An advocate for marine conservation, sustainable hotel brand Beyond Green is honoring World Oceans Day on June 8 by inspiring people with simple ways they can help save the planet's seas while enjoying all they have to offer through responsible travel
NEW YORK, June 8, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- An advocate for marine conservation, sustainable hotel brand Beyond Green is honoring World Oceans Day on June 8 by inspiring people with simple ways they can help save the planet's seas while enjoying all they have to offer through responsible travel. From coral restoration projects to creating a "university of the sea," Beyond Green member properties are making waves by going beyond the surface of sustainability to save our oceans and make travel a force for good. This deep commitment to all aspects of the environment includes caring for the people who call these coastal paradises home.
The hotels, resorts, and reserves of Beyond Green provide plenty of opportunities for guests to get involved with conservation efforts during their beach vacation. Whether it's taking part in a green-turtle nesting adventure with andBeyond Mnemba Island, joining a hotel-hosted beach cleanup at The Palms Hotel & Spa, or simply choosing to stay at an off-grid coastal resort, such as Coulibri Ridge in Dominica, travelers are able to take simple steps to reduce their environmental footprint while exploring the world.
World Oceans Day celebrates the beauty of the planet's oceans while raising awareness about the need to safeguard them for future generations. As ocean levels and temperatures continue to rise across the globe, the day serves as a reminder of the critical role oceans have in supplying most of the oxygen people breathe while absorbing human-made carbon dioxide, making their health instrumental in combating climate change.
Here are a few ways guests can support ocean conservation when booking a stay at these Beyond Green eco-conscious member properties:
- Coulibri Ridge (Soufriere, Dominica): Luxury meets sustainability at Coulibri Ridge, an all-suite, fully off-grid, 200-acre resort perched atop lush cliffs overlooking the Caribbean island's southernmost coast. The destination resort pampers guests with all the amenities of a traditional escape with the benefit of being powered by 100% renewable energy and using only captured rainwater. With a respect for the surrounding environment, including the communities that depend on the ocean for fishing and tourism, the resort purchases all its fish from local fishermen. Through its REZDM (Resilient Dominica) organization, created to build the island's resistance to natural disasters and the impact of increased tourism, Coulibri Ridge helped construct a jetty in the neighboring fishing village of Scott's Head to preserve the local village life and economy, and is actively involved in the Soufriere-Scott's Head Marine Reserve coral restoration project. REZDM purchased a dedicated boat for this project and recruits and trains the coral conservation team to conduct daily surveying and coral treatment, build coral trees that encourage coral growth without removal from the natural environment, and coral farming outside of the reef.
- The Palms Hotel & Spa (Miami Beach, Florida, USA): The Atlantic Ocean is the star at The Palms Hotel & Spa, an oceanfront sanctuary in the heart of Miami Beach. Inspired by the surrounding pristine coastal environment, the luxury hotel ensures every detail and amenity it offers aligns with preserving and protecting the ocean. Its Essensia Restaurant, a Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant, serves mindfully sourced and naturally inspired dishes without any single-use plastics. Guests, staff, and the community are educated on the impact of these plastics on beaches and oceans during regularly-hosted beach clean-ups and through its "Fill-A-Bucket" program where guests can take part in their own beach clean-up. Committed to sustainability 365 days of the year, The Palms encourages guests to be green travelers well after their stay by providing helpful tips on the Guest Sustainability section of its website. The hotel is currently offering a $50 credit per stay to be used at The Palms AVEDA Spa as part of its Do Good, Feel Good package, with any unused portion of the credit donated to Save The Manatee, the world's leading manatee conservation organization. Last year's promotion raised $6,400 to support the Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter's ocean conservation efforts. The Palms is also a sponsor of the Coral Restoration Foundation, raising $1,800 through last year's Cyber Sale that donated $10 from every booking to support the biggest coral reef restoration effort on the planet.
- The Ranch at Laguna Beach (Laguna Beach, California, USA): Sustainability sets the foundation for The Ranch at Laguna Beach, a 97-room coastal ranch resort at the convergence of canyon and sea, which leverages a range of innovative and practical measures to reduce its carbon footprint and protect the natural environment. The classic California resort delights guests with three Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurants, including the celebrated Harvest restaurant, that properly recycle and dispose of waste while also eliminating single use plastic. The beachside food outlets use wooden utensils, ensuring single use plastic does not make its way to the ocean. The resort's Hook to Harvest Program ensures guests enjoy the best sustainable seafood options by using only those included on the James Beard Sustainable Seafood Standards list. The Ranch works with local businesses Harbor Fish Co. and Dory Fleet to bring locally caught seafood into Harvest, while the onsite Harvest Garden produces food for the restaurant without the use of harmful chemicals and fertilizers that can spread to the ocean. In line with its value of reducing waste, Ranch employees participate in the monthly Adopt a Channel program, removing thousands of pounds of ocean bound trash since its launch in 2015.
- The Brando (Tetiaroa, French Polynesia): The vision of actor Marlon Brando and resort owner Richard Bailey, The Brando was designed to leave the lightest possible footprint on its home of Motu Onetahi on the South Pacific Tetiaroa atoll, which is built and supported by coral reefs. Guests are invited to visit the nearby Ecostation, true to Marlon's wish to establish a "university of the sea" created by the private island luxury retreat for their nonprofit arm Tetiaroa Society. The research institute hosts visiting scientists who work on, and teach guests about, critical research and conservation initiatives that are essential to preserving the island, restoring it to a natural state, and creating a sanctuary for native species. The Conservation Program focuses on removing invasive species, such as the rats that feed on native bird eggs and even turtle hatchlings. Rat eradication has resulted in a significant increase in seabird nesting, the return of indigenous wildlife, and a rise in nitrogen levels necessary to restore the reef. All initiatives include community involvement, such as education programs that engage local fishermen and school children. Guests can take part in hands-on experiences, helping release fish larvae and baby turtles back into the ocean. Ocean conservation is also top of mind at the resort's three restaurants where menus feature Polynesian-inspired dishes, locally caught fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables grown in The Brando's palm-shaded organic gardens.
- andBeyond Mnemba Island (Zanzibar, Tanzania): andBeyond Mnemba Island makes its home off the coast of Zanzibar in East Africa, one of the continent's most biologically diverse regions. The private island resort is dedicated to supporting local communities dependent on healthy seas, coastal forests, and coral reefs. Regular beach cleanups have resulted in more than 5,000 pounds of plastic waste collected. As one of only two protected nesting sites in Zanzibar for the endangered green sea turtle, the island's conservation team is continuing the legacy of nearly 20 years of continuous turtle nest monitoring and protection. These actions offer vital insights into the five species of sea turtles found here, all of which are important indicators of the health of its oceans and beaches. As a result of consistent monitoring, turtles hatched on the beaches are returning to nest. Guests can join staff for an unforgettable green-turtle nesting adventure while learning about the critical conservation work being done by Oceans Without Borders (OWB), a marine conservation initiative founded by andBeyond in collaboration with Africa Foundation. As part of its coral reef restoration program, local divers collect broken or naturally dislodged pieces of coral, carefully transfer them to the underwater nursery where they are nurtured and then planted back onto the reef. Located just offshore from the resort, the reef is close enough for guests to snorkel out and observe the process. andBeyond also helps guests leave a legacy that lasts well beyond their stay by making it easy for them to directly donate to the Foundation to support this project or any one of its conservation initiatives.
- InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa (Bora Bora, French Polynesia): The InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa pays tribute to the Polynesian spirit of mana, or life force, by honoring and celebrating Polynesian heritage and the island's surrounding sapphire blue waters. We offer guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in our Polynesian way of life with daily cultural demonstrations such as our pareu show, palm weaving and language classes with our pool boys. Known to generations of sailors as "the pearl of the South Pacific," travelers are drawn to Bora Bora's breathtaking, crystal-clear waters that can be explored through diving, paddleboarding, and kayaking activities offered by the resort. To preserve this paradise, the resort works to regenerate coral reef systems, in part by employing Biorock technology which promotes coral growth, a sustainable method of protecting coral reefs from mass extinction caused by global warming. Cared for by a team of marine biologists, its' on-site coral nursery, the Lagoonarium, also serves as a sanctuary to more than 200 marine species and an experiential classroom for guests to learn about ocean conservation.
ABOUT BEYOND GREEN
Guided by a passion to embrace travel as a force for good, Beyond Green is a global portfolio of planet Earth's most sustainable hotels. To create a more purposeful way to explore the world where good guests meet good hosts, Beyond Green has curated a unique portfolio of hotels, resorts, and lodges based on their commitment to deliver on the three pillars of sustainable tourism: environmentally friendly practices that go beyond the basics; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities. To be considered for membership in Beyond Green, a property is vetted according to more than 50 sustainability indicators that align with global sustainable tourism standards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Owned and operated by Preferred Travel Group – the family-owned company that manages and operates other hospitality brands including Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Historic Hotels of America, and Historic Hotels Worldwide – Beyond Green ushers in a new way to experience genuine hospitality by the people for the planet. For more information, visit http://www.StayBeyondGreen.com.
ABOUT PREFERRED TRAVEL GROUP
Owned and operated by the Ueberroth Family, Preferred Travel Group is the parent company of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, Beyond Green, Historic Hotels of America, Historic Hotels Worldwide, PTG Consulting, and Beyond Green Travel, representing more than 1,100 hotels, resorts, and residences across 80 countries, in addition to a global portfolio of destination marketing organizations and tourist boards. With more than 250 seasoned travel professionals situated across 20 countries, the company connects independent hotels, hospitality companies, and destinations to key markets worldwide through strategic branding, sales, integrated marketing, revenue management, distribution services, and other consultancy services. Fueled by its brand promise, Believe in Travel, the company and its hotel and travel brands champion an unwavering belief in the transformative power of travel and its ability to enrich lives, inspire a greater respect for the Earth, and expand hearts and minds to other cultures and ways of living. For more information visit PreferredTravelGroup.com.
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