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Are you an idle Eco-warrior, a pale-green Green, wracked with guilt as holidays approach and you re tempted by a flight to north Africa or a spa treatment in Czechoslovakia? Help is at hand. Alex Conti is much the same. He wants it all, too. So he has compiled a guide that proves self-indulgence can co-exist with a clear, or at worst clear-ish, conscience. Throw away your hair shirt. Leave your tepee and tent-pegs at home. You re about to have a good time in one of the best Eco Hotels of the World and they ve all been rated from one to five Green Stars to help you choose. Some are in safari parks, others are entire tiny islands, and two are on beaches in Alaska. If you decide to stay in a desert, shower in a bucket and eat your food by the light of a kerosene lamp under the stars, your conscience can be positively crystalline. But if you can't live without fluffy towels, massage and proper marmalade, then there is hope even for you. Because the hotel that provides both the towels, and the marmalade, composts the orange-pips, eco-cleans the fluffy towels, and recycles its jamjars. In Zanzibar, when you spend your days kayaking and your evenings sipping drinks in a Jacuzzi located on top of a baobab tree, you re helping to subsidise marine conservation initiatives in the Indian Ocean. In South Africa, an eco-hotel has risen from a wilderness formerly overwhelmed by invasive species of wattle, and now pays for a teacher at the local school. In Canada, a 200-room eco-hotel has invested in geo-thermal heating. On every continent, grey water and rainwater are saved for plants and organic waste is composted. From hotels on stilts in mangrove swamps to nomad tents in the Sahara, your hosts will be separating waste for recycling (unless the goats can eat it). And everyone turns the lights out. This book proves that the tipping point has passed. Eco-hotels are The Way to Go. Now all you have to do is choose.
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This book is fantastic!!! I haven't come across anything like it and want to let everyone know about it...The book is full of amazing places to stay from all over the world with all kinds of interesting information. It has a huge selection of hotels listed with their facilities and most importantly their 'eco-rating'. Such an interesting and inspiring read with lots of illuring photographs. There's a great introduction to the book with an explanation of the rating system, lots of interesting facts throughout and lots of tips for making responsible choices. A very thorough and well thought out book. And if that's not enough for you then the book itself is 'green'! I.e. the paper and printing is certified and accredited and it's printed in small runs to avoid wastage. If you're making any travel plans don't do anything until you've seen this book. Even if you aren't thinking about travelling or using a hotel this book is still well worth reading. Highly recommended! --Awareness Magazine
Alex Conti s new book, Eco Hotels of the World gives an honest account of world travel. It lists 87 green holiday venues around the globe, rating them in five individual sections from one to five green stars relating to: energy, water, disposal, eco-active and protection . The reviews are compiled by a team of editors who research the properties and score them using a strict vetting procedure. They also rely upon volunteers feeding back from around the globe on their genuine travels and personal impressions of the eco hotels they have visited. An absolute must for anyone bitten by the travelling bug. --Daisy Green
The tourism industry has been blamed for environmental degradation around the world as hotels spring up in areas of unspoilt beauty, often displacing local people, disturbing wildlife and pumping effluents into the sea. However in recent years tourists have tried to step more lightly on the earth by requesting hotels that are more eco-conscious. Now a comprehensive guide to has been published rating hotels on their green credentials. Eco Hotels of the World rates 87 green holiday destinations around the globe from one to five green stars. Author Alex Conti said the idea was to finally give people the opportunity to go on holiday without feeling guilty. --Telegraph
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