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Mr. Pilurzu

Federico Pilurzu

General Manager, Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas

Federico Pilurzu is the General Manager of Cala Luna Boutique Hotel & Villas in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. He is a former pro surfer who left Italy at the age of 11 and has since called Costa Rica home. Although he is recognized for his competitive surfing achievements, in recent years, his focus has shifted towards entrepreneurship and projects like Cala Luna, where he has spearheaded a culture of change for over seven years.

Mr. Pilurzu touts a Golden Circle method of hospitality, rounding out pillars that inspire guests to adopt green practices beyond check-out and into everyday life. By adapting technology, energy conservation, and keen partnerships, Mr. Pilurzu's sustainability mission has positioned Cala Luna as one of the region's greenest hotel options. From nature conservation and community integration to the development of local arts, organic and seasonal farming, and authentic, transformative experiences, Mr. Pilurzu aims to impact others through local connections, cultural insight, and a sustainable approach that spans far beyond Cala Luna and Tamarindo.

Under Federico's vision, Cala Luna offers complimentary yoga and sound bowl therapy classes that are also open to the hotel employees to enjoy—promoting a healthy lifestyle among guests and the hotel's personnel. Recently, Mr. Pilurzu was one of the organizers of "La Senda Music Festival," a music event that combines art and music while encouraging messages of wellness and environmental sustainability. The festival aims to push the sense of community and wellbeing, taking place at La Senda. With his continued passion for developing business in Costa Rica and giving back to the country, Mr. Pilurzu has become a living example of Costa Rica's motto, "Pura Vida."

Please visit http://www.calaluna.com for more information.

Mr. Pilurzu can be contacted at +506 26530214 or info@calaluna.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.