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Beyond Green’s 7 New Members Highlight Its Responsible Luxury Commitment to ‘Travel As a Force for Good’

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Beyond Green, a division of Preferred Travel Group that focuses on luxury sustainable hotels, has expanded its global portfolio by adding seven new member properties at the start of 2024.

The addition of seven new hotels elevates the total Beyond Green offerings in 20 countries, all committed to sustainability practices that meet more than 50 indicators aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. These properties are also integrated into the I Prefer Hotel Rewards program, reinforcing the group’s commitment to rewarding environmentally conscious travel.

“I am thrilled to announce the expansion of our global portfolio with the addition of these seven new member properties,” Lindsey Ueberroth, CEO of Beyond Green, said in a statement. “As we continue to grow, we remain steadfast in our mission to promote travel as a force for good, guided by our pillars of sustainability – Nature, Community, and Culture. Together, we can create a brighter, more sustainable future for all.”

Among the new properties is Artiem Asturias in Spain, a wellness retreat that emphasizes both personal and planetary health. The retreat boasts a main restaurant serving local and seasonal foods, guest rooms with energy-saving “airplane mode,” and comprehensive sustainability measures including supply and carbon footprint control systems.

Dromoland Castle Hotel in County Clare, Ireland, combines 16th-century charm with modern sustainability practices. With its on-site composting, connection with local suppliers for fresh, seasonal food, and a luxury stay experience amidst historic gardens and a golf course, the castle sets a precedent for sustainable luxury.

ARTIEM Asturias hotel.
Artiem Asturias | Courtesy

The Leela Palace Bengaluru in India offers a destination experience with its commitment to renewable energy, including solar plants and an electric vehicle charging station. The hotel promotes local culture through workshops, art, and music performances.

Zambezi Sands by Batoka Africa, located near Victoria Falls, stands out as the first black female-owned safari lodge in Africa. The luxury camp dedicates ten percent of guest revenue to the Tesse Fund, supporting employee community projects and initiatives against poaching and fires.

The Leela Palace Udaipur, situated on Lake Pichola, is noted for its dedication to destination stewardship. The hotel employs eco-friendly boats, engages in regular lake clean-ups, and has contributed to the planting of thousands of trees, alongside supporting local food sourcing and the Asha Dham Ashram.

Hotel Las Islas in Colombia, set on Baru Island, offers a Caribbean retreat with 65 private bungalows. Its environmental efforts include mangrove restoration in collaboration with local communities and national parks, as well as coral planting initiatives.

Lastly, Mas Salagros EcoResort in Spain, located within a nature reserve near Barcelona, emphasizes wellness within a sustainable framework. The resort is known for its Aire Ancient Baths wellness center, reliance on local food, and various sustainability certifications and initiatives, including a biomass boiler and sustainable construction practices.

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