Turtle Island Resort | Sinfully Sustainable

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Remember the controversy surrounding “The Blue Lagoon” when it hit theaters back in 1980? With its themes of teenage sex, masturbation and alcoholism — not to mention a scantily clad underaged Brooke Shields — the film was a new low for Conservative Christians who branded it “immoral”.

But all that controversy aside, wasn’t the location beautiful?

The movie was shot on the island of Nanuya Levu in Fiji, which is owned by retired American entrepreneur Richard Evanson. Three decades later, let’s revisit the scene of the “crime”.

Evanson, the owner and managing director of the island, enjoyed the companionship of the film crew so much that after principal photography wrapped, he decided to turn Nanuya Levu into a socially responsible resort under the name Turtle Island.

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Post Ranch Inn | Environmental Getaway

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A weekend getaway can be extravagant — both for your pocketbook and for the environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. But it is possible to a good time and remain safe in the knowledge that you’re not doing a nasty number on Mother Earth.

If you live in or near California, the Post Ranch Inn is a luxurious, yet socially conscious option.

Situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Californian coastline, Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn is just a six-hour drive north of Los Angeles and a mere three hours south of San Francisco.

The Post Inn Ranch meets the strict guidelines of the Big Sur Land Use Plans and utilizes California’s first commercial greywater system. So, it’s no wonder the resort is ranked #6 in Trip Advisor’s Best Hotel For Romance in the U.S., as well as coming in #1 in Travel and Leisure’s 2007 Best Hotels in California.

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Adrère Amellal Ecolodge | Berber Digs In Egypt

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Take it from Herbert Ypes, the creative force behind the The Hip Hotels series. He ranks Egypt’s Adrère Amellal Oasis in his all-time top 20. This from a man who out jet-sets Paris Hilton. And with one glance, you can clearly see why.

The Adrère Amellal Oasis is the destination for those looking for a luxurious getaway in a unique, ecological and cultural setting. Situated in Western Egypt, the resort is “Nestled at the foot of a majestic mountain overlooking ancient olive and palm groves, Siwa’s largest salt lake and the dunes of the Great Sand Sea.”

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Nihiwatu | Socially Responsible Tourism

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Traveling to developing countries need not be a bittersweet affair; it is possible to get some R&R AND make a difference in the lives of others who are desperately in need.

Indonesia is a country close to my heart — it’s a place I’ve been fortunate enough to visit on several occasions. The thing that strikes you about the country, apart from its inherent natural beauty, is the people. You’re blown away by their kindness and generosity of spirit. Sadly, despite their winning smiles, many are not able to afford basic human necessities like medicine, education or even fresh water.

So, while I applaud efforts towards eco-tourism, when it comes to developing countries, ecological and socially responsible tourism are the order of the day.

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