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Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa
Daintree, Queensland, Australia

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is a unique hideaway with  15 tranquil rainforest “Bayans” (houses) nestled amongst the world’s oldest living rainforest, reinforcing the impression of being “at one with nature”, yet still providing all the creature comforts of a boutique spa retreat. Ecotourism is a proactive tool within our sustainable tourism framework that Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa utilizes to protect and preserve the property’s natural environments (rainforest, river systems & mangroves), biodiversity, ecosystems and the rich Aboriginal cultural heritage, while at the same time generating sustainable business development in the tourism and hospitality operations of the Eco Lodge.

Daintree Spa

Immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings, listen to the birds and the natural sounds of the Daintree, and indulge in treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for your total well being, providing you with life enhancing tools to take home … relaxing massages, nutritional body wraps to hydrate and to soothe, luscious facials to rejuvenate. The rainforest Aboriginal people have named this place ‘Wawu-karrba’ – healing of the spirit. Daintree is home to the spiritual ancestors of the Kuku Yalanji tribe.  Daintree Spa harnesses these potent natural forces to create a healing environment that is unique and not found anywhere else in the world.

Natural Ingredients

The integration of the wisdom of ancient cultures, medicines, spirituality and healing is offered in the spa treatments and naturopathy modalities. The spa utilizes its custom Daintree Essentials, the only skincare range which uses wild, native and natural ingredients from the Daintree Rainforest and Daintree spring water – the purest water in Australia.  Daintree Essentials incorporates the principles of aroma, colour, phyto and thalasso therapies in combination with the Kuku Yalanji healing principles. Synergistically combined ingredients balancing the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and aether to create a unique experience for the mind, body, soul and spirit.  Daintree Essentials are environmentally sustainable and eco friendly, Paraben free, have no artificial colour or fragrance, are free from mineral oils and petrochemicals, ph-balanced, and vegan.

Amenities and Activities

In addition to the Daintree Wellness Spa, the Lodge offers an undercover swimming pool with sun deck, and is home to the acclaimed Julaymba Restaurant & Aboriginal Art Gallery.   The lodge has a tour desk offering an array of tours covering ecotourism, rainforest, reef, river  and Aboriginal cultural activities, and arranges for  transfer services available to/from Cairns city, the airport and Port Douglas.  The Lodge offers Wireless Internet Access.

Awards

2012 World’s Leading Eco Lodge – World Travel Awards
2011 Best Hotel in Australia – Down Under Live Awards UK
2011 Best Luxury Eco Tourism Property – Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List AU
2010 Best Luxury Eco Tourism in the World – Luxury Travel Magazine
2009 World’s Leading Eco Lodge – World Travel Awards
2009 Australasias’s Leading Green
Hotel – World Travel Awards
2009 World’s Best Eco Spa – Finalist – Spa Asia
2009 Top 50 Eco-Lodges of The World – National Geographic Adventure USA

 


ALASKA


Chena Hot Springs Resort
Near Fairbanks, Alaska
The resort is truly a one-of-a-kind destination whether you are interested in Aurora viewing tours, relaxing in the hot springs, enjoying an “appletini” in the Aurora Ice Museum, getting a fabulous therapeutic massage, taking dog sled or cart rides, enjoying flight-seeing tours or any of the other fabulous activities offered year-round.  Owner Bernie Karl has a passion for the environment and assures the resort is environmentally friendly, using geothermal technology to power it.  Geothermal technology keeps resort heated and the Aurora Ice Museum a cool 25 degrees Fahrenheit inside year-round. The geothermal heated greenhouses produce lettuce and tomatoes for the resort’s restaurant and 50+ employees on a year-round basis with a few different types of fruit grown for good measure. Chena is a scenic 60 miles from Fairbanks.   In addition to our relaxing hot springs, a free daily geothermal renewable energy tour offers guests an opportunity to learn more about our energy saving projects by touring the Power Plant, Chena Greenhouses and ice museum absorption chiller. Shuttle available.



CALIFORNIA


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley
American Canyon
LEED GoldExperience the soothing sanctuary of DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley – American Canyon, the world’s first Gold LEED-certified hotel. Located just 9 miles from Napa, this environmentally friendly American Canyon hotel is within easy access of Highway 29. Feel pampered at the tropically inspired Spa Gaia. Unwind with a range of restorative treatments, blending the latest skin care and healthy lifestyle philosophies with soothing, traditional Eastern therapies. Plunge into the outdoor pool, re-energize in the modern fitness center or simply relax beside the peaceful lagoon and admire the cascading waterfall and swans.

Gaia Anderson Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
Anderson, California
LEED SilverIt’s no coincidence that Gaia Shasta Hotel takes its name from the Greek word “gaia,” meaning Mother Earth. It’s one thing to claim you’re environmentally friendly. It’s another to prove it in everything you do. Gaia Shasta Hotel, the first entirely eco-friendly hotel in the Shasta Cascade Region of Northern California, does just that. It is LEED Silver certified.  Visit us to learn how Gaia, Greek for Mother Earth, lives up to her name. The Gaia Hotel is located off Interstate 5, just 11 miles from Redding, 150 miles from Sacramento and just minutes from the Redding Municipal Airport.   Gaia Shasta Hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor Saline pool and hot tub, and wireless Internet access.  LEED Silver Certified.

Oceano Hotel & Spa
Half Moon Bay, California
California Green LodgingLocated on the edge of the Northern California Coast and steps from the picturesque Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay, Oceano Hotel and Spa is a place where the views are the primary amenity. The natural surroundings are classically incorporated into exquisite interiors with exceptional comfort and charming seaport architecture. All ninety five luxuriously appointed suites include fireplaces and private balconies with panoramic views of the harbor, ocean and coastal mountain range. The hotel is adjacent to a quaint seaside shopping lane where guests can enjoy unique restaurants, cafés, and boutiques. After shopping and exploring local coast side culture and activities, guests can retreat to their private veranda to relax, unwind, and watch a spectacular harbor sunset. The superb location, situated just west of the famed California Highway 1, and only 25 minutes from San Francisco International Airport, makes Oceano Hotel and Spa a premier oceanside destination for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area.    Member of the California Green Lodging Program.

Portola Hotel & Spa
Monterey, California
California Green Lodging
Take a step away from the ordinary and toward the excitement of Monterey Bay at the Portola Hotel & Spa, a relaxing waterfront retreat surrounded by unique shopping, fine dining, spectacular coastal trails and beaches, and the rich historical setting of Old Monterey. Our hotel in Monterey boasts an ideal location near Carmel by the Sea, Big Sur, Carmel Valley, 17-Mile Drive and the world class Pebble Beach Golf Links.  Stay in an elegantly appointed guestroom or suite that feels more like home than a hotel.   Work in style in more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space and a location adjacent to the Monterey Conference Center.  Savor fresh, sustainable California cuisine at Jacks Restaurant & Lounge.  Grab a bite and catch the game at Monterey’s only craft brewery, Peter B’s Brewpub.  Rejuvenate at Spa on the Plaza, Monterey’s #1 full-service day spa.  Take in Monterey’s natural beauty on the nearby Monterey Bay Coastal trail. Work out on state-of-the-art Cybex equipment in our newly renovated complimentary fitness center or relax in a playful cabana at our outdoor plunge pool.

Casa Ojai Inn
Ojai, California
California Green Lodging
We are nestled among the Topa Topa Mountains in Ojai, California conveniently located near the quaint Ojai Village and across from the newly renovated Soule Park Golf Course, which has been awarded a 4 star rating from Golf Digest. Hotel guests will find Ojai an ideal location for day-trips to the Los Padres National Forest and Lake Casitas for fishing, hiking, biking, and climbing experiences. Remember to bring a swim suit for the water holes that you may discover as you are exploring the natural beauty. A complimentary expanded continental breakfast is served daily. Guests will enjoy a refreshing swim in our Salt-Water pool and Jacuzzi and sunbathing on our spacious sundeck. Our guests can enjoy discounts for spa services at the Ojai Day Spa, just steps away from the hotel, or stay fit with complimentary passes to the Bryant Street Gym.

Doral Desert Princess Resort
Palm Springs, California
California Green Lodging
Invitingly upscale, Doral Desert Princess Resort is a full-service conference center hotel located minutes from downtown Palm Springs, California. The Doral resort is situated on 345 meticulously maintained acres that include 27 holes of championship golf, a resort spa, 10 tournament-style tennis courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool, and 23,000 square feet of conference and banquet space. Stunning views of the San Jacinto Mountains complement the captivating desert landscape that surrounds the hotel. Experience a desert haven of tranquility at Doral Desert Princess Resort where all of your needs are met.  Our Palm Springs spa packages are designed for the ultimate spa vacation to rejuvenate and invigorate the body and mind. Our newly renovated, full-service spa offers a complete menu of spa treatments including traditional massage therapies, signature body treatments, and salon services. Linger in the Jacuzzi or swim laps in the heated swimming pool before or after your spa treatment.

Costanoa Lodge & Spa
Pescadero, California
Spa Index Green SpasCostanoa is an eco adventure resort designed to encourage guests to explore the stunning beauty of the  protected California coastline and discover the Pace of Nature.  Accommodations include rooms in the main lodge, cabins throughout the property, Tent Bungalows, and a pet-friendly campground with RV Access.  A menu of touch-based spa and wellness treatments include several massage modalities, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, blanket wraps, as well as saunas and hot tubs.  Onsite amenities include a general store, full service dining bar and grill and BBQs, and activities include an excellent kids camp, horseback riding, hiking, and more.  We are committed to providing genuine service, unique accommodations, California coastal cuisine, as well as a variety of spa and adventure activities using sustainable methods to create a quality experience for our guests in a natural environment.   Through sustainable wealth, we foster joy and wellness while sharing our unique resort.

Catamaran Resort & Spa 
San Diego, California
California Green Lodging
Welcome to our San Diego hotel that awakens the senses, relaxes the body and soothes the soul. Explore hidden gardens of over 1,000 types of eclectic plants and flowers, exotic birds, 100 varieties of palm trees, and 30 types of hibiscus. Surround yourself with striking sunsets, the splendor of secluded sandy beaches, and the sights and sounds of nature all in one place.   The Catamaran Spa is much more than a day spa, with views of Mission Bay, a waterfront therapy pool and all the amenities you would expect from a world class spa, it is easy to see why people call us San Diego’s Best Spa.    With Mission Bay on one side and Pacific Beach on our other, activities like boat rentals and surfing are the best ways to make the perfect beach hotel package.  Your best discounted rates for San Diego hotels can be found in our packages. Add discounted Sea World tickets, San Diego Zoo tickets or just make it a bed and breakfast package to save even more.

SUDzzz Eco Friendly Day Spa
Soquel, California
SUDzzz Eco-Friendly Day Spa is a little hidden treasure, located in warm and cozy lil’ cottage on the Soquel Farm with a beautiful, rustic countryside setting a mile from Soquel Village in Soquel (Santa Cruz), California. SUDzzz is an Eco-Friendly Day Spa.  For the past three years owner Sarai Thomas has been studying renewable resources and green building. When she created SUDzzz, she decided to apply what she learned about green building by using recycled materials in the spa together with  a splash of class.  SUDzzz is an exceptional little spa that uses only high end natural, organic skin and body care products in an atmosphere of quiet comfort where you will receive stellar service. Those services include SONYA DAKAR Eco-Friendly Facials –  SUDzzz is the first Green Spa in the Bay Area to carry Sonya Dakar “Nutrasphere” Green Skincare Line. SUDzzz also offers FARM HOUSE FRESH body treatments.  The service menu includes vinotherapy, acne, anti-aging and soothing specialized facials, including masques and peels; a variety of massage modalities and body scrubs; hydrotherapy in a stunning copper tub infused with aromatics; hair removal with sugaring and waxing; and makeup artistry for casual, formal and fun events including proms, weddings, and more.



COLORADO


The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek MountainLEED Silver
The Westin Riverfront Resort is located in the heart of Vail Valley. Our resort features direct access to Beaver Creek skiing, Beaver Creek Golf and year round activities. Plus, we are home to the 27,000-square foot rejuvenating Spa Anjali and our signature restaurant in Beaver Creek, Cima. The Westin Riverfront is a LEED Silver certified property.  The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa was also voted Best Green Meeting Facility by Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine.



GEORGIA


Natural Body Spa and Shoppe
Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia

LEED PlatinumNatural Body is a full service spa offering superior massage, facial, spa body therapies, anti-aging services, aromatherapy, manicure/pedicure, and some of the most coveted natural product lines on the market.    Our large retail boutique welcomes you with soft colors, rustic furnishings, the scent of pure essential oils, and the sound of trickling water. Shop through a wide selection of natural and specialty Skin & Body Care, Candles, Aromatherapy, and unique gifts.  Enjoy a cup of hot ginger tea in our lounge as your therapist prepares to melt your tension away. Each room offers the amenities of home with drawers to store personal items and hangers for your clothes, and soft  cotton robes. After a massage, sea salt glow, or body wrap you are welcome to shower — we have thought of every detail, including all-natural shampoo.   Natural Body also offers a relaxing Eucalyptus Steam Room and Side-by-Side Massages in a larger suite. Voted Best Day Spa by Washingtonian Magazine readers.   Full spa services, including facials, massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, including Brazilian Wax,  Medi-spa services including Botox, Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal,  Gift Certificates and Baskets, Private Parties, Online Coupons.  Member of the Green Spa Network and LEED Platinum Certified.



KANSAS


Natural Body Spa and Shoppe
Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia
LEED Platinum
Natural Body is a full service spa offering superior massage, facial, spa body therapies, anti-aging services, aromatherapy, manicure/pedicure, and some of the most coveted natural product lines on the market.    Our large retail boutique welcomes you with soft colors, rustic furnishings, the scent of pure essential oils, and the sound of trickling water. Shop through a wide selection of natural and specialty Skin & Body Care, Candles, Aromatherapy, and unique gifts.  Enjoy a cup of hot ginger tea in our lounge as your therapist prepares to melt your tension away. Each room offers the amenities of home with drawers to store personal items and hangers for your clothes, and soft  cotton robes. After a massage, sea salt glow, or body wrap you are welcome to shower — we have thought of every detail, including all-natural shampoo.   Natural Body also offers a relaxing Eucalyptus Steam Room and Side-by-Side Massages in a larger suite. Voted Best Day Spa by Washingtonian Magazine readers.   Full spa services, including facials, massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, including Brazilian Wax,  Medi-spa services including Botox, Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal,  Gift Certificates and Baskets, Private Parties, Online Coupons.  Member of the Green Spa Network and LEED Platinum Certified.



NORTH CAROLINA


Natural Body Spa and Shoppe
Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia

LEED PlatinumNatural Body is a full service spa offering superior massage, facial, spa body therapies, anti-aging services, aromatherapy, manicure/pedicure, and some of the most coveted natural product lines on the market.    Our large retail boutique welcomes you with soft colors, rustic furnishings, the scent of pure essential oils, and the sound of trickling water. Shop through a wide selection of natural and specialty Skin & Body Care, Candles, Aromatherapy, and unique gifts.  Enjoy a cup of hot ginger tea in our lounge as your therapist prepares to melt your tension away. Each room offers the amenities of home with drawers to store personal items and hangers for your clothes, and soft  cotton robes. After a massage, sea salt glow, or body wrap you are welcome to shower — we have thought of every detail, including all-natural shampoo.   Natural Body also offers a relaxing Eucalyptus Steam Room and Side-by-Side Massages in a larger suite. Voted Best Day Spa by Washingtonian Magazine readers.   Full spa services, including facials, massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, including Brazilian Wax,  Medi-spa services including Botox, Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal,  Gift Certificates and Baskets, Private Parties, Online Coupons.  Member of the Green Spa Network and LEED Platinum Certified.


RHODE ISLAND


Koru Eco Spa
Block Island, Rhode Island
Spa Index Green Spas
Koru is an eco-friendly spa. That means, when we built Koru we made the environment and our customers’ health our top priority. From our construction to our products to our spirit, respect and care for our environment is always at the forefront of our mind. Our paint is non-toxic, our furniture is made from reclaimed wood, our uniforms are organic cotton, we off-set our carbon emissions, and our spa products are organic. In designing our menu we scanned the globe for the best ingredients found in nature and the highest quality organic hair, body, skin, and makeup lines on the market.



TENNESSEE


Natural Body Spa and Shoppe
Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Kansas and Virginia
LEED Platinum
Natural Body is a full service spa offering superior massage, facial, spa body therapies, anti-aging services, aromatherapy, manicure/pedicure, and some of the most coveted natural product lines on the market.    Our large retail boutique welcomes you with soft colors, rustic furnishings, the scent of pure essential oils, and the sound of trickling water. Shop through a wide selection of natural and specialty Skin & Body Care, Candles, Aromatherapy, and unique gifts.  Enjoy a cup of hot ginger tea in our lounge as your therapist prepares to melt your tension away. Each room offers the amenities of home with drawers to store personal items and hangers for your clothes, and soft  cotton robes. After a massage, sea salt glow, or body wrap you are welcome to shower — we have thought of every detail, including all-natural shampoo.   Natural Body also offers a relaxing Eucalyptus Steam Room and Side-by-Side Massages in a larger suite. Voted Best Day Spa by Washingtonian Magazine readers.   Full spa services, including facials, massage, manicures, pedicures, waxing, including Brazilian Wax,  Medi-spa services including Botox, Microdermabrasion, laser hair removal,  Gift Certificates and Baskets, Private Parties, Online Coupons.  Member of the Green Spa Network and LEED Platinum Certified.



TEXAS


EcoBlu Spa and Salon
Harker Heights, Texas
Spa Index Green Spas
Being aware of our environment has always been very important to us.  Enough so that we wanted to incorporate it into our new name ecoblu spa and salon (formerly Oasis Day Spa). A location change in 2009 also allowed us to focus our efforts on reducing our carbon footprint.  We used many “green” products in the build out of our new space as well as furnishing it with sustainable materials: from our front desk to our styling stations to our massage tables.  Our new appliances are energy efficient and we use 100% recycled paper and bags. Now that Harker Heights has a recycling station we are able to recycle the boxes, paper and plastic bottles that we use daily in the salon and spa.  Thanks to Aveda’s Caps Recycling Program* we are able to present an exclusive program that will allow our community to recycle plastic bottle caps that are generally not accepted in most recycling stations. These caps can have devastating results to birds and marine wildlife that mistake them for food. We use environmentally friendly cleaning products, energy efficient lighting and we reduce paper waste and product waste as much as possible.



UTAH


Red Mountain Spa
St. George, Utah
Green Spa Network
Red Mountain Resort & Spa is a member of the Green Spa Network, whose member spas are centers for healing, aesthetics and wellness, dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint. We are aware of the connection between environment and humanity and will continue to be a good influence both locally and globally.  To educate our guests about the ecologically friendly principles, we offer an evening presentation titled, “10 Steps to Sustainability,” knowing that the knowledge gained at Red Mountain will be carried onward to their lives at home.  Xeriscaping to reduce water consumption is used throughout our landscaping and the majority of Red Mountain’s property remains natural desert. Low emitter irrigation is used in our landscaping in several areas to save water.



VERMONT


The Woodstock Inn & Spa
Woodstock, Vermont
LEED Certified
The Inn property encompasses a variety of areas perfect for your Woodstock vacation including: The Inn’s Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Golf Course and a great selection of outdoor activities for your family vacation, including a 41,000-square-foot Racquet & Fitness Club with indoor and outdoor tennis, and racquetball courts; indoor lap pool and outdoor heated pool (seasonal); whirlpool, sauna, steam; exercise rooms; aerobics facilities; and spa treatments.



VIRGINIA


Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa
Fairfax, Virginia Comfort & Joy Wellness Spa
Comfort &  Joy is a socially responsible and eco-friendly full service salon and day spa offering Green Spa Networkpurified water throughout facility, organic skincare, Toxin-Free hair and nail care, gentle soy-based hair removal, and more.  Our natural products and services include nourishing body wraps, organic and Ayurvedic facials, massage, healthy hair and nail services, private aromatherapy steam, a couples suite, natural make-up application, a wide range of natural and organic products, gift certificates and baskets, wedding services including up-dos and handmade Tiaras.   We also offer pre-natal massage and maternity products, spa packages for men, and we are wheelchair accessible.   “One of the Top 10 Spas in the Washington DC Metro Area” — Washington Post, Readers’ Choice.   “Embracing” and “Best Manicure” — Washingtonian Magazine, Top Spas Issue.  Member of the Green Spa Network.

The Founders Inn and Spa
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Virginia Green
Offers 240 guest rooms and suites.  Conference facilities include 25,000 square feet of exhibit space with 20 dedicated meeting rooms to accommodate groups from 10 to 1,400, with the most advanced technology available. For dining enjoy the award winning Swan Terrace, the Hunt Room for pub fare, and the Muffin Pan for grab and go and freshly baked pastries.  The resort also features the Flowering Almond Spa, a full-service, resort-style spa.  The Founders Inn and Spa is committed to conserving our community’s resources and works to minimize environmental impacts whenever possible.  Member of Virginia Green Lodging.



WISCONSIN


The Osthoff Resort
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Travel Green Wisconsin
Osthoff Resort is a AAA Four Diamond hotel located on the beautiful shores of Elkhart Lake. The resort offers spacious accommodations, 500 ft. of sandy beach, two casual fine dining restaurants and a lounge, cooking classes, Aspira Spa, indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, whirlpools, fitness centers, game room and arcade, watercraft and mountain bike rentals, tennis court, children’s summer and holiday activities program and nearby golf.

Heidel House Resort & Evensong Spa
Green Lake, Wisconsin
Travel Green Wisconsin
Heidel House is a 199 room resort on the beautiful shores of Green Lake. With three fabulous restaurants, each serving up it’s own unique menu, you will be sure to find something that will tempt your taste buds. Hungry for more? Visit the Pump House Parlor and get yourself a double dip of creamy ice cream. Additional amenities include the escapade yacht for Public or Private tours and countless activities on the lake. The newest addition to the resort is Evensong Spa, located just across the street. Evensong Spa is an oasis of relaxation where an inner journey can be experienced during your walk through the central indoor labyrinth. Evensong Spa is a full-service spa, offering massages & nail treatments.   “We are particularly proud of the travel green practices as a whole and how it has brought our employees together.  Our employees are constantly generating green ideas, sharing them, and helping to implement them.  We have a travel green committee that meets monthly to increase our efforts to become even more green.  We look forward to more successful green projects in the future.”

 

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