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Luxury hotels can be eco friendly

Vacationers with deep pockets are urged to consider spending their cash at eco-responsible hotels that offer luxury experiences in eco friendly environment.

It seems like a contradiction in terms: luxury hotels that offer five-star service and features while appreciating the environment, however the two concepts can coexist.

A resort in Australia that helped bring a types of tree back from the edge of extinction, a lodge in Guatemala that's completely off the grid, and a Japanese oasis that offers guests luxury eco-tours are being called some of the top, green yet lavish hotel remain in the world.

Just an hour outside Tokyo, for example, visitors can discover a private, mountainside spa resort that utilizes the power of the location's geothermal energy to provide a luxury warm spring experience which is said to have skin-healing properties.

Hoshinoya Karuizawa, styled after typical Japanese inns or ryokans, likewise has guests award-winning eco-tours on foot and on bike that discover bird wildlife shelters in the day, flying squirrels in the evening, and operates a black bear conservation program.

The resort is powered by hydroelectricity generated by the location's fast-moving streams and rivers in the mountainous surroundings, while foods are bought from regional farmers.

Set in the lush, exotic jungles of Guatemala, the first-class dress shop hotel Laguna Lodge offers sweeping views of Lake Atitlan and a trio of volcanic peaks in the distance. Suites are taken of the location's volcanic stone, adobe and palm and decorated in native Mayan antiques.

The lodge is likewise powered entirely from sustainable solar energy and is off-grid, reuses gray water, collects rain and grows organic veggies. Meals are meat-free.

Deep within the Greater Blue Mountains, three hours from Sydney, guests staying at the Wolgan Valley Resort select from 40 luxury suites styled after typical, rural Australian homesteads, each with its own exclusive balcony and pool.

Billed as Australia's first luxury conservation-based resort, the hotel is likewise the first to achieve worldwide accredited carbon neutral accreditation through cabonNZero which it's kept for 3 years in a row thanks to its rehabilitation programs and use of renewable energy.

By the end of in 2012, more than 200,000 trees were planted in wildlife corridors, for instance, including the reintroduction of the Wollemi Pine, one of the world's rarest trees, which was thought to be extinct.


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