WANDERLUST sustainability makes it the embodiment of ecotourism at its best .
Conservation ’ s A Beach Fancy watching ospreys , whales , or Australian Snub Fin Dolphins from the comfort of your private verandah ? Situated on the northernmost headland of a 2km stretch of untainted Port Douglas coastline , the Thala Beach Lodge provides eco-friendly accommodation coupled with a range of unique activities . Conservation is among their top priorities , having achieved the highest level of Advanced Eco Certification for resorts and hotels . Built out of sustainable materials in a low impact style , its location in the Thala Beach Nature Reserve enables guests to come into contact with a diverse environment comprising of a myriad of habitats .
Credit : Thala Beach Lodge
Conservation begins with awareness , and Thala is well-placed to expose guests to the fragility of nature . Being surrounded by beaches and forests , the retreat offers private access to beaches , allowing guests to take long evening walks or explore the many sheltered coves . For the wild at heart , there are free guided tours through the rainforest with rangers sharing information on the native flora and fauna .
Green Glamour You don ’ t build a hotel in a city called Greensboro and not be environmentally conscious . The locally-owned Proximity Hotel in North Carolina , United States , certainly takes its cue from the city name , being the first hotel in America to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ( LEED ) Platinum certification from the U . S . Green Building Council . Everything in the green hotel , from the customised furnishings to modern guestrooms , are designed to meet the national benchmark for the design , construction and operation of high performance green buildings .
Using ultra efficient materials and the latest construction technology has allowed Proximity Hotel to operate on 39.2 % less energy than a conventional hotel or restaurant . Guestrooms are fitted with large , energy efficient “ operable ” windows to light interiors