CREST Platinum Sponsors

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.

Soneva Resorts, Residences & Spas, Maldives and Thailand

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.

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Micato Safaris, Africa and India

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.

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Island Outpost, Jamaica

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.

Learn more about the inspiring story of how Island Outpost keeps Jamaica, Jamaica.


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Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Aruba

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.

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Basecamp Explorer Kenya

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.

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Hotel El Ganzo, Mexico

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.

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Bodhi Surf School, Costa Rica

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. 

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Kasbah du Toubkal, Morocco

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.

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CGH Earth, India

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.

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The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal

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.

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Mahogany Springs, Uganda

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.

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Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Belize

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.

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VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, USA

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.

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Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve, Guatemala

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.

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Green Roof Inn, Carriacou, Grenada

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.

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Isle of Reefs Tours, Carriacou, Grenada

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.

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