Bee + Hive, a not-for-profit sustainable tourism association based in Canada, unites hotels, restaurants and parks that embrace sustainable practices and experiences. The association continues to expand around the world and has announced the addition of Nay Palad Hideaways in the Philippines and Reserva do Ibitipoca in Brazil to its roster. Additional members are Little St. Simons Island in Georgia, Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef in Australia, Masuwe Lodge in Zimbabwe, Bananal Farm, Pousada Tutabel, Pousada Literária de Paraty and The Caiman Ecological Refuge in Brazil, and the Treehotel in Sweden.
The birthplace of barefoot luxury, Nay Palad Hideaway nestles between ancient mangrove forests and the soft white sands of Siargao. In easy reach of tropical jungle, underground caves, untouched beaches, deep-sea fishing and the legendary Cloud 9 barreling wave, Nay Palad Hideaway lets you create own rhythm, turning each day into a different story. It’s an experience of hospitality, freedom and beauty that can never truly be described—only shared.
Staying at Reserva do Ibitipoca is like stepping back in time. Accommodations are located in the former headquarters of the Engenho Farm: a construction inspired by typical farmhouse architecture of the eighteenth century and surrounded by open green areas at an altitude of 900 meters. A stay at Reserva do Ibitipoca will not feel like a normal holiday at a hotel, because they are not just a hotel. They foster an atmosphere that invites guests and friends to relax while listening to the sound of the birds and feeling the fresh farm air. They have a desire to share the exhilarating local nature with people passionate about ecotourism, thus offering a unique and exclusive experience.
Bee + Hive aims to offer consumers a go-to platform in which to discover the best in sustainable travel experiences. For example, at St. Simons Island, visitors may get involved in the protection of Loggerhead Sea Turtles or go on bald eagle spotting expeditions. Guests at Masuwe Lodge are invited to spend an evening afloat the Zambezi River where pods of hippo, herds of elephant and other animals come down to drink at day’s end. Organization members in Brazil offer a variety of experiences ranging from bird watching to visiting a reservation of the Pataxo natives (one of the indigenous tribes in the country) or going on a safari to spot the Brazilian jaguar.
Bee + Hive has exacting membership requirements to ensure only credible ventures are represented. The association works closely with its members to develop unique travel experiences with sustainability at their core including preserving and re-habilitating wildlife and ecology, ensuring viable socio-economic projects for the local community and protecting cultural expression. Through showcasing these inspiring experiences, Bee + Hive aims to galvanize travelers beyond their trip, so they can spread awareness of sustainable travel after returning home.