We are a community of independent hotels regenerating people and place
Why we exist
We connect travelers with independent hotels that are rooted in community and actively advance local efforts that enable people, nature, and culture to thrive
Regenerative Travel is a community of independently-owned boutique hotels dedicated to creating positive social and environmental impact. By coming together, we increase the value we provide to guests, while restoring, repairing and regenerating the communities and ecosystems of which we are a part.
who we are
We believe in changing the nature of the travel industry to be a force for good.
We help travelers to find hotels who share that vision and are pushing the boundaries of art, design, food, adventure, and the outdoors that serve as hubs of creativity and innovation with truly unparalleled experiences.
As an Asian American led, majority female team, we believe in uplifting underrepresented groups and communities through our work, and igniting a new generation of hospitality.
Our focus is on deep, powerful experiences that are unique to time and place.
Mission-driven with independent spirit
Each of our hotels was founded by visionary changemakers on a mission to generate lasting positive social and environmental impact for local people and environments. They are hubs of creativity and innovation that are continually evolving, which means that no two hotels or experiences will ever be the same. And, we expertly curate and customize travel experiences so that your personal interests and expectations guide your exploration.
Honors sense of place
Each Regenerative Travel hotel is focused on creating special experiences that reveal the essence of the place in which they are located—shaped by local people, nature, and culture, and contributing meaningfully to the local economy. Your experience is enriched by the unique nature of the place—from food and design, to activities and amenities.
An ethos of service
Where your vacation meets your values
It all started in 2014 when David Leventhal heard from guests who were staying at Playa Viva, his boutique hotel in Mexico, that it was difficult to find similar ethos-driven resorts around the world.
A few years later, David met Amanda Ho, the founder of a travel magazine who was passionate about covering sustainable hospitality in her storytelling. They connected deeply on understanding the increased desire for values-driven experiences
Amanda and David go on to partner and create Regenerative Travel, a membership collection of values-aligned independent hotels.
During a global pandemic, Regenerative Travel raised consciousness around the regenerative travel movement and held its first Summit to support the paradigm shift within the industry.
Meet Our Leadership
Co-Founder & CEO
Amanda is a Chinese American, New York-based brand strategist, travel expert, community builder and change-maker committed to help the travel, tourism and hospitality sector become a force for regeneration and healing. As the Co-founder & CEO of Regenerative Travel, Amanda helps the global collection of independent hotels increase the value provided to guests and actively regenerate the communities and ecosystems of which they are a part.
Before co-founding Regenerative Travel, Amanda was the founder of a multi-media lifestyle publication where she honed her craft as a storyteller & producer for luxury hospitality, real estate and lifestyle brands with a passion for sustainability.
With an innately curious, creative nature and passion for ethos-driven regenerative tourism models, Kerry is the Marketing Manager of Regenerative Travel. Kerry previously worked within travel PR agencies representing trailblazing offerings such as Shinta Mani and Saira Hospitality, iconic brands like Chiva-Som, JW Marriott and Visit Berlin, and world-renowned architect Bill Bensley.
Client & Sales Manager
Variety is Cami’s spice of life, which is reflected in her broad experience in creating and planning original concepts for unique experiences in luxury travel and event management. Based in Colombia, Cami oversees sales and client Relations at Regenerative Travel. She believes travel has the power of changing lives and shaping the future of more sustainable communities.
Melony van der Mewe
South African born, Miami-based, Melony is the Trade Director of Regenerative Travel and an independent travel trade relations specialist. With over 15 years’ experience in the industry, this South African has designed private travel to Africa and represents sought after boutique hotels and safari lodges to the travel trade.
Our Hotel Advisors
Beks, a safari guide born in Zimbabwe founded the 100% owner-run and Africa based African Bush Camps in 2006. From the start of operations, Ndlovu’s mission has been to operate a portfolio of luxury tented camps and lodges across Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. In founding African Bush Camps Ndlovu also created a nonprofit focused on conservation, education, and empowerment.
Dana and her husband, Dave, are founders and owners of the award-winning, Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, a boutique eco-resort in Belize and founding member of Regenerative Travel. As avid conservationists, they developed their 31 acres of coastal forest with the marine environment and local people in mind.
Marcus is the owner of Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge in Nepal. As a champion of social values, Marcus has a pragmatic approach putting staff happiness at the core of hospitality. The professional training and economic opportunities provided to the community are a testament to his commitment to the empowerment of the locals.
Since 2015, Portia is the founder of two boutique hotels, three beach clubs, two bars and a not-for-profit foundation in Cartagena, Colombia. She believes in hospitality brands designed for young, affluent and modern travelers seeking luxury in a creative and culturally sensitive and environmentally responsible setting.
In 2004, Renee left her technology and transactions attorney career to pursue the opening of Tranquilo Bay, an eco-lodge in Bocas del Toro, Panama. Secluded from the rest of the world, Tranquilo Bay is designed to relieve the pressures of real life and focuses on rejuvenation and immersing guests in one of the most biologically diverse places in the world.
Zita is an eighth-generation Fogo Islander, Founder and CEO of Shorefast, and Innkeeper of the Fogo Island Inn. A registered Canadian charity, Shorefast uses business-minded means to help secure economic and cultural resilience for Fogo Island, Newfoundland: a centuries-old settler fishing community.