Long term Born Free supporters Nigel and Lesley-Anne Rowley have always had a soft spot for Kenya and its wildlife. Now, despite recent events, they have demonstrated their commitment to the country by launching a luxury "green development" for Kenyaphiles on Kenya's North Coast.
"This development could establish the eco-standard for future projects and is confirmation of Nigel and Lesley Anne's longterm support for Kenya, its people, environment and wildlife," said Will Travers, Born Free's CEO.
Medina Palms is an inspired destination created to redefine your ultimate holiday experience. This exclusive resort enjoys a beachfront setting on the powder white sands and crystal clear waters of one of the world’s top 10 beaches on the Indian Ocean. Watamu has long been favoured as an exclusive holiday destination and Medina Palms is the perfect complement to this stunning beachfront location, setting new standards in refined hospitality.
Medina Palms has been designed using the latest in green technology. Large rainwater storage tanks, holding over 120,000 litres of water, have been designed to take advantage of the area's heavy rainfall in May, whilst bio-digesters will minimise water consumption and generate recycled water for laundry, pools and landscape irrigation; in addition, solar water heaters and wind generators will provide most of the power needed to run the development.
The project has also been designed so that buildings are constructed around existing trees, while an on-site plant nursery has been developed to help propogate indigenous trees and plants to complement the village's existing flora. The project is also being built using a local workforce of 150 people who have been trained in new skills.
Medina Palms has partnered with Born Free and is providing support to a number of community based conservation projects in Kenya. They will be donating a percentage of their income to a new joint initiative for local coastal conservation projects which will aim to protect local marine life through community involvement in habitat conservation and environmental education activities.
"Striking a balance between sustainable developments, the needs of local people, the conservation of species and the protection of the environment, is one of society's most pressing challenges. Medina Palms seeks to address those challenges through responsible use of resources, generation of local employment, environmental sensitivity and support for conservation initiatives. Other developments should follow this example." Will Travers, Founder, Born Free Foundation.
To find out more or to book your stay please visit the Medina Palms website www.medinapalms.com
Read a report from Born Free's Marketing Director, Anne Tudor, of a visit to Medina Palms and the Watamu Turtle Watch.