The Province (British Columbia, Canada)- Canwest News Service
Want to leave less of a carbon imprint during your travels? Here are the best green hotels around the world, from Travel+Leisure magazine, which partnered with Conservation International to assess properties.
1. Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada: "Sip your cocktail with a clear conscience, knowing the property's water is solar-heated, the bulbs are energy-saving compact fluorescents and the pool is treated with salt instead of chlorine."
2. Soneva Fushi Resort, Maldives: "A collection of refined, castaway-style villas, Soneva Fushi has pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by next year and achieve carbon neutrality by 2010."
3. Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka: "When viewed from afar, Heritance Kandalama resembles an ancient temple grown wild with disuse. In fact, the vegetation and location have nothing to do with neglect and everything to do with ensuring that rainwater flowing from the hills collects in the hotel's reservoir below."
4. Voyages Longitude 131, Australia: "The retreat's elevated canopy tents have solar-heated showers, a switch that lets guests control the floor-to-ceiling window blinds from the comfort of their king-size beds, and expansive views of Ayers Rock."
5. Tiamo, Bahamas: "This solar-powered, 11-bunglaow hideaway, set alongside a stretch of perfect alabaster sand on the largely undeveloped South Andros Island, uses less electricity per month than one average American household."
6. Whitepod, Switzerland: "Set in the Swiss Alps near Aigle, the nine Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic domes may be electricity-free, but they keep things cosy with plush organic bedding, sheepskin throws and fireplaces fuelled with sustainably harvested wood."
7. Devils' Thumb Ranch, Colorado: "Sixteen airy cabins and a soon-to-open lodge are all heated and cooled entirely with fireplaces and geothermal energy. Best yet, the owners have limited their development to only one per cent of the land, leaving the rest free for guests -- and elk, moose, bears and beavers -- to roam."
8. El Nido Resorts, Philippines: "Guest cottages on stilts are set