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Palm for the Palms

July 20, 2009 By: Alexia Dellner


The Palms Hotel and Spa has been recognized by the Florida Green Lodging Program and awarded the "One Palm" designation for protecting Florida's natural resources. The Palms is one of only 14 Miami Beach hotels to receive the award.

In order to achieve the "One Palm" designation, hotels, motels, resorts and bed and breakfasts must adhere to the following criteria: forming an internal Green Team with an "Environmental Champion" leader, carefully managing water, conserving energy and reducing waste with recycling programs, among other practices. After 12 months, The Palms Hotel and Spa may be considered for the "Two Palm" designation.

The Palms Hotel and Spa encourages guests to preserve, as well as enjoy, their surroundings. A towel and linen reuse program, high energy efficient lighting and an aggressive recycling program throughout the hotel are just some of the green initiatives the hotel has put in place.

The Palms Hotel & Spa’s Green Team leaders, Director of Guest Services Eli Martinez and General Manager Hamid Abdulhafid, are excited about their designation. “The entire staff has worked hard to achieve this goal, and we look forward to receiving the ‘Two Palm’ designation in a year’s time. Our guests encounter a uniquely natural setting at The Palms Hotel & Spa, and sharing the importance of maintaining our environment is a part of that experience.”

The recently renovated Palms Hotel and Spa features the environmentally conscientious Aveda Spa and Essensia, the hotel's new restaurant and lounge.

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