Victoria Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Take Root at Fairmont Show it’s Easy to be Green
TORONTO, June 1, 2011 – With the wind in their face and the sun on their back, guests of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts bike, hike, paddle and zip-line through the many parks, forests and wilderness trails that make Fairmont’s worldwide collection of hotels and resorts the only game in town for serious nature enthusiasts.
Paying tribute to UNESCO’s 2011 International Year of the Forest designation, Fairmont has whittled out Take Root at Fairmont travel packages, offers and experiences that reinforce and reflect the brand’s decades-long commitment to combining responsible tourism and environmental stewardship.
Fairmont invites guests to explore the world’s forests - from the mangroves of Abu Dhabi, to the Rocky Mountain foothills and the decidedly urban landscape of New York’s Central Park. For a full listing of all Take Root at Fairmont packages and to book, please visit www.fairmont.com/promo/takeroot or call 1-866-379-7700.
For those convinced the only way to enjoy the beauty of a forest is soaring through the treetops at over 50 feet per second, Fairmont has two words: zip-line. The Fairmont Empress’ Atop the West Coast Rain Forests package works with local adventure tour company AdrenaLine to deliver the ultimate sightseeing excursion. Guests descend from 150 feet, taking in superlative views while sailing through the forests and over beautiful Sooke Hills Regional Wilderness Park. Package includes accommodation and a two-hour zip line adventure tour for two adults. Available May 1 - October 30, 2011, rates start from $319 CAD. Click here to book.
Vancouver’s old-growth Stanley Park used a devastating 2006 windstorm to re-invent its role in the cultural landscape of this ocean-side community. The Stanley Park Environmental Art Project saw six local artists transform downed trees into interpretive artworks, and in celebration of this inspirational initiative, Fairmont Pacific Rim has created the You Can’t See the Forest for the Trees package. Package includes deluxe accommodation, use of the hotel’s BMW bicycles, a tour map to aid in exploring this beloved rainforest’s natural art gallery, plus a picnic lunch from the hotel’s Giovane cafe. For each package booked, a donation is made to the Stanley Park Ecology Society. Available May 1 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $399 CAD.
See the forest and the trees, the mountains and the magnificent views that stretch for miles and miles when hiking Whistler’s only tree top canopy walkway some 200 feet above the Blackcomb and Whistler mountain valley. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Treetop Eco Walk package includes accommodation, passes to trek the treetops for two adults, a picnic lunch from Portobello, complimentary parking for hybrid vehicles plus welcome gift. Available April 18 -December 16, 2011, rates start at $230 CAD with a minimum two-night stay required.
Iona Beach Regional Park is one of Richmond, British Columbia’s hidden treasures with twelve miles of sandy shoreline and one of the best vantage points to view rare birds such as the burrowing owl and yellow-headed blackbird in their native habitat. With all things winged in mind, Fairmont Vancouver Airport created their Birds & Bees package, which includes accommodation, use of the hotel’s BMW bicycles (to travel to Iona Beach), a complimentary pair of travel binoculars, a $35 CAD credit towards a “Food for Flight” picnic and a souvenir jar of the hotel’s signature honey, produced by hives located on the hotel’s allotment at McDonald Beach Park. Available May 1 - September 30, 2011, rates start at $299 CAD.
Lederhosen are optional when exploring a unique alpine ecosystem set amongst some of the highest peaks in Banff’s National Park. The Fairmont Banff Springs’ Eco Hiking Adventure package includes accommodation and passes to hike Sunshine Meadows and visit the Banff Gondola with its breathtaking Bow Valley views from atop Sulphur Mountain. Picnic lunches for both treks conclude the active portion of this package while passes to the Banff Park Museum – a national historic site – provide a down-to-earth break. For each package booked, $25 CAD is donated to the Friends of Banff National Park organization. Available June 18 - September 30, 2011, rates start from $349 CAD with a minimum two night stay required.
Guests will trek through rugged wilderness, explore old growth forests and glimpse bighorn sheep before reaching their final destination – then it’s pinkies up and one lump or two, as they enjoy a cuppa at Lake Agnes Tea House in the Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s Heritage Hiking package includes accommodation and a half-day hike to Lake Agnes alongside Mountain Heritage Guides who regale with fascinating stories of the area. A souvenir stainless steel water bottle and gourmet picnic lunch round out the package. Available June 18 - September 30, 2011, rates start at $449 CAD.
The urban forest plays a key role in minimizing climate change, providing residents with shade in the summer, reducing storm water run-off and minimizing smog formation. In celebration of all things green and to encourage guests to learn more about Toronto’s more than seven million trees, The Fairmont Royal York developed its Urban Forest Package. Included are accommodation, a walking tour of Toronto's foliage with an expert arborist, a welcome amenity of fresh Ontario fruit and for guests staying prior to September 30, a tour of the hotel's rooftop herb garden. For each package booked, a donation of $10 CAD will be made to Tree Canada. Available May 15 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $259 CAD.
The often photographed and perpetually iconic symbol of Montreal’s Expo 67 was the U.S. pavilion – a magnificent 200 foot tall geodesic dome that in 1995 was transformed into a museum and re-dedicated to environmental education and action. In honor of this still stunning attraction, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth created the Put Down Roots in Montreal package. Families participate in an exciting treasure hunt on Ile Sainte-Hélène that focuses on bio-diversity and has guests cracking codes to unlock the treasure chest of early botanist Pehr Kalm. Package includes accommodation, admission to the Biosphere for two adults and two children, BioKit plus Travel Log and use of iPod or GPS technology to hunt for clues and locate points of interest hidden in the forest as well as welcome amenity on arrival. Available May 1 - September 30, 2011, rates start at $249 CAD.
With the belief you are never too young to learn, Quebec City’s Parc Aquarium has created a “Tree to Tree” pathway for kids aged 6 to 12 years that incorporates a maze of catwalks and vines within a “tree top” obstacle course - all just a few feet off the ground. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac incorporates this kid-focused, energy-burning yet educational excursion into their Sea to Tree package, which includes accommodation, access to the aquarium for two, complimentary parking for hybrid vehicles and a naturally sweet welcome amenity – honey from the hotel’s own beehives. For each package booked, $10 CAD is donated to the aquarium conservation fund. Available May 1 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $265 CAD.
Over a million years in the making, Quebec’s Charlevoix region enjoys spectacular forests, fluctuating topography and a succession of impressive shoreline coves that have earned it UNESCO’s World Biosphere Reserve designation. Located in the heart of Charlevoix between the mountains and the St. Lawrence River is Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu’s 27-hole golf course, where guests are invited to ask for a complimentary one hour tour to learn more about the green initiatives in place at this extraordinarily placed course. Tours may be supplemented by visits to the nearby forest education centre “Les Palissades’’ or the ecological center “Port-au-Saumon’’ - both important institutions for environmental education and at a minimal fee. Available May 13 - October 31, 2011, rates start at $179 CAD.
Vacation planning is a fun dilemma that takes on new meaning when choosing Fairmont Kea Lani’s Take Root in Maui package with its à la carte offering of eco-learning activities. Guests choose from five initiatives affiliated with Pacific Whale Foundation: from helping introduce native species in spectacular wilderness or coastal settings, working an organic farm in the Waipoli rain forest or visiting the restricted archeological sites of old Hawai’i to assisting with planting new vegetation. Package includes suite accommodation, an adventure paddling excursion with local pros, an eco tour of the property’s grounds and a sustainable dinner for two in Ko restaurant with its locally influenced cuisine. Available May 1 - December 16, 2011, rates start at $529 USD per night with a minimum three-night stay required.
For over 50 million years the Hawaiian Islands have been isolated from the mainland by vast stretches of ocean – an isolation that has resulted in the evolution of an incredible diversity of exotic foliage, vines, mosses and wildlife. With a nod to these long-established roots, The Fairmont Orchid created their Take Root: Travel Green package which includes accommodation, breakfast for two as well as passes for two adults to experience a Hawaii Forest and Trail Rainforest and Dryforest Birding Adventure. Available May 1 – December 22, 2011, rates start at $635 USD.
Built on a historic site first revered by Native American Indians for its healing waters is one of the only spa resorts in North America with its own source of natural thermal mineral water, flowing 1,100 feet directly beneath the property. In celebration of this natural hot spring, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa created the Taking Root in Sonoma package which includes accommodation, complimentary daily docent-led hike, passes to the resort's famed geo-thermal bath house and an organically sustainable wine welcome amenity. For each package booked, $20 USD is donated to the Sonoma Ecology Center. Available May 1 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $279 USD.
With over 1,000 acres in the heart of San Francisco, Golden Gate Park is among the world’s largest city parks attracting more than 13 million visitors each year and showcasing what is easily the most photographed suspension bridge in North America. Respecting this legendary landmark, The Fairmont San Francisco created their Green in Golden Gate package that includes a unique opportunity for guests to make a difference by volunteering with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. With a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to be enjoyed individually or as a family, the Conservancy is happy to help guests learn the ropes and create vacation memories that will last a lifetime. Package includes accommodation, picnic basket lunch to enjoy while at the park, complimentary parking for hybrid vehicles, a welcome amenity of organic wine as well as assistance in coordinating the volunteer activity with the conservancy. Available May 1 – September 30, 2011, rates start at $299 USD with 48 hour advance booking required.
Spanning over 120,000 square miles of southern Arizona and California landscape, the Sonoran desert’s spectacular range of stately saguaro cacti, and jacaranda trees provided the inspiration for Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Take Root package. In addition to accommodation and complimentary parking for hybrid vehicles, guests receive a $50 USD credit that can be used toward one of the hotel’s many passion-themed programs, including a hands-on session with local floral expert Jan Theodore on the creation of cactus gardens. Available May 14 - September 22, 2011, rates start at $159 USD, and from September 23 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $309 USD.
Boston offers some of the finest urban green space in North America, including the famed Emerald Necklace is a 7-mile network of parkways and green space linked to the oldest public arboretum in North America - The Arnold Arboretum. To give guests the opportunity to experience the flora and fauna of New England, The Fairmont Copley Plaza has partnered with the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which features the newly opened New England Forests Exhibition. This new permanent exhibit showcases the outstanding diversity – of flora and fauna - in the region’s forests. In addition to exploring how forests respond to climate, land development and new species introduction, guests can also enjoy the museum’s world-renowned Glass Flowers, a collection of more than 800 species, made in the 19th century entirely of glass. Take Root: Forests and Flowers package includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Harvard Museum of Natural History and, to experience an urban forest, self guided walking maps of the Arnold Arboretum, a living museum dedicated to the study and appreciation of trees and plants. Available from May 21 - November 30, 2011, rates start at $299 USD.
A national authority on New York’s Central Park, Sara Cedar Miller has been the official photographer for the park’s conservancy since 1984, and in 2003 penned “Central Park, An American Masterpiece” which explores the park’s history, art and design. Understanding that becoming one with nature can be as simple as a stroll in the park, The Plaza created their Seeing Central Park package which includes suite accommodation, a private, customized tour of Central Park with Sara Cedar Miller herself, a signed copy of her book, plus a champagne toast for two in the hotel’s famed Champagne Bar. Available May 1 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $1,275 USD.
Located in Florida’s Everglades National Park, Chokoloskee Bay boasts the second largest mangrove forest in the world as well as dolphins, manatees and bald eagles – all visible when exploring the area via pontoon. Encouraging guests to tap into their wilder side, Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort’s NaviGATOR package is a fun, educational experience that includes accommodation, complimentary valet parking for hybrid cars and an Everglades Birds pocket guide welcome amenity. A naturalist-led tour of the park’s four ecosystems via airboat, delicious al fresco lunch at historic Seafood Depot and visit to renowned Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher’s gallery, turns a simple getaway into an adventure. For each package booked, a donation is made to the Everglades Restoration fund. Available June 1 - September 30, 2011, rates start at $254 USD with minimum two-night stay required.
Mexico & The Caribbean
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sian Ka'an was the first established Biosphere Reserve in Mexico and comprises 1.3 million acres of tropical ecosystems including lowland forests, flooded savannas, mangroves, and a portion of the world's second largest coastal barrier reef-- the Mesoamerican. To fully enjoy this natural wonder, Rainforest Alliance certified resort Fairmont Mayakoba created their Mayaking at Sian Ka’an package which includes accommodation, a full day kayaking trip to Sian Ka’an, daily buffet breakfast for two adults at La Laguna restaurant, bird-watching tour, boat tour and airport transfers. For each package booked, two trees are donated in the guest’s name to a local carbon capture project. Available May 1 - December 17, 2011, rates start at $279 USD per night with a minimum four-night stay required.
Within Bermuda’s 21 square mile footprint lays extraordinary pink sand beaches, spectacular walking trails and breathtaking seascapes with exotic plants. The Bermuda Railway Trail runs the width of the island and inspired The Fairmont Southampton’s East to West Bermuda Walking Adventure package. Included is accommodation, an island guide book with walking maps plus an organic breakfast for two served on the private guestroom balcony. To keep energy levels up while hiking, a knapsack, homemade trail mix and two water bottles are included. With each package booked, a Bermuda Cedar tree is planted in the guest’s name. Available May 1 - December 31, 2011 rates start at $349 USD.
Set on 36 spectacular acres of mixed use park, woodlands and greenhouses is the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, which is known for its impressive collection of rare orchids and was deemed a Bermuda National Park in 1986. Celebrating the flora that makes this island such an exotic destination, The Fairmont Hamilton Princess created its Take Root: Picnic in Paradise package which includes accommodation, airport transfers, transportation to and from the gardens, and a hotel prepared picnic lunch for two that can be enjoyed during a leisurely day of sightseeing. Available May 1 - December 31, 2011, rates start at $399 USD.
With a goal of becoming London’s most sustainable luxury hotel, The Savoy developed their Elements package. Included is accommodation, services of the Savoy Green Butler, whose expertise on environmentally sound city venues helps guests plan their daily excursions, a keepsake Green Map of London highlighting the locations of top green places to eat, drink, shop and visit, including London's Royal Parks and details of Kew Gardens, three-hour sustainable walking tour with Context Travel, complimentary parking for hybrid vehicles, use of BMW bicycles to explore the city, one-day travel card for London’s public transportation, pre-dinner biodynamic cocktails in the American Bar, organic dinner for two in the River Restaurant, plus breakfast the next morning. For each package booked, £10 is donated to Thames 21 charity on behalf of the guest. Available throughout 2011, rates start at £825.
Guests are encouraged to put down the putter, grab their walking stick and explore Scotland’s second greatest pastime – hiking their historic highlands. With Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland’s Travel Green package, guests set out along the breathtaking Fife Coastline taking in the beauty of the North Sea’s famed West Sands Beach. Package includes deluxe sea-view accommodation, passes for two adults to Cambo Estates with its woodland, 3-course dinner for two in the Squire restaurant, guidebook to the Fife Coastal Path and 60 minute Generosity massage for two at the hotel’s spa. For each package booked, a donation is made to the Coast and Countryside Trust. Available through December 31, 2011, rates start at £279 per night, with minimum two night stay required.
Sweeping panoramic views of the Mediterranean ocean and Exotic Gardens of Monaco inspired the Fairmont Monte Carlo’s Deep Blue package. The local Oceanographic Museum’s exhibit “Mediterranean” delves into the wonders of the deep from an environmental perspective and the gardens’ spectacular display of 3,000 species of towering cacti grace the steep and winding mountainside paths. This package includes two tickets for each exhibit with buffet breakfast and lunch for two at the hotel’s “Horizon-Deck, Restaurant & champagne Bar”. Available May 1 -December 31, 2011, rates start at €573, with seven day advance booking required.
An iconic Swiss village, Le Bouvert is situated at the mouth of the Rhone River and is known for its beautiful beach, Swiss Vapeur Parc, in addition to its cycling distance from Montreux. Taking advantage of its close proximity, Fairmont Le Montreux Palace created the Take Root at Fairmont package which includes two night’s accommodation, buffet breakfast for two in the hotel’s The Palmeraie restaurant, bike rental, picnic lunch to enjoy en-route as well as tickets to the lake’s steamer boat for return from Le Bouvert to Montreux. Guests are extended access to the hotel’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa and may opt to enjoy a relaxing sauna or swim at the end of their day. Available through December 31, 2011, rates start at 919 CHF.
Middle East, Asia, Africa
Guests become one with nature while kayaking through stunning lagoons beneath a canopy of mangroves and surrounded by a plethora of exotic birds and fish in Abu Dhabi. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s Mangrove package provides a tranquil respite from a harried life and includes accommodation, transfers and kayaking tour of Abu Dhabi’s mangroves for two adults and a specially packed picnic breakfast to enjoy after the outing. A relaxing swim in the pool or stroll on the hotel’s private beach is the perfect finish to an active day. For every package booked, mangrove seeds are donated to a nursery plantation on Jubail Island. Available throughout 2011, rates start from AED 1,099.
In the heart of Beijing’s ancient hutongs, Chinese Toon trees have provided shade and shelter to area residents for countless generations. Lending its name to 10 of Beijing’s famed and fast-disappearing hutongs, these trees grace the centuries old alleys and courtyards accessible only on foot or by bicycle. For exploratory-types with a yen to check out the foliage and discover unique and less visible landmarks, Fairmont Beijing offers the Travel Green package which includes three night’s accommodation, breakfast for two each morning, daily use of mountain bikes, self-guided hutong map and a 60 minute spa treatment for two at the hotel’s award-winning Willow Stream Spa. For each package booked, a donation is made to China Heritage Preservation. Available through December 31, 2011, rates start at 6,900 RMB.
According to Confucius, if you think in terms of one year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant a tree; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. As a heritage landmark, Fairmont Peace Hotel always thinks long-term, planting trees and teaching guests and colleagues alike with their Greening at Peace package. In conjunction with local Shanghai Roots & Shoots organization, for each package booked the hotel will donate sapling trees to Inner Mongolia along with ten years of ongoing maintenance to ensure their survival. The package includes accommodation, welcome amenity of locally grown fruits, organic breakfast for two, plus ten trees planted in the guest’s name. Available through December 31, 2011, rates start at CNY 2,100.
A country of striking contrasts, Kenya’s spectacular landscapes, birds and tree species found along the equatorial belt provide a destination ripe for discovery. Focused on encouraging guest exploration of the area, Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club created the Nature Safari package. Guided by a resident naturalist, guests learn from the pros as they travel around the Mount Kenya National Park – on foot or by horseback, and always under the protective eyes of Kenya Wildlife Rangers. The package includes two night’s accommodation and a 3-hour guided park tour with an open invitation to guests who want to help plant trees in the nearby Fairmont Forest. Available throughout the year, rates start at $349 USD.
All packages unless noted otherwise are subject to availability, priced per room, per night, exclude taxes, resort fees and gratuities and are based on double occupancy.
FAIRMONT’S GREEN PARTNERSHIP
With a long commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a sponsor of the National Geographic Mission Programs as well a member of the WWF global Climate Savers program. For more than 20 years, Fairmont’s Green Partnership has been the company’s award-winning environmental program focused on minimizing the impact of hotel operations on the environment. In addition to publishing "The Green Partnership Guide", a “going green” handbook used by its hotels and others in the hospitality industry, initiatives include recycling and organic waste diversion in the hotel’s kitchens, purchasing sustainable seafood, a green conferencing solution dubbed Eco-Meet, retrofitting energy efficient lighting, creating rooftop herb gardens at properties, and redistributing gently used goods and food to those in need. For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program, visit www.fairmont.com/environment.
In 2008, Fairmont launched a Sustainable Seafood program and also removed bluefin tuna, Chilean sea bass, and other threatened species from its restaurant menus. Each Fairmont property is also aligned with a local seafood watch organization, ensuring that Fairmont guests feast on a wide variety of fish caught or sourced in ways that contribute to their continued survival.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ dedication to the protection of the environment goes well beyond helping conserve species that reside in the sea. On a wide-ranging basis, the luxury hotel brand maintains a comprehensive commitment to purchasing local, organic and sustainable food items whenever possible.
ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
Located in world-class destinations around the globe, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of hotels that includes landmark locations like London’s The Savoy, New York’s The Plaza, and Shanghai’s Fairmont Peace Hotel. With more than 60 hotels, Fairmont is known as much for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, as its classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also regarded for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.
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