Let’s face it, travelling is bad for the environment. Planes consume thousands of gallons of fuel, cars and buses do the same, and often, hotels would rather have a larger carbon footprint if it means making a few extra bucks here and there. Luckily, some hotels are making a name for themselves as eco-friendly establishments, a name that is not only catchy but could prove to be a major turning point in environmental consciousness for the tourism industry as a whole.
Welcome to Casa Ceibo Boutique and Spa, located in beautiful Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador! According to the 18-room hotel’s website, the relatively new establishment offers a wide variety of activities ranging from island tours to wetland excursions, all while remaining ecologically friendly. Better yet, when the hotel touts its environmental consciousness, it’s not just because they recycle glass bottles at the end of the day. Some of its outstanding environmental efforts include hiring local staff, reforesting surrounding mangroves, teaming up with local environmental organizations, and even backing a clean-water program for local communities.
The establishment’s hard work has not gone unnoticed, which seems like good news for the eco-friendly movement sweeping many hotels around the world. The American Academy of Hospitality (AAHS) Services recently awarded the Ecuadorian hotel its Five Star Green Award, certifying it as a “green hotel” and solidifying its reputation as an environmentally safe alternative to the convenient yet questionable airport Hiltons we know and love. Says Karen Dixon, international general manager of AAHS:
Casa Ceibo delivers an exceptionally luxurious experience, yet many aspects of the property, its services and people fulfill a mission of environmental, cultural and social consciousness that’s downright extraordinary
Next time you’re in Ecuador, why not check out this luxurious, eco-friendly hotel? After all, the green aspect is apparently not all the place has going for it. According to reviews posted on TripAdvisor, the hotel boasts a rating no short of “excellent.” The hotel’s official website provides potential guests with booking and contact information, as well as a list of activities and local pastimes. Buen viaje!