Archive for April, 2012

The Latest Resource for Eco-Friendly Hotels

Six Senses - Maldives

Six Senses - Maldives

We had the pleasure of meeting the founder of Kiwi Collection several years in Los Angeles when we were working with Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. He was a lovely gentleman and we enjoyed watching what he was doing with luxury property curation unfold. Kiwi Collection is, for those who may not know, the world’s largest collection of curated luxury hotels. Something like a combination between Design Hotels, Leading Hotels of the World, and Tablet Hotels, with a contemporary chic/discerning POV. So, when we heard that they had just unveiled their list of the world’s most eco-friendly luxury hotels and resorts, we were thrilled. The world needed that. They’re focusing on highlighting the best of eco-friendly hotels; luxury properties from around the globe which demonstrate outstanding commitment to sustainable operations, conservation and preservation, both on-site and in their communities. That’s what we’re talkin’ about!

Cavallo Point Logdge - SF

Cavallo Point Lodge - SF

Together with the help of eco-expert, author and award-winning architect, Hitesh Mehta, Kiwi Collection has handpicked hotels and resorts that are forerunners in the eco-luxury sector worldwide. Although the selection currently only features 20 properties, they hope to see the list expand as hoteliers respond to the demand by travellers for environmentally friendly and sustainable travel worldwide. The selection is the result of extensive research undertaken to identify those properties showing the most innovation in important areas such as alternative energy sources, including extracting biodiesel from coconuts and utilising hot water from natural springs, re-forestation and plantation programmes, reverse-osmosis irrigation systems, marine ecology, and sustainable initiatives to bolster local communities.  

Check it out, but below is the complete list of Kiwi Collection’s Eco Friendly hotels, alphabetized by region:

www.kiwicollection.com/luxury/eco

Enjoy!

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Upcycled Travel Kits For the Feel Good Traveller

TerraCycle's Upcycled Travel Dopp Kit

We’re huge fans of the upcycled and recycled eco-friendly goods on the Uncommon Goods website so we had to share. What’s more? The TerraCycle upcycled tent dopp kit, tote bag, and lunch sack  are all handmade in the U.S.

Instead of using new material and resources for products, the items are made from tent material that would have otherwise gone to waste. This means that not only is the material durable, it’s also stain-resistant, water-resistant, and light.

The perfect travel items for dirty little eco jetsetters like you! They also have a variety of other goods and accessories (jewelry, office goods, wallets, and bags) so check it out and see if anything tickles your feel good fancy.

Dopp kit: $38.00
Tote bag: $46.00
Lunch sack: $38.00

www.uncommongoods.com

Kiss My Face Peace Soap

 

Kiss My Face Pomegranate Acai Soap

Kiss My Face Pomegranate Acai Soap

We love pomegranates… oh the glowing red orbs that hold the promise of sweet and sour juicy delight! Powerful on your taste buds – and even more powerful on your skin – these little garnet morsels are chock full of antioxidants… which is why an eco-adventuring goddess like me must consider them for all things beauty too.

Enter: Kiss My Face Peace Soap in Pomegranate Acai.

Available at Whole Foods or directly through their website, it carries excellent skin care benefits including moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties. We also like the soap because The Kiss My Face Peace Soap supports Seeds of Peace, an organization that aims to develop relationships and leadership skills among young people from regions of conflict. Kiss My Face will support Seeds of Peace by donating 10% of all profits from Peace Soap to this organization. Here are just a few benefits:

Kiss My Face Peace Soap in Pomegranate Acai

  • Soap is formulated with 100% natural ingredients including olive, coconut and jojoba oil
  • Jojoba seals in moisture while coconut and olive oil relieve dryness on skin from head to toe and also makes an excellent shave gel
  • A healthy alternative to traditional shampoos and conditioners (contains olive oil to condition and add shine)
  • Gentle enough to be used for everything from bathing pets and washing clothes to household cleaning
  • Makes a great bubble bath; can be combined with honey to create an effective facial cleanser (simply pour the castile soap into the palm of your hand, add the honey and blend it with the tip of your finger, massage the mixture into your face until it forms a lather and rinse!) 
  • Formulation is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and good for cleaning just about anything! 

So check it out. Just try not to eat it or drink it down. Let your face do that part.

Retails: $2.99 – $9.99

All Kiss My Face: Whole Foods and KissMyFace.com

 

12 National Park Adventures Off the Beaten Path

Olympic National Park - Washington

Olympic National Park - Washington

Summer is prime time for venturing to national parks and that means crowds—unless you know where to go. From Washington to Maine, check out the parks below and the May issue of Outside as they round up 12 adventures that will have you exploring the emptiest quarters of our most spectacular landscapes!

FLOAT FREE WATER in OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, WASHINGTON

Olympic’s Elwha River is in the midst of a dam removal project that will free some 70 miles of rollicking whitewater. Scope out the demolition from the observation spot, and then make for the whitewater. Next: a 1.5-mile stand-up-paddleboard trip across the placid lake.

CROSS THE BORDER in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, MONTANA & WATERTON LAKES PARK, ALBERTA

Pack a passport and credit card, but keep it light for this six-day mission through the most majestic scenery south of Alaska. Start the trek in Whitefish, Montana, make your way through Logan Pass and continue the picturesque journey across the border into Waterton Lake.

Acadia National Park - Maine

Acadia National Park - Maine

BUY LOBSTER OFF THE BOAT in ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, MAINE

The only thing better than paddling between empty islands for a few days? Doing so on a diet of fresh lobster. Rent a sea kayak and paddle six miles to Isle Au Haut—with a pot, gear bag and stove in tow—and head off to one of the many nearby islands to flag down a lobster boat.

GO DARK in BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, UTAH

On May 20, a swath of American West will catch an almost complete solar eclipse. There’s no better place to see this spooky phenomenon than Bryce Canyon. In Bryce, the eclipse ends just a minute before sunset, meaning that within two hours you’ll see the sun set, rise and set again.

PADDLE AMONG ICEBERGS in GLACIER BAY NATIONAL PARK, ALASKA

A 65-mile long notch carved into 3.2 million acres of protected wilderness, Glacier Bay is a of Alaskan hallmarks. From June through August, Alaska Mountain guides can guide you through on an eight-day sea kayaking expedition, during which paddlers cover four to eight miles a day.

Glacier Bay National Park - Alaska (c)RoguesScholartim

Glacier Bay National Park - Alaska (c)RoguesScholartim

GET DIRTY in GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE, COLORADO

Set among southern Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Great Sand Dunes is a terrific place to enjoy the splendors of nature. Sand sledding and sandboarding are serious business around these parts—the park has 19,000 acres of dunes reaching 750 feet, open year round.

CLIMB IN WONDERLAND in JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA

Most Joshua Tree visitors are content to traipse around the desert, gawking at geologic formations but if you want to get on top of one, pack your harness, rack and rope. There are more than 7,500 routes here, a mix of bolted and trad, all of them on remarkably clean monzogranite rock.

ONE-UP THE GRAND in GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING

To climb the 13,770-foot Grand Teton, you need professional-grade skills, or a $1,000 guide. The beauty of the Grand’s neighbor, the 12,804-foot Middle Teton, is that it’s a lot less likely to kill you, and offers the same crazy views. (In fact, the view form the Middle Teton is arguably better, since it includes the Grand.)

Isle Royale National Park - Michigan

Isle Royale National Park - Michigan

SEE A WOLF in ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK, MICHIGAN

This 45-mile long, nine-mile-wide wilderness is tough to reach: plopped in the northwest corner of rugged Lake Superior. That isolation accounts for the island’s most famous residents: a pack of gray wolves that has dwindled to just 16 members. Traverse the 40-mile trail, keep quiet, and you might catch a glimpse.

PLUS: A primer on the best existing bike-friendly trails in the national park system including Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaBig South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Tennessee and New River Gorge National River, West Virginia.

Check out the full feature on OutsideOnline

A Fitness Weekend in Falmouth

Yoga on the Beach say 'Hey'

One of our Falmouth faves is celebrating Spring (a time when most are looking to shed a few of those extra winter pounds in preparation for summer). The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, located on Buzzards Bay in North Falmouth, has the perfect fix to jump start diet and exercise routines with its Fun & Fitness Getaway Weekend from April 14-16, 2012. This action packed workout schedule will have guests ready to hit Old Silver Beach kicking off with an hour long, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning Zumba dance class. Following a light lunch at Red’s, Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s ocean front restaurant and lounge, guests will enjoy a Pilates class that aims to condition, strengthen and tone the body from head to toe.

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel's Quaint Lobby

After a healthy Dinner at Red’s, the weekend continues as guests and local residents are invited to dance the night away in a Salsa & Swing dance class from 7 to 11 p.m. After a well-earned rest, a tranquil yoga class awaits on Sunday morning, followed by a balanced breakfast with a nutritionist who will be on hand for guests seeking advice on putting their eating habits and food plans on the fast track to success. Those looking to head outdoors are encouraged to grab a bike and hit the trail, or enjoy a walk on the sands of Old Silver Beach. The fitness weekend is a value-packed program ideal for singles and couples with or without family and friends. Movies, munchies and martinis will be available from 6 to 11 p.m. on Sunday night as well as breakfast before check out on Monday morning.

Starting at $345/night (for two)

www.seacrestbeachhotel.com

 

 

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