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Will This Be the Greenest Hotel in the World?

April 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Eden Project, an eco garden (but so much more than that) is one of the UK’s biggest tourist attractions. But until now, getting there has been a bit of a faff. There isn’t a huge number of decent hotels in the immediate vicinity, near St Austell in Cornwall, and most of the holiday cottages in the area only rent by the week.

Perhaps this is why the Eden Project has finally stepped into the breach, announcing plans for a 115-room onsite timber-clad hotel.

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Learn to Live Like a Hermit at Italy's Newest Design Hotel

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  Site Where: Località Tarino 2, Parrano, Umbria, Italy, 05010
January 26, 2015 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Mindfulness – or mindful meditation – is all the rage right now and it looks set to stay that way. What better way to cash in on the trend than by opening a ‘mindful hotel’?

Such cynicism isn’t very mindful, of course; so that’s why we’re nothing but excited for the opening of Eremito, a new hotel in Umbria, which has already been snapped up by Design Hotels.

An eco-resort owned by fashion designed Marco Murzilli, it’s a simple place – “eremito” means “hermitage” in Italian, and the place has the ascetic feel of a monastery (it was built from scratch, but using 13th-century masonry techniques). There are just 14, pared back rooms based on monk cells – whitewashed walls, arches, no extraneous décor, sheets made of hemp, definitely no minibars. There’s no connectivity – no internet, no phone, no TV, no business center. There’s even no coupling – rooms are strictly for single occupancy. (If you're wanting to come as part of a couple, they suggest you book adjoining cells.)

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This Hotel in Aruba is Owned by the 2014 Caribbean Green Hotelier of the Year

December 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

While the average American consumer may have never heard of Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, those in the sustainability segment of the hotel industry will certainly recognize the name. Despite existing and competing in a market traditionally scorned for its boundless consumption of local resources, this Caribbean island resort will receive a Green Globe certification for the 15th year in a row in 2015.

The success all starts with owner Ewald Biemans, who has been recognized with more than two dozen environmental awards and certifications. That resume was further garnished earlier this year when he was named the “Green Hotelier of the Year” in the Caribbean Journal’s Caribbean Travel Awards.

To be honest, I was surprised to learn all that, because when you're at the hotel, you wouldn't know it unless someone told you. That's because Biemans’ approach to environmental friendliness is mostly done behind the scenes, without consequence to the consumer. It's a long list: Waste water is reused for irrigation, beach cleanups occur monthly, energy-saving appliances do their thing in the administrative offices, and so forth. The only things felt by the guest are minor. The soap is put in dispensers, for example, and in-room motion detectors automatically turn off the lights when you're out of the room.

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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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