Monte-Carlo Beach has take out the Special Prize in the Green category of the Hotel & Lodge Awards, recognition of the establishment’s dedicated commitment to sustainability.
On Thursday 24th March, French tourism magazine Hotel & Lodge held its third ceremony of the Hotel & Lodge Awards at Pavillon Cambon in Paris. Monte-Carlo Beach claimed the Special Green Prize, a new category that is awarded, on the selection of editorial teams and a judging panel made up of tourism professionals, to a hotel resolutely committed to an eco-responsible and sustainable development approach.
The award recognises that Monte-Carlo Beach has been Green Globe certified since 2014, with Green Gold status since 2018. This approach is driven by General Manager Daniele Garcelon, who has been working for many years to achieve a zero-plastic policy, recycle waste and drastically reduce energy and water consumption.
“My teams and I accept this award with joy and humbleness,” said Daniele Garcelon. “It is a recognition and strong encouragement in the pursuit of our everyday commitment.”
The hotel has implemented a proactive policy to protect biodiversity, in particular with the creation in 2021 of a positive biodiversity reef dyke. Located under the water 100 metres from shore, this dyke has been designed to protect the beach and allow the development of marine life in a protected area.
Pointe de la Vigie and its surrounding pine forest have also been classified LPO (Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux) bird protection status. The latest wildlife inventory listed no fewer than 20 species of birds, including 10 nesting species and 15 protected species.
“This site at Monte-Carlo Beach is becoming an essential refuge for local biodiversity,” said Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer in announcing the award for its hotel.
Keen to develop its local eco-system, Monte-Carlo Beach and the Elsa restaurant, which has been Ecocert certified since 2013 for its 100% organic and wild-caught fish, work closely with local producers to give preference to seasonal products as well as nearby estates and gardens: Jardin des Antipodes in Menton for aromatic herbs and fruit, and Domaine d’Agerbol in the heights of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, which supplies Elsa with organic vegetables, from farm to fork.
Photo source: Monte-Carlo SBM