Best Deals 11.07
For our special Responsible Travel issue, T+L searched far and wide to bring you 13 exclusive offers that allow you to save money and contribute to worthy causes
Under the Sea Weekend package at the Fairmont Copley Plaza ( 138 St. James Ave.; 800/257-7544; fairmont.com). What’s Included One night in a Fairmont Room with an automatic upgrade based on availability; two tickets to the New England Aquarium; plus, $10 from your stay will be donated to the aquarium’s North Atlantic Right Whale Research Project, which works to ensure the survival of this threatened species. Cost From $299, double, from November 1 through December 30. Savings 22 percent.
Go Green package at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler (4545 Blackcomb Way; 866/383-9423 or 604/904-7169; whistlerblackcomb.com). What’s Included A four-night stay; one three-day lift ticket per person; one ayurvedic oil massage per person at the hotel spa; and daily breakfast for two, offering locally grown, sustainable, and fair-trade products. Cost $239 per person per night, double, December through March. Savings 20 percent.
Travel + Leisure package at Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge (San Juan del Sur; 506/232-6449; morgansrock.com). What’s Included Three daily meals for two, made of locally grown or bought ingredients; a three-hour reforestation tour during which you’ll plant a tree in the lodge’s tropical dry forest reserve. Cost $241, double, from November 1 through December 14 (four-night minimum stay). Savings 21 percent.
Inkaterra Cloud Forest package at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu (800/442-5042 or 51/1610-0400; inkaterra.com). What’s Included Two nights in a one-bedroom casita; a choice of onsite eco-activities, including a 90-minute guided tour to learn about the area’s endangered spectacled bear and the Inkaterra Association’s efforts to protect it; plus a visit to the Machu Picchu citadel. Cost From $547, per person, double, from November 1 through April (minimum two-night stay). Savings 20 percent.
Inkaterra Rain Forest package at Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica (Rio Madre de Dios, Km. 15, Puerto Maldonado–Tambopata; 800/442-5042 or 51/1610-0400; inkaterra.com). What’s Included A three-night stay in a cabana on raised stilts; an excursion to the hotel’s private ecological reserve; a boat trip to a native farm and Lake Sandoval; and one 30-minute massage at the hotel spa. Cost From $497, double, from November 1 through April (minimum three-night stay). Savings 20 percent.
The Galápagos Islands package with Mountain Travel Sobek (Galápagos; 888/687-6235; mtsobek.com). What’s Included Seven nights in a cabin aboard a 16-passenger yacht, plus a three-night stay in a standard room at the Swissôtel in Quito; three daily meals aboard the ship; and numerous walking and snorkeling educational excursions guided by a naturalist on the Galápagos Islands. Cost $4,045 per person, double, November 15–25; $3,865 per person, February 25–March 6. Savings 10 percent; plus, 10 percent of the trip cost will be donated to the WildAid ecosystem preservation project, Galápagos Forever (wildaid.org).
Kenya 817/661-0203; elevatedestinations.com). Earth: Healing the Rift—A Special Cultural, Wildlife, and Beach Eco-safari package with Elevate Destinations What’s Included A nine-night stay in luxury mobile tents, divided equally between the Gallmann Africa Conservancy, Lewa Downs in Laikipia, and the Olonana Sanctuary, an eco-resort in the Masai Mara; all meals and internal flights; entry to an international festival of artists on the edge of the Great Rift Valley; and a private tour of the Gallmann Africa Conservancy, an organization that conducts cultural, educational, and environmental research. Cost $10,500 per person, double, February 18–27. Savings 10 percent; plus, 5 percent of the trip cost will be donated to the Gallmann Africa Conservancy.
Kenya Conservation Safari package with Abercrombie & Kent (800/554-7094; abercrombie kent.com). What’s Included Eight nights, with one night in Nairobi, two nights at A&K’s mobile tented camp on the Laikipia Plateau, three nights at Chui Lodge in the privately owned Oserian Wildlife Game Sanctuary, and two nights at Olonana, a permanent tented camp on the banks of the Mara River; all meals; ground transportation; two guided game drives per day; and a visit to a Masai village, including a group discussion with Masai elders. Cost From $7,500 per person, double, through December 15. Savings 20 percent.
Tanzania Classic Encounters in the Green Serengeti package with Singita Grumeti Reserves and African Classic Encounters (888/808-1999 or 212/972-0031; africanclassicencounters.com). What’s Included A discounted stay at Singita Grumeti Reserves’ Sasakwa Lodge or Faru Faru Lodge & Sabora Tented Camp; all meals; two Land Rover safaris per day; horseback riding on the grounds; all drinks (excluding champagne); and return transfers from the airstrip to the lodges and camp. Cost $1,320 a night per person, double (Sasakwa Lodge), $836 a night per person, double (Faru Faru Lodge & Sabora Tented Camp), from April through December 2008 (blackout dates apply: Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter). Savings 12 percent; plus, Singita Grumeti Reserves donates an additional 10 percent of the overall trip cost to the Grumeti Community & Wildlife Conservation Fund.
Check into New York City’s 70 Park Avenue, a Kimpton hotel (877/707-2752 or 212/973-2400; 70parkave.com). For $495 a night, double, you’ll get two organic tea–infused vodka martinis, and two 45-minute hand and foot in-room spa treatments, at a savings of 25 percent. Ask for the Green Getaway package, available on weekends only, November 1 through December (book seven days in advance).
Reserve the Lost Horizon package at China’s Banyan Tree Ringha (Hong Po Village, Jian Tang Town; 86-887/828-8822; banyan tree.com). Spend three nights in a Tibetan Suite, with a hot-pot dinner for two at the hotel’s Changsa restaurant and a 90-minute massage per person, all for $1,415 a night, double, at a savings of 30 percent, November through March.
Escape to San Francisco with the Green Holiday Getaway package at the Orchard Garden Hotel (888/717-2881 or 415/399-9807; theorchardgardenhotel.com). For $199, double, guests receive a one-night stay and organic breakfast for two—a savings of over 30 percent, from November 1 through December 30.
Book the Responsible Luxury package with Conservation Corporation Africa (CC Africa) (888/882-3742; ccafrica.com). For $950 per person, double, you’ll spend three nights at the Phinda, Ngala, or Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in South Africa; visit local schools and health clinics; and learn about sustainability projects, including farming and irrigation practices. The trip cost includes a $150 donation to the Africa Foundation (africafoundation.org) or the Angus Gillis Foundation (angusgillis foundation.co.za), depending on whether you stay at Phinda, Ngala, or Kwande. These funds will help communities surrounding the reserves. Each guest receives a complimentary Wild Child wristband, paid for by CC Africa; the $10 for each band goes toward conservation lessons for local students.