Tired of being a selfish hedonist planet-destroyer? Now you can go on a vacation that saves the world!
From renewable energy to customised water recycling to feeding organic waste to pigs, exclusive posh resorts around the world are adopting feel-good accommodations for guilt-free vacations.
Of course, some of the so-called green features of these resorts are a joke: Such as the hotel staffers in India forced to sit through An Inconvenient Truth. But at least they’re trying.
Some of the trips will cost you a fortune. Some actually won’t. (Private islands in the Seychelles go for $1,400 per person, but $120 will get you a sustainable bungalow in Indonesia.)
Location: Lipari, north-east of Sicily, Italy
Price: $220 (room for 2)
Capacity: 39 rooms
Green Features: Special water flow regulators and energy saving appliances; Recycling; Local produce.
Location: Patagonia, Chile
Price: $1,059 per person for four-day packages (including wild-viewing trips)
Capacity: Up to 32 guests.
Green Features: Uses 100% renewable energy; Comprehensive recycling; Propane for heating and cooking; neighbouring farm Estancia Las Torres have pigs that eat the camp's organic waste;
Location: New Delhi, India
Price: $216 (room for 2)
Capacity: 61 rooms
Green Features: Solar panels; Hot water is produced by the heat generated by the air-conditioner; Sewage treatment plant on premises; Garbage bags are made from recycled milk pouches; Staff members are shown - 'An Inconvenient Truth' -- the award winning documentary on Global Warming by Former US Vice-President, Al Gore.
Location: Carovigno Brindisi, Italy
Price: $250 per person
Capacity: 6 people
Green Features: Renewable energy; Rainwater collection; Local and organic produce;
Location: Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Price: $500-$700 per person
Capacity: 12 guests in 6 tents.
Green Features: Solar power; Kerosene-fuelled lighting; Organic waste management; Environmentally-friendly appliances; Recycled water is used for plants.
Location: Blue Mountains, Australia
Price: $125 per person
Capacity: 2-7 people
Green Features: Shower timers; Passive solar energy and solar panels.
Location: Gobi, Mongolia
Price: $120-$300 per person/per night (includes variety of sightseeing trips)
Capacity: 45 rooms and 15 suites
Green Features: Solar and wind energy; Local, free-range and organic ingredients;
Location: Kachemak State Park, Alaska, U.S.
Price: $375 per person
Capacity: 10 guests.
Green Features: Sustainable design; Energy-efficient practices.
Location: Jabkenice Game Park, near Prague, The Czech Republic
Price: $450 (room/suite for 2)
Capacity: 24 rooms and suites
Green Features: Powered by renewable energy; Energy-efficient appliances; Water waste treatment system; Recycling;
Location: Lake District, England
Price: $580 (two-bedroom cottage)
Capacity: 4 cottages
Green Features: Solar panels; Energy efficient design and appliances; Electricity from wholly renewable sources; Rainwater harvesting for flushing toilets; Organic linens;
Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Price: $120 (room for 2)
Green Features: Decor uses recycled and eco-friendly materials; Renewable energy; Energy-efficient appliances; Complementary parking for Hybrid vehicles.
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Price: $180 (room for 3)
Capacity: 13 rooms
Green Features: Energy-saving lighting; Natural massive timber insulation; No air conditioners--instead cross ventilation; Waste water from the Lodge feeds the vegetable, herb, and flower gardens; Meals feature mainly local produce.
Price: Up to $1,400 per villa.
Capacity: Private island accommodating up to 40 vacationers in 16 villas.
Green Features: Non-polluting rechargeable battery; Solar-powered guest buggy fleet iand bicycles for guests and staff; Carbon-offsetting initiatives; Treated waste water is used for irrigation; Restaurants feature local and organic produce.
Location: Batukaru, Bali, Indonesia
Prices: $100 per bungalow (1-2 people)
Capacity: 5 bungalows and tree-houses
Green Features: Hand-crafted bungalows and furniture;
Location: South Tyrol, Italy
Price: $500 (room for two)
Capacity: 41 rooms
Green Features: Car-free area (hotel can be reached on foot or by cable car); Energy-efficient appliances and high quality isolation; Comprehensive and sustainable thermal system; Recycling water system.
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