Can Luxury Like This Change Lives?

Can Luxury Like This Change Lives?

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler honors the travel companies that are doing the most to save the world, from fighting climate change to saving wildlife and alleviating poverty.

Condé Nast Traveler's  World Savers Awards

THE ANSWER IS YES! At Taj’s Lake Palace Hotel in Udaipur, India, see picture, you are waited on hand and foot. But the hotel is also supporting Talai Phala, a poor village a few miles away, by funding the primary school and providing clinics, medicine, and hygiene education as well as agricultural training. The sparkling saris worn by the staff? Produced by Varanasi silk weavers whose traditional skills have been saved by Taj Hotels, one of the 14 winners of our 2013 World Savers Awards. Spanning the globe from Paris to Siem Reap, Uganda to Switzerland, these winning travel companies and destinations offer service, style, and great adventures to guests and visitors—while at the same time bettering the planet and helping its people. What’s not to like? —Jon Paul Buchmeyer

The Runners-Up

Education RUNNER-UP / Luangwa Safari House
This luxe Zambian camp donates $105,000 a year toward education—and has built two schools, a library, ten teachers’ houses, and five toilet blocks and has sunk five boreholes that provide drinking water for thousands of people.

Education RUNNER-UP / Shangri-la Tanjung Aru Resort
This luxe Malaysian hotel works with a local shelter for mentally challenged children and teaches environmental awareness at four schools, through beach cleanups and recycling campaigns.

Preservation RUNNER-UP / Regent Singapore
The Four Seasons–managed hotel, an energy-efficiency leader that has cut water consumption 16 percent in five years, supports a wetlands project, helping improve water quality in Singapore’s waterways.

Preservation RUNNER-UP / Lenox Hotel
This Boston sustainability pioneer has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent since 2001. With public and aggressive energy and water targets, the hotel uses a hybrid Lexus SUV and has filtered-water stations on each floo

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