The only operating hotel on Dominica to hold the certification, Secret Bay was recognized for its environmental practices and creating an innovative guest experience that brings the island’s sustainability efforts to life.
“From our sustainably-designed villas to our conservation practices to our farm-to-plate philosophy to the elimination of single-use plastics on the property, we’ve woven green initiatives into everything we do, both behind the scenes and throughout our guest experience,” said Gregor Nassief, proprietor, Secret Bay. “It is for this reason that we are truly delighted to have achieved Green Globe Certification. For us, this accolade is a milestone in an ongoing journey as we continue to expand and evolve our green efforts.”
Green initiatives at the resort include:
- Sustainably designed villas built with Guyanese hardwood;
- greeting guests with locally made provisions served in reusable glass jars;
- paperless check-in and customized orientation where sustainability initiatives are introduced to guests;
- on-site transportation via electric golf carts;
- fresh, local produce in rooms;
- bio-safe toiletries including organic soaps, shampoos, and body butters;
- replacing plastic water bottles with reusable borosilicate glass bottles that guests can refill thanks to under-sink Culligan water filtration system;
- using biodegradable food packaging exclusively;
- sourcing local foods and herbs;
- recycling and composting waste;
- establishing an effective drainage system consisting of a drip irrigation process to reuse wastewater;
- adopting thoughtful energy conservation measures, like the use of LED lighting;
- and actively working to reduce greenhouse emissions.
The Green Globe Standard covers four key areas: Sustainable Management; Social/Economic; Cultural Heritage; and Environmental. The standard includes 44 core criteria supported by more than 380 compliance indicators. To guarantee compliance, a third-party independent auditor is appointed to work with clients on-site.