My Return to Thailand. With Green Pearls® Unique Places.

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Green Pearls. – Sometimes in travel, you find the perfect match.

This certainly is the case with Green Pearls who I was introduced to by David Barrett of the Amari Watergate Hotel in Bangkok during my stay there in June. After a conversation about Eco-Tourism, he was kind enough to connect us given our shared interest in sustainable and conscious travel; also considering that Amari Watergate are part of their hand-picked collection.

One good thing led to another and when I mentioned my hope to return to Thailand in October for TBEX Asia, Green Pearls extended an invitation to host me at four of their properties, offering the invaluable opportunity to learn more about the work that they do.

The Green Pearls Story.

By introduction, Green Pearls Unique Places have a portfolio of handpicked and unique properties worldwide that focus on sustainable development. Their philosophy is based on the belief that we are all responsible for the world’s protection and owe respect to the different cultures and the needs of the local people. As well as the environment.

Sustainable development implies “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

In times of Green Washing it becomes more and more difficult for guests to recognise which product and service is really sustainable. Green Pearls® transparently shows how their members contribute to sustainable development, offering travellers the magical combination of high end hospitality, ecological awareness and the invitation to take part in projects.

Stefany Seipp founded the Green Pearls® portfolio of handpicked unique places in August 2012. Green Pearls® acts as a communication and marketing association for sustainable places around the world. Her vision is that travellers should not only be greeted warmly and be pampered with first-class service on vacation, but also contribute to the social and ecological balance in vacation countries as soon as they booked it.

The idea for Green Pearls® developed on Koh Samui where in 2009 Stefany heard the story of hotel owner Akorn Hoontrakul, chairman of the Imperial Hotel Group. Akorn fell in love with a small bay off the Thai island and bought the land in 1985, within only seven days of his discovery.

He wanted to build a hotel that differed from the other popular tourist destinations – a natural structure, for which no tree or bush had to be sacrificed. In order to ensure this was the case, Akorn slept outdoors on the beach every day and monitored the construction process himself, ensuring the protection of Tongsai Bay.

Akorn’s story moved Stefany and raised the question – “How can we bring sustainability to the public? How can we prevent that hotels open a drawer and close it immediately, as soon as a green certificate is inside? How do you portray all the different sustainable approaches?”

With Green Pearls® she created a platform where conscious travellers can find the authentic places they are looking for, brining them green vacations for all the senses.

“It is my personal wish that my children, grandchildren and their children see and experience the world through as I have. Too many wonderful places on this earth are already lost. It is worth fighting for, so that what remains will be there for the coming generations. The small steps, which we take each day are the ones that make a change.” says Stefany Seipp.

The Properties that I’ll Visit.

At every one I will indulge in the beauty of the setting, warm waters, white beaches and sheer luxury on offer. Yet I will also learn about the environmental and community projects that each are involved with. They are highlighted and even rated by Green Pearls on their respective website listings.

1. The Grande Centre Point Ratchadamri, Bangkok

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In Bangkok from the 15th to 18th October 2015 for 3 nights.
Find them on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

2. Pimalai Resort and Spa, Krabi

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In Krabi,from the 18th to the 20th October 2015 for 2 nights.
Find them on: Twitter | Instagram | #pimalai #pimalairesort

3. Zeavola Resort, Phi Phi Island

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On Phi Phi Island from the 20th to 22nd October for 2 nights.
Find them on: FacebookTwitter | #zeavola #zeavolaresort

4. The Tongsai Bay, Koh Sumui.

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On Sumui Island from the 22nd to the 24th October for 2 nights. Here where it all began. Find them on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #tongsaibay

I truly can’t wait to get back to Amazing Thailand.

What an honour to doing so aligned to a collective such as this. I’ll be posting pics on my social media accounts throughout and will do a blog post on each establishment and the good work that they do, once I’m back.

Please follow along and engage with me as I go.

For more about Green Pearls Unique Places visit their website and connect on FacebookTwitter | Instagram | Pinterest. Also follow their blog to be inspired by their beautiful properties and the fine work that they do. Hashtags: #greenpearls #greenpearlsuniqueplaces

Thank you Green Pearls. A privilege to be combining such essential matters of the heart – travel and the protection of our beautiful world through Conscious Travel.

Ahead of my trip to Thailand with them next week, Green Pearls asked me some questions about Eco Tourism in Africa. Read the interview here.

For more posts on my previous visit to Green Thailand, see here. Also see Amari Watergate Hotel. Indulgent Luxury in the Heart of the City.

Disclaimer: This is a hosted trip with Green Pearls accommodating me at all four of their properties and supporting with some transfer and an internal flight. I have paid for my own international flight and other internal flights.

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The Incidental Tourist is a Personal Travel Blog of a conscious traveller with a deep love for Africa, its people and the environment.

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