We are interested in travelling light on the earth and in supporting resorts and hotels that are eco-friendly. Do you have a favorite "green" destination to recommend, and does LL have any available for bid now? If not, LL please consider adding these earth-friendly resorts to our possibilities. Thanks...Cheers...Marolyn
This is a great idea -- I'd also like to see some eco-friendly places on LL. Or maybe LL could have a special icon (e.g. a green leaf) to designate an environmentally friendly hotel.
CCAfrica (whose properties such as Phinda, Ngala, Kwandwe, etc are featured on LL) is one of the most environmentally responsible companies I know -- not only do they work to preserve the wilderness, but they also spend a lot of money rehabilitating derelict farms and turning them back into wilderness areas. They also work extensively to set up long-term programmes benefiting the local communities which is key to preserving the wilderness over the long run.
I wonder if there is some "Green List" (like the Conde Nast Gold List, but rating hotels for how environmentally friendly they are).
I too am interested in traveling to "green" destinations and resorts. Conde Nast Traveler definitely has such a list, "The Green List". The recent awardees from the September issue are:
1) Nihiwatu, Indonesia - Resort
2) Natural Habitat Adventures, Tour Operator
3) Aspen Skiing Company, Colorado - Destination
4) El Nido Resorts, Philippines - Resort
5) G.A.P. Adventures, Tour Operator
6) La Ruta Moskitia, Honduras - Destination
7) Tenuta Di Spannocchia, Italy - Resort
8) North Island, Seychelles - Destination
9) Lenox Hotel, Boston - hotel/resort
10) Grootbos Nature Reserve, South Africa - Destination
11) Cruise North Expeditions, Canada - Tour Operator
12) Adventure Life Journeys, Tour Operator
Of course, this is just a little taste of what's available for travelers currently, it would be great to get some other ideas from other travelers and lists...
Marolyn. Please read my post on Morgans Rock in Nicaragua. MR is a total "green" lodge. They grow their own food and make only enough food for their guests requests (asked in morning for evenings meals). They sustain their lodge by using local materials for their buildings. They contribute to the local economy but assisting with the education of the children by supporting the local school (actually, guests are invited to support the school with educational items.) They also employ people from the local communities and provide them with education and training. They also provide means to protect their environment from poachers, illegal hunters and loggers.If you would likeinformation, please check out www.morgansrock.com and review their sustainability and ecotourismpage. It is quite impressive.
I also make a habit of trying to find eco-oriented places to stay.
The Evason/Soneva resorts, which are in the LL portfolio, are very eco oriented. All the rooms are made from responsibly harvested local materials like bamboo. The restaurants also grow their own produce on-site in an organic garden. The wine lists even feature organic wine!
claassenam- Nihiwatu has been on my "must visit" list for some time. It looks so remote and beautiful. I think it is also in the LL portfolio. would make a great combo with a trip to Bali....as long as you are going all that way.
BonnieJoy, we also stayed at Morgans Rock and were so impressed with their commitment to the local people and environment as well..
Did you visit the farm? I hope so because it was an incredible experience - milking the cows and choosing the eggs right from under the chickens! Then helping to grind the corn for the tortillas and cook the food was priceless. We are from New York so this was a totally unique experience.
Hi Syrene. We stayed there twice and loved it! Of course we did the "breakfast on the farm". Even though we have a farm right across the street, this experience was priceless! I haven't milked a cow in years. The other couples were "city folk" so it was cute to watch them really get into it! The husband and wife (and two beautiful little girls) were very helpful. DId you visit the school while you were there? Weren't you impressed with the young staff really sharing their knowledge, love, culture and excitement? That impressed me the most. The trip was not just a "romantic getaway" but also a chance to learn about another culture and fully immerse yourself in the surroundings! (My only sad part was the lambs....they were so cute however I knew there was another purpose for them!) Oh yes, how about the fruit trees! You could eat fruit right off the trees. Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself also.
Eco-travel seems to be the topic of the day with a focus on "green" in the April
"Town and Country" that I just received today. In the Caribbean, they focus on Mayakoba and the new Fairmont Mayakoba where indigenous plants and trees were saved and replanted and a coral reef (the second largest in the world) is protected. A full-time marine biologist is on staff,and a spa and golf course designed by Greg Norman round out the activities. Sounds like a great site, one that would fit right in with LL's offerings.
Check it out at fairmont.com
Cruisinred, it took me a little while to check out Nihiwatu, although I've been researching Bali quite a bit. It looks amazing! The surf there is supposed to be spectacular, I'm sure my husband would love it. Plus it is an hour flight from Denpasar airport, so easily combined with one or two Bali resorts. I'm definitely considering it. I didn't, however, see it listed in the LL Portfolio - where did you see it? It would be great if LL would have some sort of package there...
I apologize, but I should have checked to see if my information was uptodate. Nihiwatu apparently used to be in the portfolio, but does not appear there any longer. It was up for auction last year, I recall.
Yes, the surfing there does look amazing. And they have yoga too, as well as several very cool hikes and village visits/cultural explorations. I would love to go there, but have not been there yet.