Introducing African Bush Camps – Khwai Leadwood, Eaton DC, Future Found Sanctuary, Matetsi Victoria Falls, Rockhouse Hotel, Skylark Negril & Tortuga Bay.
LONDON/ NEW YORK – Regenerative Travel, a benefit corporation and collection of independent hotels and lodges committed to regenerative hospitality, announced seven new additions to the trailblazing Regenerative Travel hotel portfolio. The new hotel members- Eaton DC in Washington, Matetsi in Zimbabwe, Tortuga Bay in the Dominican Republic, Khwai Leadwood in Botswana, Future Found Sanctuary in South Africa and Rockhouse and Skylark Negril both in Jamaica- join an exceptional list of resorts handpicked and assessed for their dedication to the highest levels of social and environmental impact.
Initiatives from the new members range from a program to train & empower female safari guides in Botswana, an unwavering commitment to conservation in the Dominican Republic and creating an inclusive, safe, urban space to bring people together to discuss intersectional issues of race, gender and ability in Washington DC. Joining the Regenerative Travel hotel portfolio connects members with a values-aligned community of hoteliers, providing a platform to share best practices and drive aspirations towards regenerative models. In creating the criteria for members Regenerative Travel stayed true to the brand ethos of inclusivity over exclusivity, creating a standard that is both objective and subjective, that is measurable but not fixed, that is rigorous but considers value and intent. Ultimately, empowering a collective that can fulfil its duty towards social justice and environmental regeneration while giving travellers a tool to make more informed decisions and discover destinations that align with their values. See new members below:
African Bushcamps: Khwai Leadwood, Botswana
Regenerative Commitments: As part of the African Bush Camps’ collective, Khwai Leadwood was founded on the mission to share and conserve Africa together. The camp is dedicated to recruiting and empowering female guides and training the next generation through internship programs for local youth and aspires to conserve the land and support rural communities located in the most vulnerable wildlife areas via the African Bushcamps Foundation.
Hippos and elephants are regular sights at this camp nestled close to the edge of the Khwai river. With six elegantly styled tents and one family unit, the camp bridges the gap between luxury accommodation and feeling like you’re in the great outdoors, the perfect experience for travellers looking for a holistically African adventure.
Eaton DC, Washington DC, USA
Regenerative Commitments: Leader in social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in regards to race, gender, and ability. Incubator for local artists, activists and healers. Pioneer in urban sustainability (LEED Gold Certified). The brand is now in the final stages of B Corp certification.
Just steps away from the National Mall, Eaton is an oasis of culture, authenticity and sustainability packaged as a stylish hotel. Eaton is a lively microcosm of DC, complete with a cinema, library, radio station, yoga studio, speakeasy, rooftop bar, coworking space, and art gallery. In all of its nooks and crannies, kindred spirits who share Eaton’s progressive ethos convene, commune, and collaborate.
Future Found Sanctuary, South Africa
Regenerative Commitments: Future Found Sanctuary takes its cue from the abundant nature in the foothills of Cape Town’s Table Mountain to preseve the area’s biodiversity. This unique biodiversity surrounding the estate guides the offering, the property practices sustainable gardening, including beekeeping, aiming to ensure native flora and fauna thrives. Experiences are designed with the support of local artisans and businesses in mind.
With "wholebeing" being the estate’s goal, Future Found Sanctuary invites guests to embrace the restorative energy of the diverse ecosystem and benefit from the wisdom of indigenous flora and fauna and the pure energy in the ancient mountains of the Cape Floral Region, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Designed for a 5 sense immersive experience of nature, the 9 private suites or 2 exclusive-use villas nestled on the 7-acre estate offer the perfect base to enjoy a plethora of nearby activities, hikes, vineyards and eateries.
Regenerative Commitments: Matetsi Victoria Falls is on a mission to conserve vast areas of pristine wilderness, protect wildlife and create employment opportunities for Zimbabweans. The hotel has safeguarded 9 rivers and protected 136,000 acres of wilderness, home to more than 400 species of wildlife and passionately provides opportunities locally from food sourcing to staffing- 100% of team members are Zimbabwean- to supporting education in marginalized and vulnerable communities.
Based on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river close to Victoria Falls Matetsi Victoria Falls offers the ultimate combination of safari, river, relaxation and the Falls all-in-one. The beautifully designed lodge’s understated luxury is complemented by an extraordinary team of talented chefs, butlers and conservation-minded guides.
Regenerative Commitments: Since opening in 1994, Rockhouse has been a responsible employer with a 100% Jamaican team, through the Rockhouse Foundation they have been working to improve education for Jamaican children and support those who teach them with over 7million USD raised for their causes to date. Through supporting local musicians and artists and encouraging staff to share experiences with guests they authentically embody the Jamaican experience.
Perched on cliffs hugging the most westerly point of Jamacia, with all the boutique luxuries of a modern destination and the regenerative commitments to match Rockhouse hotel exemplifies the best of Caribbean hospitality & social responsibility. Whether guests crave traditional Caribbean fare, a relaxing beachfront massage or a paddleboard in glistening turquoise coves the hotel has become an institution for paradise seeking travellers since its inception in 1994.
Skylark Negril, Jamaica
Regenerative Commitments: Skylark strives to honor the rich cultural heritage of the island and the region through encouraging staff to create authentic personal experiences as part of their role and by supporting local musicians, artists and guides. In collaboration with their sister brand’s Rockhouse Foundation they have been tirelessly working to improve education for Jamaican children and support those who teach them.
With a distinct 1970’s aesthetic, lead by a passion for music, this beachfront boutique offers guests an opportunity to get to know authentic Jamaican culture and responsibly appreciate the famous allure of the paradisiacal island.
Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic
Regenerative Commitments: Dedicated to ecological restoration: Extensive marine and land-based conservation efforts, the resort’s Centre for Sustainability is an important international research station. At the heart of the community: the resort’s own Fundación Grupo Puntacana has been a leader in the development of empowered and sustainable communities throughout the Punta Cana region.
Nestled in a 1,500-acre ecological reserve with miles of private white-sand beaches and all decisions being made based on a deep respect for the Dominican, its people and its incredible natural resources, Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort and Club offers responsible luxury, impeccable service and villas with plantation-style suite interiors designed by the late Oscar de la Renta.
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