Business and frequent travelers, have you ever thought about how many of those little soaps you leave behind in your hotel room after you've used them only a few times? Ever wondered what happens to them?
Hilton has announced that all 750 properties across its All Suites brands will recycle discarded soap and amenity bottles and donate them to reduce hygiene-related illnesses for communities in need.
This is a major expansion – nearly doubling – of what is already the travel industry's largest soap recycling program. 1,370 hotels across Hilton's portfolio will now be participating. And it's the first time in the industry this is required as a brand standard, so all of Hilton's All Suites, including Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton will be part of the program.
Through its partnerships with Clean the World and other organizations, Hilton's hotels have already collected more than a million pounds of partially-used soap! That's been recycled into more than four million new bars of soap.
Here's how your leftover hotel soap and mini shampoo helps people in need: hotels' partially-used soaps and amenities are shipped to Clean the World's collection and recycling centers. There they are processed, remanufactured into new soap bars and prepared for distribution to homeless shelters, community centers and medical facilities in impoverished communities around the world. In addition to supplying the soap, these organizations educate people about the importance of hygiene and hand washing.
In a double win, the program has also prevented more than 570 tons of waste going to landfills.
That's not all this hotel chain is doing for the environment. In addition to its soap recycling program, Hilton's Travel with a Purpose sustainability initiatives include not allowing microbeads in any of its amenities globally.
Hilton President & CEO Christopher J. Nassetta visited a hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador to deliver recycled soap while in the country for a conference (pictured). Here's what he says about his and the company's motivation for the project:
"We are strongly committed to helping communities around the world through our Travel with Purpose corporate responsibility program, including our soap recycling partnership. Nearly two million children die every year from preventable hygiene-related illnesses, and simple hand washing could cut these rates by nearly 50 percent."
Clean the World says this expansion of Hilton's soap recycling program will contribute to saving the lives of thousands of children every year.
We give this program two (clean) thumbs up.
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The icon of the exotic honeymoon or romantic getaway is now much closer than Polynesia and South East Asia.
Uber-luxury overwater bungalows have arrived in the Americas. Here are our new favorite places to sleep under a thatched roof with the sea lapping around you, where you can slip out of a gauzy, draped bed into the sea or your private pool-with-a-view. You'll be the envy of your social media circle when you post your travel pics of any one of these resorts with floating villas.
Mexico: El Dorado Maroma
Karisma Hotels and Resorts calls them the 'Palafitos': 30 luxury bungalows over Mexico's beautiful beach area of the Riviera Maya. All the overwater bungalows include palapa-style roofs, outdoor showers, glass-bottom floors to the sea, private infinity pools, an indoor jacuzzi and direct ladder access to the ocean. Exactly what you'd expect of a luxury overwater bungalow. What makes them different is that they are said to be inspired by the ancient Aztecs who built homes over Tenochtitlan’s lake, and local design touches include Zapote wood and Mexican white granite. It's a luxe all inclusive experience that comes with an overwater restaurant, overwater spa, butlers, and concierges. Might be hard to tear yourself away for an expedition to nearby Tulum or an outing to Cancun.
Five opulent, game-changing overwater villas make the Sandals in Montego Bay stand out of the Caribbean luxury resort scene. Floating decks /living rooms, his 'n' hers vanities, a glass floor, private infinity pool, a hot tub/spa with an outdoor shower, floating water hammocks that suspend over the sea and butler service put this resort experience on par with some of the best resorts in the world. The ultimate romantic couple's getaway, or the honeymoon of your dreams in an overwater bungalow is now just a short, and for many North Americans, non-stop flight to Montego Bay away.
Panama: Viceroy Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro, Panama, is already known as an eco-travel destination. Its archipelago is home to critical wetlands, the most biologically diverse tropical coral reef in the region, and savvy travelers know it as an ideal place for bird watching, cycling, guided eco-hikes, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing. The Viceroy Hotel Group's 2019, exclusive overwater bungalows polish the luxury sheen of the glorious location. Over sparkling Caribbean waters at the edge of a rainforest along miles of pristine, private white sand beach, the property's 42 overwater bungalows feature their own private plunge pools and direct access to the ocean. The eco-friendly resort allows only electrical cars and sustainable technologies, and sustainable and indigenous landscaping and gardens to supply its chefs with the ingredients for local cuisine. Getting there is half the fun and feeling of exclusivity: it's only accessible by boat, seaplane or helicopter from Panama City.
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Japan, “The Land of the Rising Sun”, has a very rich culture, tradition and history, but there is another side of the Japan, a country known for its eccentricities, unusual attractions, fun and amazing cosplay and anime culture, and the newly opened Henn-na Hotel, one of the most unusual hotels in the world.
Located in the city of Nagasaki, Henn-na was opened to the public in July 2015. Incorporating technology, highly efficient Japanese service and modern facilities, Henn-na Hotel is the world's first hotel to be staffed by humanoid robots! Located in a 380-acre waterfront theme park called Huis Ten Bosch, a mini-Netherlands, Henn-na Hotel is expected to lure more visitors with its unusual concept. The hotel and Huis Ten Bosch is about an hour away from the heart of the city. You can reach Nagasaki by sleeper trains from Tokyo, bus and regular train from Fukuoka. You can also fly into the Nagasaki Airport served by domestic carriers and a few international carriers.
Nothing will prepare you with what you will encounter in Henn-na Hotel. Its staffs from the porters, receptionists, concierges, to cloakroom clerks are all humanoid robots! You might feel a little uneasy at first but once you exchange pleasantries with them, it’s as if you are just interacting with humans. Make friends with an English-speaking dinosaur robot, a bowing humanoid “lady” called Yumeko, or small cartoon-like robot called Churi-chan. Although the hotel does not have any elevator, it only has two floors. It has 72 rooms ranging from the standard, superior, and deluxe types. Its facilities and services include a Café Corner, Smart Kiosk, and an Amenity Store. If you want to revel in its superb technology, you can request for a facial authentication for unlocking your door. Another wing of the hotel is expected to open in March 2016.
Book a room in Henn-na Hotel before people start flocking to Henn-na so they can relish a unique hotel experience. Consult your travel agent for more details.
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Located on the idyllic Nai-wok Bay, the Baan Manali Resort is a 14-bungalow resort that clearly knows how to treat guests if the number of the guests it gets every year is anything to by. The resort is located just a 10-minutes' walk from the inviting village of Thongsala.
That this resort is a watersports’ lover haven is understatement. There is virtually no popular watersport that you will not find here. Among the sports you will engage in are; paddle boarding, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, kayaking, kiting and many more.
Your accommodation at the resort will feature bungalows, deluxe rooms, and family garden room. Among the amenities you can expect therein include; air conditioning, coffee and tea facilities, writing desk, no-smoking policy, private terrace, wireless internet, bathroom with both hot and cold shower, laundry and ironing facilities and many more.
For your dining needs, you can never go wrong at Kokomo's Kitchen. You will be served with tasty traditional and exotic dishes. The menu will be made by ingredients such as rye bread, jam, muesli, and yogurt among others.
Make a reservation and have a new high. Alternatively, you can click here to view what other travellers are saying about the resort before you make a decision to visit.
Fresh breeze, waves' whispers, sunny days and sometimes the howling winds that sway the palm rafters are some of the defining elements that you encounter at the Sugar Beach. You will get the views of the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea as you sip away at freshly pressed juice from local farms...how about that for a great holiday? Welcome to Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort St. Lucia.
And the leisure does not stop at the beach. The accommodations at the resort are such that you cannot help but be awed. The surroundings help you sit back and reflect on your happy life. There is a happy feeling around the resort.
There are 4 classes of accommodations at the resort including; Luxury Guestrooms, Luxury Villas, Luxury Beachfront Bungalows and The Residences. The minimum amenities that you can expect from each of these accommodations include;
- Butler Services
- IPod docking station
- In-roof safe
- Coffee maker
- Flat screen TV and DVD player
- Bathroom amenities
- Wi-Fi internet
- A plunge pool and many more
For your dining needs, you are welcomed to the Great Room Restaurant for red wine and Jerusalem artichoke, Bayside Restaurant for beachside dining and the Terrace for poolside breakfast and the stunning morning views of the Caribbean.
For drinks, visit Bayside Bar, Cane Bar, The Late Night Bar and The Palm Court Lounge. Note that each of these bars serves authentic cocktails, beers, wines and teas from all over the globe.
If you want specialized dining setup, all you have to do is make an order. There is a room service for in-room diners, beach service for those that want to feel the sand between their toes as they dine and dine anywhere, anytime package for those that need special romantic considerations.
Among the holiday activities to be enjoyed here include; spa services, yoga and fitness, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, riding hobie cats, paddle boarding, and tours to various attractions such as Morne Coubaril Estate and Gros Piton.
Sounds like a fantastic destination to spend your holiday, doesn't? Well, make a reservation at the resort and start living your holiday dream.
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