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Inside and All Around The Andaz Maui in Wailea

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  Site Where: 3550 Wailea Alanui Drive [map], Wailea, HI, United States, 96753
July 23, 2014 at 6:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Maui Week continues! On Monday, we gave you the Must-Stay Hotels for Wailea in Maui. Today, we're going inside one of them--The Andaz. Mahalo!

It’s no secret that HotelChatter loves the Andaz brand so when we rolled up to the Andaz Maui in Wailea we were not surprised at how much we wished we were actually staying there, instead of just visiting.

Fortunately, there are so many ways to enjoy the Andaz Maui without actually being a guest. So whether you’re staying in a different resort or renting a villa, here’s what you should pop in and try:

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Welcome to the Jungle: Best Western Opens a Malaysian Eco-Resort

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  Site Where: 41396 Persiaran Lembah Perpaduan, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, 31150
May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, you read correctly. Best Western has upped their game and opened up their first eco-resort in Malaysia, as part of the Best Western Premier Collection. It's a luxury resort that is both environmentally-friendly and the perfectly tropical for the ultimate in relaxation. And with a name like The Haven, it can't go wrong.

The 100-room resort north of Kuala Lumpur is in the middle of geological formations dating back 280 million years, surrounded by limestone hills, the Bintang and Kledang Mountains and the rivers of Perka and Kinta. As a sustainable resort, The Haven uses 100 percent renewable energy by harnessing the power of the wind and sun; one of the first hotels in Malaysia to do so.

Guests will be able to soak up a little slice of paradise at the four-level, lagoon-style pool and the private tropical gardens. This isn't your parents' Best Western since each room will serve up panoramic views of the lake while still staying tech savvy with flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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Kale Is Cool At Vancouver’s Forage Restaurant at The Listel Hotel

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  Site Where: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6E 1C5
July 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

OK – so every city has its share of restaurants that serve local, sustainable cuisine, but believe us when we tell you that forage restaurant takes this concept to the nth degree.

Forage is located in one of Vancouver’s most eco-conscious hotels, The Listel. This hotel goes out of its way to be a good citizen in, arguably, one of the greenest cities on the planet (did you know that if a corporation wants to build a structure in Vancouver, they need to give something back to the community, like public green space or art?). The hotel has a zero waste policy, solar panels and a heat capture system. And in the late fall of last year, forage opened and continues that tradition of sustainability.

Chef Chris Whittaker attacks this philosophy with a vigor that is quite astounding. He grows his own vegetables, catches his own fish, make his own preserves, composts all of his food waste, hunts for the purpose of feeding his family, and forages to connect himself with nature and remind himself where our food comes from. Pretty impressive, right? The man evens keeps mason bees to pollinate his crops.

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The James Hotel's New Eco-Friendly Beauty Box Will Make Guests Squeaky Clean

June 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Here's a new reason to forego the standard guest rooms and book a suite at one of the James Hotels's three properties in New York, Chicago and Miami.

The hotel brand has teamed up with GlossyBox, a luxury beauty product line, to make a limited edition goodie bag box full of environmentally-friendly, unisex—and, yes, travel-size—beauty products. The entire kit retails for $35 on the GlossyBox website, but to make things easier for guests, it will also be available for purchase in select suites at the hotels.

Read on to find out what's inside!

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Detroit May Get Boutique Hotel Made From Old Cargo Containers

April 30, 2013 at 5:47 PM | by | Comments (0)

Earth Day has come and gone, and we've seen our fair share of odd hotels, so this one shouldn't really ring our bell that much. But we kind of love it because its innovative in a city that is close to our heart--Detroit. And anything that we see that's about bringing positive light to the city, we're 'bout it.

The latest venture (besides the firehouse-turned hotel) comes from a company called Collision Works. In partnership with an organization called Kickstarter, they raised over $43K to build a 36-room boutique hotel made from cargo containers.

Yeah, that was the part that threw us off, too.

But these recycled vessels are apparently made of sturdy stock and perfect for what is being called "Cargotecture". Collision Works plans to open the First Container on May 18, to coincide with Eastern Market’s Flower Day, when 200,000 visitors are expected to pass through the prototype space and showroom, located near Shed 5 at the corner of Russell and Wilkins Streets.

"Now is a great time to collaborate with the community to create quality programming and creative experiences around storytelling. What we learn here we will take with us to the hotel, ” said Shel Kimen, Founder and CEO of Collision Works, in a statement.

Collision Works is working with the City of Detroit to buy the lot at 1923 Division along the Dequindre Cut, where they hope the hotel will find its home.

No word yet on how much a cargo-container room will cost, but he certainly hope it errs on the affordable side. We'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one.

[Photo: Collision Works]

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Is Recycling Leftover Hotel Soap a Good Idea?

April 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM | by | Comments (2)

Ever wonder where that leftover bar of soap goes when you check out of a hotel? Many housekeepers simply throw them away. Not so at the Stonewall Resort in Weston, West Virginia. They're pairing up with the local Weston WalMart and having their leftover soap recycled to make them good as new.

The hotel will take the used soap from guest rooms and ship it to the Global Soap Project, a nonprofit processing center in Norcross, Georgia. There, the soap is disinfected and transformed into new bars. They'll then be distributed to those in need across the world like Malawi and Sierra Leone. The Weston WalMart will cover the shipping costs.

It's estimated that this year, Stonewall could potentially supply more than 600 pounds of soap to the project. Other hotels across the U.S. are participating as well (around 1,000) particularly the Hampton Inn, Hilton, and Embassy Suites brands and even upscale hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, NYC's Crosby Street and The Mark hotels, and the Palihouse in West Hollywood.

According to the Global Soap Project, more than 2 million bars of soap are tossed each day by hotels, but 1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year with simple hand washing.

What do you think? A good initiative? Slightly unsavory? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo: Global Soap Project]

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Earth Day Two Ways: Bahamian Bling and St. Croix Casual

April 22, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

In honor of Earth Day we highlight two very different properties doing their part to maintain planet Earth. One place is what we’d call seriously granola, the other is able to administer their green efforts and still boast luxury level accommodations.

But, the best thing about both is each place is doing its part to create a sustainable living environment for their communities.

Ridge to Reef, St. Croix, USVI
Totally off-the-grid in St. Croix’s rainforest region, this self-sufficient CSA farm’s goal is to feed 1% of the whole island. Good news is they’re on their way to success with 120 acres of land filled with 100% organic vegetable and herb gardens as well as a gaggle of fruit trees. From tomatoes to kale, they've got it all.

Even more of a surprise? You can stay overnight at the farm for a true immersive experience. Seven hostel-style cabanas are located uphill from the main house. These rustic rooms, which run on solar power, have bunks that sleep up to four people.

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Killer Morning View: Lapa Rios Ecolodge

February 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

Our morning cuppa Joe overlooking the rainforest and Osa Peninsula, at Costa Rica's Lapa Rios Ecolodge (Lapa means "macaw").

Flocks of the lodge's namesake, rainbow-colored parrots greeted us every morning as we sipped our caffeinated bevvies on the porch of our open-air bungalow nestled in the treetops… along with fluttering blue Morpho butterflies, wily coatis, spider monkeys, and enormous lizards. It's a wildlife-lover's paradise. GO.

High season (Jan-April) rates from $380 per person, double occupancy. Includes lodging in a private bungalow, meals, round-trip transfers to local airport, and guided nature tours. (Plus, the morning coffee delivery is complimentary!).

[Photo: Suzanne Steinert for HotelChatter/ Twitter]

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New Vermont Hotel Is Green and Glam, Too

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  Site Where: 41 Cherry Street [map], Burlington, Vermont, United States
January 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

Burlington, Vermont – the state’s largest city – is getting its first boutique hotel sometime this spring in the form of the Hotel Vermont.

The 125-room hotel is billing itself as providing “an authentic Vermont experience” so we’re picturing something woodsy, homey, and surrounded by mountains and greenery. In fact, we’re not far off because the hotel will have furniture made from indigenous white oak, reclaimed red oak floors and a wood-burning hearth in the lobby. As far as greenery goes, there’s 2,000 square feet of green space on the roof along with the 7,500-square-foot Harbor Terrace. Throw in the smell of the apple cider that’s offered to guests in the lobby, and they’ve got all of the bases covered.

As long as we’re talking about authentic Vermont experiences, Burlington is located on Lake Champlain and, from the hotel’s outdoor terrace, you can see both the lake and the Adirondack Mountains. That's a pretty sweet backdrop. If you’re a ski fiend, the city’s only about 25 minutes away from Bolton Valley and 50 minutes away from Stowe, but Burlington itself has a neat little arts scene going on with local performers, crafts people and artists that presents no real reason to leave. There's also some sporty pursuits in the area such as bass fishing, if you're so inclined.

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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...

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New Zealand Treehouse Living At Its Finest

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  Site Where: Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
December 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM | by | Comments (0)


When can a treehouse be both glamorous and sustainable? Four words: Hapuku Lodges and Treehouses. Located on the South Island of New Zealand, the property features completely sustainable living, while overlooking the pristine scenery of the Kaikoura region, about 2 hours north of Christchurch.

The lodges and tree houses were the brainchild of a family of architects and designers, so there's no shortage of thoughtful, functional design that looks great. Not only did they want to create a unique hotel that showcases the region's love of nature, they also sought to be an important cog in the local ecosystem.

The main accommodations are treehouses that hang 30 feet above the ground in the canopy of a Manuka grove. Don't worry: there isn't a rope ladder to climb, since each house has a staircase leading up to the luxurious digs. Inside, there are giant windows to take in views of the local mountains and the Pacific coastline, plus natural wood furnishings, all hand-crafted by local woodworkers that happen to be friends of the owners.

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