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Bradley Cocks: In luxury travel green marries gold

Posted Aug 06 2009 10:08pm

For sustainably savvy travelers the choices in high-end, ecologically friendly travel are growing everyday.

For many resort owners and operators, it’s a matter of common sense because green efforts can cut costs while attracting new clients. For those who travel first class, it’s a chance to help the planet without giving up an once of luxury or comfort.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn British tycoon Sir Richard Branson is in the midst of creating what he calls “the most environmentally-friendly resort on the globe.” The Mosquito Island development will feature twenty villas and a beachfront restaurant, powered entirely by wind turbines and solar panels. All motorized transport will be powered by biofuels; the guests’ food would come from a local, organic orchard.

Other internationally acclaimed luxury hotels that have a focus on sustainability include:

  • Tortuga Bay at PUNTACANA Resort & Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which offers a 1500 acre ecological reserve and park
  • Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort in San Jose, Costa Rica, which focuses on protecting and improving the Arenal Volcano, surrounding rainforest and the Tabacon Hot Springs
  • The Racha in Koh Racha Yai, Phuket, Thailand, which offers environmentally-friendly design and a comprehensive waste recycling program
  • King Pacific Lodge in North Vancouver, British Columbia, which is actively involved with protecting the surrounding Pacific Northwest’s temperate rainforest, utilizes hydro-power and solar panels for energy, and also offsets the greenhouse gas emissions associated with its guests’ air travel to and from the area
  • Inkaterra Machu Picchu in Machu Picchu, Peru, which is powered with hydro-electricity, works with local communities to promote reforestation, practices recycling, and is carbon neutral.

As of today you can find 75 eco-friendly resorts at Kiwi Collection, the world’s largest independent luxury hotel reviewer.

These days there’s no reason travelers should ‘resort’ to choosing unsustainable accommodations when they can choose to go green.

Guest post by Bradley Cocks, Global Vice President of Communications at Kiwi Collection.  You can email Mr. Cocks HERE

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