The Marriott’s Beach House is getting ready for an Earth-conscious weekend with a lineup of activities to celebrate Earth Hour 2017 on Saturday from 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Earth Hour is a global initiative that encourages people to celebrate the planet and raise awareness of climate change.

The resort on Seven Mile Beach will be encouraging guests to switch off the lights in their rooms during this time. Candles will light up the night throughout the hotel and bonfires will be ignited on the beach front.

Dark Night

The Marriott’s Beach House will kick off the weekend with Dark Night on Friday. This signature event takes place on the Friday closest to the New Moon and features Apothecary elixirs, holistic bites, stargazing, intention setting and other activities such as crystal jewelry making and vision boards. Organizers of the event describe it as the perfect way to start off a weekend of becoming more grounded and attuned to Mother Earth.

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Yoga, food and entertainment

On Saturday, the hotel will host an Earth Hour program for the evening, starting with a 10-minute guided beach meditation of the senses by Janelle Kroon, owner of Bliss Yoga Cayman.

After the meditation session, the resort will continue the theme of Earth Hour at Anchor & Den by offering guests a special menu of dishes and cocktails made from local and sustainable ingredients, and specifically created for the event, along with live acoustic entertainment. The Marriott’s Beach House advocates the farm-to-table concept in Cayman, and supports local farmers by using sustainable products in its menus every day.

Guests will also receive a special gift as a remembrance of the night – small seedling pots that they can take home to plant. For those who are unable to bring this token gift with them on the plane, the hotel will distribute sustainable pencils from green startup company Sprout, which contains seeds that can be planted after use.

“We are really excited to be involved with Earth Hour 2017,” says Laura Skec, director of sales and marketing. “We are so lucky to be living in paradise and wanted to help raise awareness of the importance of preserving the natural beauty of the precious world we live in.

“We hope to encourage our guests and the local community to become more mindful of climate change and to think of the small ways that we can all make real and positive choices to protect our planet.

“Our participation with Earth Hour is a continuation of our theme for the year, ‘Awakening 2017: A Year With Intention.’ Our dream is for 2017 to be a year of awakening and discovering our inner peace. We believe that this event is perfectly aligned with our philosophy.”

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