I’m not sure if the likes Leo Dicaprio or Al Gore helped make Eco-Tourism hip, but let’s hope it’s not just a passing trend. Easy-Ethics combines ecological values and luxury. Eco-tourism is popular amongst environmentally conscious travelers, bringing eco-tourism to the luxury travel crowd.
CSScout has collected some case studies about eco luxury travel destinations offering organic foods and incorporating innovative heating and other environmental innovations.
Orchard Garden Hotel
The Orchard Garden is San Francisco’s ‘greenest’ hotel. It is first urban hotel in the US to earn the US Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certificate. The rooms features include high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi access, high definition LCD television with DVD and CD player, iPod docking station, and Aveda organic bath products. Some of the ‘green’ features are in-room recycling system, chemical-free cleaning products, compact fluorescent light bulbs and a 100% tobacco-free environment.
The Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa is tasked by the Chinese Central Government to become a model of sustainable design. It features 49 feng-shui’d villas and suites—each constructed out of locally grown bamboo and appointed with organic local textiles. Just 2 ½ hours northeast from Hong Kong the Crosswaters Ecolodge lays in the Nankun Mountain Reserve, right next to a river. Guest can receive their treatments in open-air spa suites and are invited to visit tribal villages, to practice tai chi in a forest studio and to experience regional wine-making techniques.
Bespoke Experience owns and operates exclusive eco lodges, developed and ran using fair trade principles. The objective is to create high-end tourism lodges, which enable communities to work their way out extreme poverty. Guludo Beach Lodge in Mozambique was the first of these lodges to open. The Mipande Bush Lodge is scheduled to open in December 2007. Bespoke Experience is also involved in a variety of projects supporting the surrounding area.