Publié le 30/11/2021

10 Gifts for Conscious Travelers

Give a gift with meaning this Christmas – an unforgettable experience where our exemplary hospitality, fine dining and wellbeing experiences will help you reconnect with your values.

10 Gifts for Conscious Travelers

Give a gift with meaning this Christmas – an unforgettable experience where our exemplary hospitality, fine dining and wellbeing experiences will help you reconnect with your values.

WELLNESS

"Wellness" gift box


Back to nature in an Alsatian spa - Hostellerie La Cheneaudière & Spa, France

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°27: Well-being & fine-dining escape

Surrounded by unspoiled valleys, this spa hotel in the pretty Alsatian countryside is a haven of peace. The Nature Spa includes a natural swimming pool, with pure water filtered by plants, while treatments use a range of home-made cosmetics created from honey, flowers, berries and spring water. Herbs from the garden feature in both the spa and the restaurant, where breakfast includes no less than ten different organic fruit and vegetable juices.

Nurture body and soul - Shreyas Retreat, India

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°53 : A moment of well-being

Whether you’re new to yoga or are a seasoned yogi, this retreat near Bangalore dedicated to self-discovery and rejuvenation is perfect for those seeking inner peace and harmony with the environment. The spa offers everything from Ayurvedic treatments to modern medical treatments, vegetarian food is supplied by the organic farm, and guests can help out in the local orphanage as well as taking cultural tours in the local community.

Soak in a sustainable spa - Bellevue Hotel & Spa, Italy

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°53 : A moment of well-being

Relax in the wellness center here, happy in the knowledge that it was designed with sustainability in mind. Energy comes from hydro-electric power in the Aosta Valley, pure water is pumped from the nearby Gran Paradiso glacier, and wastewater is used for irrigation. Spa products are made from glacial water and mud, blended with local honey, milk and wine, and the citrus smell in the sauna comes from the peel of oranges squeezed for juice at breakfast.


STAY

"Stay" gift box


The original English country garden - Gravetye Manor, UK

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°17 : Gastronomic getaway

The former home of the visionary gardener William Robinson, Gravetye in Sussex is arguably the birthplace of the English wild garden. Today, its 14 hectares are tended by no less than eight gardeners, who run tours for guests staying in the 17 elegant rooms. A vast vegetable garden and produce from two restored Victorian glasshouses supply the Michelin-starred restaurant, with a contemporary glass-fronted dining room looking out over glorious garden views.

Nature and community - Txai Resort Itacaré, Brazil

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°09 : Bed & breakfast getaway

You will feel close to nature at this Bahian bolt hole, with 38 rustic bungalows on stilts scattered around a rainforest estate on Itacarezinho beach. The spa has sweeping ocean views and offers a range of beauty rituals using natural products. Wellbeing also extends into the community, with a scheme to support local families, educating them on the benefits of sustainable farming, selling their artisanal wares and using their fresh produce in the hotel restaurants.

Urban getaway - Auberge Saint-Antoine, Canada

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°55 : Dream destination

It may be a city hotel in the old quarter of Quebec, but this auberge on the banks of the St Lawrence River still manages to run a farm-to-fork restaurant thanks to its smallholding on a nearby river island. What’s more, it produces honey from its own hives as well as pesticide-free preserves and maple syrup in partnership with a local cooperative. Offering modern comforts in the heart of the Unesco World Heritage historic district, it even has mini greenhouses for romantic dining “a deux”. This "Under the Stars Experience" is available until March 31st, 2022.

FINE DINING

"Fine-dining" gift box

Have dinner in a working mill - Molino de Alcuneza, Spain

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°03 : Multi-course culinary adventure

Slow food enthusiasts will love this hotel an hour from Madrid in a restored 15th-century mill near medieval towns and natural parks. At 8pm every day, the mill’s grindstones whir into life again, and guests can see how cereals from the surrounding fields are ground to make the seven kinds of organic bread served in the Michelin-starred Mill Restaurant. Chef Samuel Moreno also uses local game, raw fish, mushrooms and honey to create traditional local dishes with a modern twist.


© Molino de Alcuneza

From fish to dish - Kendov Dvorec, Slovenia

To find in the Gift box CREATION n°05 : An extraordinary meal

Time runs slowly at Kendov Dvorec, a country house with antique-filled rooms close to the confluence of the Idrijca and Kanomljica rivers, inhabited by the marble trout. Over-fished over the centuries, the trout still features on the hotel’s regionally inspired menus with Slovenian wines, but it is sourced instead from a local supplier who farms the fish in conditions simulating its normal environment. Meanwhile, hotel guests can still go fishing – as long as they release their catch in the river.

GIFT CERTIFICATES

Gift certificates

Support an elephant orphanage - Jabulani, South Africa

Named after the first elephant calf to be saved by the lodge’s owners, Jabulani is a refuge for abandoned pachyderms and works to protect endangered animals. Located in one of the Greater Kruger Park’s private game reserves, it has just six suites and one villa, offering guests a luxury lodge experience with superb animal-watching opportunities. Elephants are at the heart of its impressive recycling operations; bana grass harvests from the on-site plantation are used for fodder, and dung is turned into fertilizer.

Mountain highs in the Rockies - The Little Nell, USA

Breathe in the fresh mountain air at this ski-in/ski-out hotel in the heart of Aspen. With panoramas of the peaks from many of its 92 modern rooms, the hotel also has a fleet of bicycles for use in the summer and an outside pool year and hot tub open year-round. It’s seriously eco-friendly too, with ISO 14001 certification thanks to measures that include powering its largest suite with a 5,000-watt solar panel, dedicated composting and recycling and modernizing its heating system.

 

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