World's First Non-Profit Luxury Eco-Resort Announced

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The Cacao Pearl, Palawan, the world's first non-profit and luxury eco-resort community to commit 100 per cent of operating profits to environmental protection and social improvements, will be built on a 124 acre private island in the Calamianes archipelago, at the northernmost tip of the Palawan Biosphere Reserve in the Philippines.

The Cacao Pearl will occupy an entire private island, with 124 acres of rainforest and more than a mile of beaches, according to its operator, Cacao Resorts. The Cacao Pearl is an eco-chic low-density boutique resort concept promising sustainable development; it will include designer homes with zero carbon cost, 5 stars service, an infinity pool, wreck & reef diving, a secluded destination spa, organic gardens and bar, restaurant and private media rooms.

Cacao Resorts operates a "greenprint" for operations and, with development partners Barefoot Investments and Abode Management, benefit from sustainable construction methods employed, ethical management practice observed, and ecologically responsible operations as standard. That means 100 percent renewable energy, and for the first time in the hospitality industry, 100 percent of the resort's net operating profits will be used to support local environmental and social programs.

For more information, please visit www.barefootsophistication.com or the resort website, www.cacaoresorts.com.

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