There’s always hype about new hotels becoming more ecological, but few manage to live up to their claims.
The resort company, Six Senses, longtime pioneers of sustainable travel, recently unveiled their new Eco Villa in the hope of raising their standards. Standing proudly in a jungle clearing at the Soneva Kiri resort, on the Thai island of Koh Kood, the prototype, off-the-grid Eco Villa may look prehistoric but may also signify the future of sustainable accommodation.
Tree-top adventure course company Go Ape runs 26 courses in the UK and has just expanded to the US.
Tristram Mayhew, Go Ape founder, and his wife Rebecca Mayhew were holidaying in France when they discovered a tree top adventure course set deep in the Auvergne National Forest. Research showed there were 200 similar small-scale courses in France, but none in the UK.
The Siwash Lake Ranch is truly off-grid. Its a luxury dude ranch outside Kamloops, B.C and one of the most eco-friendly destinations in Canada. It’s a small, operation in the BC foothills near Kamloops, running entirely off the grid on solar power and a backup generator.
Patrons care about energy consumption and waste, and with the cost of energy and garbage disposal rising, going green isn’t just good public relations, it’s good for the bottom line.
Riding this wave, the Hotel Association of Canada is promoting a “Green Key” program that rates hotels on a scale of one to five keys, based on a survey of everything from what they’re doing with their wastewater, to how much power they’re using.
Helen and her crazy meerkat – Sexy
Remoteness, like many things in life, is perhaps only a relative measure, writes Zoologist Helen Johnson who has just returned from a year in Africa.
Imagine a small reserve in the dry dunes and scrubland of the southern Kalahari Desert. There is no radio or television reception. No newspaper deliveries. During a year’s stay at the reserve one can expect about four excursions away from the site, most of which will be no further than the 3 hour drive to the nearest ‘town’. Relative to the daily bustle of city life this is way, way off the grid.
My time in the Kalahari was spent on a research project studying the behaviour of meerkats, a small mongoose, as portrayed by ‘Timon’ in the Lion King.
(Discovery Channel – Wild Discovery: Meerkats – A Kalahari Saga – buy it from Amazon UK
Meerkats,Cohorts of the Kalahari – VHS – buy it from Amazon US)