As a pillar of our sustainability programs, Nantipa invites guests to join in our effort to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans. Our program is powerful in its impact and simplicity. Guests are invited to pick up aluminum buckets from the display next to Manzu, and to spend a minimum of five minutes on the beach, picking up micro-plastic residue that is carried in by the tides. After taking the plastic waste to the large container, guests tag their activity in their social media feeds, and receive a refreshing smoothie from our bar. Even though the actual cleanup has little impact on the beach, it creates a lasting impression on visitors. Through this partnership and experience, we help raise awareness of the effects of single use plastic pollution on our oceans. Furthermore, we understand how the world is connected through its waterways, and waste gets transported thousands of miles carried by the ocean currents.
Sustainability is a way of life and a value we hold dear in Nantipa. The hotel was designed observing best sustainable practices.
Some of the steps we take to balance luxury with protection of the environment and resources include:
I. Reduction of Single Use Plastic:
a) We offer fresh water in glass pitchers in the bungalows and suites, avoiding water in plastic bottles.
b) We avoid the use of straws when possible. When the beverage requires the use of a straw, we provide biodegradable or stainless steel options.
c) Take out meals are packaged in biodegradable materials.
II. Reduction / Reutilization of Resources
a) Waste water is processed in a state of the art treatment plant. The resulting clean water is used in irrigation of the Nantipa gardens.
b) Energy sensors are placed to manage lights and air conditioning.
c) Solar Water heaters are installed in each room.
d) Nantipa recycles. Solid waste is sent out to the Nicoya Waterkeepers processing plant.
III. Preservation of local nature
a) Cutting of original trees was fully licensed and limited to only 6 of the original trees in the property. Multiple trees and plants were added to compensate. All wood was reutilized in furniture and construction.
b) All new plants are endemic to the region, and produced locally.
IV. Community outreach
a) Priority in hiring is given to local residents.
b) When possible purchasing focuses on local producers and small businesses. Most seafood is purchased from local fishermen. Bread is made by a local baker. A large portion of produce purchases are local to the Nicoya Peninsula region.
c) Nantipa is one of the founding seeds in the local Chamber of Tourism - Catuza.