LONDON | NEW YORK - Regenerative Travel, a benefit corporation and a collection of independent hotels and lodges committed to regenerative hospitality, announce five new additions to the Regenerative Travel Hotel Community. The new hotel members – Andronis Concept Wellness Resort in Santorini, Greece; Bliss & Stars in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa; Cherero Camp in the Serengeti, Tanzania; Jade Mountain in Soufriere, Saint Lucia; and The Manta Resort on Pemba Island, Tanzania– join an exceptional list of resorts handpicked for their dedication to the highest levels of social and environmental impact.
Initiatives from the new members range from protecting and conserving coastlines to regenerate fish populations in East Africa to restoring a 1.5 million gallon reservoir to catch rain and river water in Saint Lucia. Joining the Regenerative Travel Hotel Community connects members with a values-aligned community of hoteliers, providing a platform to share best practices and drive aspirations towards regenerative models. The criteria for members adhere to Regenerative Travel’s ethos of inclusivity over exclusivity, creating a standard that is both objective and subjective, measurable, and that is rigorous but considers value and intent. See more details on the new members below:
Andronis Concept Wellness Resort, Santorini, Greece
Regenerative Commitments: Empowering staff members with equal pay and antidiscrimination policies plus access to the services of a psychologist. Honoring a sense of place with all villas and suites built in harmony with the Santorini setting.
Experience Offering: Rejuvenation overlooking the Aegean Sea. Expertly-created treatments at the Kallos Spa to completely detach from everyday life. Sunset yoga classes and Greek cuisine cooking classes to produce a farm-to-table masterpiece from scratch.
Located in the elegant clifftop village of Imerovigli in Santorini, Andronis Concept Wellness Resort is inspired and guided by the Greek term ‘philoxenia’ meaning the love of strangers. Tranquility and luxury are at the heart of the resort’s ethos, allowing guests to unwind and appreciate simple pleasures. With a devotion to thoughtful hospitality that considers both people and place, Andronis Concept has beautifully designed villas and suites that capture Mediterranean light.
Bliss & Stars, Clanwilliam, South Africa
Regenerative Commitments: Reducing energy consumption and environmental impact by harnessing solar power for all electricity needs and minimizing the use of artificial outdoor lights to keep light pollution at zero and protect nocturnal wildlife. Thanks to restorative practices including irrigation using wastewater, the retreat has helped to rewild local flora and see it flourish after long suffering from drought.
Experience Offering: Seclusion and reflection in stunning South African wilderness. Astronomy workshops work alongside retreat offerings to educate guests on how astronomy cycles can impact our overall wellness. Hiking in the Cederberg Mountains to view historic bushmen cave paintings.
Delicately constructed to respect the surrounding Cederberg Mountains, Bliss & Stars fuses meditation, movement, gastronomy and astronomy to provide all-encompassing nourishment and wellness for all guests. The retreat consists of chalets and tented chalets tucked unassumingly into the rocks, carefully designed to fuse Nordic minimalism with the light and expansiveness of South African wilderness. Founded as the ultimate antidote to hustle and burnout, Bliss & Stars encourages guests to appreciate the power of nature and being in the present.
Cherero Camp, Central-Western Serengeti, Tanzania
Regenerative Commitments: Minimizing environmental impact by having zero permanent structures in the camp and harnessing solar power for hot water and electricity. Employing former poachers as camp guards to provide them with a stable income that allows them to leave the damaging practice of poaching behind.
Experience Offering: Complete nature immersion in the heart of Serengeti National Park. Majestic game drives to catch sight of the likes of elephants, lions and rhino roaming freely in the savannah. Hot air balloon rides soaring above the savannah to take in the vast and precious Serengeti landscapes.
As one of Kantiable Afrika’s two eco-friendly dwellings, Cherero Camp was founded on the principle of doing things the right way – placing integrity, purpose and harmony above all else. Maintaining the health of the land – and the communities that reside within it – have remained a primary focus since Kantiable’s inception. Built with no permanent constructions, Cherero Camp was designed to be moved entirely without leaving a lasting trace on either the Serengeti or the Earth.
Jade Mountain, Soufriere, Saint Lucia
Regenerative Commitments: Creating employment opportunities for the local community; 100% of the team that constructed the resort were from Saint Lucia. Regenerating water systems by restoring the 1.5 million gallon reservoir in the Anse Mamin Valley to use as catchment for rain and river water.
Experience Offering: Iconic views and exploration opportunities surrounded by the spectacular Caribbean Sea and mighty Piton mountains. Days spent out on the Caribbean Sea; Visiting Emerald, Jade Mountain’s private organic farm and chocolate lab to witness how locally grown products make their way into dishes, cocktails and spa treatments at the hotel.
As St. Lucia’s only resort property with the iconic view of both the Piti and Gros Piton mountains, Jade Mountain is a celebration of scenic beauty and organic architecture. Designed by architect Nick Troubetzkoy, the resort was inspired by the philosophy of building in harmony with Caribbean nature, featuring rugged stone-faced columns, individual bridges and infinity pool sanctuaries and suites that peek over the island’s majestic coastline.
The Manta Resort, Pemba Island, Tanzania
Regenerative Commitments: Spearheading ocean preservation and regeneration by acting as a primary sponsor of the Kwanini Foundation, a local nonprofit which funds social and environmental initiatives such as the Kwanini Marine Protected Area that has successfully regenerated Pemba Island’s fish populations.
Experience Offering: A secluded gem of an African island. Snorkeling expeditions to see the private Kwanini Conservation Area and the repopulated marine life thanks to Manta Resort’s concerted conservation efforts; all revenue is donated to the local conservation committee and rangers.
This charming 13-room boutique has locally-designed and traditional Pemban decor. The stand out suite is Manta Resort’s celebrated Underwater Room, nestled within a turquoise ocean floor anomaly dubbed “the blue hole,” the room affords an unparalleled opportunity to observe and form an intimate connection with Pemba Island’s unique sea life. From all-inclusive spa treatments to time-stopping white sand beaches, Manta provides no shortage of restorative amenities designed to help relinquish worries to the boundless tranquility of the sea.