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Monday, November 16, 2009 Suggestions for an Eco-Friendly Trip

MILAN, November 17 -, the European specialist in online accommodation, reveals all
the secrets to environmentally-friendly travelling. By following these simple
steps, you too can become an eco-traveler:

1. Choose eco-friendly transport. Using public transport, cycling and
walking are much greener than driving as well as being a great way to meet
new people and stay in touch with the environment. Use the train instead of
the car - a winner not only for cost but also for stress! When you fly, opt
for the airlines that offer "carbon offset credits" helping to compensate for
all the CO2 emissions from your flight, in turn promoting reforestation and
supporting the development of renewable energy sources.

2. Avoid using the hotel laundry service! Each year hotels all around the
world go through huge amounts of water, washing your towels and linens. When
you check in, ask if you can use them for more than a day, thus making a
valuable contribution to the fight against wasting water.

3. Support local businesses. There are many ways to support local
businesses and the local environment, for example eating local specialties
and produce during your stay. Choosing hotels and restaurants that cook with
local products, not only will reduce CO2 emissions produced by the
transportation of goods, but will also help farmers and the local economy.

4. Recycle! Waste products including food and drink packets from your
journey as well as any rubbish you create during your stay must be recycled!
Reducing the waste of raw materials and giving new life to old materials is a
fundamental part of our contribution to improving our environment. Even the
simple act of offering a newspaper or magazine to other train passengers
after reading it is an opportunity to recycle and socialize!

5. Always carry a re-usable water bottle. Water is an essential for all
of us, and choosing a stainless steel bottle instead of reusing the plastic
bottles saves us money and reduces the use of a highly-polluting substance
such as plastic.

A few simple steps like these mean that we can all make a small yet
significant contribution to sustaining the planet. Giving priority to hotels
that choose alternative energy sources such as solar panels, use eco-friendly
materials such as Lego and stone, and promote local produce are small
gestures that encourage a culture of respect for the environment even when we
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To immerse yourself in an unspoilt paradise:

Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa, Playa del Carmen - Mexico

Located in the Maya Riviera, this exclusive five star resort overlooks
never-ending white sandy beaches bordered by the lush Mexican jungle. Dotted
with natural lagoons, mangroves, beautiful cenotes and surrounded by
spectacular unspoiled scenery, the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort is ideal for
those who want to enjoy a holiday in harmony with the sea and land. A range
of sports activities and excursions are on offer or you can simply bask in
the beauty of this unique environment. The Sandos Caracol Eco Resort has the
preservation of its precious natural heritage as its primary goal, promoting
a range of projects and initiatives, increasing travelers' sensitivity to
environmental issues.

Hotel Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya - Thailand

Nestled in the depths of breathtaking Thai scenery and overlooking the
turquoise waters of the Gulf of Siam lies the eco-friendly Hotel Royal Cliff
Beach Resort. It consists of a set of four and five-star hotels, each
featuring a unique and unmistakable style where the environment has been
taken into careful consideration since its opening 1973. Not only does the
resort promote the use of treated waste water to water its beautiful gardens,
but it is also filled with endangered species of trees and plants. Recycling
is a must at the Hotel Royal Cliff Beach Resort and guests and staff are
encouraged to reduce waste. It also promotes initiatives involving locals to
clean the streets and beaches.

For a holiday of bio-gastronomy:

Eco Hotel l'Aubier, Montezillon Neuchatel - Switzerland

A little jewel reserved for a maximum of forty food-loving, peace-seeking
guests, the Eco Hotel l'Aubier, located in the beautiful surroundings of the
Swiss Alps overlooks the picturesque Lake Neuchatel. Being a proud member of
BioHotels, this charming three-star Switzerland hotel boasts a restaurant
that serves exclusively organic food and wines from a biodynamic farm, as
well as local and herbal teas and homemade syrups. The use of products from
organic and local farming guarantees not only the safety of the environment
and the seasonality of products, but also very tasty and healthy dishes.

For those who love 'green' architecture:

Hi Eco Hotel Spa & Beach, Nice - France

The Hi Eco Hotel, housed in an exclusive 1930's building on the French
Riviera, offers its guests a wonderful stay in its original rooms, all made
by the young French designer Matali Crasset. A student of Philippe Starck,
Matali fully respects the values of a '"green" architecture' which is why
guests staying here will find furnishings made from natural materials, a
charming wellness center, excellent food at Cantine Bio and staff who will
ensure a relaxing stay in Nice. A unique setting, designed to promote harmony
between man and the environment not forgetting avant-garde design and the
best technology, the Hi Eco Hotel, Nice provides a more than comfortable
place to stay.

Natura Park Beach Eco Resort & Spa, Punta Cana - Dominican Republic

The Natura Park Beach Eco Resort & Spa is surrounded by a spectacular
43,000 m2 garden and was built using the best natural resources from the
local area. A unique design that uses all-natural materials found on site
such as stone, wood, sugar cane and coconuts, everything has been made with
the aim of creating harmony with the surroundings and preserving the
ecosystem, whilst offering a quiet and relaxing location for a vacation of
sport and wellness with zero environmental impact .

For more information visit:

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