Regenerative Travel Post-Pandemic: Three Things to Know
- It Overlaps with Wellness Trips: Many regenerative properties boast tranquil environments akin to those highlighted in Top Five Wellness Travel Trends 2021. The new property in the Maldives from Singapore’s Patina Hotels weaves envy-inducing wellness treatments – such as contrast hydrotherapy and meditation sessions – into its low-impact mission. Solar panels power the resort, an on-site garden provides local produce and water is recycled for irrigation.
- Nature Is Emphasised: Regenerative travel aligns with the increase in nature tourism, as described in 10 Traveller Priorities for 2021. At Tuscany’s Oasy Hotel, located on a nature reserve, visitors participate in guided hikes, during which they may spot wild boars, foxes and golden eagles. Similarly, guests at Alladale Reserve in the Scottish Highlands can glimpse endangered wildlife, such as the Scottish wildcat and European bison.
- For Hawaii’s Kauai island, nature-focused regenerative practices inform its post-pandemic tourism strategy. To stymie ecological degradation caused by tourism, Kauai plans to generate maintenance revenue from beach entrance fees, educate tour operators on reef pollution and teach people how to protect local endangered animals.
- Experiences Are Key: To take the regenerative ideology beyond sustainable initiatives, shrewd properties provide experiences that let guests participate in protecting at-risk ecosystems. The regenerative practices Australia’s One & Only Wolgan Valley resort implemented to rebuild following the 2019 wildfires now define on-premises activities. There are tours of the new plantings made, guided foraging and cooking classes, and kid-friendly habitat restoration sessions.
- Also notable is Costa Rica’s Finca Rosa Blanca, where guests get a front-row view of sustainable coffee farming.
For more on eco-conscious trips, see Fast-Tracking Sustainable Travel.