Sustainable hotels recognised as winners

Best Green Boutique: Cottar's Safari Lodge

Best Green Boutique: Cottar's Safari Lodge

Two major hospitality awards ceremonies recently gave presentations recognising sustainable hospitality.

The Boutique Hotel Awards recognises the world’s best boutique properties and included an award for World’s Best Sustainable Hotel which went to Cottar’s Safari Lodge, Nairobi, Kenya.

Presenting the award the judges noted ‘Sustainability is Cottar’s watchword. Every step of your stay would have previously been thought to maximise the preservation of both the surrounding wildlife and local communities.

Not a single plastic bottle can be found onsite. Indeed, drinking water is exclusively extracted from a natural spring nearby thus limiting the environmentally-heavy cost of importation. Similarly, and unless a guest requests otherwise, hot water is available 10 hours per day, heated by wood and elephant dung. Food is fully locally-sourced with most vegetables grown in the camp’s garden or bought in local villages. To top it all up, the camp is about to become 100% energy self-sufficient thanks to its newly-installed solar panels.’

The Boutique Hotel Awards is the first and only international awards organisation exclusively dedicated to recognising unique excellence among boutique hotels. The winners were selected from over 600 Nominees in over 80 countries. Each entrant was nominated by a member of the Awards Nomination Committee, comprised of 70 travel experts whose business it is to be in the know on the extraordinary boutique hotels. The Awards then coordinate hundreds of judge evaluation visits to each shortlisted nominee. The judges document all aspects of the guest experience covering five categories; dining and entertainment, design, facilities, location and most importantly staff service and overall emotional impact. These extensive hand-written evaluations are pored over by the Awards Panel who decide the regional and World’s Best Award winners.

The full list of winners is as follows:

World’s Best Beach or Coastal Hotel Qualia, Whitsundays, Australia
World’s Best City Hotel The Serras Hotel, Barcelona, Spain
World’s Best Classic Hotel The Chester Grosvenor, England
World’s Best Culinary Hotel Vila Joya, Algarve, Portugal
World’s Most Inspired Design Hotel Ca Maria Adele, Venice, Italy
World's Best Honeymoon Hideaway Carpe Diem, Santorini, Greece
World’s Best New Hotel Kensho, Mykonos, Greece
World's Best Relaxation Retreat Castello Di Guarene, Italy
World's Most Romantic Hotel Aenaon Villa, Greece
World's Most Sustainable Hotel Cottar’s Safari Lodge, Nairobi, Kenya
World's Best Wellness Spa Lefay Resort & Spa, Gargnano, Italy
World's Best Private Villa Over Yonder Cay, The Bahamas AND

Coco Prive, Kuda Hithi Island, Maldives

The 2018 Boutique Hotel Awards are now open. To nominate your favourite boutique hotels, find out about participating in the Awards, and read the reviews of all the winners go to:

Meanwhile the European Hospitality Awards named their Green Hotel of the Year as The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino Messinia, Greece. The Green Hotel Award recognises a hotel that maximises environmental operations and an efficient and innovative use of energy consumption.

The Awards note: ‘More than 90% of the total land area is dedicated to natural and planted greenery and the building footprint is less than 10%. During construction, Costa Navarino initiated the biggest olive-tree transplanting programme in Europe in an effort to preserve the age-long landscape. Olive trees were uprooted and temporarily planted in a specially prepared reception area. As construction progressed, these trees were replanted in their final location. With a success rate at nearly 100%, more than 6,500 olive trees have already been replanted, aiming to reach 16,000 upon completion.

Costa Navarino has participated in a joint venture developing and installing a 12MWp capacity photovoltaic park – one of the largest of its kind in Greece. Connected to the national grid, where it delivers on an annual basis renewable electrical energy amounting to 19, 5 GWh - more than the current annual electricity needs of the resort.

Significant reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions have been achieved after installing the biggest geothermal system of its kind in Europe. Advanced materials and systems are used in the buildings such as energy-efficient window panes, external wall insulation systems, energy-efficient lighting, electronic lighting ballasts and central lighting control systems.

As a result of an extensive water resource management study, the irrigation needs of Costa Navarino, are met by two reservoirs with approximate total capacity of 700,000 m³. A large-scale waste water-treatment facility is also operated, along with an extensive recycling program for paper, plastics, glass, used oil, batteries and organic waste is set in motion, resulting in a significant reduction of the waste ending up in landfill.

Costa Navarino is also contributing to a pioneering programme for protecting the habitat of the only European population of the African chameleon in Gialovalagoon. The lagoon is home to 271 recorded bird species, many of which are rare. As well as an extensive monitoring and protection programme for the loggerhead sea turtle in cooperation with Archelon. The programme annually records the population while mapping, monitoring and protecting the nests, and a detailed action plan ensures that eggs and hatchlings are protected until their final journey to the sea.

Other winners of the Awards include:

Overall Winner: Park Hyatt Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain
Best Boutique Hotel: The Lalit London, London, UK.
Opening of the Year – New Build: Park Hyatt Mallorca, Mallorca, Spain.
Opening of the Year – Renovation or conversion: Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques, Madrid, Spain
Best Future Hospitality Building – Under Construction and Drawing Board:
Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, Tenerife, Spain.
Best Hotel Suite – European and International: The Marylebone Suite – The Marylebone, London, UK.
Best Use of Technology: Sol House Social Hub, Meliá Hotels International,
Hotelier of the Year: Niko Suyasa, Step Ubud Training Hotel, Bali, Indonesia.
Hotel Spa of the Year: Thalasso, Masseria San Domenico, Savelletri di Fasano, Italy
Innovation in Service: Sol House mixed by Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza, Spain
Best Hotel Restaurant: Kitchen Club, Casa Cook Rhodes, Kolymbia, Greece
Best Hotel Bar: 363 Champagne lounge at Grace Santorini, Santorini, Greece.
International Best resort of the Year: St Regis Vommuli Island, Maldives.

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