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In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Green Hotel Focus

Home Green Hotel Focus
In Green Hotel Focus, Green Lodging News features those properties that deserve just a little bit more attention than your typical green hotel—those properties that have invested in green building design and technologies, energy and water conservation, indoor air quality, and much more. Would you like to nominate a property for coverage? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: greenlodgingnews@gmail.com.

Highly Anticipated Villa Copenhagen Sets New Standard for Eco-Sustainable Luxury

NEW YORK—One of Europe’s most anticipated launches of 2020, Villa Copenhagen, officially opened its doors in the heart of Denmark’s capital city on July 1. Housed in the century-old Danish Post and Telegraph office, adjacent to Tivoli Gardens, the 390-room Villa Copenhagen is a Grande Dame hotel for the 21st century, offering approachable, conscious luxury through a commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and meaningful experiences that connect guests to the landscape, culture, and energy of the city. “This project has proven to be a labor of love and, in many ways, is testament to Copenhagen’s resilient spirit. We...

Six Senses Laamu Lauded for Junior Marine Biology Program

LAAMU, MALDIVES—After 10 weeks of exploring the oceans around Six Senses Laamu, the first series of the online Junior Marine Biology program has made a satisfying splash. What’s more, it is not too late to dive in, as all classes were recorded, which means they can be taken any time, and in any order. The online Junior Marine Biology program is a series of free web-based classes, made up of short informative videos, activities to do at home and one-on-one feedback by the team of 10 marine biologists at the Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI). Each class explored a different topic, from...

Element Orlando Universal Blvd. Opens Near Convention Center

ORLANDO, FLA.—The Element Orlando Universal Blvd., part of the Marriott International brand of hotels, opened at ICON Park in Orlando, Fla. on June 29, 2020. The eight-story hotel features 165 guest suites with its focus on sustainability, wellness, and caters to today’s healthy and active traveler. The guestrooms of the new extended-stay hotel in Orlando are ideally suited for business and leisure travelers. The hotel features 165 studio and one-bedroom suites that offer fully equipped energy-efficient kitchens with full-sized Energy-Star rated appliances. Standard room kitchenettes feature microwaves, mini-fridges, and toaster ovens. All guestrooms and suites include 55” LCD TVs with...

Element Toronto Airport Hotel Opens

TORONTO—The 144-room Element Toronto Airport will open tomorrow across the street from the Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminal 3. Located at 6257 Airport Road, this new all suite extended stay hotel is operated as a Marriott franchise and is owned and managed by Easton’s Group of Hotels. Guests of the modern eco-conscious Element Toronto Airport can expect to enjoy in-suite water filtration systems, bikes to borrow and electric-car charging stations. Each outdoor inspired guest suite is larger than a traditional hotel room and includes a fully equipped kitchen, separate living area and workspace, oversized closets, a spa-inspired bathroom, a signature...

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort is First in The Palm Beaches to Achieve 4 Green Keys

RIVIERA BEACH, SINGER ISLAND, FLA.—Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa has earned Green Key Global’s ultimate honor: a 4 Green Keys rating. It is the first hotel in Palm Beach County to achieve the designation, which is reserved for hotels that show national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through wide-ranging policies and practices. Coupled with Marriott’s Commitment to Clean, spearheaded by the Marriott Cleanliness Council, the resort is committed to providing guests with a safe environment that aligns with expert protocols for working to defeat COVID-19. Green Key Global is a leading international environmental...

Atlanta’s Stonehurst Place: Luxurious While Strong on Sustainability

ATLANTA—Throughout the current pandemic, Atlanta’s historic Stonehurst Place has continued to provide a safe place to stay for travelers in search of boutique luxury—all with a dose of eco-friendliness thrown in. The eight-suite property, owned by Barb Shadomy and first constructed in 1896, has features including a solar thermal system for water heating, a greywater recycling system, and rainwater purification system. “My partner and I purchased Stonehurst in 2007 and after 14 months of intense renovation, I returned the grand old lady back to her youthful self—with a few modern and green improvements,” Shadomy says. “We have not closed during the current...

Six Senses Laamu Launches Home-Based Junior Marine Biology Program

LAAMU, MALDIVES—Starting early last month, budding conservationists began getting ready for a new type of home school program where turtles are teachers and reef fish can be made out of egg cartons and bottle tops. Sad to not be greeting their usual students on the beautiful shores of Six Senses Laamu, the resort’s team of marine biologists are hosting short videos and demonstrate activities that anyone can try at home. The course is open to everyone and there is content available and suitable for all ages. The team is expecting some very special events on the island, including turtle hatching this...

How The Broadmoor Cares Earth Day & Every Day

COLORADO SPRING, COLO.—The rise of conscious traveling and resorts and destinations protecting, sustaining, and improving our planet is not only growing in popularity, but becoming the new norm for the travel and hospitality industry—something to celebrate as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22). The good news is that one of America’s most historic hotels is already implementing eco-sustainable and responsible practices, the longest running, consecutive Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond, The Broadmoor. Located in Colorado Springs, the 5,000 acre Broadmoor is one of the most unique resorts in the world offering luxury accommodations, award-winning dining, championship...

Grupo Vidanta Increases Green Initiatives in Celebration of Earth Day

MEXICO CITY—Grupo Vidanta, the leading resort and tourism developer in Mexico and Latin America, continues to set new benchmarks for sustainable, eco-tourism at its beachfront destinations, leading up to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Since its founding in 1974, Grupo Vidanta has made protecting the environment and natural beauty of Mexico a top priority. “It’s our belief that our practices should serve the greater good and promote a brighter future for generations to come. All of our projects have been designed, built and operated using solutions and socially conscious programs that are ecologically responsible and efficient in reducing impact...

Six Senses Bhutan Unveils its Final Lodge, the ‘Forest Within A Forest’ Six Senses Bumthang

BHUTAN—Less than six months after the opening of the “Traditional Birdwatching Bridge” in Gangtey, Six Senses Bhutan has opened its fifth and final lodge, Six Senses Bumthang. This opening marks the completion of a circuit that will take guests on a journey across the western and central valleys of the Kingdom. As the gateway to the east and the site of some of the country’s earliest settlements, Bumthang is considered as Bhutan’s spiritual heartland and is home to some of its most ancient monasteries and sacred monuments. This region is known for its four valleys, covered in pristine forests and meandering rivers,...