One of the greatest threats to our beautiful planet is the belief that someone else will save it. It is our utmost responsibility to join forces in achieving one common goal- protecting our planet and our most beautiful destinations, like Belize. We invite you to visit us in Belize, while we urge you to travel responsibly. Travel can be part of the solution as travel brings us closer to some of our planet’s most beautiful, untouched wonders and enables us to experience authentic connections with cultures around the world.
We have made it a mission to love, protect and transform Belize into a destination that will thrive in its beauty for years to come. We can achieve our mission if we intentionally reduce our impact on our local environment. Here at Itz’ana, we have made it a personal commitment to live and operate our resort in a sustainable way. We believe that practicing sustainability creates a profound love for our plants and animals, our Cayes and mangroves, our rivers, and reefs. It’s a romantic relationship with our surroundings, and we are excited to share the steamy details with you.
Though it’s quite difficult to agree on one global definition, sustainability can refer to many viewpoints in which we make an effort to protect our environment. It includes our people, their culture and the maintenance of their heritage, and the way they remember and honor their history. It is a lifestyle that preserves our natural wealth for generations. In recent years, our societal impact on our environment has caused concern for the future, and it is now our responsibility to reduce the impact on our resources. At Itz’ana, we have focused on developing our resort with the long-term vision of sustaining our people and our planet. We proudly continue to do so by implementing sustainability measures in energy, water, waste and materials consumption.
We aspire to deliver elevated luxury experiences while living with conscience mindfulness. We understand that sustainable travel begins with the personal desire of self-fulfillment. How can we enjoy vacations while leaving only footprints? Sustainable tourism has become a rapidly growing travel trend, and we are proud to be leaders in this niche. We seek to practice, to improve, to develop, and educate our team, our guests and our community in sustainable best-practices. Many travelers are now directing their interests to book a sustainable vacation as a tourist, with the hopes of leaving positive impacts on the environment, society, and the economy. It continues to be an industry that aims to reduce the impact while generating employment for locals. We are fortunate to be located in beautiful Placencia, Belize, a place that boasts an abundance of natural resources, flora and fauna. Belize is considered to be a giant in the world of sustainability, allocating a large percentage of landmass to the preservation of nature reserves and parks. Additionally, 50% of Belize’s energy comes from renewable resources. Tourism in Belize operates in a community-based approach, as well as focuses on the conservation of water and electricity, the protection of the reef and marine ecosystems, wilderness and wildlife habitats, species and artifacts, and most importantly, the culture of the people.
We are proud to share with you some of the sustainable measures that we have adapted in our operations and development. One of our proudest features is our very own on-site organic garden, where we utilize all organic materials to plant, grow, and harvest our produce. At Itz’ana, we are grounded on the idea of fresh, local ingredients sourced from our garden and served at your table at our Limilia Restaurant.
We have developed our ethos around the main elements of sustainability:
Travelling has the power to change the places you visit and the lives of the people that live there. With your help and future travel decisions, we can mitigate the impacts on our environment and communities, while creating a better form of luxury tourism. You can start this self-fulfilling journey by practicing sustainability in your home, in your daily life, and in your travel choices.
If you’re interested in traveling sustainably and protecting the places you love, book your vacation with us by contacting our Itz’ana team. It really takes all of us to make a difference.