CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Anguilla, creates globally-inspired menus maximizing local flavors and fresh ingredients from the Resort's comprehensive hydroponic farm, unique for a resort and the first of its kind in the Caribbean. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil. The sustainable farming technique saves water through a recirculation system and drip irrigation (up to 60 to 80-percent compared to conventional outdoor farms); innovative technology recycles the drainage from the greenhouse to feed outdoor landscape plants. The 18,000 square-foot greenhouse on property was engineered to withstand winds up to 110 mph, and the crops can be grown all season, regardless of outside weather conditions. Hydroponic farm tours are available for guests to learn more about the farming technique.
Thanda Private Game Reserve: With a name that means “love” in isiZulu, Thanda Private Game Reserve, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, offers an authentically South African wildlife experience matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Opened by the Zulu monarch, His Majesty King Zwelithini Goodwill kaBhekuzulu, the resort's motto is “Proudly Conservationist. Uniquely Zulu. Incomparably Thanda.” Located in northern Zululand in KwaZulu Natal, Thanda is home to abundant wildlife, including Africa's magnificent Big Five. Visitors spend their days on open-air game drives and bush walks; youngsters will love the Bucks & Bugs Club, designed to teach children about the natural world around them. Evenings are reserved for fine dining, enjoying wines from the well-stocked cellar, relaxing around the bonfire and star gazing. The luxurious accommodations range from the family-friendly and exclusive-use Villa iZulu to the ruggedly elegant and utterly romantic Thanda Tented Camp.
Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Costa Rica, is certified a carbon neutral company, environmentally friendly and sustainable. The resort's water is naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano, saving energy in heating water for guest use. While many hot springs resorts drill for underground wells and depend on pumps and mechanical systems to fill their pools, Tabacon's hot springs are completely natural with water flowing throughout the property, forming in-river pools, waterfalls and cascades.
Casa del Mar, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World in Santa Monica, CA, offers guests 100-percent organic spa treatments at its eco-friendly spa, Sea Wellness Spa (even the ceilings are made with recycled materials). For example, the H.Maloha Facial is an organic anti-aging facial from Hawaii targeting skin cells with natural bionutrient ingredients to restore skin's natural hydration and stimulate the production of new collagen. The facial will detoxify, purify and renew the skin for a more youthful complexion.
Nihiwatu joined The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. last month. The philanthropic alliance will provide the award-winning Indonesian resort access to The Leading Hotels of the World global network to further The Sumba Foundation efforts. Located on the island of Sumba in Eastern Indonesia, Nihiwatu was developed with the intent to protect and preserve the unique culture of the island and to enable local residents to support themselves and their families. Through The Sumba Foundation, all profits from the resort are fed into various community-based projects, including Access to Clean water, four malaria clinics and Malnutrition and School Lunch program. The resort also employs ninety percent of its staff from the nearby villages.