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Jetwing Vil Uyana

The garden is usually the last piece of the jigsaw when building a new hotel. However, Jetwing Vil Uyana set out to regenerate its landscapes first. Depleted by slash and burn agriculture, they recreated three hectares of wetland, half a hectare for paddy and two hectares of native forest. And then came the ecolodges – on stilts over lake and marshland with access via boardwalks. Guests came in their droves: 80 species of birds, 17 of mammals, 36 of butterflies and 21 of amphibians, the VIP being the endangered Grey Slender Loris. With a Green Directory to monitor the hotel’s environmental performance , resident naturalist and on-going education programme, the jigsaw is nigh on complete. Except that it’s designed to just keep growing.

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