We Care

Many of our Secret Retreats members are active in their community and engage in philanthropic endeavours that support sustainability, local culture/customs, and nature preservation. Join Secrets on a memorable journey to help preserve the planet and its people.

Bound by a common desire to promote and help save the environment, as well as the local people’s cultures, traditions, and ways of life, each Secret Retreat member has pledged to sign and adhere to a list of concrete principles upon joining our organisation. This document entitled Sustainability Pledge may be read here:

In order to illustrate our members’ commitment to this cause, we are pleased to share some examples of their initiatives, which you too are invited discover during your stay with us.

 

4 RIVERS FLOATING LODGE

Built with only eco-friendly materials, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge’s pristine surroundings amidst the Tatai River and the Cardamom Mountains aptly reflect the company’s commitment to preserving the environment and supporting local sustainable tourism efforts. The eco lodge has worked with a number of local establishments and villagers in order to promote the protection of the region’s unique ecological systems.

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ARUMDALU

This private resort is fully committed to ensuring it maintains an eco-friendly environment without compromising a luxurious experience. Synthetic rattan furniture has been made with recycled plastic. Besides its stone walls, which were made with rubber waste and sand, and energy efficient LED lights, its wicker gazebo allows for a natural cooling system.

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GOLDEN BUDDHA RESORT

This resort practices sustainable tourism by minimizing waste and its environmental impact. It recycles all their glass, cardboard, paper, and cans, and only offers draft beer and non-bottled water. The resort has no freezers, and all food is delivered fresh daily from the market or purchased directly from local fishermen and farmers. In addition to its organic gardens, the resort has a nursery where they grow fresh herbs and vegetables.

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HOTEL TUGU LOMBOK

Thanks to its Clean and Green campaign, this hotel organises everything from visits to a local school to teaching others about good environmental practices. One of their community initiatives called Eco Park grows fruit, herbs, yams, vegetables and spices. No chemicals have been used and all the produce is 100% organic. Guests who book a cooking class at the resort are taken on a tour to learn how the hotel makes their own compost.

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JEEVA BELOAM

Jeeva Beloam has long placed an emphasis on supporting local activities and festivals. These efforts align with the camp’s core vision which is to integrate and the local community. Jeeva Beloam takes pride in continually seeking opportunities to sponsor local events and recently sponsored events in East Lombok, the Gendang Beliq and Perisaian Festivals.

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LOTUS HOUSEBOAT

Lotus Houseboat offers an adventurous experience while maintaining a low carbon footprint due to the unique nature of its accommodations. Many activities featured onboard focus on the surrounding nature and embrace the commitment to minimise environmental impact.

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MAISON POLANKA

Osmose Tonle – created in 1999 Working since 1999 with the floating communities of the Prek Toal Biosphere Reserve Core area of the Tonle Sap Great Lake, Osmose takes an integrated approach, supporting conservation objectives by linking Environmental Education - Sustainable Development - Community Support. Osmose’s goal is to promote harmony between the local communities and the core reserve area, and to facilitate both the conservation of the Tonle Sap environment and the sustainable livelihoods of the floating village communities.

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MESASTILA

In an effort to be a part of the local family, MesaStila has been supporting and contributing to the community since its grand opening in 2004. Besides engaging employees from nearby villages and offering intensive hotel management training, it provides other aid. This includes regularly helping to clean nearby mosques in preparation for special occasions as well as collaborating with others to showcase Javanese culture with traditional dance shows, gamelan performances and batik lessons, which are held every afternoon at the hotel.

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MISOOL ECO RESORT

This resort has created population databases for both reef and oceanic mantas present in Raja Ampat. Guests can become involved in the collection and identification of photos, and gain a greater awareness of these creatures and local environmental threats. The project also has an acoustic tagging program to learn more about the local reef mantas, looking at critical habitat use and migratory routes knowing they can travel up to 600 kilometres - potentially far outside of the Shark and Manta Sanctuary.

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MUANG LA RESORT

This resort is dedicated to improving education at Ban Por, an isolated Hmong village at the top of the mountain, where teaching and learning conditions are difficult. So far, they have built two schools. One is for the first level (6-7 years old) and has 30 students. The second school, at the entrance of the village, has approximately 70 students ages 7 to 11.

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NEELESHWAR HERMITAGE

Neeleshwar Hermitage offers a peaceful and serene escape while emphasising activities that are both sustainable and local. As ambassadors of the local land, the resort provides bikes on a complimentary basis, along with maps that highlight nearby temples and the estuary, cultivating environmentally conscious sightseeing. The resort also encourages guests to immerse themselves in the surrounding natural beauty of the area with an eco-walk in the paddy fields or a relaxing hike in the Ranipuran Western Ghats.

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NIMMU HOUSE

Apricot Jam Project
A simple sustainable project, local women are invited to collect the apricots in the orchard for free, which they then use to make homemade apricot jam. The hotel purchases this jam for its own use, and guests are also welcome to buy some to take home with them.

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RACHAMANKHA

This resort is very active with the local community, and engages in everything from only employing local people to sponsoring local artists, puppeteers and performers. Celebrating the cultural diversity of the region and working closely with the Chiang Mai University of Fine Arts, the hotel often organises art functions that explore the rich heritage of Chiang Mai’s Golden Age.

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REVERIE SIAM

Reverie Siam is committed to providing employment and engaging in sustainable tourism that gives back to the local economy. The resort was constructed by local builders who after the construction phase stayed on as valuable members of the hotel.

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SAMANEA BEACH RESORT

In an effort to minimize its carbon footprint, Samanea draws its water directly from an underground mountain stream. No pump is used to supply the various buildings as the circulation of water is done by a gravity system. In addition, all wastewater passes through a system with five settling ponds.

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SATRI HOUSE

Satri House is passionate about promoting Lao culture and customs, including one of Laos’ oldest dominant living crafts, textile weaving. In collaboration with “Khang”, they have created a centre for fine silks, textile design, Lao fashion and traditional weaving in the heart of Luang Prabang at 24 Sackarine road, Ban Xiengmouane. View exclusive collections made from Lao handlooms using different ancient techniques to create both traditional and contemporary designs.

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TALABGAON CASTLE

Talabgaon Castle is actively involved in improving quality of life of their local community and providing employment and training. Hiring residents from the local villages and providing job opportunities in various divisions in the hotel. Talabgaon Castle also encourages international travel companies and their guest to contribute to the local community by contributing of their resources in the field of education and social welfare.

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THE SANCHAYA

This hotel has a yearlong hospitality sponsorship scheme, which aims to benefit Bintan’s local youths. They are helping develop relevant knowledge and skill set by financially supporting their education, as well as providing in-house work experience and employment following successful completion of the programme. For the 2013 scholarship, The Sanchaya awarded IDR15,000,000 (approximately USD1,500) to each student to cover all academic expenses including tuition, examination fees, and allowances for books, study materials, and housing.

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THE SPIRIT OF KALIMANTAN

With a genuine love for Kalimantan and a vision rooted in making a difference in the developing world, the founders of The Spirit of Kalimantan have pioneered ecotourism and positive developments in the region. With a profound awareness of the fragile interrelationship between the rain forest and the livelihood of the Dayak people, The Spirit of Kalimantan continually seeks solutions that are in harmony with this powerful symbiosis.

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TIGER MOUNTAIN POKHARA LODGE

Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge fully supports and practices responsible conservation tourism. Operating in the middle hills of Nepal, where the surrounding area is under diverse pressure, it is committed to the protection and enhancement of the natural environment, the people and communities. The lodge strives to ensure that all its operations have the smallest negative environmental impact possible by reducing consumption of fuel, water, generation of waste, and minimising the use of chemicals.

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VILLA SAMADHI

This resort is actively involved keeping their carbon footprint as low as possible. Their goal has been to build the resort around nature in order to prevent the plants, animals and land from being disturbed. Great care has been taken to minimise the environmental impact, avoiding the moving of rocks and cutting of trees. Due to their passion and commitment to respect and preserve the inherent beauty of their environment, no two villas are the same, each reflecting the unique spirit and character of the land and place.

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