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Come For The Galapagos National Park, Stay For The In-House Tortoise Reserve At Pikaia Lodge

Where: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
September 8, 2014 at 8:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Luxury and the Galapagos Islands go together like peanut butter and jelly (it should be wrong, but it’s actually very right), so put your hands together for the opening of Pikaia Lodge on Santa Cruz island in the center of the Galapagos archipelago.

It’s a carbon neutral property, but green doesn’t mean grimy here – it’s a member of the Small Luxury Hotels group, and plonks 14 rooms amid 31 hectares of extinct volcanic craters, straddling the dry savanna of the national park and the tropical highland forest. There are also, of course, spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean.

The hotel runs land and sea tours, and there’s a restaurant, bar, pool and spa on site. So far so expected – what isn’t expected is the in-house giant tortoise reserve.

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Tierra Chiloé Shows Us That a Small Carbon Footprint Can Also Be Luxurious

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  Site Where: San Jose Playa, 217 Castro, Chiloe, Chile
August 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

Patagonia, at the southern tip of South America, is undeniably one of the most beautiful parts of the world, with scenery that could actually make us forget to check our email. But not all of us want to experience the best that Mother Earth has to offer from the inside of a tent. And now, pampered adventure travelers won't have to with the debut of Tierra Chiloé, due to open on September 1.

Tierra Chiloé, formerly the Refugia hotel, is located the banks of the Rilan Peninsula in South Chilean Patagonia. With just 12 rooms, the hotel sits unobtrusively low on a hilltop while taking full advantage of the views to the Andes Mountains and the (dormant) Corcovado volcanoes in the distance.

But all you hair-drying, TV watching, bath-soaking guests take note--the hotel was designed to operate almost entirely off the grid, not that there were many other options given the location.

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At Last! A Place Where You Can Just Toss Your Empty Beer Cans

January 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've always preferred staying in a hotel rather than crashing on someone's couch. There have been several occasions when we've rented a house rather than hitting up a hotel (typically for family vacations) but thanks to Thanks to Thrillist.com we've found a house rental that just might be cooler than some design-oriented boutique hotel.

This here is the Brew Mountain Eco-Inn, listed on HomeAway.com (nice logo, btw!), located in Pennsylvania, between DC and NYC aka the middle of nowhere. The owner/host is a collector of antique and vintage brewery advertising for the past 35 years and that includes beer cans. The entire place, which sleeps 10 across five guest rooms, is plastered with "vintage beer cans from around the world, antique bottles, lithos, neons, porcelain signs and every imaginable type of breweriana from days gone by."

While the beds don't look so comfy, we have to admit the beer cans lining the walls are pretty awesome. It's the perfect place for your next man-cation. Best of all, it's available for Super Bowl weekend for $758 for two nights for the whole joint. You've got to make/bring your own food though. And your own beer too. But hey, free recycling!

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The Gaia Riverlodge in Belize is Now Run Entirely on Hydropower

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  Site Where: Belize
November 11, 2013 at 2:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

GAÏA Riverlodge, located in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve of Belize, has long been a top eco-conscious resort (it was formerly the Five Sisters Lodge) but thanks to a new hydropower energy system and a few other environmentally-friendly upgrades, the resort and its jungle cabanas have pretty much topped all other green resorts out there.

Using the nearby Five Sisters waterfalls as their energy source, the GAÏA Riverlodge is now run entirely by hyrdopower energy, eliminating the need for electricity. But don't worry, the hotel does have a back-up system, an eco-friendly one too that's battery-powered. The GAÏA Riverlodge is also cultivating an on-site vegetable garden which will bring fresh, or "hyper-local" as they call it, produce to the lodge's restaurants. Awesome.

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First Impressions: Is Chicago’s New Ivy Hotel A Little Too Green?

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  Site Where: 233 E. Ontario [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
June 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM | by | Comment (1)

The in-room mini bar and work desk at Ivy Hotel Chicago, or the web of wires

Remember when The Ivy Hotel opened and we were told this would be the ultimate in Chicago boutique luxury? Ivy was aiming high but we were down with that program; who wouldn’t want to see something more beautiful and posh than the likes of Chicago’s Waldorf Astoria?

To quote that first conversation, the hotel’s managing director, James Cazares, said this of the then-forthcoming Ivy: “There is no one else in the city who will be so small and so luxurious.” Even the hotel website starts with this: “Welcome to The Best Of Boutique Hotels in Chicago.”

Sigh. We recently stopped by the hotel after its opening last month and are sad to report it doesn’t quite reach that pinnacle of luxury. Though the boutique hotel has definitely made good on its promise to build a green property, another kind of green vibe is showing up and reflects a newbie hotel that may need some time to pull it together.

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From The Fiery Depths, A Geothermal Hotel Rises In Mammoth Lakes

August 16, 2011 at 8:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

Drive six hours north of LA and you'll find Mammoth Lakes, a destination for both skiers and hot spring soakers. Surrounded by mountains on all sides (Mammoth Mountain and the Sherwin Range), the scenic town is worthy of a few postcards, to say the least. But in terms of hotels? Only the Westin Monache Resort had managed to create a presence here. But that's all set to change now.

According to a new press release, the Handmade Hotel Mammoth View will be a 5.5 acre, eco-friendly project consisting of 54 hotel rooms, 28 eco residence cabins, and 24 eco residence lofts. What's more, the entire property will be heated using natural groundwater from below. That's right: underground water pumped to the surface to warm your very hotel room!

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Splendor in the Treetops: Queensland’s Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

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  Site Where: 20 Daintree Road, Daintree, Queensland, Australia, 4873
April 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

For the final stop on what I’d decided to call my “Wild Australia Adventure,” I flew off to Queensland, not to spend a day diving the Reef (though I did that, too), but to explore a little-known corner of the state that is home to the world’s oldest living rainforest, and a truly unique hotel that sits among the treetops: the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa.

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Wet 'n Wild at Australia's Wildman Wilderness Lodge

April 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

So far, I’d been to a lush tropical island, a real-life sheep station, and the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island. Next stop on my Australian perambulation was the lush billabong country of the Mary River Wetlands, about 90 minutes southwest of Darwin to live out my Crocodile Dundee fantasy at the all-new eco-luxe Wildman Wilderness Lodge.

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Kicking It Eco-Style at Playa Viva

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  Site Where: Carretera Zihuatenejo-Acapulco, Juluchuca, Guerrero, Mexico, 40834
November 18, 2010 at 9:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already brought you an interview with David Leventhal, the owner of Playa Viva outside Zihuatanejo, as part of our Pitch Your Hotel series, and told you about the tasty organic basil margaritas they blend there.

Now that we’ve gotten the chance to fly down there and experience all its eco-luxury for ourselves, however, we’re going to share this photo gallery of the boutique hotel’s facilities, and a video walk-through of our room. Just listen for the waves crashing in the background.

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Every Day is Earth Day at Playa Viva

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  Site Where: Carretera Zihuatanejo-Acapulco, Juluchuca, Mexico
April 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Welcome to our regular feature, Pitch Your Hotel, where we let hoteliers, general managers and other hotel execs tell us on-camera what makes their hotels so different from all the rest. And believe us, the competition is fierce these days. So sit back, relax and listen to them explain why their hotels are worthy of your hard-earned dollars or rewards points.

Happy Earth Day! In honor of this very important day, we decided to have David Leventhal, the proprietor of Playa Viva resort in Mexico tell us what his new eco boutique hotel is doing, not just today but every day, to minimize the damage to the area's ecosystem and in fact, make it better than it was before by using several regenerative practices.

Playa Viva in the Juluchuca village near Zihuatenjo, is an all-inclusive resort situated on a mile of private beach and its 200 acres include an estuary, an Aztec archeological site, turtle sanctuary and a coastal forest and mangrove ecosystem that supports a wide variety of wildlife.

Yeah, this isn't your typical beach resort.

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Green Costa Rica Hotels Celebrate Their Blue Flag Beach With Deals

Where: Costa Rica
July 7, 2009 at 9:19 AM | by | Comment (1)

Two resorts in Costa Rica have been taking good care of the beach they share — in fact, they've been so environmentally friendly that the Manzanillo Beach, where you'll find the Allegro Papagayo Resort and the Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort, has been awarded an Ecological Blue Flag for 2009.

Blue Flag beaches are not common, and it's a good way to recognize a beach whose caretakers are making sure it's clean, safe and will stay that way in the future. And these two Occidental resorts are celebrating their Blue Flag achievement with a couple of special deals for this summer.

At the Allegro Papagayo, they've reduced the nightly rates to start at $68, and they've also got a special for kids: under-12's can stay for free until December 18. Nearby at the Occidental Grand Papagayo, they've also reduced the nightly rates, so they now start from $122, and their extra special is giving you a fourth night free if you book three nights in Royal Club accommodations. And of course, if you're staying at either of these places you can be sure that the beach is going to be a high quality one — a pretty important factor for a summer vacation.

[Photo: acodring]

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The Newest NYLO is Gonna Be a Bit Greener

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  Site Where: 1001 W Royal Lane [map], Irving, TX, United States, 75039
June 12, 2009 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

We were surprised when we heard the Dallas suburbs were getting another NYLO before anyone else, but we're also surprised (in a good way) to hear that the NYLO Dallas/Las Colinas (yes, that's the clumsy official name) is not only about to open, but is also going to be really green.

NYLO has signed a deal with TXU Energy which makes it the first hotel in the area to purchase 100% of their electricity from a certified renewable energy source. They've also been green during the building process: they used construction techniques which "reduced the need for excessive materials" (we hope they still used enough, though) and they've installed hi-tech electrical and plumbing systems which are aimed at lowering energy consumption.

They're also doing the "little green things" that add up to a lot: air-conditioning turns off automatically if you leave your room, and the preservative-free toiletries are provided in recycled bottles.

It's good to see things on track after NYLO Las Colinas had a setback last year when funding (and therefore, construction) slowed down for a while, but now they're ready to open soon. Book your $139 room for July 27 while you still can.