WHO WE ARE

REGENERATIVE RESORTS is a collection of eco-boutique hotels, where people and place co-exist and thrive. Each property, with a unique sense of place, is consciously designed with their natural surroundings. Our commitment to environmental and ethical practices goes above and beyond our certifications. We've come together to further our impact activities—from biodiversity conservation, improving sustainable operations, and supporting the needs and aspirations of local communities— to collaborate for greater effectiveness and efficiency. Guests seeking authentic, meaningful experiences can engage deeper through yoga, retreats, organic farming, wildlife rehabilitation, volunteer programs and other activities for wellness and personal transformation.

What you see here is just a peek into a pioneering company that's going to transform responsible tourism. Naturally, our plan is to certify as a B-Corp for maximum transparency and accountability in our endeavors (learn more about B-Corps here). We're in the process of connecting hotels together so stay tuned! 

 

TEAM

Over the last few years, an interdisciplinary team of sustainable, travel and wellness experts have contributed to the creation of Regenerative Resorts. Below are currently active people working to bring this collective together. 

 

 
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DAVID LEVENTHAL
 

David has refined his elevator pitch to five words: Social and Environmental Investor and Entrepreneur. He has a background in emerging media and technology but most recently he is founder of Playa Viva (EcoLuxury Regenerative Boutique Hotel) and Casa Viva Troncones (EcoLuxury B&B).

David is on the board of Conveners.org and advisory board to Opportunity Collaboration, a global entrepreneurs program to increase transparency within the Impact Ecosystem. With over 10 years of Regenerative operations as part of Playa Viva, David is often consulted in the development of similar hospitality projects. His impact investments are focused on Green/Sustainable/Regenerative real estate and hospitality, alternative energy finance for the democratization of energy ownership and resilient agriculture and food systems for increasing value to small farmers and health to underserved communities. The vision behind Regenerative Resorts came from his efforts to expand Playa Viva and his engagement with the impact investment community.

Cofounder and Executive Director

Over the last two decades, Dr. Honey has written and lectured widely on ecotourism, Travelers' Philanthropy, cruise and resort tourism, and certification issues. Her books include Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise? (Island Press, 1999 and 2008) and Ecotourism and Certification: Setting Standards in Practice (Island Press, 2002). She is currently writing a book on coastal and cruise tourism (Selling Sunshine, Island Press, 2016). Previously, Honey worked for 20 years as a journalist based in East Africa (Tanzania) and Central America (Costa Rica). She holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She was Executive Director of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) from 2003 to 2006. Honey was profiled in Branded!, Michael Conroy's book on certification (New Society Publishers, 2007) and was named one of the world's Top 10 eco- and sustainable-travel "watchdogs" by Condé Nast Traveler in 2008

 
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JENNIFER LO
 

"What inspires and creates meaning for me, is to design environments as opportunities for people to live a more connected, compassionate lifestyle - and utilize today's innovations to build global communities."

As a millennial and internationally raised citizen, Jennifer provides a perspective of today's largest generation of travelers. Leveraging marketing and management experience in the Entertainment Industry, she strategically develops authentic relationships between brands and fans. More recently, Jennifer has been the visionary and voice for environmental and social impact businesses, using social media to elevate sales and successes for national campaigns. By merging these skills with her education in Hotel Management, background in luxury resorts and voluntourism, Jennifer is leading the marketing for Regenerative Resorts - to actualize a lifelong vision of conscious hospitality.

 
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MELISSA LUNA
 

Melissa is the Social and Environmental Impact Officer at Playa Viva Resort and manages their volunteer program, which brings added value to the hotel’s local initiatives. Melissa is working on a social and environmental impact evaluation of Playa Viva resort while simultaneously creating a “Regenerative Standard” that will be used to conduct a baseline study of impact initiatives. This standard will be used to measure the intangible successes of “impact” and used as a blueprint for other hotel members of the Regenerative Resorts collective looking to measure their own impacts.


With a master’s degree in the human dimensions of conservation and a bachelor’s degree in environmental chemistry, her interdisciplinary background has led her to pursue various projects in conservation and development in Southeast Asia, Latin America and the US. Melissa is extremely passionate about understanding the social impacts of conservation and environmental initiatives in complex social-ecological systems and what they can teach us about the success of development projects and their potential for a sustainable relationship between people and nature.  

 

WHAT MAKES A RESORT, REGENERATIVE?

 
 
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beyond sustainable

Thinking of our environment as whole systems, to further improve our impact, so people & place co-evolve.

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EXPERIENCES

Engage in activities that build deeper connections.

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VOLUNTOURISM

Share your skills and make an impact through participation. Volunteer programs vary based on the needs of the local community. 

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FARM TO TABLE

Indulge in local, fresh meals while helping farmers build resilient food systems.

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DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT

Transformation through nature, mindfulness & wellness.

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COMMUNITY

Places and opportunities to meet like-minded souls and create lasting relationships.


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