SEASON 1

The Inkaterra organisation were pioneers of the eco-tourism movement in Peru way back in the 70s, and since then they have led the way in the global development of ecologically sensitive tourist projects.  Our first stop is the  Sacred Valley of the Incas, where Richard tries his hand at the ancient ways of farming and visits the famous Incan salt pans.  From there, we go to one of the most unique hotels in the world - the Skyventure Lodge - which features 3 glass pods hanging from the side of a cliff.  Then to the world famous Machu Picchu, where Richard visits this ancient Incan abandoned city and and experiences the Inkaterra Peruvian Bear rehab project.

 

S01 E02 - Kho Kood, Thailand

Richard visits the Soneva organisation, who run a luxury resort in Thailand.  Ancient Siam meets privacy and ‘Intelligent Luxury’ at Soneva Kiri, the award-winning luxury resort located on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood.  Founded on shared passions and masters of innovation, Soneva are a thriving community working hand in hand with the environment to craft beautiful, beyond bespoke experiences where discovery is a way of life.  Richard learns about Soneva's "waste to wealth" policy, and visits Mandalay to learn more about the Soneva Foundation's Myanmar Stoves Campaign.  That was only after Richard was prised away from the resort's free 24-hour chocolate room!

S01 E03 - New Mexico, USA

Ted Turner is one of the US's largest landowners, and his Vermejo, a Ted Turner Reserve in New Mexico is a 550 000 acre ranch dedicated to the conservation and reintroduction of a number of endangered species.  With a rich history including as a private club for famous Hollywood celebrities in the '20s, Vermejo offers a wide range of environmentally sensitive programs for visitors.  Richard also takes time to visit some of the famous sites of American history along the Santa Fe trail.

S01 E04 - The Huilo Huilo Ecological Reserve in Patagonia

Join Richard as he explores the Huilo Huilo Biological reserve located deep in the Patagonian rainforest in Chile, in the majestic Andes mountain ranges.  This is a unique project because of its commitment to the conservation of nature and local culture.  Join him on a fascinating journey through the reserve, staying at some of the most unique accomodations on earth - including one hotel shaped as a mushroom, and another as a fairytale kingdom.  Discover the beautiful lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls, and rainforests.  See what it's like to fly over the rainforest canopy on some of the worlds highest and longest zip lines; ski down an unmarked glacier at 10 000 ft; and relax in some of the most luxurious mountain accomodations in South America, including a wood burning hot tub with an amazing view over the raging Fuy River.  

S01 E05 - The Maldives

This episode marks a return to the Soneva organisation, this time visiting their original Maldives resort.  Based on their "intelligent luxury" and "waste to wealth" philosophies, this island offers incredible insight into how environmental sensitivity doesn't preclude luxury.  Their Eco-Centro is the heart of the resort, turning waste into recycled products used both on the island and throughout the Maldives.  Soneva Fushi has its own recycled glass studio and celestial observatory, but this is slightly overshadowed by one of the biggest hotel suites in the world - a villa stretching over almost 60 000 square feet.  

S01 E06 - The Tree Hotel and Ellinge Castle, Sweden

Richard travels to Sweden, where the whole country is committed to environmental tourism!  Living the concept of allemansrätten, everyone has the right to access nature.  Richard visits the famous "Tree Hotel" near the Arctic Circle, where he learns about that each tree house is entirely self sufficient.  After learning the authentic Swedish way to call a moose and going white water rafting, Richard visits the home of Purity Vodka, voted the finest vodka in the world.  Based in a castle, this producer has harnessed eco-sensitive methods to create a world leading product.  

S01 E07 - Glamping in the Massai Mara, Kenya

When you think of camping, you probably don't think of jacuzzis, king size beds, and in-room massages.... if that's the case, you probably haven't visited the Angama Mara 5 star safari camp, located in Kenya's Massai Mara.  Richard's trip begins exploring the camp, where they grow their own food and have a team of Massai warriors as security guards.  The area is home to many of the world's most famous animals and spans over 35, 000 acres of prime grassland, riverine forests, and acacia woodlands.  Richard goes on a night safari, where he comes face-to-face with a pride of lions in the dark - his nervousness isn't helped when the driver turns off the lights of the Jeep!  He has a breakfast in the savannah, visits a local tribe of Massai, and also sees the Mara from a hot air balloon.  Richard also visits the local school to learn more about the Angama Mara Foundation, and we also see the famous Rhinos, now protected from poachers by 24 hour security guards.  

SO1 E08 The Outer Hebrides Of Scotland

Richard returns to his  country of birth to explore some of the most remote and beautiful islands off the coast of Scotland. Join him as he braves the cold waters of the North Atlantic to sustainably harvest sea kelp which is a surprising ingredient in one of Scotlands newest and most highly acclaimed gins. He'll visit the ruins of ancient Scottish cultures and enjoy some of the world famous beaches that these islands have to offer.  He'll learn the heritage and history of Scotland's oldest continuous company, renowned world wide for its magical cloth called  Harris Tweed and find out  how this "cottage" industry is making a comeback. And of course no visit to Scotland would be complete with playing a round of golf. 

S01 E09 The Aristi Mountain Resort, Greece

The Aristi Mountain  Resort sits in Northern Greece and is far cry from what most people would associate what Greece looks like. Join Richard as he explores this mountainous region, hiking the deepest gorge in the world and fishing in the cleanest waters in all of Europe.  He also enjoys some of the natural culinary delights that originate from this region including Feta Cheese, aromatic herbs and sweet delicious wines.  

S01 E10 Searching for Orangutan in Borneo, Malaysia

The award winning Sukau Rainforest Lodge nestles on the banks of one of Borneo's most important waterways, the Kinabatangan River, home to many of Borneo's magnificent wildlife.  Richard visits Sukau in search of the elusive Orangutan, which is becoming ever more threatened due to destruction of it's natural habitat by rubber plantations.  Along the way, he visits some of Borneo's most spectacular sights; meets a Bornean Sun Bear; and learns where the famous "birds nest soup" comes from.

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