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Eco-Friendly Resorts: Reduce, Recycle and Relax!

What does it mean to stay in an eco-friendly? We highlight some of the many eco-resorts opening their [recycled] doors to you. You can relax in comfort, while doing your part to save the Earth! 

The Embrace Resort opening soon in the Bahamas, is embracing a culture of sustainability with its new 7-villa property on Staniel Cay in The Exumas. Located on a remote 2-square-mile cay, EMBRACE is just a boat ride away from the protected Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, the private island hideaways of Oprah, Tyler Perry, Tim McGraw and Johnny Depp and the world famous swimming pigs of Major Cay.

The resort is working with an environmental consultant who is sourcing eco-friendly products for the facility without compromising on luxury. Even the interior  design and construction materials are earth-friendly.

Once the resort is open to travelers, it will host events for the local community focusing on sustainable tourism, recycling and waste management initiatives. Embrace Resort plans to partner with organizations like Cans for KidsBahamas WasteGo Green Bahamas, the Bahamas National Trust and of course, the neighboring Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.

Beautiful aerial view of The Exumas

Conserving resources like water and energy works to prevent air, water and land pollution, and it’s pretty cool to know that now you can take your green lifestyle with you wherever you go by choosing an eco-friendly resort. Aruba’s Bucuti Beach Resort on Eagle Beach happens to be a fabulous resort, but eco-wise, it’s also one of the Caribbean’s finest — initiating the first Green Globe 21 certification of Aruba hotels.

The resort switched to eco-friendly types of paper for its resort marketing materials and uses solar panels to heat the water for the guest rooms and laundry. You won’t be needing travel-size bottles here – the resort uses in-room dispensers delivering genuine Aruba Aloe, freshly made shampoos, conditioners and lotions, rather than in individual plastic containers.

Aruba is also a great island to “go native” by walking or renting bicycles or scooters to see the sites while reducing your carbon footprint.

In Jamaica, where the mountains meet the sea, a luxurious eco-friendly property called Mocking Bird Hill stakes eco-claim to massage oils made from native herbs and using organically grown produce at the on-site restaurant. The art around the property has also been created by local artisans.

Hotel Mocking Bird Hill operates along the guidelines for sustainable and environmentally-friendly tourism. They’ve conducted seminars and provide training to their employees and interested locals in order to raise awareness around environmental issues. The hotel has also done an energy audit and  to offset the negative impact of their hotel operations and continue to make environmental improvements. Hotel Mocking Bird Hill has installed several solar powered features including a pool filtration system.

Think of all that waste those plastic key cards must make!

If you choose an eco-escape, don’t forget to put your money where your beliefs and buy your souvenirs directly from local artisans or small businesses. Have you been to an eco-friendly resort? Share your experiences in our comments below!

Written by Jen Levey

Tags: Aruba, Bahamas, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, Caribbean, earth, earth day, eco-friendly, eco-tourism, Embrace Resort, Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, Jamaica, recycle, reduce, reuse, solar panels, solar power

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