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Virgin Limited Edition to participate in this year’s WWF Earth Hour celebrations

( Virgin Limited Edition, Sir Richard Branson’s collection of award-winning luxury hotels and retreats, is thrilled to be a part of this year’s Earth Hour initiatives to help challenge climate change. Across the collection the properties will be participating in the world’s biggest environmental event and supporting the WWF and Food Made Good with a number of initiatives for guests to show their support on Saturday 19th March 2016.

Jon Brown, Managing Director of Virgin Limited Edition, said: “Each property has come up with their own unique way to help support and celebrate Earth Hour. We hope that our efforts to inspire our staff, guests and the local communities within which we operate will have a positive and tangible impact on climate change, helping to make this year’s Earth Hour the best yet.”

At our North African property in Morocco, Kasbah Tamadot has organised a variety of activities. In the evening guests will be invited for candlelit cocktails down by the pool; where they’ll be able to listen to an astronomer explain the stars and planets in the sky followed by a traditional Berber story being told around the fire. After this, they’ll enjoy a delicious dinner using all locally sourced produce by candlelight with entertainment from a local Berber music band.

Over in South Africa at our game reserve Ulusaba, the team will be creating a truly South African Braai (or barbeque) prepared on an open fire for Earth Hour. The guests can also look forward to a delicious bush dinner with candlelit tables, pathways of lanterns and a canopy of stars setting the scene for an unforgettable evening. In preparation, a Boma will be used as the kitchen for the entire day and then the meats will be marinated on coal fires.

Ulusaba will also be switching off the electricity at the lodges for two hours during the evening.

Mont Rochelle Hotel&Vineyard our other South African property just outside Cape Town in the area of Franschhoek, will be making a whole evening of this special event too and inviting guests to dine in the two restaurants by candlelight. Guests will be able to choose from a range of organic&sustainable dishes for dinner such as farmed and sustainable cob which comes from their local fishery.

Close to home, at The Lodge, our ski chalet in Switzerland, the team will be taking the guests to the local laiterie during the day to show them where the local cheese is made. Later in the evening, all the lights will be switched off and dinner will be by candlelight with a beautiful log fire to provide a warm and cosy atmosphere. The evening dinner service will include a menu made with all local Swiss produce and will be accompanied by Swiss wine.

In the hotter climate of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, Necker Island will be hosting a Caribbean Beach dinner decorated with candles and lanterns and guests will be served a delicious Caribbean dinner, all sourced from local suppliers within the Caribbean.

Here in London, Babylon Restaurant will be focusing its efforts on ensuring that there are as many locally sourced produce on the menu available to its guests. Some of these include the Crispy Fried Gladys Mays Duck Egg which comes with a mixed wild mushroom&tarragon ragout, whipped chive crème fraiche, roasted Jerusalem artichoke and crisps. Accompanying this will be specially created cocktails for Earth Hour, which includes ‘Kind Of A Big Dill’ – Chase potato vodka flavoured with fresh dill, Boudier apple liqueur, lemon, Absinth mist. Chase vodka is a new supplier who aims to become the first SRA approved spirit producer.

Notes to Editors:

Food Made Good is run by The Sustainable Restaurant Association to allow food lovers to indulge their passion for dining out without having to check their principles in at the cloakroom. Restaurants, cafés and caterers are assessed on their sourcing, impact on society and environmental footprint and diners can then find out their star rating. Virgin Limited Edition first joined the Sustainable Restaurant Association in 2012, first with Babylon Restaurant and then in 2013 on a global rating basis for Necker Island, Ulusaba, Kasbah Tamadot and The Lodge.

Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service. The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant in London; Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Necker Belle, a 105 foot luxury catamaran, Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya, Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa, The Branson Estate on Moskito Island and the latest addition – Son Bunyola in Mallorca.

For bookings please call 0800 716 919 (toll free) or +44 (0) 208 600 0430 alternatively visit for more details.

Charlotte Devenish Tel: +44 (0)20 8600 0468 Or Lauren Beaty Tel: +44 (0)20 8600 0472

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