World-class services and amenities, however, in no way take a back seat to environmental responsibility. We are dedicated to a “green” philosophy in all areas of our resort, educating and interacting with our staff, colleagues and guests on how to sustain the fragile eco-system we call home.
We abide by to the strictest codes of sustainable tourism and are constantly upgrading the benchmark by which we measure and manage our resort.
Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST)
Parador Resort & Spa is certified as sustainable by the Costa Rican Tourism Board reaching the highest level achievable (Elite) under their strict certification program. The certification for sustainable tourism is a process by which Costa Rican companies and organizations analyze their operations striving for efficiency, productivity, quality, environmental impact and customer satisfaction. It is a rigorous program that seeks to categorize and certify each tourism company per the degree to which its operations comply with a model of sustainability, established by the Costa Rican Tourism Board.
The program evaluates aspects related to sustainability management, quality of service, safety concerns and employee development, among others. It also encompasses criteria specific to socio-economic impact and support for community development.
Lastly, it evaluates the company´s management of water usage and water effluents, energy efficiency and clean energy usage, waste management, acquisition policies and contribution to biodiversity conservation. Additionally, carbon footprint mitigation, climate change adaptability policies, as well as the support of adjacent ecosystems and pollution contamination.
Parador Resort & Spa has received the prestigious Ecological Blue Flag for several consecutive years for “Actions Against Climate Change,” achieving top scores.
Volunteers work in the areas of conservation and development, in accordance with the protection of natural resources, seeking to implement actions that mitigate climate change, and invite locals, participating company´s collaborators and guests and visitors to learn and enjoy their environment and wildlife through collaboration.
Code of Conduct
Parador subscribes to this code of conduct, and is committed to discouraging the commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents as an axis of responsible and sustainable tourism, as well as social responsibility.
Through our We Share Program, we invite our guests to cooperate with a donation, which can be added to your room bill and goes towards assisting the following organizations:
Titi Conservation Alliance is devoted to protecting Costa Rica’s endangered Titi (squirrel) Monkey in the Manuel Antonio area through Sustainable Development, habitat reforestation and environmental education.
Working closely with the community as well as other like-minded organizations, the Titi Conservation Alliance has, and continues to make substantial contributions towards protecting and sustaining the region´s ecosystem. www.monotiti.org
Copaza is a non-profit group dedicated to providing employment and social opportunities with emphasis on at risk kids in the Quepos region of Costa Rica.
Through the implementation of cultural and sports programs and addressing employment and other public issues, Copaza works diligently towards creating and promoting a viable, self-sustaining and peaceful community. www.copaza.org
PAWS is a non-profit animal welfare organization which provides services for cat and dog populations in Quepos.
Their volunteer team works on rescuing abandoned animals, neutering and spaying, tending to lesions or illnesses if present, preparing for adoption and more. www.pawscr.org
The objective is to facilitate human, material and intellectual resources necessary so that children and adolescents in Costa Rica who are in a limited life condition and or terminal, receive efficient and opportune care.
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination.
If you make room in your suitcase for just 5 pounds (2.27 kilos) and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you´ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. PackforaPurpose.org
Parador Resort & Spa´s Tourism Sustainability Policy
“Parador Resort & Spa and its employees are committed with the society, the community and visiting tourists to provide environmentally, socially and culturally responsible services where sustainable practices are followed.
We are committed to a mentality in which consumers, tourism operators and nearby communities interact positively in a social and natural setting in harmony with the environment.”
To guarantee quality service for our clients which exceeds expectations, improves constantly and transmits our commitment for the respect and conservation of our natural environment, by preventing, communicating, mitigating and compensating the consequences of Climate Change. In so doing, we comply with applicable legislation in terms of quality, environment and occupational health.
Parador Nature Resort & Spa
Sustainable Tourism Program
Parador Nature Resort & Spa is committed to its guests and community to provide the highest standards of service and amenities in a culturally and environmentally conscious context, the epitome of responsible luxury.
We are dedicated to a “Green” philosophy in all areas of our resort, and work dilligently in the implementation of policies, educating and interacting with our personnel, colleagues and guests to conserve the fragile ecosystem and maintain a harmonious balance between man and nature.
We comply with the strictest sustainable tourism guidelines and are constantly updating the reference points by which we measure and manage our resort.
Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
“As a fundamental frame of reference for responsible and sustainable tourism, the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism (GCET) is a comprehensive set of principles designed to guide key-players in tourism development. Addressed to governments, the travel industry, communities and tourists alike, it aims to help maximise the sector’s benefits while minimising its potentially negative impact on the environment, cultural heritage and societies across the globe.
Adopted in 1999 by the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization, its acknowledgement by the United Nations two years later expressly encouraged UNWTO to promote the effective follow-up of its provisions. Although not legally binding, the Code features a voluntary implementation mechanism through its recognition of the role of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE), to which stakeholders may refer matters concerning the application and interpretation of the document.”
–United Nations website information – https://www.unwto.org/global-code-of-ethics–for-tourism