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Miami, February 20, 2024 – Acqualina Resort, located in Miami’s Sunny Isles Beach, is proud to announce its recent achievement of the Green Key Global Certification, North America’s sustainability certification for the hospitality industry. Acqualina has also been recognized as a Sustainability Leader by The Leading Hotels of the World (LHW), an exclusive collection of rigorously vetted Leading Hotels.  These designations align with the criteria outlined by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and serve as a testament to Acqualina’s commitment to excellence in hospitality, specifically in the areas of community, culture, and environmental responsibility.

“We are immensely proud to receive the Green Key Global Certification and be recognized as a Sustainability Leader by LHW,” said Deborah Yager Fleming, CEO & Partner of Acqualina Resort. “We are committed to reducing our environmental impact and fostering a more eco-conscious future.”

As a Sustainability Leader, Acqualina actively maintains a sustainability management plan and demonstrates a commitment through actions and impact towards the three pillars of: environment, community, and culture. The Green Team at Acqualina embodies the resort’s commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

Acqualina proudly engages in meaningful partnerships, such as with the Miami-Dade County Sea Turtle Program, to support sea turtle conservation programs.  The hotel team members participate in regular beach clean-ups to preserve the natural beauty of the Miami coastline. The resort also spearheads annual Food Drives for the Broward Outreach Center and Toy Drives benefiting the children at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.

Since 1995, Acqualina has been deeply involved in uplifting the community by founding the Miami Chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation, dedicated to empowering children from underprivileged backgrounds by equipping them with the essential skills, knowledge and mindset required to pursue higher education.

For more information about Acqualina’s sustainability initiatives, please visit https://www.acqualinaresort.com/sustainability.

About Green Key Global
Green Key Global is the leading international environmental certification body offering standardized programs and resources, designed specifically for the hotel and meetings industries. Best-in-class third-party certification programs Green Key Eco-Rating and Green Key Meetings, leverage corporate social responsibility and support sustainable initiatives across the industry to benefit the environment and improve fiscal performance. Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, Green Key Global awards lodging facilities a rating from 1 to 5 Keys (5 Keys being the highest attainable). Green Key Global strives to educate members on the value these activities have on a broader environmental, social, and economic level. Visit: www.greenkeyglobal.com

About the GSTC
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) establishes and manages global sustainable standards, known as the GSTC Criteria. There are two sets: Destination Criteria for public policy-makers and destination managers, and Industry Criteria for hotels and tour operators. These are the guiding principles and minimum requirements that any tourism business or destination should aspire to reach in order to protect and sustain the world’s natural and cultural resources, while ensuring tourism meets its potential as a tool for conservation and poverty alleviation. The GSTC Criteria form the foundation for GSTC’s role as the global Accreditation Body for Certification Programs that certify hotels/accommodations, tour operators, and destinations as having sustainable policies and practices in place. GSTC does not directly certify any products or services; but it accredits those that do. The GSTC is an independent and neutral USA-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that represents a diverse and global membership, including UN agencies, NGO’s, national and provincial governments, leading travel companies, hotels, tour operators, individuals and communities – all striving to achieve best practices in sustainable tourism.

About Leading Hotels of the World
Comprised of more than 400 hotels in over 80 countries, LHW is the largest collection of independent luxury hotels. In 1928, 38 independent hoteliers came together to create LHW. Since then, the Company has carefully curated distinctive hotels, resorts, inns, chalets, villas, and safari camps from the snow-capped Alps of Europe to the African veldt, to share them with adventurous souls who seek the remarkably uncommon. The LHW community is filled of exceptional individuals, united by a passion for the surprising discoveries and details that come with every experience. LHW hoteliers are artisans of hospitality whose expertise, commitment to excellence, and individual flair allows them to create story-worthy moments for their guests. And it is these authentic, individualized experiences combined with the warm hospitality and high-touch service they provide that keeps discerning travelers returning again and again. LHW’s collection covers the globe and promises a broad range of destinations and uncommon experiences, enhanced by LHW’s tiered guest loyalty program Leaders Club. From converted former palaces, and countryside retreats run by the same families for generations, to gleaming skyscrapers in dynamic urban centers, serene private island escapes, glamorous tented camps – and beyond – explore, find inspiration, and experience unforgettable travel moments. For more information visit: www.lhw.com, Facebook at @LeadingHotels, Twitter at @LeadingHotels and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld.


Acqualina Resort & Residences is where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach. The lush grounds feature red couches set on Seashore Paspalum grass and are dotted with signature red umbrellas. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina Resort features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites and 188 residences with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class dining including Il Mulino New York, the alfresco Costa Grill, Ke-uH Japanese restaurant and Avra Miami, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms, and AcquaMarine, an innovative marine biology-based children’s program. A variety of lavish interior and exterior venues provide an ideal background for opulent weddings and memorable events. Acqualina Spa provides guests with an exquisite 20,000-square-foot, two-story tranquil sanctuary of excellence and relaxation. A family-owned and operated property, Acqualina is a recipient of the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards for both the hotel and spa and the AAA Five Diamond Award and a member of Leading Hotels of the World. 


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 Alexandra Wensley

 Vice President of Communications 

 Acqualina Resort & Residences