Eco-friendly Honeymoons in France

When you want a romantic honeymoon then there are few destinations which conjure up the image of romance more than France.  Home to what is widely considered to be the world’s most romantic city, Paris, France offers the chilled-out and laid-back way of life that you need when enjoying your first few days of married life.  However, for an eco-friendly honeymoon, there are plenty of options available to you outside of the capital city.

Woodland life in the Dordogne

Why not enjoy the peaceful life in a Woodsman’s Cabin in one of the most beautiful areas of the country?  The remote setting ensures you will not be disturbed and it has everything that you need for your stay.  The wood-burning stove heats the water and the cabin is lit by oil light or candle.  When on your honeymoon champagne and flowers are part of the package and transport is provided in the form of a tandem. Breakfasts are provided and you can enjoy activities such as canoeing or touring the vineyards. For those who want total seclusion this option is perfect.

Auvergne guest house

Head to central France to the region of Auvergne where you will find an eco-friendly guest house or two.  Try Les Liards, where you can hike in the beautiful countryside.  The guest house itself has been carefully constructed using traditional building methods and eco-friendly materials.  Located in the Livradois-Forez regional park, it is perfect for those who love the outdoors life.

The most romantic city in the world!

Paris is a must for those wanting a romantic break but you can also find an eco-friendly option here.  The Hotel Gavarni is close to main attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Elysées and uses only renewable energy sources, is now carbon neutral and only eco-friendly products are used throughout the hotel.  The food is organic and fair trade and as a result of all its efforts to be greener, the hotel has become the first independent hotel in the city to achieve the European Ecolabel, a quality standard for eco-friendly businesses.

A Normandy valley

La Maison du Vert is located in Ticheville in Lower Normandy and is ideal for those who like the great outdoors.  The restaurant is vegetarian and vegan, with many ingredients grown in the hotel’s own gardens.  Organic drinks are served in the bar and the grounds are a mix of landscaped and wild areas.  Cycling is a popular activity in the area and the hotel has two bicycles that can be used by guests at no extra charge.

For honeymoons France might seem like a long way to travel but the rewards are clear when you get there.  The chance to relax in beautiful surroundings that will not make much (if any!) impact on your carbon footprint should not be missed.

Top Eco-Friendly Luxury Hotels

Planning an eco-friendly honeymoon can often be quite difficult, particularly if you do not want to compromise on luxury.  The good news is that some of the world’s top luxury hotels have taken on board their guests’ concerns about the environment and have started to make the changes needed for eco-friendly credentials.

Laguna Lodge

461_6044The jungles of Guatemala are home to the Laguna Lodge hotel.  With views of Mayan ruins, this luxury hotel is now one of the greenest in the region.  Designed using locally produced materials, this hotel generates its own electricity and has a water efficiency program. The menu in the restaurant is vegetarian and the hotel staff are hired from the local indigenous people. The design of the hotel also takes its location into account and minimizes impact of light and noise on the surroundings.

Cleaning agents and other products in the hotel are all vegan-approved, are created with the help of only natural insecticides and are biodegradable. The amount of electricity generated on-site is more than the hotel actually uses and there is a good energy management program in place, although the hotel does not have any official accreditations to show for it yet. You cannot reach the lodge by car, so when you arrive, be prepared for a hike or a boat-ride.

The Scarlet

Head over to the UK for The Scarlet Hotel, located in Cornwall, England.  The cliff-top location of the hotel offers amazing views and every aspect of the hotel has been designed to be as eco-friendly as possible. The building is energy efficient, featuring a green roof along with plenty of insulation to minimize energy consumption.

The restaurant at the hotel has a strong vegetarian menu and guests who want to feel pampered can make the most of the eco-friendly spa.  The two swimming pools are chlorine-free and solar panels are used to heat the water. All cleaning products and toiletries are environmentally friendly, with many of them sourced locally. The hotel has strong links with the local community, working with them on a number of different projects.

The hotel’s roof is made from a native plant known as ‘sea thrift’ and the outdoor pool is filtered naturally with the help of reeds. Maximization of natural light means that there is not as much need for artificial light and there are car charging points for those guests who drive eco-friendly electric cars. Even used candle wax is recycled at this hotel!

No matter which side of the world you want to honeymoon on, there is an eco-friendly hotel that will suit you.  With environmentally-friendly spas, swimming pools and even haute cuisine, there is no need to compromise on luxury at all and you have no need to worry that your honeymoon is going to add to damage being done to the planet.

Eco-friendly Wedding Venues in Las Vegas

When you are planning your eco-friendly wedding, Las Vegas is probably not the most obvious destination.  Usually associated with bright lights and glitz, this city does have its fair share of venues that are taking a keen interest in the environment and which can help you to have the day of your dreams without denting the ozone layer any further.

Chapel of the Flowers

At the Chapel of the Flowers the team works hard to keep their carbon footprint to a minimum.  One change has been to purchase flowers for the venue in small quantities and in accordance with the requirements of each couple. As much as possible for the venue is purchased locally and when items need to be delivered to other locations a fuel-efficient van is used. There are several outdoor wedding locations to choose from at the venue so you can make the most of the natural beauty of the surroundings and of course, the natural light.  The venue has its own photographers and instead of printing out all the photos you can simply go online to view the images to choose which ones you want to have printed. Planning your day can all be done via the website and email if you prefer so you can keep your own carbon footprint low.

Aria at CityCenter

aria wedding las vegasThis venue is one of the largest hotels to achieve the LEED Gold certification. Eco-friendly features here include a natural gas plant to generate both energy and heat and it also keeps emissions to a minimum.  There are water saving and recycling programs and all cars at the venue are gas-powered. The hotel uses low-watt lighting to keep energy usage down and also has a number of features designed to reflect the sun so that the cost of cooling the building is much lower.

Springs Preserve

This venue is also LEED Certified and is home to an ecological café and catering service.  Those who come here can not only enjoy a greener wedding day but can also learn more about desert life.  Food produced for events here all comes from local suppliers who offer fresh and organic produce.  The carpets are recycled, the building has straw bale insulation and there are cooling towers attached to the hotel.  There are also facilities to produce solar power and wind power and there are a number of recycling initiatives.

Choosing Las Vegas for your big day does not mean that you have to buy into the ostentatious image of the city where there are cars galore and energy consumption is at an all-time high.  All you have to do is a little research and you could find that you have a venue that can do everything you want for the environment and still give you the glamorous day to remember.