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San José, Costa Rica, 2007/02/16 - Hotel Punta Islita received the Most Excellent Eco Resort Award (Mexico & Central America) from global luxury travel guide Condé Nast Johansens on February 5th at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles. The gala was co-hosted by supermodel Cindy Crawford.
The awards gala took place on February 5th at the Bel Air Hotel in Los Angeles and was co-hosted by supermodel Cindy Crawford.
Awards were presented in 25 categories and were selected by the guide’s readers, hotel guests, and Condé Nast Johansens’ inspection team.
Hotel Punta Islita’s Executive Vice President, Eduardo Villafranca, remarked “High-end travelers are more involved in the places they visit, seeking authenticity and healthy natural surroundings. These conscientious sophisticates value comfort, but not at the expense of the destination’s character or welfare. We are excited to be recognized as a responsible tourism leader and pledge to provide our guests with rewarding and fulfilling life experiences!”
This past January, Hotel Punta Islita was featured in both Travel + Leisure’s Best 500 in the World ranking and Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List. Both publications noted Hotel Punta Islita’s uniqueness and commitment to a responsible tourism program that emphasizes the sustainable development of local communities and optimal resource stewardship.
Inaugurated in 1994 and a distinguished member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), Hotel Punta Islita overlooks a secluded cove along the coastline of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Its responsible tourism model has won international accolades including the Investor in People category of the 2006 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards bestowed by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Small Luxury Hotel’s 2005 Caring Luxury Award. The hotel features 47 accommodations including deluxe rooms, suites, and villas.
Grupo Islita, Hotel Punta Islita’s parent company, is expanding its responsible tourism offerings with the planned November 2007 inauguration of El Silencio Lodge & Spa, a sanctuary for soft adventure and inspired wellness in Costa Rica’s central volcanic region. Offering a 500-acre private reserve, gently flowing rivers, and hidden waterfalls, it will embed 16 suites and a full-service spa in the thick of pristine cloud forest.