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Eco Destinations

The Akaryn Resort
Dec 9, 2014

The Akaryn Resort

 
On the coast of beautiful Thailand lies a treasure: The Akaryn Resort. A peaceful stretch of beach, a room with a pool and countless resort services make the Akaryn Resort stand apart from the rest. Located in Koh Samui, the Akaryn resort has every single luxury resort feature that could be dreamed up. From snorkeling through a coral reef to a celerity caliber spa, the Akaryn Resort has practically everything a discriminating traveler could want. There are a…
 
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Half Moon Resort
Apr 5, 2014

Half Moon Resort

 
Private, white sand beaches, friendly Jamaican hospitality, and facilities that are fit for the Queen herself. What more could you ask for from a luxury tropical getaway? Maybe this . . . the Half Moon Resort, located in Rose Hall, Jamaica, is also the first hotel inducted into the Caribbean Hotel Association’s Green Hotel Hall of Fame. Sixty years ago, a group of like-minded men wanted to give back to a country they had come to love. Frequent…
 
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Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve
Nov 27, 2013

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

 
Are you ready to experience the vacation of a lifetime? Does your perfect getaway include waking up to spectacular views of the African bush land, with glimpses of leopards, elephants, or lions among the native trees and plants? Does your ultimate stay include lodging at a resort that is right in the middle of the action, yet still a luxury 5-star experience? If so, then the place you've dreamed of is real, and you'll find it at the…
 
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naked Retreats
Jul 14, 2013

naked Retreats

 
Naked Retreats, a luxury resort with two locations in Zhejiang Province, China, hopes that a stay at their beautiful and natural healing resorts will allow guests to forget about the worries and stresses of the modern world, at least for the duration of their stay. Naked Retreats believes in the philosophy that everyone needs a break from the trials and tribulations of daily life and that taking that break in surroundings that are luxurious, peaceful, and natural will…
 
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The Farm at San Benito
Mar 13, 2013

The Farm at San Benito

 
Wouldn't it be great if you could take a relaxing trip to a private and beautiful tropical getaway, and not only return with a healthier body, mind and spirit, but also with the tools and education necessary to keep these positive changes long after you return? It's entirely possible when you stay at The Farm at San Benito, a one-of-a-kind holistic retreat located in the Philippines. Not only is the gorgeous setting at the foot of Mount Malarayat…
 
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Nikoi Island
Jan 14, 2013

Nikoi Island

 
If you've ever wished that you could be whisked away to a private island in a moment of stress, then Nikoi Island is ready to grant your wish. Located among a dazzling blue stretch of ocean 50 miles off the coast of Singapore, this 40-acre private island is your secret getaway to relax, escape, and enjoy your surroundings...and it's eco-friendly, too! Imagine having the good fortune to "stumble" across a majestically beautiful island tucked away in the midst of…
 
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Kiaroa
Oct 13, 2012

Kiaroa

 
For a vacation unlike any other, one to be remembered for years to come, there are usually several factors that come in to play. Unique location, excellent service, luxurious surroundings and endless amenities are usually the factors that most people look for when looking for the vacation destination of a lifetime. Tucked away in an ecological sanctuary on Marau Penninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Forest, and situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the country, Kiaroa…
 
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Joia das Dunas Eco-Villas and Hotel
Jul 19, 2012

Joia das Dunas Eco-Villas and Hotel

 
There is an enticing vacation destination on the west coast of Portugal, a short drive away from Lisbon and right on the sand dunes of Seixo beach. The area is known locally as the Silver Coast, a poetic sounding reference to the silvery color of the sand. It is at Joia das Dunas, a seaside collection of eco-villas, townhouses, and a 5-star hotel and spa, that guests or buyers can experience all that Portugal has to offer. Near…
 
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Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa
Apr 23, 2012

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

 
Does the idea of relaxing in a "Bayan," or treehouse, nestled in the tall rainforest trees, surrounded by hundreds of species of native birds, trees, plants and wildlife in the world's oldest rainforest sound like a dream vacation? If so, Australia's Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa should be the next destination on your list of "don't miss" locations. This unique, family-owned lodging spot is the winner of dozens of awards, including "World's Leading Eco Lodge" at the World…
 
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Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Nature Resort
Feb 10, 2012

Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Nature Resort

 
You may not need to be convinced to plan your next vacation at Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in beautiful Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, but if you did need convincing, there are two great reasons to become familiar with this tropical paradise. First, the Arenas del Mar resort is an award-winning eco-resort, known for its eco-consciousness as much as it is known for its fabulous location and delicious cuisine. The second reason you may want to start…
 
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Visit Italy’s Tenuta di Spannocchia
Nov 10, 2011

Visit Italy’s Tenuta di Spannocchia

 
One of the most exciting things about vacationing in a foreign land is the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and to experience the lifestyle, cuisine and natural beauty of another place. Many traditional hotels and travel tours don’t let visitors really experience the country they have traveled to, but Tenuta di Spannocchia, located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, offers guests an experience they will never forget. Tenuta di Spannocchia is an agriturismos, which is the…
 
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Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Aug 31, 2011

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

 
When you think of family friendly yet luxurious lodging in South Africa, you might not think of staying on a game reserve. And when you think of game reserves, self sustaining wildlife, conservation, ecologically-minded luxury facilities or support of local ecosystems and history might not immediately come to mind either. But this is exactly what you will find at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, one of the largest privately owned game reserves in South Africa. At Sanbona, luxury, sustainability and a…
 
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The Green Side of Seattle
Aug 9, 2010

The Green Side of Seattle

 
As one of the nation’s greenest cities – as well as one of the most scenic destinations in the northwest – Seattle is an excellent choice for your next eco vacation.  From pampering day spas and exceptional shopping venues to beautiful parks and intriguing museums, Seattle promises a fun, eco-friendly experience whether you’re interested in relaxing, exploring, or painting the town. Where to Stay Hotel Vintage Park boasts a convenient central Seattle location and an assortment of…
 
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Paradise Bay Hotel
May 25, 2010

Paradise Bay Hotel

 
Australia’s coastal weather is notorious for being paradise-like. Summers are warm and sun-kissed, while breezes keep the temperatures from getting too hot.  Winters are mild and never frigid, making Australia one of the best vacation spots in the world. Combine this with the unmatched luxury and sustainability of Paradise Bay Hotel – and you’ve got bliss by the sea that you can claim any time of year! Amenities: Only 16 guests at a time can take advantage…
 
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort
Apr 9, 2010

Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

 
Situated on 21 acres of coastal forest, the Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is a couple's dream for a destination wedding or honeymoon centered on eco-friendly initiatives. This boutique resort hotel in Hopkins, Belize also offers adventure travelers a relaxing vacation destination set in a lofty treehouse or beachfront room. Eco-Friendly Practices The eco-resort follows green initiatives that focus on wasting nothing if they can help it. For instance, vegetable and fruit scraps are composted…
 
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Cree Village Eco Lodge
Mar 4, 2010

Cree Village Eco Lodge

 
When you’re seeking a beautiful vacation spot where you can enjoy nature with the entire family, consider Moose Factory Island, Ontario, Canada.  With some of the most beautiful land and sunsets in the world, there are countless activities that center on nature and can bring families closer together.  Also located on the island is the Cree Village, a quaint eco-lodge where luxury isn’t difficult to find. Activities: One great activity visitors can enjoy is taking a…
 
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Campi ya Kanzi, Kenya
Feb 23, 2010

Campi ya Kanzi, Kenya

 
An African safari is truly a voyage of excitement, thrills, and a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with nature and wildlife.  To many, the word ‘safari’ means really roughing it, but Campi ya Kanzi combines the true spirit of a safari with five-star accommodations and environmental concern.  The result is an exciting opportunity to discover a raw and untouched aspect of life – without sacrificing one bit of luxury. Campi ya Kanzi Tembo House is the very…
 
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STAR Island
Jan 21, 2010

STAR Island

 
  Carbon-neutral STAR Island combines the luxury of a private Bahamian island with the sustainability of the latest green technologies to create the perfect eco destination – a 35-acre paradise that offers much more than sand, sun, and world-class amenities.  Seaside villas, custom built private residences, and a grand community clubhouse are just a few items on the STAR vacation agenda.  Still under development in early 2010, STAR Island aims to be the world’s first…
 
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Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland
Jan 12, 2010

Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland

 
If you've ever felt like dropping everything and booking a remarkable but eco-friendly getaway in a luxurious, historical and beautiful area – you should know about Ballynahinch Castle. Located in Connemara, Ireland, this massive castle sits on 350 acres of wooded grounds. In addition to that, there are 13,000 acres surrounding it. This includes a salmon river and lakes, a championship golf course and forest land. Eco-Aspect Along with providing guests the most comfortable stay imaginable,…
 
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Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica
Jan 5, 2010

Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica

 
Whether relaxing on a hammock in the middle of a breathtaking rainforest tickles your fancy or you're looking for an adventurous honeymoon, the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica offers a collection of unforgettable eco-tourism destinations. Eco lodges place travelers in the midst of diverse surroundings and wildlife, including lowland rainforest creatures and heavenly ocean beaches. Take the time to learn about the Costa Rica greenery or lose yourself in pampered visits to unique spas –…
 
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Virgin CEO Branson Plans New Eco-Friendly Resort
Nov 1, 2008

Virgin CEO Branson Plans New Eco-Friendly Resort

 
In 2007, Sir Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group travel and entertainment empire, purchased a small uninhabited Caribbean island known as Moskito Island. Moskito, which lies near Branson’s well-known private getaway of Necker Island, is the future site of an eco-friendly luxury resort. According to Virgin Limited Edition, the division of Virgin responsible for luxury travel and hotels, Branson’s main focus will be minimizing--if not neutralizing--the resort’s carbon footprint. The Green Connoisseur will be covering detailed plans for…
 
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