In August 2021, the UN published the IPCC’s climate report warning that we are officially at ‘code red’, confirming human activity is the main cause of the climate collapse.
Proving that luxury is compatible with longevity, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has been working behind the scenes to activate their hotels to strengthen their sustainability efforts, making it easier for travellers to choose and stay at a community of Actively Sustainable Luxury Hotels certified as the Considerate Collection – a new ethos-driven green and ocean blue standard for boutique hotels that go the extra eco-mile.
The Three Pillars
In collaboration with Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and Greenview, the three pillars ensure all hotels are Community Minded: Proactive, positive members of the local community; Cultural Custodians: Protectors and preservers of cultural heritage; and Environmentally Conscious: Maximising benefits to the environment. Launched in October 2021, the Considerate Collection currently features 33 hotels across 25 countries, each meeting the highest criteria in sustainability.
Defining a New Luxury
Luxury travel is no longer synonymous with the extravagance and self-indulgence of former times. A fresh wave of forward-thinking travellers is driving the demand for luxurious eco-friendly holidays. They are planning trips with more purpose, more care for the planet and the communities they are visiting.
SLH is sowing the seed for the Considerate Collection to grow with new additions over time, as well as providing ongoing support to their wider portfolio of over 520 hotels with bespoke toolkits developed by leading sustainability consultants. By applauding small independent hotels to share their social and environmental ‘best practices’, SLH is striving to actively effect big positive impacts.
In the Mekong Region, the Considerate Collection leads with Keemala and The Racha in Phuket, and Pimalai Resort & Spa in Koh Lanta, Thailand.