Archive for June, 2011

Organix: Our Top Pick for Organic Hair

Organix Coconut Milk Collection

I’m all about living and breathing my vacation. What’s even better is when my hair and skin smells like vacation too. This is why I’m a huge fan of Organix’s line of products. From Moroccan Argan Oil (derived from women’s coops) to an extensive line of amazing smelling products like: Mocha Espresso, Vanilla Silk, Grapefruit Mango Butter, Lavender Soymilk, Pomegranate Green Tea, Acai Berry Avocado, Brazilian Keratin Therapy, to my personal favorite; their Coconut Milk line of products made with organic coconut milk and ultra whipped egg white proteins along with weightless coconut oil to hydrate and nourish your hair, I feel like an island princess in the city.  Their products are not only inexpensive, sulfate free and paraben free with organic active ingredients, but they just might also be some of the best smelling hair care products on the market and they work for all hair types – including my big ass curly mop.

We give them a big thumb’s up!

http://beautypureandsimple.com/find-us

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Eco Luxury in France

Hotel Sezz Pool

We love to hear that luxury hotels like the Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez are taking environmentalism seriously. Thanks to the resort’s attention to water conservation, recycling, and energy-saving initiatives, guests can relax in guilt-free bliss in the knowledge that their ecological footprint is kept to a minimum. At the same time they can enjoy all the services and amenities of a luxury resort.

The passion for environmentalism is shown in the planning process. Interior designer Christophe Pillet, landscape architect Christophe Ponceau and hotelier Shahé Kalaidjian harmoniously integrated the hotel into the lush surrounding nature and preserved nearly all existing trees on the site. “The luxury at Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is not about the usual bling bling you might expect at the Côte d’Azur. It’s about the unique natural settings of this resort. From the start our goal was to respect and preserve the surrounding nature, and to create a hotel that fits perfectly with it,” says Kalaidjian.

In order to optimize air circulation, the bungalows and cocoons were built with extra thick walls and the windows with integrated filters that absorb ultraviolet rays. Numerous CO2 absorbing eucalyptus trees in the parking lot ensure the air is fresh and clean. The entire resort is equipped with energy saving lamps and the rooms with flat screen LED TVs. Moreover, all employees were trained in environmental matters. The products at Spa Sezz by Payot are made with primarily natural ingredients like plants and minerals. In cooperation with the Lycée Technique Don Bosco in Nice, Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez is currently developing a program for soap recycling. All used soaps from the hotel will be collected and regularly sent to the school where students learn how to recycle them.

Hotel Sezz Saint Tropez

A bit about the hotel
Located a few minutes outside Saint-Tropez, the hotel is not only a hideaway for nature lovers but also a place for peace seekers. With laurels, pines, palms and eucalyptus trees Ponceau has created the epitome of a Mediterranean garden. Like in a small Provencal village, the 37 ground-floor rooms, suites and villas are grouped around the heart of the hotel: the azure pool. Here, guests can relax and unwind on the lounge chairs and sunbeds that Christophe Pillet created. The nearest beach and the center of Saint-Tropez can easily be reached with the bikes that the hotel offers. Hotel Sezz Saint-Tropez also features a gourmet restaurant Colette headed by Pierre Gagnaire, the recently completed Spa Sezz by Payot as well as a Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar.

I’m in!

Rates from EUR 400.

The Land of Milk and Honey… and Hummus

Israeli Vineyards

This just in… some super cool packaged tours throughout… you guessed it… The Holy Land. And the holy land to me means… the land of milk and honey and wine, and hummus and hotties!
Plus, no one really thinks about it, but, the Israelis were some of the first successful communists in the good sense of the word… communal. Rocking the kibbutznik farm style, these guys managed to share and deliver duties in an eco-friendly way better than any of their predecessors in Russia or, let’s just say, Cuba. The Israelis not only developed a system of drop irrigation that is now one of the best watering solutions in the world to save water, but, as you can imagine, they also have some pretty old grape vines. So, see the deals on Israel travel and go get yourself some holistic harmony… with a side of the best hummus you’ll have in your life.
  • Israel by Kibbutz
Delve into this soul moving country while staying at a collection of traditional Israeli kibbutz.  Partake in the communal lifestyle of the Kibbutznik people firsthand as you tour this holy land.  This one is called ‘a transformative travel experience’. We believe it. We’ve been to kibbutzim and they’re a pretty cool thing.
http://www.kensingtontours.com/Tours/Egypt-and-Middle-East/Egypt-and-Holy-Land/Israel/8-Day-Israel-by-Kibbutz—-
  • Active Israel Adventure
An active alfresco adventure, you’ll get off the tour bus and cruise, scuba dive, horseback ride, bike, climb and rappel to behold all of Israel’s spellbinding sites fused together with jeep safaris, camel rides, archaeological digs, golden beaches, hot springs and more.
http://www.kensingtontours.com/Tours/Egypt-and-Middle-East/Egypt-and-Holy-Land/Israel/13-Day-Active-Israeli-Adventure-Minimum-group-of-4
  • Vineyards and Visions
Stimulate your soul and taste buds with this delectable culinary journey showcasing Israeli wine and cuisine.  Taste your way through a mosaic of vineyards and celebrated restaurants, take cooking lessons and stop at all the age-old sites along the way. Bon appetit, we say!
http://www.kensingtontours.com/Tours/Egypt-and-Middle-East/Egypt-and-Holy-Land/Israel/11-Day-Israels-Visions-and-Vineyards-Minimum-group-of-4

Eat, Pray, India

India's Nubra Valley Camels

There are few things in life worth living for and those things just may ride on the back of the Nubra Valley camel. While the wind whispers Buddhist chants, India – and the rich culture she has to offer – is beckoning you to rise to your highest self  – seek beauty and truth from the inside out.

This is why we’re sharing the latest and greatest among customized India tours and buddhist retreats. Geringer Global Travel, is offering a great summer special to India: “Beauty and Buddhism,” 13-day customized journey through northern India combining cultural immersions in local villages, visits to ancient Buddhist monasteries and palaces, rafting and optional camel riding excursions.

This 13-day trip, starting at $1,939 per person (valid through September 30, 2011), visits the thrilling cities of Delhi, Leh, Alchi, Nubra, and Agra and includes everything except international flights, some meals, and personal expenses.

Highlights include:

  • Hosted dinner with local family in Leh, the capital city of Ladakh, surrounded by the towering Himalayas
  • Invigorating rafting trip down the Indus River from Phey village to Nimu
  • Nubra Valleyknown for its unparalleled trekking and houses several Buddhist monasteries
  • Meeting with the supernatural Oracle of Sabu in the village of Ayu
  • Imperial ‘ghost city’ of Fatehpur Sikri built of sandstone by Emperor Akbar

This is a great deal for people looking to travel to India this summer so check out the website below and, if you’re seriously considering your own Eat, Pray, Love buddhist trip to India, reach out to us and perhaps you can write about it for Eco-Adventurer.com!

www.geringerglobaltravel.com

Provence Cooking School

Hotel Crillon de Brave - Provence

A lot of things are eco-friendly, but we think some of the best eco-friendly activities is grabbing some locally harvested, farm fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat and whipping them up into something special. What’s even better than that? Doing it in Provence, of course!

Nestled in the heart of Provence, the refined-rustic Hotel Crillon le Brave is offering an all-inclusive package of a five-day (six-night) cooking program, that combines the spectacular culture and cuisine of the region.

Led by new Head Chef, John Ellis, guests learn to cook authentic Provençal fare and embark on excursions through the local area, including meetings with local purveyors and wine tastings. After the chef hat comes off, guests can relax with a treatment at the hotel’s open-air spa, tour the historic village on complimentary bikes, or play on the tennis and boules courts.

Package Details

When:  October 9 – 15 and October 23 – 29

 

Organic Asparagus

Ingredients:

  • Six nights of accommodations
  • All meals (including wine), as well as cocktails upon arrival
  • Four intensive half-day cooking classes, with recipes for four complete menus to take home
  • Local explorations including truffle hunting near Mont Ventoux, wine tasting at Chateau Pesquié, and cheese sampling with Madame Vigier, a maître fromager
  • Tour of Carpentras Market, which has been in existence since 1155 and is known for being one of the best in France
  • Transportation and entry fees for all excursions included

Price

  • €2900 per person based on double occupancy; €700 single supplement fee
  • For “non-cooking” companion, the cost is €1900 if sharing a room with a “cook”. “Non-cooks” may participate in all events and meals outside of the cooking classes.

*Space is limited to eight participants per group.

To make a reservation, call +33 (0)4 90 65 61 61 or email reservations@crillonlebrave.com.

Next Up: Truffle & Wine weekends! Join a hunting excursion with an expert truffle hunter and see how dogs sniff for the black diamonds,sip local wines, and visit Isle-sur-la-Sorgue – Provençe’s antique capital. Stay tuned for dates and details!

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