The Baillie Lodges collection—located in some of Australia’s most striking wilderness destinations—has sustainability and ethical tourism at its core. Husband and wife owners James and Hayley Baillie reveal how they balance environmental responsibility with ultimate luxury.
Beneath the flanks of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains—the rugged, snowcapped peaks that straddle the border with southern Colorado—stretches a sprawling estate grounded in its mission of environmental restoration and preservation, and connecting people with nature.
In almost three decades, Singita has become one of Africa’s leading conservation and ecotourism brands, with half a million acres of land under their stewardship in Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa and Zimbabwe. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, there is no tourism revenue, but the cost of managing conservation and community initiatives amounts to many millions of dollars each year.
Outback luxury and sustainability combine harmoniously at Mt Mulligan Lodge. A destination for the ultimate Australian bush escape, Mt Mulligan Lodge defines eco-luxe travel. Evident in the commitment to thoughtful design and sustainability initiatives that provide guests with an uncompromized luxury retreat while remaining true to a core philosophy—achieving a better and more sustainable future for all.
Segera Retreat’s entire ethos is premised on being ecologically sound. So much so, that owner Jochen Zeitz, the former chairman and chief executive of global sporting goods company Puma and the art benefactor of the eponymous Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) situated in Cape Town, South Africa, has dedicated his life’s project to support sustainable solutions to the world’s greatest problems.
Former professional soccer player Bobby Dekeyser’s vision for this blissful hideout is to give visitors the experience of all-inclusive barefoot luxury. “Passing through the gates of Nay Palad Hideaway, you leave the real world behind. Welcome to the barefoot state of mind. There’s no need for a wallet here. No checks are signed,” says Dekeyser. “From now on, every delicacy you desire, every drink you fancy, every massage you need, every adventure you seek, is yours for the asking. There’s just one thing we ask in return: Treat this palm-fringed paradise as your home, and let us make your dreams come true.”