Famed St. Lucia sister resorts join major corporations in pledging to reduce their environmental impact.
SOUFRIERE, ST. LUCIA – August, 2020: St. Lucia’s renowned sister resorts, Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, have recently joined the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative acts as the tourism sector interface of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which unites more than 450 businesses, governments, and other organizations to address plastic waste and pollution at its source with a goal of reducing the amount of new plastic that needs to be produced.
Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet join major hotel corporations such as Accor, Club Med, and Iberostar Group, in being among the first tourism companies to pledge their elimination of unnecessary plastics and promote a circularity in the use of necessary plastics. As signatories of the initiative, the properties commit to eliminating the use of unnecessary plastics by 2025, selecting products made with recyclable materials as opposed to single-use plastics, innovating so all necessary plastics can be safely reused, recycled, or composted, and circulating necessary plastic items so they remain within the economy and out of the environment.
“The natural environment, ocean, local flora, and fauna are such an integral part of the experience our properties offer,” said the resorts’ Sustainability Ambassador Carl Hunter. We have always gotten our guests involved in the sustainable practices at Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet, from tree-planting and tours of our organic farm to leading invasive lionfish hunting experiences, PADI Dive Against Debris® activities, and tours of our facilities where guests can witness our sustainable practices firsthand. Our commitment to the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative will be no different, as we will continue to educate guests about the important of reducing plastic waste and make their experience doing so seamless while visiting our properties.”
“Despite being in a global pandemic, we can’t can forget about the importance of sustainable practices in tourism,” said the resorts’ Executive Director Karolin Troubetzkoy. “We remain steadfast in our commitment to reduce the use of plastics and educate our guests and employees on the importance of protecting our environment. With tourism being such a key factor for the local economies of St. Lucia and its neighboring Caribbean nations, we encourage all businesses within the sector to follow our example and get involved.”
For more information on the Global Plastics Tourism Initiative, visit www.unenvironment.org. For more information on the resorts and their commitment to sustainability, visit www.jademountain.com / www.ansechastanet.com. To book, contact your favorite travel advisor or call 1-800-223-1108
ABOUT JADE MOUNTAIN & ANSE CHASTANET.
Nestled amidst a 600-acre lush tropical estate with two soft sand beaches bordering pristine coral reefs, sister resorts Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain boast one of Saint Lucia’s most dramatic locations. Offering tranquility, romance and adventure, Anse Chastanet’s 49 spacious rooms are scattered around a lush hillside and some are located at beach level. The resort is known for the many activities on offer, including yoga, snorkeling and scuba diving, non-motorized water sports, sea kayaking, bird watching, mountain biking or hiking on 12 miles of private estate trails. The many dining options include a Seafood, East Indian – Caribbean fusion and an entirely vegan restaurant.
Rising majestically above Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is an architectural marvel celebrating Saint Lucia’s magnificent scenic beauty. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain’s 29 luxury suites, called sanctuaries, are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of the Caribbean Sea and Saint Lucia’s Pitons, a World Heritage Site. 24 of the 29 sanctuaries feature stunning private infinity pools which are up to 900 sqft in size. Wrapped around an infinity pool with a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors, the Jade Mountain Club creates James Beard Award winner, Chef Allen Susser’s “Jade Cuisine.” Hovering in space above the Jade Mountain Club is the Celestial Terrace, perfect for sunset cocktails or star-gazing. The resorts operate their own organic farm and make chocolate from their own cocoa trees.
Visiting the farm and the chocolate laboratory are some of the many highlights for resort guests.
Both hotels have been named one the world’s top Caribbean hotels by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure. The resorts recently qualified for the WTTC Global Safety Stamp to Recognise Safe Travels Protocols.