Cover Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc (Photo: Courtesy of Oetker Collection)

Peek inside one of the French Riviera’s most iconic hotels and choose your own eco-conscious travel adventure

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Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Marc Chagall once sketched in its lush gardens, while Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald found inspiration surveying the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. If the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc’s walls could talk, they would speak of balmy nights filled with romantic rendezvous as well as the simple pleasure of strolling through its pine-secluded surrounds.

From the Windsors to the Kennedys, the most influential celebrities, tycoons and aristocrats have all stayed at this glamorous icon of the French Riviera—simply called “Le Cap” by its loyal patrons. Marking a milestone of 150 years in April, the grand dame of Cap d’Antibes celebrates its roots as a creative retreat. It opens its anniversary season with a Manolo Valdés exhibition, and also unveils the Villa Sainte-Anne, a historic five-bedroom villa just outside the hotel gates. We’re sure the cultural cognoscenti would approve.

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Follow in the footsteps of the animals themselves at Siruai, a new mobile safari camp located in Suyian, Laikipia—a wild, unexplored area of central Kenya. On this adventure, guests have the freedom to explore the bush at their own pace, go on hiking or swimming expeditions, and enjoy the remains of the day in the comfort of their canvas tents.

Better yet, it is privately guided by co-founder of The Safari Collection and fourth-generation Kenyan Mikey Carr-Hartley, who knows the area very well having grown up in his family’s ranch right in Laikipia.

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See also: What You Need To Know About Eco-Conscious Travel In Africa—And The Best Sustainable Safari Experiences To Have In 2020

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Islas Secas

There’s nothing more alluring than having an island to yourself, and that’s just about what you’ll get at Islas Secas—a new eco-conscious resort on Panama’s Gulf of Chiriquí. Set on an archipelago of 14 islands on the country’s less trodden Pacific coast, the 100 per cent solar powered resort can accommodate 18 guests across its casita sites and tents.

The highlight, of course, is the unspoilt nature. Guests can witness migrating Humpback whales or visit Coiba National Park, a Unesco World Heritage site. After a day out in the open, an appointment in the tropical spa in the sprawling jungle is in order.

See also: Would You Ever Give Up Travel To Save The Planet?

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From its streamlined architecture to its supreme attention to detail, the serene sanctuaries of Aman Hotels & Resorts truly live up to its name, which denotes “peace” in Sanskrit. Its sister brand, Janu, whose name means “soul”, offers the same calibre of service but with an intention to foster human connection, or what they call “social wellness”. Think energetic spaces designed for interaction, with properties in Montenegro, Saudi Arabia and Tokyo all set to open in 2022.

See also: First Look: Aman Announces Sister Hotel Brand, Janu

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Patina Hotels & Resorts

Progressive hospitality—that’s what is in store at Patina Hotels & Resorts, a new brand conceived by the ultra-luxe Capella Hotel Group. With more and more people living “blended lifestyles”—increasingly melding work and play, for example—Patina aims to offer a dynamic and seamless experience suited to the modern traveller. First up: Patina Maldives in Fari Islands at the North Male Atoll opening in late 2020. 

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See also: The Most Anticipated Hotel Openings In Africa For 2020

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