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Australia:
Alto Hotel on Bourke, Melbourne www.altohotel.com.au
This boutique hotel in the heart of the city was recipient of the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award 2010, the highest rated of all entries in the Environmental  Preservation category. The EarthCheck Silver Certified hotel reckons it is the first fully carbon neutral hotel in Australia with a carbon footprint of 13.5 g per room which is in turn offset with the Carbon Reduction Institute. They offer free recharging for owners of electric cars and free parking for hybrids. Free cycle helmets are available for guest who wish to hire a bike from the nearby bike station. Environmental measures include wind powered electricity, reuse of rainwater for flushing toilet cisterns, waste separation along with many other measures outlined on their sustainability fact sheet. The hotel offers accommodation in hotel rooms or self contained apartments.

Cloudlands, New South Wales -www.cloudlands.com.au
An historic self contained mountain lodge in a restored Old Writer's Retreat nestling in the grounds of historic "Cloudlands". Set in the Blue Mountains near the Three Sisters and Leura attractions, the beautiful wood panelled house also boasts 42 solar panels providing clean, green, grid-connected solar energy

Longitude 131, Ayers Rock -http://www.longitude131.com.au
One of a number of luxury eco-certified resorts run by Voyages Hotels, this is one of the most extraordinary places on earth -just about as far from anywhere else as you can be. Accommodation is in fifteen immaculate luxury tents, named after Australian explorers, set out across the desert so you can fully take in the tranquility and wilderness that is Ulu ru-Kata Tju ta National Park,
 

Fiji

Matava Eco Resort, Kadavu -http://www.matava.com
An adventure hideaway on the coast designed to blend in with the natural environment. With just nine traditional thatched Fijian 'bures' nestled in the rainforest, Matava offers privacy, comfort and superb ocean views. Activities on offer include diving, snorkelling and sea kayaking. They have an extensive list of policies to support conservation and the environment -use of solar power, solar hot water, waste and land management, grey water recycling, organic farm, conservation of marine reserves plus support for classes on marine and terrestrial conservation and sustainable resource management in Kadavu Island schools.

New Zealand

Eco Inn, New Plymouth http://www.ecoinn.co.nz
A rustic inn he edge of Egmont National Park built from untreated (non-native) Macrocarpa and recycled materials, with great views of the mountains. As well as solar and wind power, the property derives hydro-electric energy from the Mangamahoe Stream which crosses their land. land. Features include lake, hot-tub, tree-house, BBQ and extensive gardens. They have an organic vegetable garden and numerous animals on the farm - Maisey the milking cow, chickens, sheep, goats, wild ducks and pukekos (swamp hens).
 


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Featured books:
Eco Hotels of the World
Alex Conti
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Oct 2008
The best eco hotels in the world, all green star rated for their contribution to saving the environment.
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Green Places to Stay: Eco-lodges and Other Green Places to Stay
(Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay)
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by Richard Hammond
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