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Jules Undersea Lodge a Key Largo Oasis

Like romance and crabs? Well look no further because Jules’ Undersea Lodge is a hotel that has both. Located in Florida’s Key Largo, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is an underwater lodge about 9 meters deep and in order to get a room, you have to scuba dive to get to it!

Formerly a marine lab, the hotel is a two-bedroom, one bath retreat.

So if you have the cojones to scuba to your hotel room, then this might be a perfect get-away for you. And how much is this one-of-a-kind hotel room? For a couple, the room will cost you $1275. Not bad for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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First Green Seal-Certified Hotel in the USA

Recently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its annual 100% Green Power Purchaser list which represents organizations that buy enough alternative power to meet 100% of their entire electricity use.

Many hotels made that list and the one that stands out the most is the Talbott Hotel which happens to not only be one of the best luxury hotels in Chicago but the first Green Seal-certified hotels in the United States.

Green Seal is a Washington DC based non-profit that provides environmental certification science based standards. What’s different about the Green seal’s standard-setting process is that it works as a collaborative process making its rules fairer and allows for complete transparency gathering its input from industry, government, academia and the public.

The Talbott Hotel met the Green Seal approval not only by offsetting 100% of its electricity with the use of wind power but also has and extensive recycling program, all of it equipment from lighting to heating is energy efficient and rewards its guests for responsible practices by purchasing one month carbon offsets.

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Eco-Friendly Hotels: An Egyptian Getaway Takes You Back in Time

If you are craving to break away from the clutches of the modern world and looking to get back to where things were simple, the Adrere Amellal Desert Ecolodge is possibly one of the most perfect escapes imaginable.

Hand built out of salt brick and mud blending into the side of a majestic white mountain in Siwa, Egypt, this luxury resort will give you a feeling of what true eco living is like. Set amongst the sand dunes with absolutely no electricity, the rooms and surrounding area is only lit up by beeswax candles and the starry desert sky.

As the winner of the World Business Award for Sustainable Development, Adrere Amellal has tried to create an environment that is as natural as possible with food that is grown on the grounds or sourced locally. The property is decorated with local artisan furniture and crafts, paying tribute to nature and the native heritage.

Doing its part to help the environment Adrere Amellal uses 90% renewable energy, eco friendly cleaning products, monitors its water usage along with on-site waste water treatment and does its part to protect the local flora and fauna.

At Adrere Amellal you may not be seeing the pyramids but you will be experiencing another aspect of Egypt you can’t get anywhere else on earth.

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Francis Ford Coppola and His Eco Friendly Resorts

If you ever plan on taking a luxury getaway once in your lifetime, eco-friendly or otherwise, a visit to one of Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor’s resorts is a trip that you will never forget.

With multiple luxury resorts under their belts and the recent acclimation of having the world’s best resorts in Belize and the number one resort in Central and South America (Blancaneaux Lodge), the Coppola’s not only know how to create a great wilderness escape but also honor the role as that of a conservator in preserving the pristine environment.

Blancaneaux Lodge, located in jungles of the sprawling Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in western Belize, is the first of their resorts to be created after discovering it was similar to the same paradise Francis enjoyed in the Philippines during the shooting of ‘Apocalypse Now’. This Lodge prides itself on being completely self sustaining with energy used thought their hydro-electric plan that harnesses the energy of th Privassion Creek, which the property is located on.

Complete with an three acre organic garden which 80% of all produce at their restaurants on site use, as well as support for the local community businesses make the Blancaneaux Lodge not only a great place to enjoy the local culture but a fabulous food lovers paradise.

Turtle Inn, the second resort in the Coppola’s collection, built along Belize’s sunny southern coast, was recently re-built in 2001 after it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. Eleanor turned this disaster into a triumph by creating the buildings to blend into the natural environment using low profile, environmentally sound designs, thatch, hardwoods, pine and bamboo, along with regionally produced tiles.

To learn more about these resorts, their sustainable practices and look into booking your next vacation check out the Francis Coppola Resorts website and let your daydream of a tropical getaway begin!

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Ireland’s Leading Spa Resort Goes Green

The Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is known as one of the best hotels in Ireland with one of the most amazing spas around. Recently they have put their green foot down and have turned their focus to the importance of environmental sustainability.

As a regular strong supporter of local issues and community development along with a positive philosophy in waste management the Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has honed its efforts in creating renewable energy for the property.

The stunning West Cork coast resort uses one of Ireland’s most innovative environmental heating systems in keeping with its strong environmental credentials. Using one of the largest solar arrays in Ireland in conjunction with wood pellet boilers, heat recovery systems and improving the efficiency of the existing heating infrastructure. This has an annual CO2 saving of 500 tonnes per annum and has the project received a number of awards.

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Eco-Vacations in Brazil

We got a line on some great eco-friendly hotels in Brazil, including this beautiful resort. The Salvador coastline is one of the longest in Brazil with 50km of beaches. The capital’s beaches range from calm inlets which make them ideal for water fun, as well as open sea inlets with strong waves that are perfect for surfers. There are also beaches surrounded by reefs and natural pools.

The Tivoli Ecoresort Praia do Forte provides you with direct contact with nature, all rooms have verandas facing the sea and, on the path to the beach, you’ll pass through a wonderful garden where you can observe all kinds of birds and small wildlife as well as lush tropical flora. This eco-conscious hotel while it offers great services of unquestionable quality, also respects pristine and fragile beauty of the rain forest around it.

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