Fond Doux Rec­og­nized for Sus­tain­abil­ity and Sat­is­fac­tion

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Fond Doux Plan­ta­tion & Re­sort’s com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship has been rec­og­nized with a re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by Green Globe In­ter­na­tional, as well as a 2016 Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence from both TripAd­vi­sor and Ho­tels.com.

“We are ex­tremely proud to again be cer­ti­fied as a Green Globe prop­erty, and grate­ful to have re­ceived Cer­tifi­cates of Ex­cel­lence from both TripAd­vi­sor and Ho­tels.com. We’ve al­ways be­lieved that a re­sort prop­erty can of­fer an out­stand­ing guest ex­pe­ri­ence, and do so in an en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able way, so it’s won­der­ful to see this recog­ni­tion “said Fond Doux co-owner Ero­line La­mon­tagne.

The Green Globe Stan­dard pro­vides re­sorts and or­ga­ni­za­tions with a frame­work to as­sess their en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity per­for­mance, mon­i­tor im­prove­ments and achieve cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Un­der the Green Globe Stan­dard a se­lec­tion of more than 380 in­di­ca­tors are ap­plied to 44 in­di­vid­ual cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cri­te­ria. The in­di­ca­tors vary by type of cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, ge­o­graph­i­cal and other lo­cal fac­tors.

Ho­tels.com’s Cer­tifi­cate of Ex­cel­lence rec­og­nizes ho­tels that have achieved ex­cel­lent to out­stand­ing guest re­view rat­ings from cus­tomers around the world. To de­ter­mine the ini­tial re­cip­i­ents, Ho­tels.com an­a­lyzed its data­base of more than 15 mil­lion ver­i­fied guest re­views to iden­tify the ho­tels that con­sis­tently “go above and be­yond” in cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion. TripAd­vi­sor sim­i­larly cel­e­brates hos­pi­tal­ity busi­nesses that have earned strong rat­ings and positive trav­eller re­views on TripAd­vi­sor over the past year.

“We’re proud that our com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence is be­ing rec­og­nized by both guests and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als,” said Fond Doux co-owner, Ly­ton La­mon­tagne. “We are con­tin­u­ally chal­leng­ing and reded­i­cat­ing our­selves to sus­tain­able prac­tices: this year cut­ting down on waste, en­ergy and wa­ter use while still de­liv­er­ing a mem­o­rable and au­then­ti­cally Saint Lu­cian ex­pe­ri­ence for our guests.”

Set against a UNESCO World Her­itage Site, Fond Doux Plan­ta­tion & Re­sort has 15 cot­tages set in a trop­i­cal rain­for­est on one of the old­est work­ing plan­ta­tions in the Caribbean. For the na­ture lover, the prop­erty boasts 30 kinds of fruit trees, ex­ten­sive walk­ing trails, and an abun­dance of lo­cal birds and wildlife. The his­toric 134 acre co­coa plan­ta­tion has been called one of the top five plan­ta­tion re­sorts in the world.

The re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and awards fol­low on Fond Doux be­ing rec­og­nized in­ter­na­tion­ally as The Amer­ica’s Best Sus­tain­able Bou­tique Ho­tel at the World Bou­tique Ho­tel Awards in late 2015.

Green Globe is the premier world­wide cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and per­for­mance im­prove­ment pro­gramme de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for the travel and tourism in­dus­try. It as­sists or­ga­ni­za­tions to im­prove their eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity while be­ing re­warded and rec­og­nized for do­ing so.

An over­head view of Fond Doux amidst lush, green veg­e­ta­tion.

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