| Finding ‘Undiscovered’ Bali | My quest for ‘undiscovered’ Bali continues. I yearn to be alone in the wilds, with scarcely another tourist within miles, in the Bali of my imagining before it was inundated by outsiders like me. This road trip is to the island’s north coast, following rumors of a sweet treat of [...]
| Down Duvets in Bali? | When afternoon rain clouds part, the limitless panorama stretches well beyond Bali’s southern shores. Ahhhh, this is more like it. Only an hour’s drive from the island’s overcrowded tourist beaches, these Bedugul central highlands feel blissfully remote. And that’s exactly why we’ve come to Desa Atas Awan (Village Above the [...]
Winners of the HICAP Sustainable Hotel Awards are resorts in Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Cambodia. Every year since 2007 the Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific, or HICAP, has honored hotel operators and developers in the Asia Pacific region who demonstrate exemplary sustainable practices and
| Sacred, Shocking Sustainability | I weave my motorcycle down a narrow, potholed road past exquisitely terraced rice paddies and through a tiny village. This is Bali, but not the Bali of the island’s highly trafficked locales—and I feel deliciously remote from the bustle even though Kuta and Ubud are each only thirty minutes away, [...]
Curious about electric cars? On your next vacation, give one a test drive—and instead of paying high gas prices, charge up for free. Major car rental companies, which have been offering hybrid vehicles for years, are now getting into the electric car (EV) market. And an ever-growing number of hotels, resorts, and even B&Bs
ITC, the Indian luxury group that calls itself the greenest hotel chain on earth, is adding specially cleaned and filtered rooms to its sustainability portfolio. ITC Maurya, the company’s flagship in New Delhi, now has 80 allergy-friendly rooms and has upgraded systems to eliminate up to 100 percent of ultra fine particles known to cause disease
This month’s Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Bali is considered one of the world’s top yoga, dance and live music experiences. Another is its growing eco-commitment.
| Greening On A Farm | To the outside world, the state of Karnataka is best known for its capital city of Bangalore, the high-tech hub of India where you have probably connected by phone or chat with an eager soul who wants to offer you excellent service on that problem with your laptop or [...]
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ new sustainable seafood policy bans shark fin from the menu in all its restaurants and banquets. The Hong Kong-based hotelier also pledged to stop serving endangered bluefin tuna and Chilean sea bass.
| An Eco State of Mind | If your notion is going to Goa for a short green vacation, be forewarned: it’s the Hotel California of India—you may never leave. Believe me, I know. Goa’s soft embrace almost feels a world apart from India’s numbing extremes and jarring contrasts. Think of this predominantly coastal state [...]