Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is on the verge of achieving Green Globe Certification, a landmark status that attests to a property's high grades in environmental performance.

The 64-suite, beachfront resort on Grand Anse Beach in Grenada recently received the Green Globe Benchmarked Certificate, the final step before receiving full certification from Green Globe, the global benchmarking, certification and improvement system that assists the international tourism industry in attaining sustainability.

This is the second time around for Spice Island in the march toward Green Globe final certification. The resort was the first property on Grenada to be certified by Green Globe in 2004, but that certification expired during the time the resort was closed for rebuilding and renovation following Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

During the $12 million renovation leading up to the December 2005 reopening, Spice Island followed environmentally conscious operating procedures with an eye toward the goal of regaining Green Globe Certification, said Royston Hopkin, Spice Island's chairman and owner.

In instituting environmentally friendly measures, the resort "reduces the use of nonrenewable resources and yields extensive cost-savings," said Hopkin.

"At Spice Island we are extremely proud to be doing our share to help sustain our island and its natural treasures."

In order to obtain the Benchmarked Certificate, Spice Island switched the swimming pool water from a chlorine base to a salt base, launched a bottle-return program, set up a composting system and grew and maintained a vegetable garden.

Obtaining the Benchmarked Certificate comes on the heels of Spice Island receiving the AAA Four Diamond Award for the third time.

Less than 3% of the more than 32,000 AAA-approved properties achieve this rating, which will appear in the AAA 2007 Caribbean TourBook guide.

For resort information, visit www.spiceislandbeachresort.com.

To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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