Eco-Friendly – Selection Process

“Kiwi Collection’s eco-friendly hotel program is a committed effort to raise the bar in luxury accommodations.
It feels good to be part of such a conscientious endeavor!”
— Hitesh Mehta, eco-tourism expert


SELECTION PROCESS

Many hotels and resorts today take efforts to look after Mother Earth, but we wanted to highlight those that go above and beyond. The result is this fabulous list of Eco-Friendly luxury hotels. Those properties that demonstrate outstanding commitments to sustainable operations, conservation and preservation, on-site and in their communities, are now awarded the prestigious “Eco-Friendly” stamp of approval from Kiwi Collection.

Our selection process was similar to how our Kiwi Experts review and rate any hotel before inviting them to join the Kiwi Collection; it was rigorous, diligent and done without partiality for brand, size or affiliation. Each hotel was asked to complete a detailed survey. Our Kiwi Experts then appraised each applicant using our criteria and their intimate knowledge gathered by recent visits to each property. When needed, we turned to renowned architect and eco-tourism advocate Hitesh Mehta for his expertise and advice. With over 20 years experience, Hitesh has consulted in over 55 countries on six continents. He is a true pioneer in eco-lodge planning and design, and his passion for the environment is truly inspiring. For more about Hitesh, click here.

The eco-friendly efforts of these hotels are diverse. Some have become LEED certified or won sustainability awards, and others have partnered with environmental organizations or conservation programs. Our aim was to highlight and celebrate each hotel’s accomplishments, encourage guests to make conscientious travel choices, and inspire other hotels to improve their offerings.

We hope to continually add to this list. However, as we do with the rest of the hotels in our Collection, if a property should fall below our set of standards its eco-friendly status will be rescinded.