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Eco Tourism

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What is Eco Tourism and how does it different from regular travel?

Obviously the “eco” part of the phrase gives you a clue that the trip will be focused on traveling to places that allow you to enjoy the planet.  But it is much more than that.

According to the definition and principles of ecotourism established by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, ecotourism is “Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990).

This means traveling with the least possible environmental impact, and visiting places where you can enjoy yourself in an ethical, sustainable way. Believe it or not, there are a lot of amazing options for eco-tourists which do not include living in a tent and going without a shower for two weeks.

Every continent has options for individuals looking to explore without leaving a huge footprint.  The focus on eco-tourism is often as much about experiencing local culture as it is getting a spa treatment.

Ecotourism is growing more rapidly than any other aspect of the tourism industry with an annual growth rate of 5%.  Those who love to explore the planet are absolutely thrilled at the prospect of being able to do so without destroying it at the same time.  Here are some excellent resources for learning more about eco-tourism:

The International Ecotourism Society

The Nature Conservancy’s Eco Tourism Page

The Ecotourism Portal

Institute of Eco Tourism

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Dubai

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Photo Credit:  Pete the Painter

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Kashmir, Pakistan

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Photo credit:  Julie Star

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Eco-Tourism in Madagascar

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Eze, France

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Blue Palace Resort and Spa Video Tour

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Top Five Spas on Earth!

Everyone is under a lot of stress these days.  Sometimes we get so wound up that a weekend trip to the seaside isn’t going to cut it.  We need serious therapy that can only be offered by a professional spa.  Most of us have had the chance to getaway for a day to the spa for some pampering, but if you’re considering some major rejuvination, here is a list of the top ten spas around the world.  You’re guaranteed to come back from these locations with a whole new outlook on life:

1.  Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand 

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Chiva Som is a luxury spa with a strong emphasis on health and wellness.  Their philosophy include holistic medicine and healing, as well as traditional pampering spa treatments.  Set on a glorious Thai beach, there are full accommodations in this self-containsd paradise.

2.  Maroma Resort and Spa, Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Considered one of the most romantic spas in the world, the Maroma sits in a jungle preserve in the heart of the Mexican caribbean, twenty miles south of Cancun.  You can stay isolated or if you start to get bored with all the pampering, head into the city to enjoy the nightlife.

3.  The Dolder Grand Resort, Zurich, Switzerland

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Originally designed as a health spa in the 1800’s, The Dolder underwent a transformation as a world-class resort, but still has 43,000 square feet of spa area.  Nestled in the mountains in Switzerland, the views are breathtaking.

4.  Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat and Spa, Queensland, Australia

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This eco-friendly spa in the heart of Australia’s gold coast emphasizes health with natural therapies, gourmet organic foods, soul-nuruting treatments and exercise.

5.  The Blue Palace Resort and Spa, Crete

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Enjoy comforting Mediterranean inspired therapies heavily influenced by seaside living.  This pristine and soothing environment will put you at ease with its ocean views and simple interiors.

 

 

 

 

March 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm 1 comment

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