Sustainable travel means finding a way that tourism can be maintained long-term without harming natural and cultural environments, and what better way to bring attention to doing just that than doing feature on Earth Day on some of the properties in our collection who seek to minimize negative impacts on the environment and aim to have a positive impact for local communities and economies.
Snorkeling around the Bay at GoldenEye, Jamaica is a wonderful experience as the water is crystal clear, and as a fish sanctuary - it is a 'no fishing' zone, which was designed to help replenish fish stocks within the Bay. An excursion to the coral nursery when you are next there to glean our on-going efforts with coral planting, is not to be missed! The sea plays an integral role in the life of Oracabessa. Whether earning a livelihood through fishing or simply enjoying an early morning swim before starting a hectic day, everyone in Oracabessa is connected to the sea. Unfortunately, the rich environmental heritage of Oracabessa Bay has been under threat, but every effort is being made to replenish it!
At Islas Secas, a spirit of adventure and discovery is shared with guests, by providing them with world-class experiences that connect them to the natural beauty and ecological abundance of Panama’s wild Pacific Coast. With 75% of the archipelago left undeveloped and a property that is 100% powered by natural energy, the aim is to create a model for sustainable tourism, combining exhilarating recreation and effortless luxury with a strong ethos of environmental stewardship and community support.
Morgan's Rock is a natural luxury hacienda resort on a private white sand tropical beach with stunning ocean-view bungalows, all within a 4,000-acre jungle. Nearly half of the property has been designated a Private Reserve (Reserva Silvestre El Aguacate). Through reforestation, tree planting, environmental awareness and education Morgan’s Rock helps defend this important natural area against poaching, illegal logging and deforestation. Thanks to the planting of hundreds of thousands of trees and an ongoing vigilance to keep poachers off of the land wildlife has increased all over the property since the lodge opened in 2004. This protected area represents one of the last large sanctuaries, critical to the conservation of regional wildlife habitat along Central America’s Pacific coast. Sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning; Morgan’s Rock used local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design, and sustainably sourced wood for furniture and infrastructure.
Casa Letty was designed by renowned Colombian architect Alberto Burckhardt, and the house embraces the natural surroundings and vegetation of the island, whilst providing ultimate comfort and style for guests. With a solar panel system to fully power the house and comprehensive sustainability practices, the aim is to minimize the carbon footprint and environmental impact. The following
practices in Sustainability are being implemented:
• Solar panel system to fully power the house
• Rain water collection system to use for gardens and maintenance
• Solar water heaters
• Composting system for organic waste to be used in the vegetable and herb garden
• Recycling process in alliance with Green Apple
• Refillable Loto del Sur amenities and water-filtration system to minimize single-use plastic
• A percentage of profits of Casa Letty are used to support community and educational projects in the neighboring fishing villages of Santana and Barú
The Song Saa Foundation gives everyone the chance to make a difference in a fun, learning environment in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. They believe anyone can be an agent for change. Launched in 2014, our Journeys of Change program gives volunteers the chance to take part in eye-opening expeditions that involve fieldwork and community work; the experience is not only profoundly rewarding, but can act as a stepping stone into a career in conservation. Saving sea turtles, providing medical care, promoting local designs and launching education programmes – Song Saa Foundation’s projects are diverse in scope. Using science, innovation and collaboration to implement useful and impactful actions, we divide our programmes into the main categories of water, people and land.
Sweet Bocas is dedicated to providing a conscious travel experience that in turn creates a positive impact for the indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro, Panama. They have self imposed strict environmental standards, support and employ members of local communities and partner with locally embedded organizations. They are proud to support education, sponsor scholarships and continue the sustainable empowerment of hundreds of individuals in Bocas del Toro. Additionally, everything served at Sweet Bocas is inspired by the food grown in the greenhouses and farm, the natural abundance of local resources and the desires of guests. They are committed to sustainability and continue to evolve and improve farming practices. The head chef grows the food in alignment with his culinary vision. Under his direction, the team prepares and nurtures seedlings in the greenhouse that are transplanted to the gardens to be analyzed and adapted for the climate, new rotations and variations. They have built partnerships with local communities to share knowledge and bring more awareness to better farming practices, organic produce and good nutrition.