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Dear all,

we want to say farewell to the old year and also to this blog. On our new GREEN TRAVEL BLOG, we inform you about topics like inside stories and facts about our green pearls, slow and eco-friendly tourism, sustainable lifestyle, eco-friendly architecture and delicious recipes in 2019!

New on GREEN TRAVEL BLOG:

Insights about Green Pearls® team and our green experiences in our daily lives. Finally, you can comment below the posts and share your own experiences with us.

We are looking forward to meeting you on our new blog 🙂

Merry Christmas and a good and healthy start in the New Year

Lynn, Steffy, & Hanna

 

Cover image: HUBERTUS Alpin Lodge & Spa

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Ice cooled New Year’s start: New Year’s swimming on Juist https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/new-years-swimming-juist/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/new-years-swimming-juist/#respond Tue, 18 Dec 2018 10:00:40 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29833 We have the ultimate tip for you when waking up after an extensive New Year’s Eve celebration: New Year’s swimming on Juist. As a native from the very North, even mayor Dr. Tjark Goerges plunges together with you into the ice-cold North Sea. “Without me!” is your first thought right now, but the icy refreshment […]

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We have the ultimate tip for you when waking up after an extensive New Year’s Eve celebration: New Year’s swimming on Juist. As a native from the very North, even mayor Dr. Tjark Goerges plunges together with you into the ice-cold North Sea. “Without me!” is your first thought right now, but the icy refreshment holds many healthy advantages, buzz word climate therapy – get to know here more about this health-supporting Thalassic treatment.

Klimatherapie auf Juist. © KV Juist

Not for wimps

Start is the 1st of January at 1pm at the seawater adventure pool where you change for the refreshment in the North Sea and may start with a heat sauna. The next stage: the beach. Here only few meters separate you from the cold North Sea: 10, 9, 8…. and up in the sea! Afterwards the sponsors “Hohe Düne” and the “Strand Halle” provide hot drinks for strengthening. Moreover, up to 4 pm you may visit the sauna free of charge. If the step from the warm changing room into the cold North Sea in January is too big, try out a climate therapy.

Strand auf Juist im Winter. © KV Juist

From air spa to sea spa

The climate therapy accompanies you step-by-step to your way towards the sea bath. You start with a relaxing walk on the beach. However, during the following four days you drop off more and more clothes with the highlight of a bath in the cold North Sea after one week. Of course Thalassic experts provide for the fact that you warm up afterwards. Participation affects the health positively in multiple manners: you inhale the fresh sea air and benefit from the positive effects of the aerosols.

Natural elation

The participation in the climate therapy is an effort at the beginning, at the least when you take off the first cloth. However, the success after the therapy is so captivating that it should not be difficult for you to take part. The cold promotes the blood circulation of the whole body. Above all the skin is tightened (and, in addition, through the high salinity of the water cared for), and the blood vessels optimally trained. Besides, the 5-day Thalassic cure increases your respiratory volume, strengthens your muscles as well as the immune system and stimulates the metabolism. And the best – you are flooded with endorphins.

 

In case you feel inclined, sign up from December, 27-31 2018 for the New Year’s swimming (German only). Among all participants, 50 woolen caps are drawn. Wishing you a healthy start in the New Year!

The next climate therapy takes place in March 2019. You find the exact appointments and further information online on the Juist website (German only).

 

All images: © KV Juist

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Sustainable documentaries for cuddly days: thought provoking movies https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/sustainable-documentaries-for-cuddly-days-thought-provoking-movies/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/sustainable-documentaries-for-cuddly-days-thought-provoking-movies/#respond Fri, 14 Dec 2018 09:26:42 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29843 The internal office name of this blog post is “winter cuddle blog” as we want to provide green inspirations for the cuddly days after (or even before) Christmas. Brew yourself a cup of tea, chill out on the couch and browse through our exciting tips for documentation films. And since one or the other content […]

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The internal office name of this blog post is “winter cuddle blog” as we want to provide green inspirations for the cuddly days after (or even before) Christmas. Brew yourself a cup of tea, chill out on the couch and browse through our exciting tips for documentation films. And since one or the other content may have a depressing effect, we also recommended some cheering movies at the end. (header picture: © AdobeStock / chris74)

Let us know which documentaries are still missing on the list and which ones we should watch as well!

Climate change:

One of the very first documentation films covering the issues sustainability and climate change was “An inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore of 2006. The second part was released in 2017.

Food and diet:

What we eat has a huge impact on the environment. Whether it concerns the fertilizer used in agriculture, or the negative side effects of factory farming. These documentation films bring up this painful subject and show what’s going wrong in our system.

  • Cowspiracy – The Sustainability Secret (Trailer)
    You can download the film or buy as DVD on www.cowspiracy.com.
  • What the Health (Trailer)
    sometimes referred to as “Cowspiracy 2”
  • Food Inc. (Trailer)
    Covering the food production and who’s behind it.
  • We feed the world (Trailer)
    Similar topic as “Food Inc.” but refers more to the European instead of the US market.
  • The Dairy System (only German so far) (Trailer)
    Is about the small and big players in the dairy industry and spotlights prevalent deficits.
  • Our Farmer – German/Austrian (Trailer)
  • Taste the waste
    More than half of our food ends up in the trash.

 

 

  • Fed up (Trailer)
    About the sugar industry and how our lifestyle makes us sick
  • Fork over Knives (Trailer)
    About the effects of nutrition on our body and the typical civilization diseases, also featuring Prof. Dr. T. Campbell who was in charge for the China Study.

If you are looking for more statistical evidences of benefits of plant-based wholefood, I can recommend these two books: The China Study and How not to die. The thematic focus is more on how diet affects our bodies. How not do die, in particular, is very diverting and fun to read. Though, probably, the books won’t suit hard-boiled meat lovers 😉

Fashion

  • The True Cost
    An honest and insightful documentation showing anyone pays the price of cheap fast fashion. :´-(
    https://truecostmovie.com

 

 

Plastic, Plastic, Plastic

  • A plastic ocean (Trailer)
    “Change is possible, it starts with us”
  • Drowning in plastic (Trailer)
    Just as the name says: we’re drowning in plastic

Less is more

  • Minimalism: A Documentary about the important things
    “I don’t know what the most common three words are in American homes. I don’t know if it’s “I love you” or “I want that”.”
    https://minimalismfilm.com
  • Welcome to Sodom – your smartphone has already arrived (Trailer)
    …is about the largest landfill of our planet in Ghana and the people living and working there. Following this, you will reconsider your own consumption for sure!

 

Since we recommended mostly demanding/difficult topics before, find some lighter films below:

 

Of bees and gardens

  • More than honey (Trailer)
    “Who pollinates better, humans or bees?”
  • Inhabit – A Permaculture Perspective
    “An economy that’s aligned with permaculture would be an economy in which the best business decision is the same as the best ecological decision.”

 

 

Travel:

  • Far. The story of a journey around the globe (German) (Trailer)
    Around the globe within three and a half years – without taking the plane: The impressive story motivates and inspires to travelslowlywhile making authentic experiences.
  • Free Solo (Trailer)
    Only suitable for those not scared of heights!

Marvel and relax

  • EARTH 1 and EARTH 2
    … enjoy breathtaking pictures of nature!

 

 

Setting a good example

  • Tomorrow (Trailer)
    Searching for solutions regarding our future
  • Human (Trailer)
    A movie about humans – with all their similarities and differences.
  • Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future
    “If we really were in love with nature and incorporated that love into all of our systems, we would not have an ecological crisis.”

 

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Extremely relaxing: 3 special wellness treatments https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/special-spa-treatment/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/special-spa-treatment/#respond Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:58:42 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29816 Massages, cosmetics applications, and spa treatments – the Europeans are front-runners when it comes to wellness vacation. Quite a lot of hotels specialize completely on spa vacations, others, however, only offer some treatments. Also the variety of the offered treatments makes the Europeans leading for wellness: hot stone massages, honey-facial treatments, pine sauna and thermal […]

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Massages, cosmetics applications, and spa treatments – the Europeans are front-runners when it comes to wellness vacation. Quite a lot of hotels specialize completely on spa vacations, others, however, only offer some treatments. Also the variety of the offered treatments makes the Europeans leading for wellness: hot stone massages, honey-facial treatments, pine sauna and thermal baths are part of the wellness packages. Meanwhile the green movement has also reached the wellness industry, thus, you can choose among many Green Pearls partners between holistic therapies, massages with natural oils and beauty treatments with natural cosmetics. We found three special treatments just for you!

Multi-sensory beer massage. © Creativhotel Luise
Experience the art of brewing during the multi-sensory beer massage! © Creativhotel Luise

Whitecap for your beauty

Worldwide unique the Creativhotel Luise offers a beer massage. Admitted, beer massages are not new for real spa lovers, but this one is unusual. During the multi-sensory treatment, applied while lying, you experience the origin of beer with all your senses. The idea originates from Ben Förtsch, the manager of the climate-positive hotel. Because he can hardly unwind during massages, he developed together with a friend the beer massage with binaural sound-recordings you listen to through earphones, coming from the Brauerei Steinbach Bräu. Besides, at the same time you smell the beer in your nose while the healing essences of hop, barley and malt sooth your skin. Relaxation for all senses is guaranteed – at least for beer lovers 😉

Hay bath / Heubad. © Arosea Life Balance Hotel
The scent of health: Unwind in the healing hay bath. © Arosea Life Balance Hotel

From meadow to spa

Hay is not only well for cows and sheep – but also for your health! At the Arosea Life Balance Hotel in the Ulten Valley you may take a health-supporting hay bath. Of course the hay comes from unfertilized South Tyrolean Alpine grasslands and is natural. The special composition of blossoms and grass stimulates the blood circulation, is cramp relieving and makes calm. For everybody suffering discomfort from rheumatic disorders or having problems with the respiratory tract or are tormented by tension, the bath in Alpine grassland hay is exactly the right thing.

Wooden bath tub. © Hotel Lamm Mitteltal
Bathing like our ancestors: Hotel Lamm offers various baths and treatments in the wooden bath tub. © Hotel Lamm

Journey through time

When you are looking for a special spa experience, you will make a find at Hotel Lamm. In the spa village belonging to the hotel you are spoilt in a traditional bath tub with healthy snacks, spring water and healing oils or mud. A neck and shoulder massage provides for your well-being while relaxing in warm water. In summer, the tub is outside so you may enjoy sunrays during the treatment. Another unusual treatment is the bodywork after Marion Rosen. This massage technology is particularly good for people wanting to access their inside. Through touching special muscles, unconscious tensions are resolved and help to deeply relax.

Cover image: © Arosea Life Balance Hotel

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Appearance is vital: Sustainable gift packaging https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/sustainable-gift-packaging/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/sustainable-gift-packaging/#respond Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:19:31 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29758 Can you believe in about two weeks we already celebrate Christmas? Are you well prepared for the festive season? If you are like me, you probably did not start thinking about presents this year or even purchased them. Recently we have provided tips for sustainable presents which are applicable also for your Christmas presents (I […]

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Can you believe in about two weeks we already celebrate Christmas? Are you well prepared for the festive season? If you are like me, you probably did not start thinking about presents this year or even purchased them. Recently we have provided tips for sustainable presents which are applicable also for your Christmas presents (I already got inspired and my favorite are the seed bombs!). In adequate advance here are some ideas for sustainable gift packaging.

Old magazine used for eco-friendly packaging. © Green Pearls

Waste paper deluxe

Most time it ends up in the paper garbage; however, Christmas is ShowTime for the good old printed newspaper. With the right decoration newspapers can look great, provides that the colored displays are dismissed. Small presents like earrings, for example, are creatively packed in decorated loo paper rolls or painted matchboxes. Old calendar sides, note sheets (perfect for Christmas), city plans or maps are suitable as well as a wrapping paper. To give it an individual touch you can use a comic, fashion magazines or recycled sewing patterns – or you make a collage with motives matching to the recipient. Moreover, try to avoid sticky tape when wrapping the gifts.

re-usable bag used as sustainable packaging. © Green Pearls

Instead of garbage – reuse

To avoid garbage at Christmas, choose a reusable packaging! A nice option are fabric bags, which you maybe want to paint yourselves or a great shopping basket. You intend to give away small or ductile presents like socks and gloves (or the seed bombs 🙂 ), a practical preserving jar or a nice storage box is the choice. If not only the packing should be reusable, you may reuse old things as presents. Find up-cycling inspirations on our blog as well.

Ecologically friendly and tacky

Confessed, at Christmas I love it the kitschy way 🙂 and as already bespoken, daily papers and Co together with Christmas decoration (which must be kitschy of course) can be very shiny under the Christmas tree. Maybe you still have some fabric leftovers in your sewing box? You can convert those as tapes and decorate it with all kinds picked up from nature: Fir cone, mossy branches, and what else you find in the forest. For the typical Christmas smell use cinnamon sticks, dried slices of orange and use small Christmas tree balls for the decoration. (For the sparkling effect 😉 ). (Woolen) yarn or package strings are also suitable as wrapping tape.

Wrapping packages sustainably. © Green Pearls

When the present is the packaging

Lunch boxes are my everyday companions! At Christmas, I would be delighted about a  stainless steel lunch box, a microwave-suitable glass bowl or a colorful decorated box made of cornflower or bamboo. If you plan to make such a present you can use the lunch box as gift box 🙂 filled with home-baked little cookies or chocolates and the joy is on your side! If you decide for a  portable drinking bottle as give away, you can fill them with tasty syrup or homemade liqueur or mulled wine.  Simply bind a small fabric bow, decorate it with a pine cone or something else and ready is the present.

 

All images © Green Pearls

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Tropical wood in Bavaria? No thanks! https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/sustainable-architecture/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/sustainable-architecture/#respond Tue, 04 Dec 2018 10:19:29 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29723 Planning a vacation the appearance of the accommodation is as decisive for me as the location. This probably applies to you as well.☺The architecture of the lodging is significant not only for our well-being, but is also a criterion for the sustainable features of a hotel. Would you have known? Now you probably ask yourselves […]

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Planning a vacation the appearance of the accommodation is as decisive for me as the location. This probably applies to you as well.☺The architecture of the lodging is significant not only for our well-being, but is also a criterion for the sustainable features of a hotel. Would you have known? Now you probably ask yourselves what architecture has to do with sustainability? A legitimate question as presumably in your everyday life you rather deal with avoiding plastic or purchase fair-trade or regional products preferably made of renewable materials. These factors apply also for sustainable architecture. Learn more about sustainable and regional architecture from the green buildings of our Green Pearl’s hotels.

The yard of the renovated cloister. © Hôtel Le Pavillon
The yard of the renovated cloister amidst Paris. © Hôtel Le Pavillon

Value resources

Sustainable architecture encloses two sustainable aspects: If we take on the one hand old, already existing buildings and renovate these, we might talk of “building recycling.” This avoids valuable materials to be decontaminated and pollutants be released during demolition. Besides the historical structures are conserved. On the other hand buildings –old or new – can have an environmentally friendly building substance, for example, natural and renewable materials for an efficient insulation or integration of natural energy sources like geothermal energy. For sustainable architecture the regional aspect plays an important role! Local architecture not only appreciates the regional culture, but the region is also reflected. Wood houses in areas with a lot of forests, clay facades in meager regions and stonewalls in craggy areas. Moreover, local architecture implies that the ways of delivery remain short, because all materials are available on site. Strictly speaking, sustainable construction requires engaging local construction companies. This also protects jobs in the region!

Historic hamlet in the Piedmont. © Sagna Rotonda
The historic architecture of the eco-village. © Sagna Rotonda

Stone by stone

The Sagna Rotonda in the Piedmont is a charming example of how old structure and a piece of history can be revived. Only the foundation walls were received from the historical hamlet, which dates back to the 17th century, when the today owners bought the property including masonry. With a lot of love they breathed new life into the small village and today rent out energy-self-sufficient holiday apartments. To save energy the rental apartments are insulated with natural materials, cork and lime.

Historic façade of the city hotel. © Hotel Milano Scala
Historic façade of the climate-neutral hotel in the center of Milan. © Hotel Milano Scala

Surrounded by history

The first CO2 neutral hotel in Milan is accommodated in a historical town villa. During the renovation of the building Hotel Milano Scala integrated energy-efficient insulation as well as geothermal energy which contribute, beside other measures, to a climate neutral operation. In Paris, Hôtel Le Pavillon is located in a small, restored cloister. Old and new merge to a creative colorful accommodation located in the shade of the Eiffel Tower. The historical cloister walls were restored taking sustainable building measures into account, and at the same time to avoid electromagnetic radiation. With the help of special windows and wall color your sleep is protected from radiation! Read more in our blog!

Vacation rental Les Viles in South Tyrol. © Dolomit Boutique Hotel
Vacation rental Les Viles in South Tyrol. © Dolomit Boutique Hotel

Regional material

In the Dolomit Homes regional materials meet modern design. The owners built all apartments as well as the Dolomit Boutique Hotel in respect to energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. Sheep wool and wood-wool serve for the insulation. Besides, the modern façades and interior arrangement consists of regional wood. The holiday apartments in the Dolomites are a good example to start planning buildings right from beginning eco-friendly to contribute to sustainability.

All that deals with the esteem of the existing, the native country and the appreciation of the future equally – ecologically friendly and local architecture preserves the environment and supports the economy! And it looks magnificent 😉

 

Cover image: © Sagna Rotonda

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Peaceful Advent season: Candlelight Swimming on Juist https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/advent-candlelight-swimming-juist/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/advent-candlelight-swimming-juist/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 09:03:31 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29710 Slowly Winter sets in on Juist and Christmas is around the corner. Just in time, the Advent program on the North Sea Island starts on the first weekend in Advent living you up for Christmas. Today we want to draw your attention to a special event – the Candlelight Swimming on Juist in the seawater […]

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Slowly Winter sets in on Juist and Christmas is around the corner. Just in time, the Advent program on the North Sea Island starts on the first weekend in Advent living you up for Christmas. Today we want to draw your attention to a special event – the Candlelight Swimming on Juist in the seawater adventure pool! There’s a lot more behind the romantic bathing event; the swimming pool is not only the venue for this special experience, but another example of environmental and climate protection on Juist. 

Bathing in salt water from the North sea. © KV Juist
The swimming pool is filled with salt water from the North Sea! © KV Juist

Candlelight and water lapping 

At nightfall, the Candlelight Swimming in the seawater adventure pool opens; accompanied by Christmas music inviting you to swim here on each Saturday evening in Advent. Candlelight flickers across the swimming pool, creating a cozy and festive atmosphere. Located in the wellness center called TöwerVital, you can bathe in seawater from the North Sea. Nurture your skin with healthy salt water during the cold season and  pamper yourself with wellness treatments, Thalasso and physiotherapy. Enjoy a wonderful view of the entire island from the rooftop panoramic sauna. The wellness center is built on one of the highest dunes of Juist! A truly exceptional visit to the swimming pool in a special ambience.

External view of the panoramic sauna on Juist. © KV Juist
TöwerVital, the wellness center: built on one of the highest dunes of Juist including the panoramic sauna! © KV Juist

More than an indoor pool

Besides offering relaxation and well-being, the seawater adventure pool is also characterized by its sustainable technology. On one side, salt water does not require chlorine, that affects our health and the environment. Anyone having sensitive skin knows what I’m talking about (if you want to learn more about chemical-free pools, look here and here as well). At the same time, a lot of efficient technology is used: An air heater solar collector ensures a pleasant temperature indoor, in the changing rooms and the spa area. The water is heated to a temperature of 32 °C using a solar absorber system on the roof. In case the sunlight is not sufficient, a heat pump automatically switches on providing warm water. 

Two people in panoramic sauna on Juist. © KV Juist
View of the beach and the sea from the panoramic sauna! © KV Juist

Fresh water, healthy visitors

Would you like to learn more about the sustainable swimming pool technology? No problem! Water quality is controlled with sustainable technology as well : circulating pumps run all day, providing clean water. They are equipped with a frequency converter reducing the line frequency by 10 %, yet, saving much more electricity at almost identical power. And even a turbidity sensor also helps to reduce the energy consumption; the technology – unique in Germany – measures the concentration of dirt particles in the bathing water. The cleaner the water, the less the circulation pumps have to circulate the water. In total, the measures save 520 tons of CO2 per year! 

The exact opening hours and other offers in Advent can be found on Juist’s Advent Program (German only).

 

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Ethical animal encounters on travels https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/animal-welfare-vacation/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/animal-welfare-vacation/#respond Tue, 27 Nov 2018 08:24:28 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29690 As you know, sustainability comprises environmental protection, responsible resource management, safety at work as well as animal protection and the preservation of biodiversity alike. Animal welfare is an important and recurring issue in tourism. To date, animals are still exploited for profit being kept in worst conditions: Whether in animal welfare centers, that only pretend […]

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As you know, sustainability comprises environmental protection, responsible resource management, safety at work as well as animal protection and the preservation of biodiversity alike. Animal welfare is an important and recurring issue in tourism. To date, animals are still exploited for profit being kept in worst conditions: Whether in animal welfare centers, that only pretend to protect, in animal shows in large amusement parks, or using caged animals for tourist selfies. Unfortunately, you still find too many examples of how it shouldn’t be. Often, travelers also lack knowledge of what is and what isn’t acceptable. 

The Wildlife Selfie Code

For this purpose, the organization World Animal Protection has created a short video meeting the issue: It is about the selfies with sloths, in particular, and do’s and don’ts for selfies with wild animals in general:

Call for boycott

The first important step for each of us is to boycott the exploitation of animals, since demand determines supply. The Thai resorts The Tongsai Bay and Keemala advise their guests to not support certain activities and don’t sell tickets for animal shows, elephant rides or other attractions abusing animals for entertainment. Instead, they encourage guests to explore ethical animal encounters and cultural offerings. Moreover, Keemala is a peaceful home to a herd of rescued animals: water buffalos, peacocks, goats, geese and chickens.

Pink necked pigeon. © The Tongsai Bay
The pink-necked green pigeon is just one of many species living on Tongsai Bay’s property. © The Tongsai Bay

Rules for protecting animals

More than 60 bird species live on more than 28 hectares of unspoiled nature around The Tongsai Bay. When the resort was built, not a single tree was felled protecting the birds’ habitat. Moreover, the resort pursues a strict animal welfare policy: employees are dismissed when they harm or kill an animal in the hotel garden.

A heart for wildlife

At the Zeavola Resort on Koh Phi Phi, you can find fruit trees planted specifically for the birds. During the breeding, there are also separated quiet areas. In Peru, you can experience ethical animal encounters at the Inkaterra Hotels: A trained guide from the environmental organization Inkaterra Asociación that belongs to the hotel group not only informs you during the excursion but also ensures none of the animals is being disturbed.

One year old afforested corals of the Coral Lines Project. © Gili Lankanfushi
One year old afforested corals of the Coral Lines Project. © Gili Lankanfushi

Of natural enemies, sunscreen and special projects

Coral reefs are dying around the globe – whether in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef or on the Maldives. The fragile ecosystems respond to temperature fluctuations in the sea, the increasing plastic pollution, and are threatened by spreading natural enemies such as the crown of thorns starfish. On the Maldives, various projects help to rebuild coral reefs: For example, the Coral Lines Project at Gili Lankanfushi and the Coral Gardens at the Reethi Faru Resort you can support as a guest! An important step each of us can easily implement is using coral-friendly sun protection instead of conventional sunscreens with chemical filters since these damage the corals. By the way, you can get this sunscreen at The Tongsai Bay on Koh Samui and Gili Lankanfushi on the Maldives. 

Andean bear in Peru, protected by the Inkaterra Asociación. © Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
On excursions, you can watch the Andean bear. © Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

On the loose

As mentioned earlier, protection centers are challenging. Guests are repeatedly told animals have been rescued and are now living in an appropriate way. (You can find more on elephant sanctuaries in Thailand on our blog). Often, however, they are telling lies, because the animals were raised or trapped for the centers. Of course, you can also find integer centers — inform yourself properly and if you have any doubts, ask critically! In Arosa, amidst the Swiss Alps, a refuge for rescued bears opened in 2018, founded by the organization Vier Pfoten (engl. “four paws”). So far, bear “Napa” was the only one moving in, getting company next year. The bears live on 2.8 acres of land, being able to move freely and in natural surroundings. In Peru, the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel also protects the rare Andean Bear. Both centers offer the opportunity to observe the bears in their daily lives — from a safe distance for humans and animals. 

 

Cover image: © Keemala

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Vegan inspiration: Green Curry made by Valsana Hotel & Apartments https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/vegan-inspiration-green-curry-made-by-valsana-hotel-apartments/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/vegan-inspiration-green-curry-made-by-valsana-hotel-apartments/#respond Fri, 23 Nov 2018 09:19:46 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29628 For some time we have been taking you on a vegan journey around the globe on our blog, presenting special recipes from our partner hotels. Previous stops: Italy, Thailand, Germany and the Maldives. Today we continue to Switzerland to a remarkable and green hotel at 1,800 meters, surrounded by the Swiss Alps: the Valsana Hotel […]

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For some time we have been taking you on a vegan journey around the globe on our blog, presenting special recipes from our partner hotels. Previous stops: Italy, Thailand, Germany and the Maldives. Today we continue to Switzerland to a remarkable and green hotel at 1,800 meters, surrounded by the Swiss Alps: the Valsana Hotel & Apartments in Arosa. Having opened last year, the hotel and especially the remarkable cuisine of the restaurant “Twist,” have become well established.

The “Twist” predominantly uses regional and seasonal ingredients and processes them ingenious to special dishes. The restaurant is a highlight offering food for every palate: whether you are looking for meat, vegetarian or vegan dishes. Let yourself be pampered by the variety of delicious and healthy meals, such as zoodles, the tofu pasta bowl or the Green Curry. Especially for you, chef Marcel Laversa provides his recipe for the vegan Green Curry 😉

Green curry © Valsana Hotel & Appartements
The green curry at the restaurant “Twist” © Valsana Hotel & Appartements

Green Curry

1 tbsp chopped ginger
1 minced garlic clove
5 lime leaves, cut
1 tsp green curry paste
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 lemongrass stalks
600 ml coconut milk
2 green chilis
300g celery
1 tbsp basil oil
a handful of baby spinach
1 lime, grated zest and juice
fresh basil for decoration

Sauté the ginger, garlic, lime leaves and curry paste with the sesame oil, then deglaze with coconut milk. Remove the outer leaves off the lemongrass and cut the remaining stalks to small pieces, add, and lightly simmer. 

Next, cut the chilis (without seeds, unless you like it very hot) into small rings and add to the sauce, together with the cut celery. Keep simmering everything.

Refine the curry with some basil oil, baby spinach, lime zest and juice, fresh basil and celery leaves, simmer briefly and then serve with rice.

Tip: You can add any green vegetable you like 🙂

Enjoy your green meal!

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Off-season travel: evade mass tourism https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/off-season-travel-mass-tourism/ https://www.greenpearls.com/blog/off-season-travel-mass-tourism/#respond Tue, 20 Nov 2018 08:41:50 +0000 https://www.greenpearls.com/?p=29590 Do you also prefer traveling in summer, like most people? The summer is considered as the touristic high season – resulting in overflowing beaches, crowed hiking trails, and packed marketplaces. Did you ever think about anti-cyclical travel, in other words, off-season travel? It’s worth thinking about it if you don’t have kids required to attend […]

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Do you also prefer traveling in summer, like most people? The summer is considered as the touristic high season – resulting in overflowing beaches, crowed hiking trails, and packed marketplaces. Did you ever think about anti-cyclical travel, in other words, off-season travel? It’s worth thinking about it if you don’t have kids required to attend school. Off-season travel has many benefits, one would be evading the negative impact of rising tourist number on these destinations: Nature and animals suffer from the crowds and what they leave behind; plastic bottles and cigarette butts. Destinations are exploited to entertain tourists, while locals lose affordable housing and the destination its authentic charm. Some time ago, we reported on alternatives to over-tourism, this time you’ll learn about the merits visiting our green pearls off-season!

Lamps and room interior. © Hotel Milano Scala
In the heart of Milan: the climate-neutral Hotel Milano Scala. © Hotel Milano Scala

City trip: Hot chocolate instead of iced coffee

Visiting cities is popular during summer when sitting outside watching the hustle and bustle of the city. However, high season often affects cities negatively since visitors need accommodation, food and produce waste. At the same time, the environment is polluted and the rental market for residents tightens. Queuing for hours and being unable to see the attraction due to numerous selfie sticks – that’s not how you image your city break, isn’t it? Thus, off-season city trips are worth considering: Whether romantic days in winterly Paris staying at the Hôtel Le Pavillon or savoring the first cocktail on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Milano Scala in spring. A perfect city trip does not require high season! (By the way, find more tips for a green stay in Paris on our blog).

Beach on Juist covered in snow. © Strandhotel Kurhaus Juist
Wintery beach on Juist – breathe in the cleanest air! © Strandhotel Kurhaus Juist

Beach vacation: building snowmen on the beach

Spending the winter months on northern beaches does not include swimming, but is best for tranquility and slowing down. After a long walk at the Juist’s beach, vacationers can warm up in a Thalasso bath at the Strandhotel Kurhaus Juist. Guests of the Lifestylehotel SAND enjoy the breathtaking view of the Timmendorfer Strand from the hot whirlpool on the rooftop terrace in winter.

Deer in unspoiled forest, Maira Valley. © Sagna Rotonda
Maira Valley: A deer spotted in the woods surrounding the old hamlet of the eco-village during fall. © Sagna Rotonda

Hiking vacation: Gold mountains

Summer hikes are wonderful! However, numerous vacationers on site might disturb dreaming of tranquility and solitary hikes. In fall, you won’t meet as many people in the mountains. So, why not escaping grey November marveling Indian summer in the Alps? You will find breathtaking hiking paths and biking trails in the mountain scenery near the Berghotel Rehlegg in Berchtesgaden and the Dolomit Boutique Hotel in – as you may assume from the name – the Italian Dolomites. Another highlight during fall is the Maira Valley: On 1,700 meters, Sagna Rotonda is located amidst the wild valley. Surrounded by untouched forests, you can spot deer with a bit of luck!

Excursion, fauna, and hotel interior. © Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica
The greenest green thanks to the monsoon season in Peru. © Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica

Holiday during the monsoon season: Lush greenery

Not traveling countries during the monsoon period is often recommended. Consequences are overcrowded and polluted holiday regions resulting in closure of beaches, for example, such as Maya Bay in Thailand famous from “The Beach.” Traveling during the monsoon seasons is often times beneficial for some reasons – the more it rains, the greener it is! You can explore the impressive landscapes best on Koh Samui at the green hotel The Tongsai Bay between September and December and on the Phi Phi Islands at the Zeavola Resort between April and October. In Peru, nature around the luxurious eco-cottages of Inkaterra Reserva Amazónica flourishes most December through May.

Snowshoe hike in Austria. © Naturhotel Outside
Enjoying winter holiday without the hustle and bustle on the slopes. © Naturhotel Outside

Ski vacation: Escape the slopes

Overcrowded ski slopes make it hard to enjoy winter sports. However, from a sustainable perspective, skiing off-season does not make sense since supplying ski slopes artificially uses up many resources. If you love snow-covered mountains, but want to avoid crowded slopes, how about an eco-friendly alternative? How about snowshoe hikes through the National Park Hohe Tauern guided by the Naturhotel Outside?

Off-season travel has one advantage above all: Exploring a destination without mass tourism. And that is what holiday is about – enjoying a peaceful vacation.

 

Cover image: © Naturhotel Outside

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