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Mar 22, 2016
Club Peace & Plenty
When you envision The Bahamas, the first thing you probably think of is relaxed luxury. Club Peace and Plenty, located in the archipelago known as Great Exuma, encapsulates the laid-back, rural living style that The Bahamian Out Islands have become known for. But while normally this kind of lifestyle comes with an environmental toll; at Club Peace and Plenty luxury is attained without wastefulness.
In January of 1958, Lawrence Lewis opened a 24-room hotel in the previously untouched…
Jan 7, 2015
When planning a vacation with your family, there are several things you want to take into consideration. You want to have fun, spend time together and make the kind of memories you won’t forget. Vail Resorts has several mountain resorts that can give you all those things and more.
Vail Resorts have eleven resorts across the US. They specialize in beautiful mountain resorts, providing fresh air, skiing and a great time to families all over the country.…
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…
Aug 16, 2014
Every Day is Green at Utah’s Sundance Resort
The name Sundance may spark recognition, especially for you indie movie buffs or fans of actor Robert Redford. The name has become synonymous with the Film Festival held every year to promote and support independent filmmaking. However, many don’t realize that Sundance began with the purchase of some land at the base of Mount Timpanogos in 1969 by actor Robert Redford, and has only become the Sundance we know today because he wisely disregarded advice to turn it…
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…
Dec 15, 2013
Florida’s Banyan Resort
Key West, Florida is known for being the southernmost city in the continental United States, but that designation doesn’t begin to do this tropical island paradise justice. Sparkling turquoise ocean waters are filled with colorful fish and plants, and give visitors the opportunity to fish, scuba dive, or go boating. The brilliant sunsets are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing dinner or a romantic walk through town. Historic architecture fills streets lined with palm trees. Some buildings date…
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…
Aug 10, 2013
Update: NYLO’s Dallas South Side Hotel
Step into the newest NYLO hotel location, a revamped historic 102-year-old factory, and you’ll fall in love with the sophisticated loft-style rooms and suites, the cosmopolitan rooftop bar and heated pool, and cool urban vibe. But there’s more to this upscale boutique than what is on the surface. The abandoned factory was refurbished into a trendy boutique hotel using an eye for aesthetics and a passion for eco-conscious design. The green construction and operation practices utilized by the…
Jul 14, 2013
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…
Apr 16, 2013
The Allison Inn & Spa
Wine connoisseurs may rejoice when they learn of The Allison Inn & Spa's proximity to over 200 wineries in the Willamette Valley, Oregon area. Luxury travelers will be impressed with The Allison's numerous accolades, including AAA's Four Diamond Award, Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List 2013, or the resort's LEED Gold Certification, to name a few. Nature lovers will be enamored with The Allison's prime location on 35 acres of rolling hills, with views to the surrounding vineyards, farmland,…
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…
Feb 12, 2013
It's not often that a hotel's main goal is to make people happy, but not every hotel is the Hotel Felix, Chicago's first LEED Silver certified hotel. After all, even the name Felix is from the Latin word meaning “happy.” Walking into the lobby of the hotel, with its earth-toned spheres suspended over the fireplace and gently peaceful water pond, guests are immediately put into a relaxed, calm state. Even before you set foot in the hotel's entryway,…
Jan 14, 2013
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…
Dec 3, 2012
For eight decades, Portland's cultural district has boasted a gem that has always provided award winning service and luxurious accommodations. The Heathman Hotel recently underwent a four million dollar "no landfill" renovation that now places this boutique hotel as one of the best eco-friendly hotel choices in the city as well. With its location right in downtown Portland, mere steps away from shopping, art and cultural experiences, your own personal concierge, and a host of unique amenities, including…
Oct 13, 2012
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…
Sep 27, 2012
The New York Palace Hotel
Maybe you've seen the New York Palace Hotel featured on popular television shows such as Gossip Girl or Law & Order. You may remember it from feature films such as 27 Dresses starring Katherine Heigl. Or you may simply know the Palace Hotel from hearing about its rich history as one of New York City's finest hotels. One thing you may not know is that the New York Palace Hotel is also one of the greenest hotels in…
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…
Jun 24, 2012
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Is it possible for an international hotel and resort company to also be the leader in sustainable tourism and environmental stewardship in the hotel industry? It is if you are Fairmont Hotel & Resorts, a collection of over 60 luxury properties worldwide with a reputation for excellence in service, hospitality, heritage and local flavor. At any Fairmont Hotel or Resort, whether it's the flagship Fairmont San Francisco on Nob Hill, world famous landmarks such as New York's the…
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…
Apr 16, 2012
The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort
At the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, guests are able to experience luxurious, eco-fabulous accomodations steeped in history. A reputation of excellence, which spans almost 100 years, coupled with dramatic and thoughtful green renovations are what have propelled this resort toward its designation as the longest-running consecutive winner of both the AAA Five-Diamond award and the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, the latter of which it has held for 52 years. It would be hard to find many…
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…
Jan 21, 2012
The Proximity Hotel
What does it take to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, the U.S. Green Building Council's highest rating? As the owners of the first and only platinum certified hotel in the country, Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels can say for certain that it takes careful planning, a commitment to environmental responsibility and a great deal of learning about sustainable building materials and practices. But in the end, every carefully considered detail was worth it, both for the proud hotel owners and for…
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…
Oct 27, 2011
Waianuhea Bed & Breakfast
A vacation to Hawaii may well be the trip of a lifetime, so why dull the experience by staying in a typical hotel? One alternative to the traditional hotel room that combines luxury, eco-consciousness and all the modern amenities you’d expect to find is the Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast, located in Ahualoa on the big island of Hawaii. You leave the town of Honokaa on Highway 19 on a quiet road that climbs into the forest above the town…
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…
Aug 21, 2011
Lake Tahoe’s 968 Park Spa Resort
Visitors come to Lake Tahoe to enjoy clean mountain air, beautiful scenery, and outdoor activities. Skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, coupled with interesting places to visit, make Lake Tahoe a popular travel destination. Now, guests can experience all Lake Tahoe has to offer and stay at one of the area’s greenest lodging spots. Those that choose to stay at the renovated 968 Park Spa Resort will love its rustic, upscale appeal and unwavering commitment to…
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…
Aug 9, 2010
Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley wine country, Bardessono creates the perfect balance between luxurious green travel and simple, small-town living. From the luxurious guestrooms and Artisan made bath products, to the seasonal farm-fresh restaurant menu and pampering spa therapy center, every detail of Bardessono is designed to cater to your needs, as well as your desires.
As one of only three LEED Platinum Certified hotels in the world, Bardessono is a leader…
Jul 16, 2010
Miyako Hybrid Hotel
Instead of traveling overseas to experience the beauty of Japan, the Miyako Hybrid Hotel in sunny California offers a chance to indulge in a luxurious green getaway a little closer to home. Powered by an electrical system that depends on solar energy, the Miyako Hybrid Hotel also features construction using environmentally responsible supplies, including recycled materials. The newest kid on the hotel block additionally offers an alluring stay with easy access to downtown Los Angeles,…
Jun 21, 2010
Hotel Vitale in San Francisco
Deemed one of the most eco-friendly hotels in San Francisco, Hotel Vitale stands by a commitment to provide "luxury, naturally" to its guests. Located on San Francisco's waterfront, the boutique hotel blends contemporary luxury and natural elements. With a commitment to preserving the environment, Hotel Vitale is a certified green establishment. They proudly participate in the California Green Lodging Program and the San Francisco Green Business Program.
From dining at the hotel's signature restaurant and bar,…
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!
Only 16 guests at a time can take advantage…
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.
The eco-resort follows green initiatives that focus on wasting nothing if they can help it. For instance, vegetable and fruit scraps are composted…
Mar 18, 2010
Death Valley, California
Escape the chills of winter with an eco-friendly getaway to the hottest destination in the states, naturally abundant Death Valley. Steeped in history and full of geological wonders, Death Valley is the ideal destination for an intriguing day trip, a relaxing weekend vacation, or an adventurous extended stay.
Death Valley Accommodations
There are only a handful of lodging options located within Death Valley National Park. The 4-diamond Inn at Furnace Creek is the premier choice for…
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.
One great activity visitors can enjoy is taking a…
Mar 3, 2010
Boston is a beautiful, bustling city that attracts honeymooners, vacationing families and business men and women year round. The next time you find yourself in the ‘Capitol of New England,’ and want a gorgeous eco-hotel to spend the night, consider the Seaport Boston.
The Seaport Boston features the finest in accommodations for guests, including a meeting center for those trips that center on business, and a gift shop so you can pick up any items you…
Feb 25, 2010
Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge
Don't let Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau take all the credit for being the most sought-after destinations in Alaska. A trip to Homer, Alaska not only brings you up close and personal with the finest gifts of the great outdoors, but also provides a luxurious, eco-friendly getaway for nature lovers. From newlyweds to family retreats, the Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge offers a private beachfront home-away-from-home once described as a "Swiss Family Robinson with luxury and service."
Thanks to tireless…
Feb 24, 2010
Tiger Islands Village & Eco Resort
Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Java Sea lies a pure and pristine eco sanctuary known as Tiger Islands – a sustainable paradise where relaxation and adventure create the ultimate vacation. With a secluded tropical location off the Indonesian coast, as well as a vast selection of land and water activities, this eco resort is the ideal destination for romance, family adventure, or corporate getaways.
While transportation to and from Tiger Islands Resort…
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…
Feb 12, 2010
Making waves in the hotel industry, the lodging options found under the umbrella of NYLO rely on renewable energy and other eco-friendly features to provide a hotel stay that easily pleases Mother Nature. What makes the brand especially inviting is their commitment to provide a unique experience – complete with their own signature bed and amenities that push the envelope of luxury, style, class, and function.
Wind power renewable energy credits (REC's)…
Jan 21, 2010
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…
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.
Along with providing guests the most comfortable stay imaginable,…
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 –…
Dec 17, 2009
In the heart of Texas, surrounded by breathtaking Hill Country views, Stablewood Springs Resort offers luxurious serenity and a wealth of activities in a beautiful, eco-friendly setting. The 140-acre resort is hidden away, just 90 minutes from lively San Antonio and a mere half hour from the renowned galleries and wineries in Comfort, Kerrville, and Fredericksburg.
Stablewood Spring’s eco-friendly vacation villas are available for private ownership, as well as guest rental. The luxurious one, two,…
Dec 9, 2009
Eco-Vacation: Mauna Lani Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island
Whether you’re starting to consider destinations for your summer vacation, or you want to go someplace warmer and more tropical now – Hawaii’s big island has the answer. The Mauna Lani Resort was the only US property to be named one of the world’s top eco-friendly and luxurious beach destinations in Condé Nast Traveler, January 2008. While the eco-friendly aspect may be what draws you, the beauty will take your breath away!
The Mauna Lani Resort…
Sep 19, 2009
When you think of the bright lights and excessive pleasures of Sin City, the largest LEED-certified building in the world is probably the last thing on your mind. Inspired by the glamour and appeal of Rodeo Drive, Bel-Air and Beverly Hills, the Palazzo Las Vegas resort, hotel, and casino is the newest Nevada oasis offering a dream getaway for eco-minded travelers.
Guarding the exterior of the Palazzo, shady palm trees and inviting topiaries decorate the…
Jan 24, 2009
Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Island Resort
One of the most renowned vacation destinations in the South Pacific, the award-winning, five-star Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort is located on 17 acres of a coconut plantation on the island of Vanua Levu, overlooking the turquoise blue waters of Savusavu Bay. The celebrated resort is a favorite spot for romance, honeymoons and weddings. It’s a great choice for families who want to combine breathtaking surroundings and superb dining with a wide range of eco-friendly activities such as snorkeling,…
Nov 30, 2008
Hotel Terra: The Green Jewel of Jackson Hole
What do you get when you combine world-renowned skiing, natural outdoor beauty, and luxurious spa accommodations with sustainability, conservation, and eco-living? The result is Hotel Terra Jackson Hole – Wyoming’s first LEED certified hotel and the area’s premier destination for luxury resort accommodations.
The first ‘eco-boutique’ hotel from the Terra Resort Group, Hotel Terra opened in February of 2008 and has already gained widespread recognition for offering the ultimate in luxury travel without neglecting the environment. The eco 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…
Nov 1, 2008
Green Getaways: The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes
The Ritz-Carlton hotel chain has shown its commitment to environmental responsibility through its Grande Lakes hotel in Orlando, Florida. Built in 2003, the Grande Lakes Ritz-Carlton has recently earned a “Green Lodging” certification from the Florida Green Lodging Program, an initiative by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes provides the utmost in luxury that Ritz-Carlton guests are used to: private balconies in all of the guest rooms, 11 restaurants located on-site, maid service twice a…