Our business model is built around the core values of taking responsibility for the environment and its people. With our services, we aim to pay homage to nature and engage closely with local people and their cultures. We believe that less is more and true happiness is an experience rooted in simplicity. Time and experience has shown us how easy it is to lose touch with nature, so we encourage travellers to take a step back, slow down and rediscover the natural world. Through our models we aim to promote slow travel, long term stay and backyard exploration, helping travellers understand their surroundings in a much deeper and spiritual sense. Going slow means you have the opportunity to get off the tourist trail, understand cultures better, support local enterprises and put responsible travel tips into action.
To start with all our partner properties practice the ideals of responsible travel. Typically they are owned and operated by small, independent hosts and not hotels or resorts. Over 70% of our partners have chosen to list with us over the bigger online booking platforms because we all share the same principles and values. Staying at these locations may mean dropping the “demanding guest” mentality.
All our properties have been personally verified by us and maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygienic.
Many have been built using traditional methods with locally sourced or recycled materials. Many ancestral properties have been restored and help in the preservation of heritage, thus making the past relevant to the present and future.
Most of the properties are committed to having a low ecological footprint, some even actively contribute to reforestation and wildlife conservation.
Our wilderness lodges actively contribute towards wildlife and environment conservation.
Almost all our properties come with organic gardens and farms, meaning most of the food on the table are straight out of the garden and totally organic. No pesticides and preservatives are used. Additionally, some of the produce is locally sourced and come from the near by villages.
We are committed to highlighting local cuisines. Ethnic and local food are wholesome and fresh, not to mention ways to form a deep bond with a land and its soil.
In some places, food and produce act as an extra source of revenue which allows the residents to stay in their homeland and preserve their cultures, rather than leave in search of jobs.
Additionally, properties employ local men and women, empowering them as hosts, managers, chefs, guides and educators.