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Everyday Sustainability 2018-02-17T16:35:21+00:00

At Arenas del Mar, sustainability is in our DNA. It guides our everyday decisions, and is ingrained in our guest experience. Explore some of our sustainable practice highlights here.

SUSTAINABILITY IN ACTION

INITIATIVES & AWARDS
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NO-PLASTIC POLICY

We’re proud to have banished all single-use plastics from the resort. Find out why!

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At Arenas del Mar we have made the conscious decision to get rid of all plastic water bottles from our resort. They take vast quantities of fossil fuels to produce, and are non-biodegradable. More often than not, used bottles don’t get recycled either. Water in Costa Rica is 100% potable and we instead encourage our guests to use the reusable bottles provided at the hotel.

We have also replaced single-use plastic straws with locally-made bamboo stalks. They’re compostable which helps us reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste produced at the resort.

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VEGETABLE GARDEN

We’ve taken local sourcing one step further. The “garden salad” is making a comeback.

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Onsite we have a hydroponic vegetable garden which grows some of the greens for our tasty dishes. The garden provides our plants with all the nutrients they need without any soil. The plants spend less time developing complex roots and more time… growing!

Hydroponic gardens use 10 per cent less water than their soil counterparts and the water can be reused again and again. Growing in the safety of a greenhouse, there are no pesticides involved either. Clean, simple, and sustainable!

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AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

Arenas Del Mar creates the perfect symbiosis between Five Star luxury and Five Leaf sustainability.

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Arenas Del Mar is a member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Hotels and Lodges, which as a group was awarded the accolade of Earth Changers at National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards in 2017. The accolade recognizes cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation, to zero-waste systems and carbon-emissions reduction.

Our dedication to sustainable practices has also been recognized by the Costa Rican Tourism Board’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST). Evaluating our natural, cultural and social resource management, we have been awarded the full Five Leaves of the Sustainability Award for our pioneering initiatives in sustainable hospitality.

Every year we are also proud to receive a four-star Bandera Azul Ecológica from the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism for our clean beaches and energy saving measures. Our water has also has a five-star quality seal.

A SUSTAINABLE LUXURY EXPERIENCE

“The resort has a 5 Leaf sustainability award which is evident from the second you arrive. The eco-friendly vibe definitely adds to the experience. Everyone is so passionate about the rainforest and Arenas Del Mar’s mission that it was contagious. You feel like you’re part of the conservation efforts when you’re staying here.”

– Jen, New York

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