Archive for the 'Ecolodge' Category

The Colony Hotel

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Colony Hotel Maine Built in 1914, this grand holiday resort sits spectacularly above the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Kennebunk River, proudly owned and operated by the Broughton family since 1948. Thanks to some very forward thinking by Jestene Broughton, The Colony became Maine’s first environmentally responsible hotel in 1989. In 1994 the hotel turned its attention to conservation and initiated the Colony Hotel Ecology Group.

Their deep commitment to providing their guests with a quality experience while maintaining the policy of respect for Nature and their surroundings is shared throughout all levels of staff. Varying degrees of on-site educational information is readily available to guests. And, for a very pleasant change you will find your in room waste-bins are conveniently separated for your trash and recyclables. The consistent attention to conservation, waste reduction, and cultural stability have helped to qualify it as a U.S. Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

Open from mid-May through late October. Situated on 112 acres, you’ll enjoy a heated outdoor saltwater pool, private safe surf beach, organic gardens, including flowers, roses, and herb. It’s an easy walk to Kennebunkport, with many area activities including golf, tennis, sea kayaking, nature trails, bicycling, boating, shopping and galleries.

For booking information, CLICK: http://www.thecolonyhotel.com/

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The organic, Ecuadorian eco-resort known as Alandaluz

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Ecuador is inch per inch (or centimeter per centimeter for the modern, metric crowd) one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth. It has something like 1,600 bird species, thousands of plant species, and an undetermined, ridiculous number of insect species.

One of the reasons that this small equator-straddling nation has so many species is because several major habitats (that are all biodiverse on their own) meet in Ecuador. For example, in the western part of the country, the extremely wet rain forests of the Choco bioregion reach their southern terminus and are replaced by the dry forests of the Tumbesian bioregion. These dry forests are restricted to western Ecuador and northwestern Peru and have become threatened due to deforestation.

One of the most important parks for protecting this type of habitat in Ecuador is Machalilla National Park. The large protected area reaches the coast near Puerto Viejo and is located near the eco-resort known as Alandaluz. Despite its costly sounding name, this hotel offers lodging for a wide variety of budgets and even welcomes the tent-carrying, camping crowd. Buildings at the lodge were constructed with driftwood from their beach and wood from sustainable forestry operations. They work at being as self sustainable as possible and thus make use of solar power and composting toilets (pretty important in this low-rain region).

They also employ a number of local people, some of whom work as guides when bringing guests to the nearby national park or their own private reserve that protects a very rare type of forest. One of the best things about this lodge, though, is their organic restaurant. The majority of the ingredients come right from on site organic gardens and the results are gourmet, absolutely delicious creations that are available for low prices!

Although you can’t swim on their beach (because of dangerous currents and rip tides), it plays host to a gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean just about every evening.

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