Eco Friendly Hotels – Hotels Keeping it Green!

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When booking some amazing getaways why not check out some  ‘green-certified’ hotels have gone above and beyond to ensure sustainable practices that are keeping the Earth happy and healthy. With  Earth Day’s 45th Anniversary right around the corner (April 22 to be exact) wouldn’t this be a fun way to celebrate? From Ecoventura’s wind turbines in the Galapagos to Turtle Beach resort’s solar-heating system and ecological landscaping in Barbados,Here are five hotels and cruises that are certifiably green.
Hotels Keeping it Green
Perched atop the warm, white sands of Barbados’ south coast, the all-inclusive Green Globe certified Turtle Beach resort is making strides to reduce its ecological footprint. Earth-friendly practices include utilizing native plants in the resort landscaping to limit the introduction of invasive species, using an ultra efficient solar water heating and inverter technology system, and opting for recycled supplies like biodegradable and compostible trash bags. New initiatives will include capturing rain water for re-use and switching in-room shampoos and soaps to all-natural Aveda products. Join the green side by visiting to book.

Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater, Florida

Sandpearl Beach View

Recognized as Florida’s first Silver LEED Certified resort, the Sandpearl Resort is rooted in a dozen sustainable practices to keep the natural beauty of Florida’s Gulf Coast ecosystem intact.  These practices include installing a geothermal pool heating system that cut costs and energy, chilled water air-conditioning to provide long-term energy savings, as well in-room energy management systems that adjusts the temperatures in unoccupied rooms to reduce energy waste. Additionally, a vertical garden was recently installed in the organic fine dining restaurant, Caretta on the Gulf, to provide guests with freshly grown herbs and micro-greens in their organic dishes and cocktails.  To book your next ‘green’ vacation, visit or call 866.384.2995.
Ecoventura, Galapagos Islands
Ecoventura Letty
Cruising through the Galapagos on custom built mega-yachts, Ecoventura is a SmartVoyager-certified operation committed to minimizing the impact of tourism on the Galapagos Islands by protecting the environment and bringing guests face-to-face with the islands’ famed wildlife. Sustainable practices include serving locally inspired gourmet cuisine to reduce the risk of introducing foreign plants and insects to the ecosystem, and operating two unique itineraries with small group land embarkations. One vessel has even installed 40 solar panels and two wind turbines to minimize carbon emissions. Experience personal animal encounters with Darwin’s legendary wildlife, while working to preserve the region by visiting or calling 1-800–633-7972.
Marriott Haiit Lobby Entrance
In an effort to support local businesses and sustainable practices, the Marriott Port-au-Prince Hotel sources many of its needs locally through community partnerships and incorporates a number of eco-friendly design elements including solar panels for heating water, energy-efficient light sources, room occupancy sensors and disperse control faucets. But the ecological elements don’t stop at the design — hotel suites offer locally branded bath products, which are packaged entirely out of recycled materials and feature all-natural ingredients like oil, herbs and nuts native to Haiti. By working with local producers to reduce carbon waste production, the hotel aims to reduce its energy consumption by 2% per year. To book your eco-friendly vacation on an island that truly displays Earth’s beauty, visit
The Palms Hotel & Spa, Miami Beach, Florida
The Palms Hotel & Spa Garden
Focusing on health and total wellness, The Palms Hotel & Spa puts environmental awareness at the forefront of each guest experience. Through a comprehensive “Inspired by Nature” program that includes green initiatives for reducing, re-using and recycling, beach clean-ups, an in-house Green Team and participation in the Sustainable Hospitality Council, the oceanfront resort has been recognized as one of the only hotels in Miami Beach to be awarded by Green Key Global with a 4 Green Keys rating. The Palms also won the Sustainable South Florida Award by the Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Silver Level Green Leader Certification, and The Green Award from The Real Estate Council’s 2nd Annual City National Bank Better Beach Awards, among others. For the opportunity to participate in a hands-on, beach clean-up while vacationing in style, visit to book.
Ready to vacation? Make sure and check out these fantastic hotels and book your next vacation with Fun and green in mind!
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  • Reply Deborah D

    It is such a nice thing that these hotels are doing.

    April 16, 2016 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply kath g

    Those places are so beautiful, and eco friendly too….they would be such ideal vacation spots.

    October 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Lea

    We will have to look for ‘green-certified’ hotels on our next vacation. These hotels and destinations look wonderful.

    September 19, 2015 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Rosie

    I never considered a green vacation – it makes perfect sense – what better way to see so many beautiful places and supporting businesses that are doing what they can for the environment.

    September 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Eva D

    I love when hotels are eco friendly. This hotel looks beautiful and I will make sure to stay there on my next Florida vacation

    May 13, 2015 at 7:23 am
  • Reply lisa

    I have never been to Florida. I hear it gets very hot and humid. I love the photos. It looks like a pretty place.

    April 24, 2015 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Laurie P

    Great post! Makes me want to go on vacation!

    April 21, 2015 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Denise Beeman

    Greener resorts are the way of the future

    April 17, 2015 at 11:18 am
  • Reply katie smith

    can i just go there now. I would love to be there and not at home paying bills

    April 17, 2015 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Lynnette Brown

    I hope this becomes more the norm rather than the exception.

    April 17, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Bree B

    A vacation would be wonderful

    April 17, 2015 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Amanda Giovannone

    amazing!!! I wish 🙁

    April 17, 2015 at 10:52 am
  • Reply Morgan E.

    Oh man! I want to go on a vacation!!! I could use a vacation! lol

    April 17, 2015 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Ashley

    id love to go to any of those places!!

    April 17, 2015 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Kam Kay

    Daydreaming right now! So beautiful and doing such amazing job of keeping it green!

    April 17, 2015 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Amber Ludwig

    I would love to stay and support a green hotel!! I would pay more to stay at one actually!!! More places across the world should think to go green 🙂 Inspire and support the change you want to see in the world!!

    April 17, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Joline Metcalfe

    I love that hotels are doing this! Hopefully more hotels start doing this!

    April 17, 2015 at 9:51 am
  • Reply casey r

    too bad none are local haha

    April 17, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Emilie

    Wow!! So beautiful

    April 17, 2015 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Rachel K.

    I love that there are businesses that care about the environment and I love supporting places like this, particularly when they are related to the tourist kndustry.

    April 17, 2015 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Sarah Elyce

    I would love to support hotels that are eco-friendly.

    April 17, 2015 at 8:47 am
  • Reply Kim Wriston

    Travelling far isn’t in our near future, but some of those look so refreshing and right up my alley! I love that several mention offering all-natural bath products in room.

    April 17, 2015 at 8:26 am
  • Reply Kim D

    It’s too bad that traveling in general has such a large impact on the environment. It’s great these hotels are helping be more green but they are still contributing harm to our planet.

    April 17, 2015 at 8:06 am
  • Reply mariko lafontaine

    I need some vacations and this hotel seems perfect!

    April 17, 2015 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Jessica Lodge

    The hotel industry has traditionally been one of the most wasteful. It’s nice to see some of them making changes. Hopefully more will follow suite.

    April 17, 2015 at 2:15 am
  • Reply Lynn Desroche

    I love supporting businesses that employ more green practices. These locations are just spectacular and I will keep them in mind when planning my next vacation.

    April 17, 2015 at 1:11 am
  • Reply Jenn H

    holy cow thats luxurious but i love that they’re making attempts to be more ‘green’

    April 17, 2015 at 12:28 am
  • Reply Heather Johnson

    Looks like a fabulous hotel!

    April 16, 2015 at 10:29 pm
  • Reply Cassandra rae

    I’m always trying to be greener in life. Vacation is always a tricky thing. Flying uses up a lot of non reusable resources like oil. I love the idea of a hotel trying to to be eco friendly that’s awesome !

    April 16, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  • Reply kelly mcgrew

    absolutely beautiful! it is amazing that Florida is located in the US but looks like a slice of paradise! no passport needed! i have to keep this in mind the next time i plan a trip for fun in the sun 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply Catherine Aders

    This is an interesting article. I never would have thought about hotels being eco-friendly. It is refreshing to know they are working to keep the world greener. 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Carrie Barron

    I would love to visit any of these places! Absolutely beautiful!

    April 16, 2015 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Kristina CS

    Looks beautiful!

    April 16, 2015 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Kristin D

    It’s great to see that these large upscale resorts are making an effort to be more sustainable. I hope this catches on to other hotels, and perhaps even home builders.

    April 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Anel

    I didn’t realize there were green hotels out there. Great to know! These pictures are amazing!

    April 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Cassandra Huber

    Oh my goodness, the beauty of those destinations! I’m sure that the reason they stay so gorgeous is because the hotels are eco friendly.

    April 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply LMarie Weeks

    if only if only those resorts look AMAZING!!

    April 16, 2015 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Tiffinie

    Looks beautiful and a great idea. Looks like a great to relax and enjoy a vacation

    April 16, 2015 at 7:58 pm
  • Reply Kristin Parkin

    They looked beautiful! Makes me want to take a vacation now! 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Kristina L

    These hotels look beautiful. It makes me want to go on a beach vacation soon!

    April 16, 2015 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply Jeanette E.

    Yes, yes, yes!! Send me to all of those!! I love Clearwater and I watched a special on the Turtle resort. I would love to see some sand and ocean now. That’s fantastic that they’re green. I noticed hotels slowed on washing sheets to save water (and I’m sure manpower), really great to see them taking more steps to help the earth.

    April 16, 2015 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Jo-Ann Brightman

    I am glad that some hotels are using sustainable practices. I would love to be there now.

    April 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Danielle Lovejoy

    I want to go on vacation now!

    April 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Krissie M

    That water makes me wanna go swimming. Sigh. Now I wish I could go on a much needed vacation. lol

    April 16, 2015 at 6:53 pm
  • Reply Katie cole

    The water looks amazing!

    April 16, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Wow, those look like perfect vacations. I love that the Sandpearl Resort is so eco-friendly. I am excited that they have that restaurat “Caretta on the Gulf” that has organic options. I like to eat organic foods, and traveling makes it really difficult to find foods that work for me. This would be perfect!

    April 16, 2015 at 5:23 pm
  • Reply Alix K

    We have a LEED certified hotel here in Tallahassee, Fl. Go Seminoles! 🙂

    April 16, 2015 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Amy P

    I would especially like to visit Ecoventura in the Galapagos. I visited Yachana Lodge on the other side of Ecuador, and it was a pretty awesome eco-tourism adventure.

    April 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Rekha

    The LEED certification really caught my eye! I appreciate that more and more businesses are attempting to do this, and that makes me very happy!

    These resorts look wonderful… wish I were by those pools right about now!

    April 16, 2015 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Veronica Bohan

    I want to go

    April 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Kelly T

    lovely! Looks like my kind of place!

    April 16, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Nicole Hardin

    Yes vacation please:-)

    April 16, 2015 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Tracy Robertson

    They are all beautiful, and now I am daydreaming about taking vacation!

    April 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm
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    April 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Emily R

    looks nice!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply Kayla Coleman

    I had no idea there were green hotels and all these pictures are beyond beautiful! I need a vacation lol.

    April 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm
  • Reply Kayla

    That’s awesome! I had never heard of “green” vacationing before, so glad to know it’s an option!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Amanda Jordan

    We take some of our reusable products with us like our diapers, wipes, etc.

    April 16, 2015 at 3:44 pm
  • Reply Rebecca Fogle

    I love this green dream!!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:41 pm
  • Reply donna taylor

    I think it is an awesome idea and really beautiful!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:38 pm
  • Reply lisa ward

    Just absolutely beautiful. .. what a wonderful concept going green !!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Reply Laura B

    We right next to Miami Beach but have never stayed at a hotel there, lol. Born and raised here too!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply Carey Hurst

    This is fab, I love the solar use . Need a vast more places to become energy conscious.

    April 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  • Reply StaceyN

    Gorgeous!!! Love it.

    April 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Gina Hiskes

    For now all I can do is look at these pictures and dream!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Jacquelyn Matties

    I had no idea there were green certified hotels!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Reply Diana

    Looks amazing! Wish I could afford to go!

    April 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Angela

    Would love to go but just a dream lol

    April 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply Gresham

    LEED certified is definitely the standard to aim for. It’s great to see the hotel industry embrace some green thinking.

    April 14, 2015 at 12:57 am
  • Reply susan king

    I love this so much and would love to be there right now !!

    April 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm
  • Reply Tammy Schweitzer Catterton

    I wish the whole world would keep the world green . Plus stop littering this world with trash everywhere put in the trash can not on the ground plus use non harsh products

    April 13, 2015 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply Stephanie Sangatanan

      Much needed!! I think ppl r more wasteful on vacatuob

      April 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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