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
Set on the shore of Lake Atitlan and nestled in its own nature reserve, Laguna Lodge offers natural luxury. In addition, the Laguna Lodge founded the non-profit Laguna Community Care, with a mission to provide medical aid to reduce physical suffering in the region, to provide basic education to meet full potential of the community and reduce poverty, and to provide family planning / aids education. It is funded by the lodge and by guests wishing to donate in a professional capacity, monetarily, or with donated items. The Laguna Lodge also contributes to the ecological legacy of Guatemala, with a robust conservation program.View Website