The 20 Most Sustainable Hotels in Costa Rica
For an Ethical and Sustainable Hotels in Costa Rica.
A Sustainability Ranking in partnership with ETIC Hotels
You’re planning a trip to Costa Rica and you’re trying to be as ethical and sustainable as possible? niood lists you the 20 most sustainable hotels in Costa Rica:
What makes Pacuare Lodge sustainable?
The Pacuare Lodge was built with minimal impact on the surrounding forest and river. No trees were cut to accommodate the bungalows and main lodge; our buildings use lumber from a reforestation project run by small farmers. The thatch roofs were made by local Cabécar Indians in their traditional style using palm leaves collected in our forest reserve.
Bungalows are illuminated with lanterns and candles and what little electricity used at the lodge is clean energy generated by a turbine in a nearby stream.
The lodge’s bathrooms are equipped with biodegradable soap and shampoo and the water for their showers is solar heated. All the lodge’s wastewater flows into state-of-the-art septic systems to avoid pollution of the nearby river.
What makes El Silencio Lodge & Spa sustainable?
We envision a tourism model that protects its stunning natural surroundings, fosters the personal growth of staff, and promotes the development of neighbor communities. Harmonizing the well-being of all stakeholders is key to El Silencio’s uplifting experience, fully reflecting Costa Rica’s happiness mantra. Engaging the services of Responsible Business Alliance, El Silencio Lodge & Spa has designed a sustainability model that is perfectly tailored to its natural setting and social context El Silencio Lodge & Spa authentically reflects the cultural legacy and traditions of Sarchí, Zarcero, Naranjo, and other landmark regional towns. More than 95% of our staff is local, imprinting the guest’s experience with the signature hospitality that characterizes our human context. In turn, El Silencio Lodge & Spa gives back through employment opportunities, local purchases, and the growing relationship with its closest neighbor, the Los Bajos del Toro community.
El Silencio Lodge & Spa is proud to hold the maximum Five-Leaf Rating in Costa Rica’s Certification of Sustainable Tourism. This initiative, championed by the CostaRican Tourism Board (ICT), is a globally-respected tool to rate, monitor, and guide the country’s tourism industry. Its rigorous evaluation process contemplates water management, energy conservation, waste disposal and recycling, positive relations with surrounding communities, cultural authenticity, and guest safety.
What makes Punta Islita sustainable?
Hotel Punta Islita is fully committed to a holistic sustainability model that supports an array of local environmental and community initiatives.
As part of Grupo Islita, Hotel Punta Islita underscores that we are all stakeholders in our planet’s health and prosperity. Understanding and embracing our role is enriching. It fosters a caring attitude that permeates every endeavor. And we are thus better empowered to protect the environment, champion economic opportunity, and celebrate the cultural differences that color the fabric of human experience.
Hotel Punta Islita opened its doors in 1994 and was developed in full synergy with its local neighbors, prompting wildlife conservation, reforestation, and local employment opportunities. Art programs and complementary education further provided empowering tools for the local communities. Today, Hotel Punta Islita is not only a globally recognized sustainable travel destination, but also a thriving region characterized by a healthy natural environment and a dynamic collective of travel professionals, community artists, and micro-entrepreneurs.
We believe travel should be planet-friendly, people-positive and we thank you for your interest in sustainability.
What makes Florblanca Resort sustainable?
• Make a responsible waste management to prevent water, air and soil pollution.
• Optimize the use of water and energy, through saving and the use of alternative technologies.
• Protect, respect and promote wildlife habitat and species.
• Keep gardens and structures free of agrochemicals or chemical substances harmful to human and wildlife health. Encourage the use of organic fertilizers and the enrichment of soils in a sustainable and natural way.
• Share with visitors, neighbors, suppliers and the hotel staff, our knowledge and experiences in environmental issues.
• Inform and create actions to encourage our suppliers to participate in programs of environmental and social improvement.
• Promote local production.
• Reduce waste production and prefer reusable, recyclable or biodegradable products.
• Prefer fresh, natural and organic products.
• Develop employment opportunities for the community and contribute to their professional growth through training.
• Encourage guests to participate in recreational and cultural activities that our community offers.
• Support sports, culture, education, health and security programs in our community
• Respect our traditional and existing living cultures in the environment where we are and we operate. Encourage our customers and staff to promote and
respect our origins.
What makes Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Farm sustainable?
We reduce our impact through many initiatives, including solar-powered electricity and solar-heated hot water, a chemical-free ionized swimming pool, an ambitious plan of recycling and regeneration, and avoiding toxic chemicals.
We support conservation, reduced biological impact, and regeneration, focused on reforestation and organic agriculture to reduce our ecological footprint and mitigate our impact on climate change. Over the last 25 years, we have planted more than 5,000 native trees and were one of the first carbon-neutral hotels in Costa Rica.
We embrace environmental consciousness and ecological practices. We protect our local ecosystem. We reduce our environmental stressors (ex. our demand on water and electricity); we preserve air and water quality; and we defend the integrity of Costa Rica’s natural resources and we educate and train our employees, guests and community about how to be better stewards of our environment.
We train our staff and inform our visitors, to promote social education, sustain human health, promote environmental justice, and protect basic resources.
What makes Arenal Springs Resort sustainable?
What makes Hotel Belmar sustainable?
For past few months the Hotel Belmar has been working hard together to construct a greenhouse on the property. The purpose of which is to provide another level of sustainability within our hotel operations, and also the ability provide our guests with fresh and organic high quality fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
What makes Si Como No Resort sustainable?
We recycle glass, plastic, paper, and aluminum cans across all hotel operations utilizing the local recycling center in each community. Fruit and vegetable waste is recycled for compost to fertilize hotel gardens. Meat, fish, and poultry waste is collected daily for farm animals, reducing demands on local waste disposal facilities. We have also eliminated plastic shampoo bottles and have limited soap bars to the vanity sinks. All soap bar wrappers are recyclable and banana paper is used wherever possible for printed material.
Greentique Hotels use their own wells to irrigate hotel gardens in the summer. Practicing indigenous landscaping also helps reduce water demand throughout the dry season. All Greentique properties use both water saving showerheads and faucets throughout their hotels.
What makes Parador Resort & Spa Manuel Antonio sustainable?
Parador Resort & Spa is certified as sustainable by the Costa Rican Tourism Board reaching the highest level achievable (Elite) under their strict certification program. The certification for sustainable tourism is a process by which Costa Rican companies and organizations analyze their operations striving for efficiency, productivity, quality, environmental impact and customer satisfaction. It is a rigorous program that seeks to categorize and certify each tourism company per the degree to which its operations comply with a model of sustainability, established by the Costa Rican Tourism Board.
Parador Resort & Spa has received the prestigious Ecological Blue Flag for several consecutive years for “Actions Against Climate Change,” achieving top scores.
What makes Capitán Suizo Beachfront sustainable?
Policy of protection of the Flora and Fauna
At Hotel Capitán Suizo, we are aware of the value that biodiversity possesses for sustainable development and for the future of Costa Rica. This is put into practice through our love for all forms of life, and we make thoughtful decisions and actions considering our delicate location on the border of National Park Marino Las Baulas, which was created for the protection of the sea Leatherback Turtles (an endangered species) and as a transit area and habitat for many other species of wildlife such as raccoons, howler monkeys, iguanas, squirrels, porcupines, anteaters, birds and many more. We encourage and take the following measures for the protection of flora and fauna:
Policy in support of the protection of wildlife
Hotel Capitán Suizo provides support for the Ministry of Environment and Energy in terms of caring for wounded wildlife.
Policy on merchandizing and extraction of wildlife
At Hotel Capitán Suizo we reject any merchandizing and/or extraction of wild flora and fauna and if we are aware of a case we will make the corresponding complaint.
The artificial lighting of the hotel was chosen carefully, through its style and location, it does not alter the natural environment nor does it disturb wildlife behavior.
What makes El Remanso Lodge sustainable?
We are proud to be one of the few hotels in Costa Rica to rely 100% on renewable energy for the full operation of the lodge. We generate our electricity with our own hydroelectric system and solar panels.
Furthermore, the hot showers you will enjoy are a result of our solar hot-water system which covers all of our demand for hot water.
The staff you’ll meet at El Remanso grew up here, or near here. After all, one of the basic principles of sustainability is to enhance local economic vitality; another is to promote equity. Your stay at El Remanso contributes to both – to supporting local families and to help them work toward a better future, both for their families and for generations to come.
El Remanso is run with integral sustainability practices that go from the 100% renewable energy use, to strict waste management process where we stand by the “three Rs”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The waste we do produce, we do our best to reuse: We turn our non-cooked organic waste into compost for our garden, and cooked waste is destined to nearby farms to feed the pigs.
What makes Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa sustainable?
What makes El Establo Mountain Hotel sustainable?
What makes Hotel Playa Espadilla sustainable?
Hotel Playa Espadilla offers an eco-friendly hotel option within walking distance of Manuel Antonios main beach. Guests of this affordable and quaint 16-room hotel will enjoy the beautiful scenery, a relaxing vibe while, and gorgeous pool and lounge area. Hotel amenities include nature trails, restaurant and bar, tennis court, swimming pool, tropical gardens, souvenir shop, and WiFi in some areas.
What makes Sarapiquí’s Rainforest Lodge sustainable?
Sarapiquis Rainforest Lodge is built in the style of a pre-Columbian village, designed and developed as an eco-model project using locally sourced sustainable technologies.
There is a beautiful infinity pool, restaurant, bar and 24 comfortable rooms providing spacious accommodation with en suite facilities. The on site museum and botanical gardens provide an educational experience of the surrounding rainforest, flora and fauna.
What makes Mawamba Lodge Tortuguero sustainable?
As Mawamba Lodge is very aware of its potential impact on the environment and local society, they have implemented their own Environmental Management System (EMS); the agoal being the reduction and mitigation of all environmental and social impacts that the company may produce as a result of their activities.
Grupo Mawamba has also decided to opt for the Costa Rican certification for sustainable tourism, showing their commitment to the sustainability standards they have always upheld.
What makes La Paloma Lodge sustainable?
One of our fundamental missions is to maintain the pristine habitat in Drake Bay. We support local private reserves, the turtle conservation project, the National Park and Isla Reserve clean up projects and the Corcovado Foundation.
The original La Paloma property was a cow pasture when purchased in the 1980s. To visit today is to see how conscious planting can regrow rain forest habitat. We have been involved in reforestation efforts not only on the 24 acres of La Paloma Lodge property, but also around the local school. We are committed to maintaining viable animal corridors. Toward that goal, we are currently involved in efforts to keep motorized vehicles out of pristine areas that are currently in use not only by humans on foot, but also by elusive wild cats and other species threatened by loss of habitat.
What makes Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge sustainable?
What makes Hotel Aguti Lodge & Reserve sustainable?
The Aguti Reserve currently develops several conservation and research projects, such as the reforestation of our endemic tree (Ocotea monteverdensis), which at this moment is in danger of extinction and its fruit is preferred by birds such as the bell bird and the quetzal.
Our restaurant maintains standards of social responsibility that allow us to bring to your palate products of very high quality craftsmanship. We are committed to buy only local producers who, in turn, work in a sustainable way to preserve natural resources, this includes responsible fishing.
What makes Aninga Lodge sustainable?
We Apply and promote the “3 R’s of Recycling” throughout our operation, from our offices to the transport of customers to the hotels and throughout your stay. The tour guide and our partners promote the proper collection of wastes in the different bins located in the offices, buses, boats, rooms, restaurants and public areas.
Also, in Tortuguero has a recycling center located at Pachira Lodge in which are stored on a weekly basis all the previously separated waste in every hotel for that after are brought to the center of the community. Currently collects plastic, glass, cardboard and tetrapack, paper, oil for cooking and motor vehicles.
In our offices exist in each floor a recycling point with the respective bins for the separation of wastes. Weekly waste is collected by the Municipality of San Jose.
We Are Looking For the efficient use of energy through the use of ceiling fans instead of air-conditioning systems, the progressive replacement of fluorescent lighting by LED, the medium-term installation of solar panels for energy independence and the promotion of good habits of consumption in our partners through processes of awareness and labeling in the building.