Sustainable travel gets the Hollywood treatment

Coppola Resorts – owned by award winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola – has partnered with the Rainforest Alliance and Sustainable Travel International to further the resort company’s commitment to ecotourism in Belize.
Famed director Francis Ford Coppola is working with ecotourism groups to further his resorts’ commitment to sustainable travel.

His two award-winning, Coppola Resortsproperties in Belize – Blancaneaux Lodgeand Turtle Inn –  have each joined the Sustainable Tourism Program led by the Rainforest Alliance as well as Sustainable Travel International’s global Sustainable Tourism Eco-Certification Program (STEP).

“The Coppolas see their role as that of a conservator,” said Serena Lightner, vice president of Coppola Resorts. “We’re grateful for the opportunities to work with the Rainforest Alliance and Sustainable Travel International. Each of these organizations is a world-renowned sustainable tourism specialist. We look forward to working with each organization to further our commitment to ecotourism and carry out the Coppolas’ dedication to Belize’s pristine environment.”

Inspired by experience

The unique, award-winning Coppola Resorts draw upon Coppola’s inspiration film career as well as his travels to the far reaching corners of the world.

Each resort is an ideal destination known for the intuitive nature of the friendly staff to the allure of exploring the natural wonders of the area while relaxing in tranquil surroundings.

Both the Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn have been listed as the “Best Resorts in Central + South America” by Travel + Leisure magazine – as well as many other travel authorities – and have each undertaken a wide array of sustainability initiatives.

Aggressive treatment


Surrounded by 300-square miles in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve –  the largest and oldest of Belize’s protected areas – Blancaneaux Lodge works closely with several organizations to preserve biodiversity and protect the environment.

The resort has actively begun implementing eco-friendly systems and procedures for recycling as well as preserving water and power on the property. It also utilizes an installed hydroelectric plant, harnessing the energy of Privassion Creek that runs through resort, supplying the property with some renewable power. Excess energy that is generated is used to heat the hot pool at its Waterfall Spa.

Meanwhile, after a two-year renovation due to the onslaught of destruction wreaked by Hurrican Isis in 2001, Coppola’s Belizean seafront hideaway Turtle Inn is an intimate beachside resort perfect for those seeking privacy and a stress-relieving escape.

The entire property is comprised of 25 individual cottages and villas just steps from the Caribbean Sea and made from low profile, environmentally sound designs, thatch, hardwoods, pine and bamboo.

Turtle InnTurtle Inn

Screened windows and doors, ceiling fans and high, thatched ceilings allow for sufficient air circulation to enable hot air to escape – designed to keep cool without air conditioning. The property also uses local and regional plants that do not rely on intensive irrigation for landscaping.

Both resorts are currently including a stainless steel bottle program aimed at reducing plastic water bottle consumption by guests, utilize water-flow control showerheads in the indoor bathrooms, and feature expansive organic gardens that supply fresh produce used in the on-site restaurants; reducing their carbon footprint by using locally sourced ingredients.

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Author / Autor: Joe Ascanio

 Date / Fecha: 01/07/11

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