Out Island Eco Friendly Resorts and Hotels
As more and more people worldwide are living an eco friendly lifestyle they are also looking for eco friendly vacation options. A growing number of eco friendly resorts and hotels are offering vacation packages to support eco tourism and eco vacations in the Bahamas.
According to The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), ecotourism is “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people.” While eco tourism is still a new to the tourism industry, it’s growing up to 34 percent; three times faster than the tourism industry as a whole. Vacationers living an eco friendly lifestyle state that eco tourism is important to them when they travel.
The Out Islands of The Bahamas are at the forefront of globally responsible eco tourism with several eco friendly resorts and hotels to help guide travelers wanting to live an eco friendly lifestyle while on vacation, without sacrificing the quality of their experience.
Many hotels in the Out Islands of The Bahamas offer environmentally friendly travel trips and have proactively responded to this increase in awareness and are working to make eco tourism in The Bahamas a priority. Several hotels have started by offering eco tours, like Small Hope Bay Lodge on Andros Island and Fernandez Bay Village on Cat Island, Bahamas. From replacing light bulbs with more energy efficient florescent bulbs to installing solar power systems, Out Island hotels are doing their part to protect the environment and become a top vacation destination for ecotourism.
Powell Pointe Resort at Cape Eleuthera in South Eleuthera, Bahamas, has installed solar applications for laundry, guest showers and hot water tanks for restaurants. Additionally, it uses solar power for fresh water pumps at all their 100 water wells and for their wash down and fish cleaning stations.
Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort in Long Island, Bahamas, has replaced their boardwalk lights and tree lights to solar powered lights along with replacing all their incandescent lights throughout the resort (wherever possible) to fluorescent lights. The resort encourages boaters to use their holding tank and not discharge in their waters, and offers free garbage pickup and recycling of all beer bottles.
Peace and Plenty Resorts in Exuma, Bahamas, also has an extensive eco-tourism mission in The Bahamas. They’ve implemented everything from a towel and linen reuse program, ecologically sound cleaning and laundry products, a waste water system, solar water heaters, and a rain water catchments system, to waterless urinals in the men’s public bathroom, recycling and use of recycled paper products, photo-voltaic electricity to run the pump for the bathrooms and even an employee ‘eco’ training program. They also educate their guests by providing information about walking tours of George Town and by hosting two cocktail parties a week where local residents have the chance to make presentations to their guests about Exuma. They also ask guests to buy carbon credits on their website to offset the carbon produced by traveling to Exuma and as well as having a guest rebate program for any guest contributing to the Exuma Foundation, the local 501(c)3 charity that is dedicated to helping Exumian people have a better life.
Another resort in the Exumas, Hotel Higgins Landings, also provides eco friendly trips for vacationers by offering a smoke-free facility, a water reuse system and runs on 100% solar electricity.
Along with the eco tours Fernandez Bay Village is currently offering, they have upcoming improvements planned for their reopening in the fall to appeal to travelers living an eco friendly lifestyle. They have plans in place to become a more energy efficient and eco friendly resort by replacing all of their shower heads with reduced flow fixtures, replacing light bulbs with energy efficient compact florescent bulbs and replacing their hot water system with a solar hot water system. Additionally, they are planning on taking their water pumps and a portion of their property off the Bahamas Electricity Corporation grid and power it with a solar powered system.
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