The following companies are recognized leaders in sustainability and community involvement in the travel industry. Because of their exemplary work, past support of CREST, and formal commitment to support CREST into the future, they are the first inductees into the elite CREST Platinum Sponsors category.
The acronym SLOW LIFE (Sustainable-Local-Organic-Wellness-Learning-Inspiring-Fun-Experiences) explains the Soneva philosophy. Our aim is to create unforgettable, enlightening experiences that rejuvenate each guest's love of SLOW LIFE. It's about illuminating lives whilst treading lightly on the earth. The Soneva Foundation supports the development of innovative and imaginative projects whose impacts directly address social and environmental challenges around the world.View Website
Micato has always aimed not only to be the best safari operator, but to make a difference to the people and places we visit. Our non-profit arm, AmericaShare, was founded on that premise over 20 years ago. Dedicated to helping populations in Nairobi, Kenya who have been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, AmericaShare has made a tremendous impact by providing a bridge between children and women in need and people wishing to make a meaningful difference in Africa.View Website
Island Outpost is a collection of distinctive hotels and villas in Jamaica known for their interesting character and expression that reflects the magic of music, each with its own rhythm, its own beat. We strive to provide guests with a level of service so natural, that they would feel as if they were staying in the home of good friends. Island Outpost is committed to creating a unique, personal, relaxed experience - places where one can put a little distance between themselves and the rest of the world and discover the beauty of Jamaica and its people.
At Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, luxury and an eco-friendly business model aren't mutually exclusive – they go hand-in-hand. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is an eco-pioneer and a prolific steward of Aruba's community and the environment. We go far beyond towel- and electricity-saving programs, and have made significant investments in eco-technologies and systems, as well as environmentally safe products. The resort has been called "a glowing example for all Caribbean hoteliers." Bucuti is the first resort in the Americas to be certified ISO 14001.View Website
Basecamp Explorer Kenya manages unique safari accommodation camps in Masai Mara and Mara Naboisho Wildlife Conservancy, in the most scenic locations providing breathtaking views, exclusive wildlife safari experiences and authentic cultural interactions with the local people. Since the beginning, over 20 years ago, we have partnered closely with the local Maasai community and developed inclusive sustainable models for conserving nature and culture of the local people, through empowering local talent and initiating conservation partnerships, thereby improving their social and economic livelihoods.View Website
Located in Los Cabos, Mexico, Hotel El Ganzo celebrates diversity, creativity, artistry, and sustainability. Visiting national and international artists create their own original sounds in the hotel's Underground Studio, while live musical performances and curated visual art exhibits treat guests to an insider's view of the creative mind. In cooperation with an art gallery and the president of the San Jose Organic Market, the hotel is building a learning garden and art school, where they will teach children of the community to be creative and make art, while learning to cultivate vegetables and use them in their meals.View Website
Bodhi Surf School is the first B Corp Certified surf and yoga camp in the world. We are located at the footsteps of a 13,300 acre marine national park in the community of Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica, and use yoga, surfing, community engagement, and travelers’ philanthropy as tools to foster increases in pro-environmental behaviors in our guests and local community. We believe Bodhi Surf should serve as an example that inspires others — individuals and businesses alike — to be conscientious of their own impact and take meaningful action to reduce their footprint.View Website
Kasbah du Toubkal, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, is located in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco in Toubkal National Park, set dramatically below the towering flanks of Jbel Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. The Kasbah du Toubkal is an extraordinary venture, the product of an imaginative Berber and European partnership. There is a shared belief that the beauty of the Toubkal National Park should be accessible to all who respect it. To this end, the Kasbah has been transformed using traditional methods, from the home of a feudal caïd (local baron), into an unprecedented haven with accommodation to suit all budgets.View Website
CGH stands for the main values of the enterprise – "Clean, Green, Healthy." For CGH Earth, ultimate luxury means the interests of the environment and the local community comes before interests of the customer. Hiring local is one of the hightest priorities for all CGH Earth resorts. Over the past 15 years, we have tried to create an identity that blends in with the ambience of the region, while being distinctive. The cottages are built with local material and local knowledge; thatching with elephant grass was a dying practice, but we revived it through our structures. We hope it is a skill that will be passed on to the coming generations. In 2009 the Spice Village Resort was awarded with the PATA Award for Environment, becoming the first resort in India to receive this important award.
Innovation, sustainability, and nature’s love is at the heart of The Pavilions Himalayas. We offer guests the experience of sustainable luxury while never taking away from the environment. This means we generate our own energy, harvest rainwater, use natural materials, and run a farm. Our goal is to give 70% of net profits to the charities: Right4Children and The Pavilions Foundation. When guests stay with us, they experience the beauty, warmth, and love of our land and people.View Website
Mahogany Springs, a luxurious high-end lodge, is one of the premiere destinations for majestic Mountain Gorilla tracking. Guided viewing opportunities provide access to the habitat of the Mountain Gorilla, as well as other rare wildlife. Guests are invited to offset their carbon footprint by taking part in a tree planting program. Mahogany Springs also contributes to the many local projects, including Ride4aWoman, which provides local women with the skills to earn their own income. In addition, the lodge supports an orphanage in Kampala, a water-access project, and a local hydro-power project to bring electricity to the surrounding area.View Website
Nestled between Belize's rich reefs and lush rainforest, Hamanasi is a boutique eco-beach resort specializing in romance, adventure and award-winning customer service. Hamanasi seeks to be a Responsible Corporate Citizen by involving and supporting the community, as well as being actively involved in promoting sustainable tourism and environmental protection. From donating school supplies and creating merit-based scholarship opportunities to working with local and international NGOs and helping with disaster relief, Hamanasi is a positive force in the community.View Website
Founded in 1971, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations offers over 50 deluxe, small group Bicycling, Walking, and Waterways vacations at unsurpassed value throughout the world. Each trip includes all accommodations, most meals, two expert local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and full vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes round-trip international airfare from over 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations. VBT has been rated among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for eight years.View Website
The Laguna Lodge is on the lakeshore of the legendary Lake Atitlan and exclusively nestled in its own nature reserve. Entry into this Mayan world begins by boat. In a privileged setting, our luxuriously natural boutique hotel commands sweeping views over azure waters to a trio of dramatic volcanoes. Inspired by nature and created from volcanic stone, adobe, and palm, our spacious Villa is individually appointed with comfortable king beds, fine linens, intricate woven textiles and indigenous antiques. The Mayan highlands are rich in culture, and the lodge’s indigenous staff look forward to offering you a unique and memorable experience.View Website
Green Roof Inn is a romantic, intimate inn located on the island of Carriacou, 20 minutes off Grenada. The ocean front hotel has five charming guest rooms, two private cottages in lush gardens, and an internationally renowned restaurant on the upstairs veranda with panoramic ocean views. Green Roof Inn has a vision that extends beyond the commercial – linking business success with the wellbeing of the local community and its environment. To make profits with principles, without undermining passion, in the pursuit of professionalism. We want to be a resilient, determined, humanising advocate for Carriacou as a destination. We believe this is the future of tourism.View Website
Isle of Reefs Tours is a soft adventure tour company which started in January 2O14 on the island of Carriacou in the Grenadines. It offers the following services: guided hiking, turtle watching, carbon offset, boat excursions, snorkeling trips, offshore camping, island tours, and home stay accommodation. Isle of Reefs Tours’ mission is to offer the visitors of Carriacou an authentic Caribbean experience by taking them in small groups and involving them in the richness of the island. Our customers will get their moment of relaxation and quality time, while making a sustainable contribution to the island by really getting to know it and its people.View Website
The only Small Luxury boutique resort nestled deep within the tropical jungle of Western Belize, Ka'ana Resort is a "Heavenly Place" that focuses on providing a cultural and experiential personalized service. It has a unique proximity to Belize's main attractions and activities. Ka'ana Resort seeks to support and foster conservation, education, and social development projects that sustain the local community. The resort spearheads initiatives on- and off-site to help build a better Belize, incorporating involvement from both our treasured employees and guests. With only 15 luxury suites and 2 private Villas, Ka'ana has been awarded winner of Mexico's & Central America's Leading Boutique Resort for four years (2015 - 2018) and SLH-Caring Luxury Award 2018.View Website
La Selva is the most high-end ecolodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Privately located on Garzacocha Lagoon, La Selva provides excellent services and luxurious suites that offer more comfort than you could imagine in the jungle. The suites are built with native design in mind with high roofs, all constructed with bamboo to provide a cool atmosphere. The dining area has exclusive views overlooking the lagoon, and all the excursions are completed with Naturalist Guides and Native Guides who hail from the local communities nearby. La Selva has made a serious commitment to minimize ecological impacts while also creating strong bonds with the surrounding native communities and other small business enterprises that share this same vision.View Website
Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a nonprofit with a purpose to create a more tolerant world, as well as the nation’s leading hostel brand. With more than 50 hostels nationwide, we host over 1 million overnights annually. HI USA is committed to infusing a triple pillar approach to sustainability into everything we do, from the overnight itself to community education programs. Our hostels bring together travelers from over 100 countries, who are immersed in authentic, local experiences, while also sharing spaces and resources with their fellow travelers. As community hubs, we offer impact-driven activities and educational programs for travelers and locals alike that harness the principles of sustainable tourism. This blend of social and environmental impact is a hallmark of the HI USA experience.View Website
Perched on the edge of the escarpment, Limalimo Lodge is a beautiful place to experience Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park. Combining simple luxury and elegant design in a stunning setting, the lodge promotes sustainable tourism with minimal environmental impact, and provides new opportunities to the local community. The bar, restaurant, and two new “Superior View” rooms (13&14), face east and overlook the staggering cliff edges of the Simien Mountains. The 12 standard rooms face the lush countryside to the west. Limalimo Lodge contributes $10 per night to the Africa Wildlife Foundation for each guest that stays with us. This supports a range of conservation efforts in / near the park, including the Adisge Village Conservation school. The lodge also has an extensive local procurement program, supporting local farmers and villagers. We employ more than 40 people from the local community.View Website
Hacienda Jimenita Wildlife Reserve is a 109-years-old Spanish Style Hacienda that is a small Luxury boutique resort located in Quito. It has been in the Cruz Lopez family for four generations and is, the owners call it, their little piece of heaven, away from all the noise of the city and closer to all the main attractions of the Ecuadorian highlands. Hacienda Jimenita supports conservation and social projects in the Ecuadorian highlands and the Amazon and preserves over 700 hectares of primary forest in the Ecuadorian Amazon from being logged.View Website
A unique yoga retreat destination, Playa Viva has something for everyone. Visitors enjoy the rugged, unspoiled beauty of Mexico in the guilt-free luxury of an environmentally-conscious resort. Become immersed in nature, volunteer in the turtle sanctuary, give back to the local community, engage in a workshop, or just relax completely. Playa Viva is "Where Your Vacation Meets Your Values." The resort is regenerative, based in Whole Systems Thinking, taking into consideration the ecology/ecosystem/environmental impact, the community/cultural/social impact, as well as the design/architecture/building.View Website
Cruising on Indian Rivers since 2003, Assam Bengal Navigation (ABN) was the first to open the doors to luxury river expeditions on two of the greatest Himalayan rivers of the Indian Sub-continent. They have expanded their portfolio with four specially-designed river cruise ships as well as safari eco-lodges and houseboats. ABN creates unique, authentic community-engaged expeditions experienced in relative luxury on India’s greatest yet remote rivers. The experience is designed to reflect a sense of homecoming to the regions that is brought to life by the local staff. ABN Foundation supports projects in education, environment and community development.View Website