GAÏA Riverlodge Joins SLH’s New “Considerate Collection” of Sustainable Hotels

by Carolee Chanona

GAÏA Riverlodge is a sustainability powerhouse, and the world is taking note. As a community of independently minded travelers and independently spirited hotels in the world, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) announces its latest category: the Considerate Collection. An exclusive list, Belize’s very own GAÏA Riverlodge is one of but 39 hotels interjecting environmental, social, cultural, economic, quality, and human rights into the hospitality space.

GAÏA Riverlodge

Wake to the sound of cascading waterfalls and tropical birds. Watch the sunset turn the skies crimson and gold over the mountains. The unspoiled natural beauty of Belize flows through GAÏA Riverlodge, a recharging retreat that blends effortlessly with its surroundings. In fact, it’s little wonder the Lodge was named after the Greek goddess of the Earth.

Whether you spend your time swinging in a hammock with butterflies overhead or plunging into freshwater pools, fed by the Five Sisters Waterfalls, a stay here is a true escape from the ordinary.

Part of the tucked-away Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, GAÏA Riverlodge gives guests private access to the breathtaking Falls. Many of the tranquil and technology-free bedrooms, created in the style of rainforest cabanas, come with views (and sounds) of the falls – while others look across at the mountains. Whichever one you call home, expect thatched roofs, tropical hardwood furnishings, and back-to-nature luxury. 

From sunrise jungle walks set to birdsong to nighttime bonfires with storytelling and marshmallow roasting, GAÏA Riverlodge invites guests to immerse themselves in this stunning setting. Guided tours could see you exploring the hotel’s own organic garden while further afield there are Mayan treasures to uncover, including nearby Caracol. The GAÏA Riverlodge Spa will be on hand the next day to soothe the hiking-weary with sunset massages, and banana and papaya facials.   

The Considerate Collection

SLH’s sustainability pillars are based on the GSTC’s Hotel & Accommodation framework – they are organized around three main themes. Each of the 39 hotels within the curated collection has implemented long-term sustainability management systems that address environmental, social, cultural, economic, quality, and human rights.

All images via GAÏA Riverlodge.

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