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Verde Hotels is a responsible hotel operator with a holistic approach to sustainability. Our aim is to integrate green principles and practices into the design, construction, refurbishment and operations of hotels to showcase social, environmental and economical best practice.

We have a holistic approach, believing that luxury and sustainability are not mutually exclusive. We provide our guests with an oasis, no matter the hotel location.

When we build or redesign hotels in line with green principles, we lower operating costs by about 35%, water consumption by 35%, energy use by 70% and waste to landfill by 85%.

With a greywater plant that recycles water from showers and baths, as well as condensate from ventilation fans, for use in our Cape Town hotel’s toilets, we save up to 6 000 litres of drinking water a day. Our hotel in Zanzibar goes even further by recycling black water for irrigation.

Considering the effects of climate change and pressure on the world’s natural resources, we believe sustainability is the only way to conduct a thriving business.

Considering the effects of climate change and pressure on the world’s natural resources, we believe sustainability is the only way to conduct a thriving business.

Green overview

We’re energy efficient!

  • 220 photovoltaic panels
  • Three wind turbines (vertical axis)
  • Regenerative drive elevators
  • Energy-generating gym equipment
  • An energy-saving heating and cooling system coupled to ground source heat pumps
  • Many passive design strategies within our design to make our building extra efficient

We save water!

Our greywater recycling system saves an average of 6000 litres a day, making sure we never flush drinking water in our toilets. We collect rain water in a 40 000-litre stainless steel tank in our basement, which feeds our drip irrigation system. Plus, we have low-flow fittings on all of our taps and shower heads.

We rethink waste!

We have a zero waste-to-landfill goal, which we aim to achieve by:

  • preventing and minimising waste through our procurement process
  • re-using and upcycling where possible
  • recycling and composting
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Our building is a world first!

We are the only hotel in the world to be LEED Platinum certified for both our design and construction, as well us our operation. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental design. It is a green building certification from the United States Green Building Council.

We also have a 6-star rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Hotel Verde Cape Town and Hotel Verde Zanzibar – Azam Luxury Resort & Spa are the greenest hotels in Africa and Zanzibar respectively. Find out more about their respective green stories: