About Eco Torarica
In October 1997, Eco Torarica became part of the Torarica Resort, which is the best and oldest hotel in Suriname. Before the Torarica Resort bought the colonial mansion that houses the Eco Torarica, it was the home of the prominent de Vries family, know, among others, for H.J. de Vries.
The old structure was largely preserved during the renovation of the historic building. Torarica Resort added a wing with 72 rooms. Including the 2 executive rooms in the colonial mansion, Eco Torarica had a total of 74 rooms.
The original Bougainville Terrace and the many iconic woodworks remained. The spacious garden at the back with fruit trees, where the children used to play, remained intact. That’s how Eco Torarica retained its original Surinamese character.
In September 2012, Eco Torarica built a comfortable swimming pool and terrace along the Suriname River. Here, guests can enjoy the breathtaking views and the cool breeze from the Surinamese river.
The construction of the second 48-room building was completed in August 2004. The hotel now has 122 rooms.
Daily, Eco Torarica makes every effort to remain the best eco-friendly hotel in Suriname. We diligently implement our sustainable policy whenever possible. For example, natural products have been used for the furniture and furnishings of the hotel and there are no elevators in the buildings.
The air conditioning system consists of split units that use environmentally-friendly gas. Due to the open nature of the hotel rooms, guests can also choose not to use the air conditioning and instead open the windows and doors of the hotel rooms. We use energy-saving lighting, try to save water and recycle plastic utensils.
Awards & certifications
Eco Torarica received its ISO 22000 certification in April 2007. This means that every meal and drink prepared for our guests falls under the category "safe food".
In April 2010, the ISO 9001 certification was added. This guarantees that all our work is focused on the utmost customer-friendliness, with the customer at the center of it all.
After extensive training in June 2012 by the Travel Life organization, Eco Torarica received the Gold Award for Sustainability. We apply an environmentally-friendly policy in all the hotels of the "Torarica Group". That’s how we contribute to the preservation of our environment.
Green Key is an eco-label for tourism and leisure establishments and is awarded to establishments that fulfill a list of environmental requirements. Obtaining Green Key demonstrates the establishments’ efforts to develop an environmental friendly, sustainable and responsible business.
The Green Key award is based on compliance with strict criteria in the areas of environmental management (water, energy, waste, cleaning, etc.) and sustainability education (staff, guests, suppliers, etc.). Compliance with the criteria is confirmed through a rigorous application process and verified at on-site audits. The award is valid for one year at a time. Currently, more than 3,100 hotels in 57 countries are Green Key awarded. The program is managed by the international charity, the Foundation for Environmental Education. Green Key is endorsed by the World Tourism Organization and recognized by Global Sustainable Tourism Council. The Green Key award is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious eco-label represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. A Green Key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay with the Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level.
The high environmental standards expected of these establishments are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits. Green Key is eligible for hotels, hostels, small accommodations, campsites, holiday parks, conference centres, restaurants and attractions. Green Key is eligible for hotels, hostels, small accommodations, campsites, holiday parks, conference centres, restaurants and attractions.