On 25th March 2017, Virgin Limited Edition will be supporting the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a wonderful initiative developed by WWF to help unite people around the world with the aim of protecting our planet. For just 1 hour on Saturday 25th March at 20:30, people, businesses and landmarks are being asked to switch off their lights and shine the light on climate change. Last year, millions of people from across 178 countries came together and we’re delighted, once again, to be showing our support. Read on to find out how each of our properties are taking part:
At Mont Rochelle, our Spa team have created a unique Earth Hour spa experience. Guests can indulge in a tailor-made bespoke massage and facial where our therapists will apply a natural wrap made from African potato and rooibos, followed by a lovely mint moisturiser placed on either the hands and arms or feet and legs. Sustainable indulgence at its best!
Even if guests are too busy to make it to the spa, there will be plenty more activities planned. Starting at breakfast, the team will be serving a delicious Earth Hour green smoothie! Made from locally sourced produce, this is a delicious alternative to our usual breakfast fruit smoothie. After brekkie, between 11:00-12:00, guests can join us on a vineyard walk and cellar tour. The tour will end with a blind tasting of Mont Rochelle wines to really get those taste buds tingling.
In the evening, we will be doing an early turndown between 18:00 and 19:00, so we are asking guests to come and join us for a complimentary cocktail at the bar prior to all the lights being turned down between 20:00 and 21:00 to mark Earth Hour.
For guests staying at Ulusaba, be prepared for an action packed day! The morning game drive will be changed slightly to be half game drive and half game walk. Not only will this reduce fuel usage but guests will also get to experience a different side of the African Bush. This is an opportunity to spot the little 5 versus the big 5!
As the night draws in, a special bush dinner will be set-up under the stars, with all food cooked on an open fire. After the bush dinner, guests are invited to get their green thinking caps on and take part in our bush (pub) quiz with all questions based on the environment and conservation.
Over at Mahali Mzuri the team have set themselves an Earth Day Challenge – going beyond 60 minutes and getting back to nature. The team are constantly striving to put conservation at the very heart of their day-to-day routine and put a huge amount of emphasis on recycling, helping to clean up local communities and working towards reducing the amount of power used in camp.
During the day, the team are encouraging guests to join them on a nature walk, which will help us save on fuel by not using the game drive vehicles. Other activities on the menu include taking part in some team tree planting around the camp or joining a local family for the day to experience how they live.
For the evening meal, guests will get the opportunity to dine in one of our many beautiful outdoor locations. While Earth Hour is being observed, stars and candlelight will act as lights and guests will be entertained by traditional Maasai dancers.
‘Cured not cooked’ is the order of the day at Babylon Restaurant at The Roof Gardens, London where the chefs will present a special menu using energy-efficient cooking methods. Diners can look forward to a variety of dishes including Beetroot and Vodka Cured Chalk Farm Trout, sourced from sustainable Hampshire farms. To toast the occasion a ‘Sleepy Bee’ cocktail has been created using Sipsmith Gin, distilled less than 5 miles away, combined with Krupnik honey liquor, chamomile tea and lemon, all sweetened with honey from The Roof Gardens’ own rooftop beehive.
Dinner at The Lodge is always one of the most celebrated aspects of any stay, and dinner on the 25th March will be no different! Our candlelit dinner will feature vegetarian-inspired cuisine cooked on an open fire and paired with local Swiss wines. It wouldn’t be a celebration without being able to raise a toast, and a specially prepared cocktail made from spirits that have been infused with the fruity flavour of damsons picked in Verbier during the summer and autumn will be available throughout the evening.
Guests on Necker Island will be treated to delicious and sustainable snacks all day long; from raw energy balls to pizzas made from hand-kneaded dough there will be something for everyone to enjoy. As the sun sets the tiki torches will be lit for a Caribbean-themed barbecue on the beach. Depending on how clear the night sky is that evening, guests might be able to enjoy a spot of star-gazing!
If you are staying at any of our properties during Earth Hour, please share with us any pictures of you enjoying the activities. Share pictures on our Instagram page and all pictures can be tagged using the Earth Hour hashtag #EarthHour2017 #EnergySmart