Luxury Hotels


Wow, Girlahead was in a luxury hotel conference yesterday – all virtual, this time – and an Icon of the Industry asked ‘what is ESG?’.  Interestingly, the forward and ever-alert GM of Rocco Forte’s THE BALMORAL, EDINBURGH, Richard Cooke, had just explained that sharing the weekly Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast with his executive committee means they, at least, are not myopic..

Which is the story, the DNA, of Six Senses, the group that embodies the lifeblood of Environment, Sustainability and Guidance. And it shares its enthusiasm. See the plant above. Six Senses Turmeric is named because it was discovered in Vietnam by SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY GM Andrew Whiffen and his team.  As he says, “In August 2020, while hiking with guests, I came across a small white flower right in the middle of the trail. It looked unusual and I had never come across it before. Over the next few months, we found more of these flowers in the same area, so I took photos and shared them with the Green Viêt team. By fall 2021, the flower had returned in even greater numbers.” Six Senses’ Regional Director of Sustainability Emmy Nguyen Thi Thuy says the discovery helps create more awareness about the rich biodiversity of the Ninh Van Bay peninsula and plays an important role in its safeguarding and conservation.

Six Senses Turmeric, a Curcuma subgenus, is similar to C. newmanii Škorničk, a compact rhizome of the turmeric family. Six Senses Turmeric is 12 to 15 inches (30 to 40 centimeters) tall, with short, thin branches pointing downwards. The outside is light brown, and the inside is cream white to pale yellow (on the cross-section). There are one to three leafy shoots per plant, with two to five leaves developing at the same time or shortly after flowering. Six Senses Turmeric (Curcuma sixsensesensis) is a beautiful flower of the Ginger family (Zingibereae) and it grows in unprotected forest areas. Because its habitat faces threats from human activities, scientists are proposing to include Curcuma sixsensesensis (Six Senses Turmeric) in the List of Endangered Plant Species at the Global Level (IUCN Red List).

This takes hotels’ involvement in ESG to a completely new plane. Years ago Girlahead was amazed to find working beehives on a high-up rooftop of the majestic FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK, Toronto, but now any hotel that can hosts hives (well done Royal York for setting a trend). And then, in the Seychelles, there were turtles, at NORTH ISLAND and blocking the grassy runway at FREGATE ISLAND PRIVATE. Turtles, unlike bees, have not become a trend, for obvious reasons. Coincidentally yesterday Fregate published details of their portfolio:

The 2021-2022 Hawskbill nesting season was officially over by March 2022. It was, again, a very successful season with a total of 285 Hawksbill Turtle nests laid.  The last 25 nests of the season hatched in April and May.
  • We spotted 56 different tagged turtles and tagged or retagged 27 of them.
  • 17 nests had to be translocated in order for them to not get washed away.
  • We collected DNA samples from 42 different samples.
  • 51.9% of turtle emergences resulted in nesting.
  • The average number of eggs laid by a turtle was 162.