FoT2021 - Places to Stay

Places to Stay

From urban luxury hotels to remote, understated lodges, these destinations offer something different—whether that's an innovative amenity to a mission to regenerate the local economy. Our panel highlighted a range of places to stay around the world, from innovative 3D-printed flat-back hotels to eco-resorts that are leading with sustainable, responsible hospitality.





Future of Travel Awards 2021 Winners

WINNERS

  • Akwaaba Mansion, Brooklyn, New York
  • Feynan Ecolodge, Wadi Feynan, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan
  • Fogo Island Inn, Fogo Island, Newfoundland
  • Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  • Volcanoes Safaris, Rwanda and Uganda


HOTEL GROUPS:

  • Regenerative Travel
  • Sojourn Heritage Accommodations





Stephanie M. Jones

Since the mid-90s, the Black-owned Akwaaba Hotel has been leading by example, creating a brand known for its luxurious, 5-star accommodations and hospitality that has set the standard for other Black-owned bed and breakfast owners to follow, increasing the number of Black innkeepers in the travel industry. You know you have accomplished greatness when the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) taps you for a TV series as they did with Akwaaba."

Stephanie M. Jones
Founder and CEO, National Blacks in Travel and Tourism Collaborative



Shannon Stowell

The human and natural ecosystems supported by Feynan Ecolodge should be a model studied around the world for engaging local communities and giving the customer a world-class experience.

Shannon Stowell
CEO, Adventure Travel Trade Association




Kathleen Rellihan

Fogo Island Inn is a true example of regenerative tourism with social entrepreneur/innkeeper Zita Cobb's innovative approach of infusing an enterprising spirit into Fogo Island—her childhood home—growing its tourism economy after a cod fishing moratorium, while still respecting and fostering its traditions and culture.

Kathleen Rellihan
Travel Editor, Newsweek




Oneika Raymond

Fully carbon neutral since 2012, sustainability is a driving force behind Soneva Fushi, and they're consistently creating cool innovations like their new carbon-neutral recycling studio that transforms waste into works of art. And their postcard-perfect views and extreme luxury are what travel dreams are made of.

Oneika Raymond
Travel journalist, on-air TV host




Norie Quintos

For almost a quarter-century, Volcanoes Safaris has helped protect and increase the population of endangered gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, first with simple camps and now luxury lodges. By putting the surrounding people and communities first and by carefully controlling tourism, the company has created a model for the future.

Norie Quintos
Contributing Editor at National Geographic Travel




Kathleen Rellihan

Regenerative Travel goes beyond sustainability and supports a collection of independent hotels and resorts that seek to create a positive net impact, both social and environmental. Through benchmarks and metrics, Regenerative Travel holds these hotels accountable, while it leads a new era of conscious travelers to create ripples of impact with their tourism dollars.

Kathleen Rellihan
Travel Editor, Newsweek



Stephanie M. Jones

Sojourn Heritage is creating economic opportunities for small Black businesses in underserved communities to participate and thrive in their local tourism ecosystems by sourcing products and services from these businesses for their hotels.

Stephanie M. Jones
Founder and CEO, National Blacks in Travel and Tourism Collaborative





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FINALISTS



Places to Stay

  • Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
  • Volcanoes Safaris Lodges, Rwanda and Uganda
  • Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador
  • EcoCamp Patagonia, Chile
  • Villa Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Whitepod, Monthey, Switzerland
  • The View Hotel at Monument Valley, Arizona
  • Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece
  • Proximity Hotel, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Harmon Guest House, Healdsburg, California
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Aguas Calientes, Peru
  • Soneva Fushi, Maldives
  • Akwaaba Mansion, Brooklyn, New York
  • Geunja, Ammarnäs, Sweden
  • Stamba Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • The Torngats Base Camp, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Chicago South Loop Hotel, Chicago
  • The Lodge at Chaa Creek, San Ignacio, Belize
  • Bardessono Hotel, Yountville, California
  • Hotel Jakarta, Amsterdam
  • Feynan Ecolodge, Wadi Feynan, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan
  • The TWA Hotel, New York

Hotel Groups and Collectives

  • Future Hotels — Offers low-cost route to sustainability goals
  • Six Senses —Taking measures to be completely plastic-free by 2022
  • ​​Hoxton Hotels — Lifestyle hotels with cultural programming and work-life concepts
  • Bio Hotels — Climate-neutral and climate-positive hotels community
  • Habitas — Uses 3D-printing flat-pack hotels to lower its carbon footprint
  • Regenerative Travel — Pioneers regenerative travel principles through a collection of small, luxurious, independent hotels
  • Sojourn Heritage Accommodations — Boutique hotels focusing on the history, culture and heritage in the communities in which they are located
  • Hostelling International USA — Turning hostels into vacation rentals in response to pandemic demand