Category Archives: South America

Green Hotels of the Future | Hilton Bariloche, Argentina

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Another fine example of exciting things to come in the area of eco-oriented hotels. The proposed eco-hotel Hilton Bariloche in Argentina. The marriage of architecture – green architecture, that is – and the environment it’s taking advantage of is what’s interesting to see. How the “Green Movement” is affecting hotels and how they in turn go about to accommodate the growing “Green Lifestyle” of travelers seeking and supporting hotels whose mission are no longer service and profit, but increasingly summed into the 3 main traits of: 1. Profit, 2. People, and 3. Planet. Creating profitable businesses that engage the communities around them and respect (for a lack of a better term) the natural environment they are bestowed of caring for. Hence a hotel animal of a very different kind – one with a agreen one!

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Baobab & Wet Volcanoes make a unique Eco-Lodge couple ~ Chile

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When Chilean architect Rodrigo Verdugo ventured into the design of two Eco Loges in Chile’s Huilo Huilo Private Natural Reserve, he was set to take his imagination to new heights. While La Montaña Mágica (The Magic Mountain) Hotel was inspired by an erupting volcano, with cascading water replacing the fire and amber, the idea for the second lodge, Baobab Hotel was probably drawn from a bee-hive, or a snail’s shell.

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A drenching eco hotel experience ~ La Montaña Mágica, Chile

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Tree houses as hotels are certainly not a new concept, but La Montaña Mágica (The Magic Mountain) Hotel is not just another hotel. Located within the Huilo Huilo Private Natural Reserve, Chile, it is without a doubt one of most unique hotels in South America. This whimsical eco-lodge is shaped like a volcano and complete with every modern comfort, and features cascading water that covers the exterior, giving it a fairy-tale like look. Makes you imagine encountering some character out of Lord of the Rings saga.

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Eco Geometric in the Jungle ~ V Hotel, Yelapa, Mexico

By Dian Hasan | August 16, 2009

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The hottest trend in hotel design today seems to stem for people’s inclination toward anything eco-friendly. Rustic lodges that don palapa or thatch roofs seem to be passé, so architects and designers are drumming up eco-conscious hotels and resorts that continue to make bolder design statements. And who said that geometric angular shapes are the exclusive domains of urban boutique hotels? V Hotel outside of Yelapa in Mexico, begs to differ.

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Sleek & Chic ~ Indigo, Patagonia, Chile

Indigo Hotel & Spa_Patagonia_Chile_hotel-indigo-6Time was, when travelers to Patagonia they were faced with a pretty stark choice: rough it in a tent or a hostel, or splash out five-star–style at Explora. But it seems the market has found a third way, as markets have an uncanny way of always finding that special niche: Puerto Natales, increasingly, is home to more than a few sub-luxury, supra-hostel options. The most stylish of which is, in our judgment, the Indigo Hotel & Spa.

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Green & Chic ~ Alila Cha-Am, Thailand

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 18, 2009

Alila Cha-Am_Thailand_5_star_high-end_boutique_stylish_adelto_interior_design_luxury_furniture_contemporary_modern_apartment_property_designer_hotel_thailand_asia_5Designed by one of Thailand’s leading architects, Duangrit Bunnag, Alila Cha-Am is a tropical getaway that defies convention. Likened to a geometric jewel box with a series of magical boxes through which you enter a world of refined hospitality of understated luxury. Set in the charming coastal town of Cha-Am, on the north west coast of the Gulf of Thailand, this luxurious beachside resort is designed to be a sophisticated and contemporary lifestyle destination.

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Green & Chic ~ Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa, Atacama Desert, Chile

By Unique Travel Destinations | June 13, 2009

Tierra Atacama_outdoor_ww09_540Stunning landscapes call for equally uncommon abodes for the thirsty travelers who are drawn to travel from far and wide to experience it up close. Such is the setting of the Atacama desert in Chile, and now there is a new hotel befitting such backdrop, with an architectural vocabulary that understands the precarious balance between nature, design and the needs of travelers. When you enter the new Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa, this equation is felt immediately. A perfect ensemble!

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