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Australian eco spa resorts going green in the wilderness
A recent poll shows that Australia is, once again, the top destination for American tourists (outside the US, when cost is no consideration). The country has some of the most amazing scenery in the world, and some beautiful spa resorts taking full advantage of that scenery.
Here are three of the most impressive, and eco-friendly resorts in Australia.
Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa
The first of these three resorts won't be open till October, but when it does, it'll provide 40 free-standing suites nestled between two national parks. built within a world heritage area. The hotel is located in Wolgan Valley, about three hours from Sydney.
Suites offer private decks and pools. Activities in the area include Aboriginal interpretive tours, nature walks, AWD wildlife safaris and horse riding.
Some of the green credentials of the Wolgan Valley resort & spa include rainwater collection, full domestic water recycling, heat exchangers, solar heated water, over 100 solar panels for electricity and wind powered water pumps.
The resort is part of the Emirates hotel and resorts group (yes - that Emirates). Reservations are being accepted for stays starting on October 1st, and rooms start at AUD1490 (about $1250). For rates, reservations or to learn more about the new Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, click here.
Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat
The Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat is located one hour south of Broome, on the western Australian coast.
The resort consists of 25 "eco villas" and 30 safari style "eco tents". The resort offers a safari, whale watching tours, cave exploring, fishing and of course, an on-site spa.
The Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat reduces its impact on the planet through solar power, low-flow faucets and toilets, waste water recycling and a full assortment of natural products in all bathroom and spa products.
Off season rates start at just AUD130 ($110). For rates, reservations or to learn more about the Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, click here.
Pinctada Cable Ceach
The Pinctada Cable Beach Resort & Spa opened just 3 months ago. Like the previous resort, it too is located on the western coast of Australia.
The 72 room intimate resort features a massive "asymmetrical pool with spa nooks and waterfalls". Its spa offers Vichy shower treatment rooms (a 5 head massaging shower table), a juice bar, sauna and hair salon.
Its restaurant serves dishes created by award winning Melbourne chef Greg Malouf, where you can dine on spiced sautéed pearl meat, a nod to the long standing pearling tradition in the area.
The green initiatives at this resort include a full-resort grey water management system, solar heating as the primary source of hot water and a carefully planned natural light layout.
Rooms start at AUD420 ($350). For rates, reservations or to learn more about Pinctada Cable Beach, click here.