It’s a Green Green Room

Due to the overwhelming response to our article “CPR goes green- have you?” in our July 2012 Newsletter , we have decided to feature establishments that have taken a sustainable and environmental approach to their businesses and their guests.  The Cape Peninsula is an environmentally sensitive area and most  accommodation establishments are conscious of preserving our natural heritage. It is rare to find a place that has not adapted to use of energy saving lightbulbs and waste recycling as a minimum standard.  As we know recycling is not enough and a bigger picture and broader vision is essential to preserve our planet.

Here is the Cape Point Route selection of Top Green Hotels… why not stay in a green green room and make a difference!

Mariner Guesthouse: Simon’s Town

Mariner Guest House

Mariner Guest House

Mariner has 8 bedrooms and offers B&B and Self catering accommodation in Simon’s Town. Mariner was architecturally designed to be environmentally friendly in using natural light and ventilation. The house is north-facing  with high ceilings & large glass windows to harness the natural light to the max!  Helping the energy saving measures are 2 state of the art solar geysers which deliver all the hot water to the house.  Energy saving light bulbs are standard.

Mariner recycles all their plastic, paper and glass and have an indigenous fynbos garden which requires minimum irrigation. Herbs are used from their own herb garden. All laundry and dishwashing detergents are phosphate free and bio-degradable and all complimentary bathroom amenities are water-based, 100% bio-degradable, free of phosphates and have not been tested on animals.  As far as possible organic and free-range food is used in preparing meals.  Although they do have air-conditioning, guests are requested to use this sparingly and the laundry policy requests guests not to have towels laundered daily where possible.  Read More…

De Noordhoek Hotel: Noordhoek

De Noordhoek Hotel

De Noordhoek Hotel

De Noordhoek Hotel in Noordhoek Farm Village was the first hotel in Cape Town to employ solar heating for its hot water needs. Low energy lighting, water saving showers, dual flush toilet systems and separation of waste for recycling all contribute to their responsible tourism ethic. The hotel garden is indigenous and water-wise and uses no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Even the dining room tables were manufactures using recycled timber by a local entrepreneur! The staff is all employed with a 10-15km radius of the hotel and local suppliers are utilized in all aspects of operation wherever possible.  Biodegradable cleaning products are used throughout the property and guest amenities are environmentally friendly with recyclable and biodegradable packaging. Even their toilet paper is environmentally friendly.  Administratively all external printing is done using recycled paper and lead free inks, and internal printing is done using recycled paper and double-sided paper. Read More…

The Mountain House: Clovelly

The Mountain House

The Mountain House

This gorgeous home is set on the slopes of Trappieskop Mountain in Clovelly and accommodates 2 -4 people. Built to impact lightly upon the environment, The Mountain House’s carbon footprint is minimal. The house was designed and built with ‘eco-consciousness’.  Sandstone excav­ated dur­ing the con­struc­tion was used for the retain­ing walls and the build­ing sits very com­fort­ably, in its sur­round­ings.  A rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion sys­tem was installed dur­ing con­struc­tion as well as a solar hot water sys­tem.  Taking inspir­a­tion from the nat­ural fyn­bos of their surrounds, they have estab­lished and main­tain a beau­ti­ful indi­gen­ous garden, attract­ing a pro­lific vari­ety of local bird­life. Read More…

Monkey Valley Resort: Noordhoek

Monkey Valley Resort

Monkey Valley Resort

Monkey Valley Resort hosts eco-friendly accommodation, a restaurant and conference and wedding facilities all set in a gorgeous ancient milkwood forest. They follow the Green Party of South Africa’s principles in a 3 pronged approach based on education, legality and environmental action. They are committed to reducing their carbon footprint by introducing solar and wind energy, recycling and using eco-friendly products and using free-range and organic produce in their kitchen. They do not use any chemicals.  Read More…

Cape Point Route celebrates change and innovation in the tourism industry and we welcome news of inspiring approaches to responsible tourism.  Travel is no longer about where you go and what you have ticked off your bucket list! Travel today is about what you do and how you do it- we do not want tourism to be destructive as not only is it about preserving our heritage but tourism is also an economic driver for the region. Visiting and travelling to beautiful places helps support and sustain the people and the environment. Please travel responsibly.

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