Eco-Friendly Hotels For Your Summer Vacation

Spring is so close I can feel it. Quite literally, actually, as the temperatures in my town have been in the mid-70s lately, but I know I’m not out of the Winter woods quite yet. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning and looking forward to our Summer vacations, right?  If you are itching for a little getaway, consider the following resorts as they are all built around eco-friendly principles and are located in vacation hot spots that are sure to be on your travel wish list.

Tiskita Jungle Lodge, Costa Rica: When I think of Costa Rica, I picture jungles and beaches.  If you think similarly, then look no further than Tiskita Jungle Lodge for your Costa Rican vacation. Located on a 800 acre biological reserve, this lodge is known as one of Costa Rica’s best kept secrets as you are surrounded by tropical rainforest and within walking distance of some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. With the surrounding natural habitat restored, you’ll be able to experience a wide range of animal and plant species and have full access to over 125 species of tropical fruit. The lodge has beautifully constructed cabins for your accommodations that include screened windows, hot showers and swinging hammocks. If you are considering Costa Rica for an upcoming vacation, this is the way to go.

Zion  Lodge: Thinking of sticking around North America for your next trip? Check out Zion Lodge.  Not only are you surrounded by the world-renowned Zion National Park, but you’re staying in luxury suites that have been designed with bamboo floors and organic linens. As a winner of the Sustainable Hotel of the Year Award, the Zion Lodge is the perfect place to stay when taking in the gorgeous scenery that surrounds it.

Tiamo: Okay folks, the last hotel featured today has my name written all over it. Tiamo, located on South Andros Island in the Bahamas, is a luxurious, beachside hotel that is only accessible by boat, thus preserving its natural surroundings. Here are a few of the sustainable practices implemented at Tiamo:

·      All electricity is solar powered.

·      Food served is grown locally.

·      All ten cottages have been designed and constructed from sustainable pine wood

·      Tiamo supplies biodegradable, phosphorous -free soaps to protect the surrounded land and water resources

Oh, and that surrounding eco system is 125 acres of naturally preserved wilderness.  Send me a postcard while you’re there??

So what do you think? Do any of these hotels look appealing to you? What’s on your 2012 travel list?


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