TRAVEL WITH ECO AT THE HEART

Finding more responsible ways to travel, with sustainability and ecological impact in mind is something we want to commit to doing more of this year.

This year we’re predicting a spotlight on rich travel experiences which benefit both the people and places that we visit.

With things looking more positive for travel experiences outside of the UK this year, we’re sharing a few places on our radar which are offering great eco options.

Windjammer Landing Launches Partners with the Perry Institute to Create Enviromental Diving Packages, St Lucia

Windjammer Landing, Saint Lucia, is delighted to showcase a series of new diving excursions in partnership with The Perry Institute for Marine Science and Eastern Caribbean Diving. The Perry Institute for Marine Science supports a wide range of research and education activities that help to protect the oceans. Each of the diving packages created in collaboration with the Perry Institute will not only have marine education at their heart, but a 10% donation from all courses booked will go directly to the Perry Institute. A carefully tailored environmental package has been designed for marine conservation and to encourage divers’ interest in coral restoration and rejuvenation – they will receive hands-on experience of maintaining a coral nursery. A family package has also been designed as a flexible way to educate young children on the importance of sealife. Windjammer Landing is an idyllic diving destination set into 60 acres of lush hillside on St Lucia’s northwestern coast. Offering exclusive access to 64,000 square feet of powdery white sand and unrivalled views of the surrounding tropical landscape.

The Family Experience starts at US$275.00 per person with a 10% donation to the Perry Institute included. The Environmental Package starts at US305.00 per person (includes certification registration and marine park fees) with a 10% donation to the Perry Institute included. Rooms at Windjammer Landing (www.windjammer-landing.com, +1 877-522-0722) start a US$266.00 per night with Villas starting at US$448.00. 

Tuscany Now & More Launches Portfolio of Sustainable Villas, Italy

Villa rental specialists, Tuscany Now & More, Italy, is delighted to share their newly launched portfolio of sustainable villas. This is following an influx of enquiries for destinations with an ecological benefit. Those longing for an escape to rejuvenate in an idyllic setting can be met with the most luxurious stay with a sustainable conscience. Through these unique, sustainable properties, guests can dip into an entirely solar-powered infinity pool, pick home-grown produce on-site or cook up an Italian feast on a zero-gas electric stone-walled stove.

For more information, please visit: Tuscany Now & More (www.tuscanynowandmore.com, 020 7684 8884). 

Marine Activities & Educational Children’s Exhibitions at MarBella Corfu, Greece

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Situated in the tranquil south-east corner of Corfu and fringed by the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea, the luxurious MarBella Corfu offers a breadth of family-friendly activities. One highlight is the incredible Posidonia Meadows found on the seabed right in front of the hotel. Located only in clear, unpolluted water, these mesmerising ‘grassy’ meadows are bursting with beautiful sea life and great environmental benefits. Guests are invited to delve a little deeper into the life and workings of a Posidonia Meadow through an insightful exhibition taking place at MarBella Corfu. Comprising educational video presentations, stunning photographic exhibitions and children’s workshops, guests of all ages will be able to fully appreciate the beauty and environmental benefits of these fascinating ecosystems.

MarBella Corfu (www.marbella.gr, +30 2661 071183) offers a Family Garden View Room from £253 per night on a half board basis (based on a family of 4 sharing).

Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Launches New Initiative to Save the Mont Blanc Glacier, Italian Alps

Courmayeur Mont Blanc’s Skyway Monte Bianco Experience, which offers the unique thrill of reaching the roof of Europe at 3,446 metres, has just announced a brand-new sustainability strategy. Skyway is the first company to propose an environmentally sustainable research project to preserve the Mont Blanc glacier and intends to analyse recent activity results in order to implement an achievable action plan with a clear social and environmental focus. This includes utilising green-certified supplies, reducing waste volume, eco-energy sources and emissions, water and eventually, developing a green consortium. 

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