THE CONSCIOUS TRAVELER
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.
It’s a brand ethos that oozes from 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, a five-star waterfront hotel whose design takes inspiration from Brooklyn Bridge Park and the industrial past of the neighborhood. Outwards, guests are treated to impressive panoramic views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, but within is where the true beauty lies: interiors outfitted by local artists, Brooklyn-made furnishings, native plants and reclaimed materials—all built on a commitment to sustainability and green initiatives.