The sustainable accommodation portfolio has added a new eco-lodge set in the beautiful Caribbean Island nation of Dominica.
Preferred Travel Group’s Beyond Green portfolio of sustainably conscious hotels and resorts has added Coulibri Ridge in Dominica, a luxurious new eco-lodge that was built following 20 years of research, environmental testing, infrastructure building, and community engagement.
Beyond Green, which launched in 2021, provides a directory of accommodations that adhere to more than 50 sustainability indicators, which are aligned with global sustainable tourism standards and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The portfolio now has 26 hotels, resorts, and lodges in 18 countries, each of which is benchmarked against three pillars of sustainability leadership—environmentally friendly practices that go beyond the basics; protection of natural and cultural heritage; and contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of local communities. Notable luxury member properties include andBeyond Vira Vira in Chile, Post Ranch Inn in California, USA, and The Brando in French Polynesia.
Coulibri Ridge, which opened in October, is one of three new hotels to be added to the portfolio. A 14-suite eco-resort set across 285 acres near the southern Dominica village of Soufrière, the lodge is fully off-grid, using solar as its main energy source, supplemented by wind turbines that have been specially designed to leave a minimal impact on local flora and fauna.
Rainwater is collected primarily through the resort’s roof and then purified by ultraviolet light and copper ionisation, feeding into the guest suites and two chlorine-free swimming pools.
Conceptualised by the Canadian-born entrepreneur Daniel Langlois, the boutique resort features an exterior designed to be hurricane-resistant, constructed from hand-chiselled stone that was sourced locally to complement the surrounding environment.
The resort has not compromised on luxury for guests, offering two infinity pools, two dining rooms, a yoga pavilion, spa facilities, tropical gardens and an on-site orchard, which together provide most of the produce used in the restaurant.
Rates start at US$700 (about AUD$1,047) per night.