Moments after arriving to Cinnamon Bey in Beruwala, Sri Lanka, I noticed something a bit unusual. It wasn’t the beautiful entryway, the open air floor plan, the staff handing me a welcome coconut, or the performance that was going on for our arrival. I noticed something else: a massive sign proclaiming the property’s LEED Gold certification and their commitment to the environment.Looking around the massive property, I kept asking myself one question: How can this be?
Cinnamon Bey Does Not Look Like an Eco-Friendly Resort
I’m happy to say that Cinnamon Bey is not one of those places.
For a hotel to achieve Gold without having a single element feel out of place, well, you won’t hear me complaining. After all, if it wasn’t for the sign alerting me to the certification, I wouldn’t have given the property’s eco-policy a second thought.
The First LEED Gold Hotel in Sri Lanka
With the country’s tourism industry only now rebounding after the civil war that ended in 2009, the fact that hotels are looking to their stewardship of the environment is nothing short of impressive.
As the hotel industry is extremely competitive, especially in emerging markets like Sri Lanka, we can only hope that other hotels look at the work Cinnamon Bey has done and puts the same emphasis on their own environmental policies. If they do, we can expect Sri Lanka to remain green and beautiful for many years to come.
For more information on Cinnamon Bey’s LEED certification, please check out the evaluation summary provided by the USGBC.
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We’d like to thank our friends at Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts for organizing my stay at Cinnamon Bey as a part of the TBC Asia conference in association with the Professional Travel Bloggers Association. Cinnamon Bey was by far my favorite hotel during our stay. As always, all opinions are our own.
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