An easier way to put this may be to say what is NOT an Eco Resort?
- Any place with A/C
- Any place with a swimming pool that is pumped
- Any place that lights the night sky
- Any place that clears the trees away and replaces them with a floral garden and a lawn.
These guys (below) get a little more Eco warrior in their approach.
Eco friendly, green conscious, environmentally friendly, sustainable tourism, ecotourism … what does it all mean? In a world that is awash with buzzwords how do you know what is really green and what is just Greenwash? Is it Eco to pollute the night sky with bright lights?, or to tear away at the ozone with A/C? Or to offer nail polishing and call yourself a Spa?
Caribbean Eco resorts is a place to find extreme Eco consciousness, magical, lush, tropical escapes where the A/C is not running wild with The Worlds resources... where natural cooling from mountain or trade wind breezes flutter the candle flame and the walls barely exist.
Guests are encouraged to bring along headlamps, torches and car chargers for any phones or camera batteries that were not left at home. Any electricity used is renewable energy (wind, solar, BioGas, water power etc). Accommodation tends to have less concrete, more natural products. The structures are made of wood or bamboo or canvas. Other sustainable materials are used , but the whole point is that there is little between you and the nature outside that you came (and paid) to see and feel.
From Caribbean Eco Resorts
A phrase that is essentially entwined with Eco Resort is Ecolodge. An Ecolodge can be defined as ... An industry label used to identify a nature-dependent tourist lodge that meets the philosophy and principles of Ecotourism.
Essentially, Ecolodges will offer you an alternative view of the natural destination and bring you into much more contact with the local people.
The Ecolodges/Resorts will have bought materials locally, hired locally and eat locally. No wonder they are seen as such a positive form of tourism by poor countries. Compared with an all inclusive resort that hires globally, eats globally, and uses materials bought from the cheapest source to build with, an Eco resort is a God send.
If you are going to stay at an Ecolodge (How about this one right here?) there are several things you can expect from your vacation experience. According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), a good ecolodge should:
- Provide comfortable rooms and common areas that reflect the designs and heritage of the local culture
- Offer a natural setting that has been carefully preserved and contains local plant life
- Use locally harvested and sustainable and/or recyclable building materials
- Purchase food from local farmers
- Use environmentally-friendly energy, water and waste systems
- Offer opportunities for interaction with local owners, managers, staff and guides
What is an Eco resort? It is the only desirable future that tourism can have.
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