The world is reeling after the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, greenlit the practice of Sharia law in the country.
This means gay and bisexual men caught having sex can be stoned to death, while queer women will be publicly flogged.
There are a few ways to help, such as encouraging the politicians and leaders of your countries to put pressure on Brunei. However, several celebrities – including George Clooney, Elton John, Stephen Fry and more – have suggested to boycott the Sultan’s hotels and business interests.
Bolkiah, through the government-owned Brunei Investment Agency, is the owner of luxury brand the Dorchester Collection. The group run some of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
So the next time you want to treat yourself to a luxury holiday, avoid these businesses if you want to support LGBTI people in Brunei. And with those prices being so extortionately high, make sure you encourage your favorite celebrities to do the same.
1 The Dorchester, London, UK
Opened in 1931, The Dorchester isn’t just one of the fanciest hotels in London, but in the whole world. The five star hotel is found in the affluent Mayfair area.
2 45 Park Lane, London, UK
Described as a ‘fashionable 1960s hangout for London’s rich and famous’, 45 Park Lane is another of the London collection. The hotel boasts 45 rooms and overlooks the iconic Hyde Park.
3 Coworth Park, Ascot, UK
It might be outside of the capital but it’s in no less a prestigious area: Ascot, renowned for its races enjoyed by the upper classes of Britain. It is a 5 star country hotel.
4 The Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, USA
This hotel is most famous for being the place for Hollywood executives to meet and make deals. Most celebrities have pledged not to patronize this hotel until Brunei’s Sharia law is reversed.
5 Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles, USA
Not as prestigious as its Beverly Hills counter-part, this five-star hotel is still a top-of-the-line establishment.
6 Le Meurice, Paris, France
This palace hotel in the capital of France was founded in 1815 and their rooms are adorned with Louis XVI-style art.
7 Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris, France
Opened nearly 100 years after its Paris sister location, the five-star hotel offers 154 rooms in the fashionable district of avenue Montaigne.
8 Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy
The luxurious Rome hotel was built in 1889.
9 Hotel Principe di Savoia, Milan, Italy
One of the newer European hotels having opened in 1927, the five-star hotel offers 301 rooms.
10 Le Richemond, Geneva, Switzerland
One of the most prestigious hotels in the world also has one of the most expensive suits in the world. The Royal Armleder Suite ranked nine in Wealth Bulletins’ survey of most expensive suits and boasts two terraces alongside views of the alps.
11 Royal Brunei Airlines
The airline is owned by the government of Brunei. They have 14 airplanes and cater to 18 different destinations.
All photos collected from The Dorchester Collection, Facebook.