waste materials like plastic bottles and tyres are repurposed as garden décor, too. marriott.com

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