Green + Eco-Travel

Green Retreats

by Matthew Link

Where: Antigua, Caribbean

The pitch: Consider it a first-rate all-inclusive resort posing as an eco-lodge. The 72-room, country club–like Curtain Bluff is located on the isolated southern tip of Antigua.

Green factor: Curtain Bluff has earned the stringent Green Globe 21 rating, one of the toughest in the industry. Beyond classic energy and water conservation, the property has its own sewage plant and water desalination facility and mulches its own coconut leaves. More than 200 types of palms decorate the lush bluff, and the staff is specially trained in green issues.

Creature comforts: You're greeted with rum punch in the open-air lobby, then escorted to your suite with its marble or granite bath, sunken living room, and oceanview balcony. The resort sits on a bluff sandwiched between two beaches—one on the calm Caribbean and the other facing the rougher Atlantic.

Eco-activities: The typical Caribbean selection of snorkeling, windsurfing, and sun lazing, but scuba diving and deep-sea fishing are also included in the price. There's also a proper afternoon tea on the terrace.

Green rule of thumb: "Ask about noise pollution when booking," says managing director Robert Sherman. "Our hotel does not have TVs or radios, and we use silent generators."

Curtain Bluff
Tel: 268 462 8400
Doubles from $645, all-inclusive

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