From Coral Conservation to Urban Beekeeping and Responsible Sourcing: Commemorate World Environment Day at these Hilton Properties
Through its Travel with Purpose 2030 Goals, Hilton has committed to cutting its environmental impact in half and doubling its social impact by 2030.
Each and every hotel is committed to supporting these goals and having a positive impact on their local community–and we know our guests share that passion and are often on the lookout for ways to support environmental stewardship too.
To mark #WorldEnvironmentDay (June 5) and #WorldOceansDay (June 8), we’ve selected several hotels that encourage guests to truly immerse themselves in sustainable activities, give back to the local community and experience the very best in sustainable operations.
From swimming alongside and learning about manta rays in Bora Bora to restoring coral in the Maldives and the Seychelles–right through to sustainably sourced seafood in San Diego and farm-to-fork dining in Brisbane–these hotels are a perfect place to celebrate World Environment Day.
Conrad Maldives Rangali Island (Maldives)
The perfect eco-conscious family activity, Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s coral conservation program blends education and adventure for adults and children alike. The resort’s in-house Marine Biologist offers coral-related insights in a fun and interactive way and highlights the importance of ocean conservation. With the help of the Marine Biologist, guests have the opportunity to place coral “babies” onto a rope where they will be rehabilitated in the coral nursery. The Marine Biologist will then take guests on a short snorkel to the coral nursery and around the reef, pointing out all the vibrant marine life. Participants will even receive updates from the resort over the next one to two years, so guests can keep an eye on how their baby coral are growing and learn when they get transplanted into their natural habitat.
Conrad Bora Bora Nui (Bora Bora, French Polynesia)
Through an exclusive partnership with the renowned non-profit Manta Trust, Conrad Bora Bora Nui helps to create a greater appreciation of manta rays and the protection of their habitat in Bora Bora. Guests are invited on a snorkel or scuba dive tour to discover and learn about the gentle ocean giants with the resident Marine Biologist, in accordance with the Manta Trust Code of Conduct. Guests are also welcome to identify manta rays in the lagoon with guidance from the Marine Biologist, and participate in engaging education programs at the resort. To commemorate World Oceans Day this year, the hotel will launch two new specialty cocktails with a portion of proceeds going to Manta Trust. The property will also offer an educational snorkel tour around the hotel’s Biorock structures, which aid in coral growth and preservation, host a beach and lagoon clean-up with team members and hold a complimentary ocean-themed discussion for guests to discuss and learn about the different species in French Polynesia.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)
Overlooking the Arabian shoreline, this luxurious beachfront resort is the ultimate destination for golf enthusiasts. Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah invites guests to practice their swing on the adjacent 18-hole championship golf course while helping to promote Ras Al Khaimah’s marine life. The coastal driving range near the hotel offers guests the chance to hit “eco golf balls” into the sea. Made of biodegradable ingredients, the balls dissolve into fish food, supporting the local marine life.
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa (Seychelles)
Located in one of the most desirable locations in the world, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa overlooks the azure waves of the Indian Ocean. This heavenly hideaway invites guests to help protect and restore Mahé’s coral marine life. The hotel’s well-established coral nursery, developed in partnership with Marine Conservation Society Seychelles helps regrow coral on land, and guests can play their own part in the restoration journey by adopting a piece of coral to track its development after leaving the hotel and snorkeling along the 650-meter coral trail to see the positive impact of this work.
Waldorf Astoria Park City (Park City, Utah, US)
Nestled among the hills, peaks, and valleys of the expansive Wasatch Mountain Range, Waldorf Astoria Park City showcases true commitment to the local community and environment. To date, the hotel has taken over 300 cars off of the road thanks to its complimentary hotel shuttle and helped plant nearly 9,650 trees in more than 22 countries by purchasing Eminence Organic Skin Care products for the resort’s luxury spa. At the hotel’s on-site restaurant, Powder, guests can expect an almost completely plastic-free experience whilst enjoying farm-to-fork meats, cheeses and vegetables all purchased through local farms. Highlights include artisan greens, made with greens and feta cheese sourced from Park City’s farmer’s market, and confit of duck carbonara, made with native eggs and peas. Guests can also savor local honey from two on-site beehives and enjoy peace of mind that leftover fruits, vegetables, eggshells and more are being given back to the earth via composting through Momentum Recycling.
Hilton Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Located in the elegant riverside Puerto Madero district, Hilton Buenos Aires is already well-known for its gastronomy. The hotel recently launched a partnership with Vivera Organica, an urban communal garden situated in the Rodrigo Bueno neighborhood close to the hotel. The garden is cared for by 14 families, and most of the producers are migrant women with previous experience in land work. An improved organic vegetable garden was opened in February 2020 and has provided an increase in income for the families, thanks to partnerships with businesses like Hilton Buenos Aires. Every day, guests are drawn to the hotel’s dishes prepared with locally-grown herbs and vegetables gardened from “Vivera Organica,” such as the creamy pumpkin puree, served with red onions, broccoli, cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes, baby leek, carrots and arugula infused olive oil.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront (San Diego, California, US)
Inspired by its surrounding maritime culture, Hilton San Diego Bayfront puts sustainability at the forefront of its operations. The coastal retreat is part of the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Restaurant Program which requires the property’s restaurants to follow several criteria including the use of proper recycling practices and use of reusable food ware. Guests dining at the aptly-named Odysea restaurant, perched alongside the water, can enjoy sustainably-sourced menu items including fresh local striped bass with a micro herb salad, spring vegetables and a citrus parsley oil or savory shrimp tacos with marinated shrimp, pico de gallo, salsa verde, cabbage and chipotle aioli. The hotel is also committed to reducing food waste and has successfully reduced food waste to landfill by 50% through their partnership with Smart Kitchens. The hotel donates unused food from group and more than over 2,500 pounds of food have been donated to families in need.
The Monsaraz San Diego, Tapestry Collection by Hilton (San Diego, California, US)
The new Monsaraz San Diego, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is home to Westerly Public House from Executive Chef Jesse Paul who hails from the Wooden Spoon where he was famous for his zero-waste kitchen. Offering Cali-Aussie-style cuisine and synonymous with the coastal lifestyle of Point Loma, the restaurant places a strong emphasis on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients. The hotel utilizes fresh-grown citrus from the hotel’s courtyard in the restaurant’s food and beverage program, repurposes used espresso grounds for local compost and implements the espresso grounds as a garnish for cocktails. Diners can also look forward to San Diego beer, Australian wine from the country’s most famous wine regions and Aussie-inspired dishes including a mushroom toastie.
Hilton Brisbane (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)
Hilton Brisbane's comprehensive waste reduction initiatives include more than 23 waste streams and community partnerships. Every stay is an opportunity to close the loop, from the recycling of oral care items and other single-use plastics through TerraCycle, to the reduction of single-use coffee cups through Closed Loop and single-use containers through Envirobank. The hotel diverts up to 10,000 items a month from landfills and funds environmental and social justice projects. Hilton Brisbane is also home to five beehives (250,000 pollinators) that produce 500 kilograms of honey a year. This honey is used in the hotel's kitchens, and as gifts for guests and clients. In addition to beehives on the roof, the hotel also has a kitchen garden to complete the farm-to-fork experience.
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