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Room With a Night View: Stargazing At Chile's Elqui Domos Hotel

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  Site Where: Camino Público, Pisco Elqui, Chile
March 19, 2013 at 6:42 PM | by | Comments (3)

Living in a big city, we’re used to so much light pollution that sometimes, we yearn for some proper darkness and a star-filled sky overhead. One place that appears to fit the bill perfectly, although unfortunately not exactly around the corner, is the Elqui Domos Hotel in Chile.

Built specifically by its owners to experience the night skies of the Elqui Valley, some 600 km (373 miles) northwest of Santiago, the hotel has two types of accommodation: domes and observatories. While each is different, both are designed with an eye towards the sky, with as little as possible to distract you from the twinkling lights above.

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Head to Australia's Cicada Lodge For Fresh Crocodile

February 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

In a place known for natural landscapes and indigenous culture, Australia's Northern Territory can now brag about its newest luxury lodge property. Cicada Lodge has just opened its doors and will be wowing guests from rocks to crocs.

This isn't your traditional never-leave-the-resort property since it's surrounded by a plethora of outdoor activities that would make even the most adventurous foam at the mouth. Guests can be whisked away via helicopter to snag a dip in a secluded waterfall, dropped off in the Katherine Gorge system and canoe back to the lodge or even explore the native rock art sites with a local Aboriginal guide.

When you do stay "put", you won't be disappointed. From a champagne toast upon arrival to the sunset canapés and complimentary bar service each evening by the pool, you can't help but think you've been transported somewhere special. Each of the private 18 lodges are elevated to maximize the view of the Katherine River and sandstone country above the gorge. With such killer views you might not need the property-wide free WiFi, but it's a nice touch.

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Sir Richard Branson Puts the Kibosh On Plastic Bottles On Necker Island

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  Site Where: Necker Island, Virgin Islands, British
January 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, now the world is saved! Okay, we’re being facetious, of course: It’s a noble thing to take a stand and do some good for the planet and, after all, we all need to do our part.

But we do have to ask: Just how much bottled water are they consuming over there on Necker Island? There are only six houses (aka rooms) holding a maximum of 28 guests. And at a cool $29,000 (single or double) for a seven-night stay during “Celebration Weeks” (the only time you can book individual rooms; otherwise it’s the whole island or nothing for $42,500 per night.

Is his British Virgin Island's nirvana really fully booked all the time to need to make a big deal of letting us know Sir Richard is trying to get green while collecting that green? Forgive us if we smirk just a tad.

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Guess What, Greenies? We Spent the Night In An Earthship!

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  Site Where: 2 Earthship Way [map], Taos, New Mexico, United States, 87571
January 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

While UFO hunting and hot spring-hopping in Taos, New Mexico last week, we got to spend the night in an Earthship.

For all you non-hippies out there, Earthships are 100% sustainable, off-the-grid mansions made (almost) entirely out of recycled junk. We're talkin' old tires, beer cans, plastic bottles and mud. Admittedly, it doesn't sound all that glamorous at first, but for luxury- and nature- loving free spirits like us, this place is a desert paradise.

A 15 minute drive outside Taos, across the Rio Grande Gorge, the Earthship World Headquarters is the largest "biotecture" community (a.k.a alternative eco-suburb) of its kind on the planet. Set on a sprawling 640 acres, a handful of fully-furnished "demonstration" ships are available year-round for nightly rentals -- but, in the brochure's words, "this is not just a hotel." Well, obviously...

Read on for more!

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Hotel Andaluz: The Hidden Gem of Albuquerque

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  Site Where: 125 2nd Street Northwest [map], Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States, 87102
December 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM | by | Comments (2)

New Mexico is often called the “Land of Enchantment.” What’s so enchanting? We think its Albuquerque’s best kept secret is Hotel Andaluz.

This is a historic, tastefully lavish, charming boutique hotel located in downtown Albuquerque. Originally built in 1939 as the Albuquerque Hotel (then the tallest building in the state and with AC), it was the fourth Conrad Hilton ever built. Now privately owned, it's the hidden gem of Albuquerque. We were tickled silly to experience the beauty of this spot with its subtle flare, eco-friendly features and fun-filled history.

Take a look a look-see at our photo gallery!

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Meet DROP, The Next Generation Mobile Eco-Hotel

December 7, 2012 at 1:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

With glamping still on trend, we see a lot of attempts to marry hotel-room comforts with Mother Nature, all wrapped up in an environmentally sensitive package. We’re totally on board with this, whether up in an English treehouse or out in the African bush.

So, it’s no surprise then that we’re a little in love with the DROP eco-hotel concept, the brainchild of Barcelona's In-Tenta Creative Design Group. A fully mobile “micro-architecture” project, DROP is specifically designed to be installed with a minimum amount of impact on its environment.

We know, a little brain cramp might be happening now, but we'll explain more.

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Costa Rica's Sexiest Sustainable Hotel Opens Tomorrow

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  Site Where: Bahía Ballen, Uvita de Osa, Costa Rica
November 14, 2012 at 6:55 PM | by | Comment (1)

A few weeks ago, we hightailed it to Costa Rica's posh central Pacific Coast for a quickie first glimpse of the country's newest eco-licious spread, Kura Design Villas, during its invite-only soft launch phase.

Officially opening on November 15th, just in time for the high & dry season, even in the pouring rain (at the time it was wet, excuse us, "green" season), this place is bangin'.

After clamoring in our 4WD rental up to the hotel's steep mountaintop perch, bypassing signs like "WARNING: Very Dangerous Road!" while raindrops pounded our windshield, we were greeted warmly by the fresh faced, thirty-something owners Alejandra and Martin. "You made it! We were worried about you!" they genuinely exclaimed. She's a petite biologist with an edgy pixie cut; while he, an architect, master-minded the entire minimalist chic property head-to-toe (remarkably his first big project since finishing design school in San Jose).

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Is Your Phone About To Die? Hop On A Bike At An Element Hotel

March 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like ever since Even Hotels announced their new brand of health-conscious, fitness-oriented hotels, we've been seeing similar amenities start to pop up in other places. Now, Element Hotels, known for healthy breakfast wraps, 24-hour fitness centers, rentable bikes and en suite kitchens, are installing bike charging stationsUnlike Even Hotels and Tryp's fitness rooms, these stationary bikes will be placed in the actual fitness centers, not next to your bed. Because, really, plugging your laptop into the wall is much less exciting when you're doing it in your room.

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Embassy Suites Chicago Has a New Living Wall

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  Site Where: 511 N. Columbus Drive [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60611
June 16, 2011 at 9:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

The Embassy Suites Chicago Downtown Lakefront wanted to wear its eco-consciousness like a flashy Lady Gaga getup, so it decided to put up a 720-square-foot indoor living green wall—the largest in Chicago—right in its lobby.

Okay, it may not be as much of a spectacle or as carnivorous as Gaga's meat dress, but the giant standalone wall is made of 3,840 plants, including the hardy neon, rabbit foot fern, aboricola and rex begonia.

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Pacific Northwest Hotels Get Top Marks From The NYT For Eco-Consciousness

October 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon

This weekend, the New York Times' travel section went west in search of eco-friendly hotels. Not surprisingly, the Pacific Northwest was fertile ground and three hotels in the region got the thumbs up from the Gray Lady.

Here's how they impressed the paper with their green credentials:

Everything at The Oxford Hotel in Bend, Oregon--aside from that fireplace--is powered by Columbia River Gorge wind farms and hydro dams, thanks to renewable energy credits through Pacific Power’s Blue Sky program. Tick. Mattresses in the guest rooms are all-natural--they contain no polyester--and are bought local. Rooms are cleaned with a nontoxic solution made from electrolyzed salt and water. Tick, tick.

The hotel will be getting even more marks next summer when its rooftop garden debuts and starts providing the hotel kitchen with herbs and other hyper-local ingredients.

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Australia's Wolgan Valley Resort May Be The Greenest Hotel On The Planet

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  Site Where: 2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley, NSW, Australia
September 9, 2010 at 3:24 PM | by | Comments (2)

Leave it to the Aussies to out-eco everybody. We've been following Emirates Hotels and Resorts' Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa for some time now but it was the property's official designation as the world’s first carbon-neutral luxury resort that really got our attention.

Not only is the resort in the gorgeous Blue Mountains outside of Sydney super-duper green, it's been topping 'Best Of' lists all over the world, including Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List, Travel + Leisure’s 'It List 2010,' and Luxury Travel Magazine’s 'Gold List Awards.'

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London's New Hotel Rafayel to Open on Friday

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  Site Where: Falcon Wharf Building, 34 Lombard Road, London, United Kingdom, SW11 3RF
December 14, 2009 at 1:07 PM | by | Comments (9)

How’s this for perfect timing: while the politicos are busy debating climate change in Copenhagen, London’s new Left Bank is about to show the world that green can be trendy, gorgeous, and pretty effortless too.

Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank is opening (on schedule! Hurray!) on Friday, and this morning it uploaded some photos to its blog that made us feel pretty excited. The good news is that the bedrooms (and bathrooms) are looking big and flooded with natural light and the views are going to be pretty fabulous.

Room categories are named after rivers (Mississippi and Yangtze rooms, Amazon and Nile suites), rainwater is going to be harvested from the roof, guests will be offered electronic rather than paper newspapers, and there will be a no plastic policy – expect your toiletries in big glass bottles, not nickable miniatures.

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