There are few things more rewarding than being chosen by your own guests as one of the best.
At the Cayuga Collection, we are thrilled that six of our properties won 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards by TripAdvisor, a great honor for us as hoteliers. What makes the win special is that these awards are based on reviews and opinion by millions of travelers. It is real, unbiased and right from the travelers’ hearts.
One of our properties, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront and Rainforest Resort, won the award in no fewer than five categories, which has placed it in the top one per cent of performing properties worldwide. Another, Jicaro Island Lodge, was voted #2 in the Top 10 Small Hotels – Nicaragua category. There is more to brag about, but instead of doing so we will continue our work behind the curtains.
What leaves us beaming with pride at Cayuga and is worth sharing is that we are part of the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program with the majority of our properties (soon it will be all of them; one is in the process of applying).
This program showcases eco-friendly hotels and B&Bs, from budget to luxury, that are all committed to green practices like recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations. Six of our properties have achieved the coveted Platinum status, which is the highest of the four badge levels given by TripAdvisor.
Each of the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders properties is highlighted on the website with a green leaf, which helps guests who care about booking a hotel that is eco-friendly. It is also another way to feel good about the hotel choice you do make. (According to a 2014 TripAdvisor study, eco-friendly choices make 78 per cent of global travelers feel more positive about their trip.)
In actual terms, what that means is that these Cayuga Collection properties have the highest overall level of participation in environmentally friendly activities. According to TripAdvisor, those include: having linen and towel re-use plans, tacking energy usage on a regular basis, recycling, using energy efficient light-bulbs, educating staff and guests on green practices and properly treat waste water (either using an on-site or municipal sewage system).
What this means to us at Cayuga is that we continue to be recognized for the work we do as leaders and innovators in sustainability and luxury hospitality. We truly walk the talk. Anybody can say that, of course, but when you pass the tough criteria that TripAdvisor imposes, and you remain at the highest level, you know you are doing something right.
Lapa Rios Lodge on the Osa Peninsula, Latitude 10 Resort in Santa Teresa, Grano de Oro in San Jose and Finca Rosa Blanca in Santa Barbara de Heredia and Kura Design Villas in Uvita are the other Cayuga Collection Hotels and Lodges that scored very high on the Traveler’s Choice Awards this year.