Preferred by Nature (formerly NEPCon) is a global non-profit, mission-driven organization that works to support better land management and business practices that benefit people, nature, and the climate in over 100 countries around the world. Our vision is a world where human choices ensure a sustainable future.
The Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Certification Services are based on improved and innovative standards (recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – GSTC) and implemented using third-party auditing systems that evaluate and recognize the sustainable performance of Accommodations and Tour Operators around the world.
Through the services and operations of all Preferred by Nature certified accommodations, Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and tour operators, we seek to influence positive impacts for the environment, the local people and the global travel community and actively contribute to the travel industry efforts in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Standard for Accommodation is compliant with following hearts of the
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Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Standard performed as the Greenest Choice , according to the staygreencheck |methodology. All the accommodations certified by Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Standard will have the 4 heart of the staygreencheck. You can recognize them as follows:
In addition, the Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Certification services are organized to actively contribute to the travel industry efforts in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Tourism businesses can find in the Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Standards a reliable source of guidance and practical reference on how they can adopt and successfully insert these goals on their management systems.
Four key characteristics of the Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Certification services:
In the middle of the multicultural, biodiverse and hippie-chic Riviera Maya, white sand beaches and crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, Banyan Tree Mayakoba is the epitome of premium resort living, bringing Asian hospitality to the idyllic Riviera Maya at the Yucatan Peninsula. Nestled within a private, gated resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba invites to an immersion in pristine nature while enjoying the Riviera Maya’s charm. Banyan Tree Mayakoba has 116 exquisitely designed villas and residences with one, two, or three bedrooms, all surrounded by forest, with spacious areas, luxurious Asian furniture, an own private pool, and much more. The villas are an intimate oasis surrounded by picturesque lagoons, lush mangroves, a PGA golf course, and beaches with sand as white as sugar. Banyan Tree Mayakoba sustainable practices are endorsed by Preferred by Nature Sustainable Tourism Certification.
8a. Calle Poniente # 1, Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
Porta Hotel Antigua is located in the colonial town of Antigua Guatemala, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua Guatemala is considered a cultural jewel in Latin America for its unique colonial architecture, traditions and natural setting. Porta Antigua, previously known also as Hotel Antigua, is the hotel with most tradition in the destination for over 65 years. Each of its 110 rooms and suites, features traditional-style architecture accented with local Guatemalan crafts and textile.
Boulevard Benito Juarez 4 Bahia de Tangolunda, Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico
Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa is located in the idyllic and picturesque Bahía de Tangolunda, Huatulco, along Mexico’s Oaxacan coast. Its 421 exclusive luxury non-smoking rooms furnished with balconies, or terraces, offerspectacular views of Tangolunda Bay or the stunning Sierra Madre Mountains. Rooms are equipped with iPod docking stations, and selected rooms and suites boast a hot tub on the private balcony. During their stay, guests can also go jogging, snorkeling or relax at the spa. The hotel is nearby Copalita Waterfalls, La Bocana Lagoon and Rio Copalita.
Carretera Federal Chetumal, Puerto Juarez Km. 98, Chetumal, Mexico
Nestled within a private, gated resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba invites to an immersion in pristine nature while enjoying the Riviera Maya’s charm. Banyan Tree Mayakoba has 116 exquisitely designed villas and residences with one, two, or three bedrooms, all surrounded by forest, with spacious areas, luxurious Asian furniture, an own private pool, and much more. The villas are an intimate oasis surrounded by picturesque lagoons, lush mangroves, a PGA golf course, and beaches with sand as white as sugar.
Selva Iriapu S/N, Puerto Iguazu, Argentina
Aldea de la Selva Lodge is immersed in the Iriapu Jungle and located a few kilometers away from Iguazu Falls National Park, one of the 7 Wonders of Nature of the World and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an example of best practices of responsible tourism accommodation in the province of Misiones, Argentina. The lodge has 32 unique rooms in the middle of the Paranaense Forest with balconies overlooking the lush vegetation, where guests can enjoy the sounds of the jungle. All rooms are non-smoking and equipped with private bathroom, hair dryer, telephone, LCD cable TV, minibar, ceiling fan and air conditioning.