Como No, Manuel Antonio
-http://sicomono.com On the most beautiful coastline
in Coasta Rica, where tropical forest meets picturesque beaches,
you can find this hilltop eco resort and spa. From the very start
it was designed to have minimal impact on the ecosystem, with
only one tree being removed for its construction. At Si Como
No, solar panels are used to heat water, there are double insulated
windows and ceilings plus natural canopy shade factors help reduce
energy demands, bio-digesters treat sewage, grey water is used
for laundry, and housekeeping products are biodegradable. What
you will not find here is television or CNN in your room, but
you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature from your balcony.
An idyllic hotel on the shore
of the lake, consisting of several cabins and suites set into
the hillside with a breathtakng view of the lake. Their aims
are to permit you to relax and enjoy the beauty of Lake Atitlán
with the smallest possible environmental impact. The hotel was
constructed using environmentally friendly techniques, energy
is supplied by solar power and they practice grey water recycling
and composting. The restaurant offers fresh, locally grown food
(organic where possible). They offer a variety of activities
-kayaking, yoga, spa, salsa classes or even the opportunity for
an eco wedding.
Hotel Mockingbird Hill -http://www.hotelmockingbirdhill.com Award-winning
environmentally friendly luxury boutique hotel. Set on a hill
amongst lush tropical gardens, the ten-room hotel is Green globe
certified. A well presented environmental policy covers supporting
the local economy, habitat conservation, waste management, education
Boca de Iguanas,
Jalisco -http://www.bocadeiguanas.com Beach hotel
and spa on the Pacific coast at Jalisco. Each house has solar
power, grey water is collected for re-use and sewage recycled
on site. The centre also carries out conservation work on the
mangrove coast and runs turtle protection patrols.
Paraiso Xixim, Celestun
-http://ecoparaiso.com Small hotel designed and
constructed with care to meet ecological standards, Situated
directly on a pristine natural beach, embedded in a vast plantation
of malayan dwarf coconut palm trees at Celestun in the Yucatan
(the Butterfly) -http://mariposaspanishschool.com Spanish
School and eco hotel in . Solar panels provide the power and
all the construction materials were locally sourced. Rainwater
is collected for re-use. They try to grow as much of their own
food as possible and buy their supplies from local cooperatives.
We particularly love their recommendation suggesting which clients
should stay with them and which should not!
Beach front hotel in the province
of Guanacaste. The hotel is arranged around a tropical garden
and pool with open air restaurant serving mostly vegetarian food
for up to 40 people. The hotel supports local community projects,
operates permaculture, recycling programme, grey water irrigation.
One special feature is the transformation of their old pool into
a living aquatic system with shallow areas for herons, egrets
and other wading birds plus deeper areas amongst vegetation for
protecting fish and turtles.