San Diego Business Journal

The Inn at Moonlight Beach, located in downtown Encinitas, has become the first hotel in the world to receive a WELL Certification at the Platinum level by the International WELL Building Institute and Green Business Certification Inc., according to a press release. A WELL Certification is awarded to properties that focus on “enhancing people’s health and wellness,” read the release.

The Inn at Moonlight Beach is a 4,000 square foot boutique hotel that offers five suites and 10 gardens. The entire property is on a “biodynamic urban farm”, per the release, with medicinal herbs, cut flowers and succulents and vegetables, fruits and teas that guests have access to.

“I was inspired and grateful for the effort that was put into the creation of the WELL Building Standard and excited about having an opportunity to implement it in a built project,” said Shangwen Chiu Kennedy, owner of the Inn, via a statement. “The concept of WELL aligns with the intention of our boutique hotel, which is to nourish life and encourage people to experience the joy of connecting with nature, one’s self, and the broader local community.”

To be awarded a WELL Certification, the Inn at Moonlight Beach underwent testing in seven categories, including air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind, according to the press release. A final evaluation was then performed by Green Business Certification Inc. to ensure the certification level.

The WELL Building Standard took seven years of research and development performed by physicians, scientists and industry professionals, per the release.

Travel & hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at or 858-634-4625.