This is the second consecutive year that theCosta Rica rainforest lodge has received the highest rating of 5 Leaves in the CST Program by the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT). Playa Nicuesa Lodge is one of only 41 hotels in Costa Rica that have a 5-Leaf certification.
The CST programrates and certifies tourism businesses based on their compliance with natural, cultural and social resource management. CSTconsists of fivelevels, called â€œLeavesâ€;LevelÂ 5, or 5 Leaves, signifies that the company is considered â€œoutstanding in terms of sustainability.â€ The rating process is very detailed and involves frequent inspections and evaluations; the highest levels are very difficult to obtain.
â€œFor all the staff at Playa Nicuesa Lodge, it is a huge honor to be able to realize our sustainability efforts to obtain the 5-leaf CST for the second consecutive year,â€ said Marcelo Lopez, manager of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.Â â€œSustainability is a harmonious way of life we try to convey to each of our visitors with each of our actions, and this recognition of the daily efforts of our staff and the environmental and social consciousness that the owners, Donna and Michael (Butler), have had since the birth of Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is important to us."
Celebrating its 12th anniversary in 2015, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge protects 95 percent of its 165-acre rainforest property in an undeveloped and natural state. The extraordinary Costa Rica eco-lodge was designed in harmony with the environment constructed from naturally fallen trees and recycled materials. Earlier this year, Playa Nicuesa received the important Ecological Blue Flag Award for the fifth time for having one of Costa Rica's cleanest beaches.
Our goal is to provide guests with an experience that they will always remember fondly: Excellence, friendly service, high-end accommodations, educational opportunities and unique, well-run adventure activities, and to provide this experience while operating the lodge in the most environmentally-friendly manner possible,â€ explained Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge owners, Michael and Donna Butler.