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January 13, 2010

Spice Island Beach Receives Receives Green Globe Certification

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

GRENADA – Recognizing the resort’s commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards, the luxurious 64-room Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenadahas received the prestigious Green Globe Certification Award, according to a press release received by Elite Traveler.

“Spice Island Beach Resort has continuously operated as an environmentally-friendly property and we’re extremely pleased that our hard work and efforts have garnered us this esteemed award,” said Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, chairman and owner of Spice Island Beach Resort.

“We’re extremely proud that our efforts are helping to sustain Grenada and its natural treasures and we will continue to seek out new and innovative ways to continue our operations with the environment in mind,” he added.

“Green Globe congratulates Spice Island Beach Resort on receiving accreditation. They have demonstrated their commitment to care for
the natural environment and to engage with their staff and the local communities. Spice Island Beach Resort is a beacon for sustainable operation and management of resort
properties across the Caribbean,” said Mr.
Guido Bauer, CEO, Green Globe Certification.

Spice Island Beach Resort was the first property on Grenada to be Green Globe Certified in 2004. In
2005, following a brief property closure as a result of Hurricane Ivan, the resort embarked on a massive $12 million rebuilding and renovation project and implemented a variety of green initiatives, including:

· Use of solar rooftop heaters for all hot water
needs.

· Use of energy-efficient, compact fluorescent
bulbs throughout the property.

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· Outside lights on timers.

· Turning off air conditioners when rooms aren’t
occupied and encouraging guests to conserve as well.

· Utilizing water from the sea (during the dry
season) through an on-property desalinization plant (where seawater is
desalinized into fresh water).

· Purification of the mainswimming pool and private pools in the Anthurium,Luxury Almond and Royal Collection Suites by the chemical-free Auto Pilot system, which uses salt as opposed to chlorine (the resort has converted more than 295,000 gallons of water).

· Composting and maintenance of a vegetable and
herb garden that supplies the kitchen with fresh ingredients.

· Water and electricity meter readings are
conducted daily and communicated at morning meetings.

· Use of recycled printer cartridges.

· Use of 100% post consumer paper for company
letterheads and envelopes.

· 1.5 gpm aerators installed on all taps in the
bathrooms and on some kitchen sinks.

· Reuse of office paper for internal printing and
old towels as kitchen and housekeeping washcloths.

· Use of environmentally-friendly cleaning
products (most cleaning products are food-based, non-toxic and phosphate-free).

· Purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables grown
locally and organically.

· Purchase of energy-efficient electrical
appliances and water conservation devices.

· Incorporation of native plants into the
landscaping, replanting of trees, placement of garbage containers on Grand Anse
Beach, and clean-ups of reefs and the surrounding Mourne Rouge area.

· Empowering each employee as an “Environmental
Agent” by providing them with the necessary training and education on the
resort’s environmental practices, policies and objectives. The resort also has a
Green Team comprised of
staff supervisors and managers to oversee and implement the environmental
program.

Green Globe is the premier global certification and improvement system assisting the international travel and tourism industry to
attain sustainability. Green Globe
provides a certification system that responds directly to the major environmental problems facing the planet including the greenhouse effect,
over-use of freshwater resources, destruction of biodiversity, production of solid and biological waste, and corporate social issues.

Spice Island BeachResort

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center,
Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a
central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice
Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program. Spice Island Beach Resort is the first and only Virtuoso preferred hotel in Grenada.

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