International Eco-Friendly Hotels

Fri, Jan 29, 2010

Green Countries

In Siwa, Egypt, eco-friendly building is taking shape in the form of Adrere Amellal Desert Ecolodge, a hotel designed with the planet’s safety in mind. Living vicariously through the rustic mindset, all-natural materials were utilized to create this sanctuary. The full experience 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. This unique hotel is the winner of the World Business Award for Sustainable Development, and claims to allocate local resources: local crops, artisan crafts, and cultural designs.

Other beautiful nature-inspired eco-friendly hotels are sprouting, in southern Asian and South American countries. The Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali, Indonesia has gained recognition as the first resort in the region to meet the rigorous Green Globe Building Planning and Design Standard.

Among other hotels is the Oscar de la Renta-designed Tortuga Bay Beach Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which is the winner of various awards, including “Best Initiative in Sustainable Development by the Hospitality Awards”. A variety of fun-filled activities at the nearby ecological park and sunken ships at this eco-friendly hotel is money well-spent. When the world can afford to add green to luxury, we are moving in the right direction.

ByTiffany Teng. Tiffany can be reached at teng3@tcnj.edu.

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