Sustainable Solutions

Doing no damage is not good enough - leaving a positive legacy that survives for generations is needed

Giving something back!

The properties on our site are not just luxurious and enriching for the guests who travel to them – they are also enriching to those who live around them. We look for hosts who create their businesses around a sustainable ethos and who aim to leave the world a better place than they found it.


We are only guardians of this earth for future generations and therefore, it is important to World of Glamping to share good practice when it comes to sustainability so we can all benefit. We have collected together resources from some of the most successful, influential and of course sustainable practitioners in the industry. We hope this guidance will provide inspiration to others.

Sustainability Guidance

Ensuring that your business has sustainability at its core; not just in its design and operation but with the landscape, the wildlife and the community around it. While every property is unique and has its own challenges, there are many ways in which we can learn from one another. Collaboration is key!

Take Care of the Land

Minimizing your physical footprint and the impact that your operations have on land, ocean, river and lake environments.

Take Care of the Wildlife

Striving to preserve all wildlife and conserve endangered species and their habitats.

Take Care of the People

Partnering with communities by creating opportunities to empower, educate and employ.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR RESOURCES

Implementing renewable water and energy systems. Developing a sustainability policy covering all relevant aspects for protection of the environment with clear goals and measures and implement this in to your business. Striving to be carbon neutral, commit to become plastic-free, introducing systems to reduce water consumption, minimizing waste and implement recycling systems, encouraging your guests and staff to use public and sustainable transport, using eco cleaning products and more.

Engage Guests

Engaging guests in location- specific activities that celebrate the local culture. Rewarding guests for making greener choices during their stay. Providing educational programs run for guests or conservation activities to engage them in. Supplying information guide to your guests with information how they can attribute with their actions during their stay to a better world.

Build with a sense of place

Developing sustainably-designed properties that are built to blend in, with core ethos of 'Care of the Land, Wildlife & People'. Using renewable, local and sustainable materials, that don't damage the local environment. Respecting the place as shaped by its environs and region. Creating respectful low-impact, high-yield, minimal intervention, ‘let there be light’, building orientation, harvesting the sun, reusing, recycling, upcycling, building smart and minimizing energy consumption.

The root back to real food

Offering organic, local food. Growing your own organic ingredients such as fruits, vegetables and herbs. Initiating strong relationships with local farmers and fishermen and developing a Conservatory that protects and promotes bio-diversity. Contributing to renew natural resources by reducing food waste and using locally sourced seasonal products.

Give little back

We love to represent places that are doing good, sharing the commitment to conservation and giving back. Many of our hotel members have established their own foundations to give back to society.

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Suggestions for designing better hotels

We love what iconic designer Bill Bensley has done by presenting to the world of hospitality his 'White Paper - SENSIBLE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS' for designing better hotels to help fight climate change, incorporating over three decades of experience from designing over 200 hotels around the world. Throughout the paper, he cites examples of hotels he has designed that showcase these principles, including some amazing examples from our own collection such as: Four Seasons Tented Camp and Four Seasons in Thailand, Capella Ubud in Bali, Rosewood Luang Prabang and his co-owned Shinta Mani Wild in Cambodia. Bill wants to shout his message from the treetops for all to hear. “Those of us in hospitality – be it designers, owners or operators – have the power of reaching thousands of people through our hotels and spreading this message of purpose. We should shoulder more responsibility concerning issues such as education, clean accessible water, alternative energy, energy consumption, food waste, wildlife protection and conservation, he said. Let’s all lose the greenwash and do something real,” he says. The concise Sensible Sustainable Solutions (Bill Bensley's White Paper) outlines 20 suggestions for hotel designers, owners and operators on designing better hotels to help fight climate change, covering three core pillars:

Build with a Purpose

Hotels with a strong sense of local community, educating guests and employees, creating new experiences and championing environment issues – all of this can increase profits.

Think Locally and Sustainably

Including everything from branded amenities, water bottling plants, sourcing locally and farming/landscaping in a way that is sensitive to both the community and environment.

Create Respectfully

The keys to building smart in terms of building materials and energy conservation through architecture, as well as aspects such as upcycling and using solar panels to harvest the sun.

Sensible Sustainable Solutions

By Bill Bensley

20 suggestions for designing better hotels to help fight climate change and make the world a better place.

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Best Architects & Designers

High-end camping has already gone big worldwide. Hospitality companies are creating tented camps around the world, and gradually striving to become low-impact versions of hospitality, whiles reconnecting travelers with the great outdoors in the utmost comfort and style.

GREAT Architecture begins with an idea.

If you want that your hospitality project to truly stand out from the crowd, do what our world needs and what guests want - create authentically sustainable experiences with purpose. We strongly recommend partnering up with one of the following amazing creators in experiential travel, who are behind the creation of some of the best high-end tented camps and resorts in the world.

Develop with the Best

Luxury Frontiers

Design. Experiential lodging. Innovators and storytellers. Luxury Frontiers prides itself as an international expert in the design and development of experiential resorts and lodges. Beyond today’s notion of luxury, we seamlessly integrate sustainability and sophistication into iconic hospitality concepts on the world’s frontiers of travel. We call it beyond luxury. And then some. Some of Luxury Frontiers stunning projects are: Camp Sarika by Amangiri, Belmond Savute, Nayara Tented Camp, Puku Ridge, Abu Camp and many more.

Website: Luxury Frontiers

Contact: luca.franco@luxury-frontiers.com

Bill Bensley

Based in Bangkok and Bali BENSLEY is a small atelier of youthful, energetic architects, interior designers, artists and landscape architects that know no limits. Among 200+ their hotels our collection includes Bill Bensley's stunning projects: Capella Ubud, Four Season Tented Camp Golden Triangle, Rosewood Luang Prabang and Shinta Mani Wild.  

Website: Bensley

Contact: bill@bensley.com

Nomadic Resorts

An interdisciplinary design & project development company servicing the hospitality industry with offices in the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and South Africa. Using a holistic approach, they create sustainable resort and residential projects that reflect a true sense of place and fit organically into their natural surroundings. as we believe that designs should serve as a bridge to connect nature, culture and people. They have worked on numerous luxury resorts, retreats and camps in far flung places, for amongst others Resplendent Ceylon, Six Senses resorts and spas, Soneva Group, &Beyond, Wilderness Safaris, African Bush Camps and Tri Lanka which you can also find in our collection.

Website: Nomadic Resorts

Contact: louis@nomadicresorts.com

Choose the Perfect Product

Owners of glamping properties can often struggle how to find the perfect glamping accommodation for their project in the planning and development stages. If you want your hospitality project to offer guests the highest quality accommodation, we strongly recommend that you enquire about the perfect product for your project with one of the following manufacturers whose tents can be found in several of the best tented camps and resorts in the world.

Best Tent Manufacturers

Exclusive Tents

Exclusitve Tents are most durable and luxurious glamping and eco-friendly tents, quickly becoming the standard for alternative accommodation worldwide. From the remote African safari to the five star ultra luxury island resorts, Exclusive Tents is leading the way to a new era of sustainable green living. Our collection includes several stunning projects with Exclusive Tents: Tiarasa Escapes, 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Glamping Sandat Bali and Virgin Limited Edition.

Website: Exclusive Tents

Contact: krazy@exclusivetents.com

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