Living by an ‘it’s cool to care philosophy’, bespoke travel planning platform nemo wanted to make it easier for travellers to explore the world thoughtfully. In fact, nemo donate 1% from every booking to Hello World, an incredible charity providing education hubs to the communities that need them.
Creating trips travellers can be proud of, nemo are advocates for the long-lasting memories travel provides, but understand the fine balance of enjoying the habitats, wildlife, and communities we’re passing through, whilst respecting and preserving them for future generations. From selecting local partners that embody nemo’s values and championing slower travel via the roster of destinations they offer, to providing a carbon flight calculator on their itinerary pages, nemo give travellers the tools to build a more intentional journey when they plan with them.
For travellers looking to rest their heads more sustainably, nemo’s handpicked catalogue of hotels spans sustainably restored properties and community-bolstering programmes, to seasonal, farm-to-plate food offerings – in short, they have a plethora of options available to travellers enquiring for a more conscious bolthole.
Below, you’ll find five hotels from nemo’s curated collection to browse and (ultimately) add to your travel itinerary.
In partnership with nemo.
Angama Mara, Kenya
Perched on the Great Rift Valley with mesmerising views of the Maasai Mara plains, a stay at the elegant Angama Mara offers guests a wholly immersive experience and the (welcomed) opportunity to switch off in the idyllic Kenyan wilderness. What’s more, opting to stay here also means a small portion of your booking fee goes towards making a meaningful and sustainable difference to the communities that neighbour the lodge, the wildlife, and land that surround it. Your donation goes towards local conservation, education, and healthcare efforts – Angama Mara’s conscious approach is as beguiling as the rose-tinted sunsets afforded to those who stay here.
Tri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Nestled on the banks of Lake Koggala on Sri Lanka’s South Coast, no stone was left unturned in the devising of Tri Lanka – from harnessing the power of the sun to fuel the hotel, to employing the use of local materials when building their beautiful rooms and communal spaces. The crowning jewel? The living roofs, of course. Look up and you’ll see where they’ve planted an abundance of lush greenery as part of their initiative to increase the fauna and flora of the area they reside in. Thoughtful touches and a conscious approach allows Tri Lanka’s buildings to melt away into its verdant surroundings, making for a truly mesmerising stay.
Sao Lourenco do Barrocal, Portugal
Housed in a meticulously restored farming estate in the foothills of a Medieval village, the whitewashed buildings of Sao Lourenco do Barrocal are surrounded by olive groves and vineyards – an aesthetically pleasing scene to enter into by all accounts. Conscious of the beauty of their natural surroundings and keen to preserve it, sustainability weaves its way through the core of Sao Lourenco do Barrocal’s business. Restoring the farm buildings with the utmost respect for both the original structures and environment by salvaging and re-using materials, hiring locally, and approaching their food offering with local and seasonal farm-to-plate ethos, Sao Lourenco do Barrocal have thought of it all, offering an experience-rich stay to those who venture here.
Kisawa Sanctuary, Mozambique
Where lush forest meets white sand and turquoise sea, rests the aptly named Kisawa Sanctuary. Offering conscious, barefoot luxury on Benguerra Island, its core ethos celebrates the rich local environs through sustainable architecture and ocean projects, brought to fruition by their sister property, the Centre for Scientific Studies. At all stages of the hotel’s development, Kisawa ensured they employed locally, guaranteeing the place and local people are front and centre and thereby making for an authentic stay in incredible surroundings.
Babylonstoren, South Africa
Positioned at the foot of Simonsberg in the Franschhoek wine valley, days at this historic farm revolve around food – whether you’re wandering through the kitchen gardens or dining at their farm-to-plate, seasonal restaurant. Oozing with substance, you’ll also find that Babylonstoren is full to the brim with style – note the expertly juxtaposing calm, contemporary interiors and the raw, historic exteriors dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. Restorative by all accounts, you’re sure to return from Babylonstoren refreshed and revived.
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