Green Globe certified off the grid Rancho de Caldera eco-project, is a case study in what an eco-resort should be.
Its a recently launched clean energy resource center, an eco-resort, gourmet restaurant and organic veggie gardens. Located in Boquete, Panama the resort owners strive to provide an extraordinary, affordable, luxurious tropical venue.
Every eco-resort says they cater to meetings, vacations, honeymoons, nature lovers, yoga fans, gourmets, honeymooners and small groups – but Rancho de Caldera really delivers. It has world class, sustainable, off the grid, solar powered green hospitality and mouthwatering cuisine.
Individual hotels are doing their part in encouraging more ethical travel. Here’s a clutch of Green hotels, also called eco-hotels, you may want to check out for Earth Day:
*New Hampshire’s Mountain View Grand Resort, which recently installed a 121-foot wind turbine that is now generating up to half the resort’s power. Kids can check out the computer monitor in the lobby of the green hotel that shows how it works.
*The Little St. Simons Island in Georgia is accessible only by
Perched one hundred metres above the Indian Ocean on the southern coast of Bali, lies the Alila Villas Uluwatu, a new resort opening in April.
Built with Environmentally Sustainable (ESD) certification in mind, the resort’s attention to water conservation, recycling and energy have gained it Bali’s first Green Globe certification, ESD’s highest level of certification.
Calling all adventure seekers, skiers and eco-tourists! North America’s top ranked ski and snowboard resort, and home of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, has opened the highest gondola in the world — faint of heart need not apply.
Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia officially launched the PEAK 2 PEAK on December 12. This feat of engineering connects the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb and does so with a minimum environmental footprint.
At the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, the hubbub of 21st century noise recedes as smoothly as the Lexus hybrid SUV which carries visitors to their rooms, a collection of cottages nestling along redwood-lined cliffs overlooking the Pacific.
The cottages–“treehouses” clad in aged wood and set atop 9-foot poles in stands of Douglas fir; curved steel enclosures with the rusty patina of Richard Serra sculptures; and modern spaces with sod roofs and clean lines–blend into the landscape.