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10 luxury eco-resorts

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 23, 2012, 5:48 p.m.

Photo: Bardessono

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Bardessono is a LEED platinum-certified hotel nestled in California’s Napa Valley. The property’s wood was milled from salvaged trees, it was constructed from nontoxic, non-allergenic construction materials, and its green aspects are visible everywhere — from its photovoltaic panels to the lobby’s lush vertical garden. Bardessono’s spa and restaurant are stocked with local, organic products, and the resort has a comprehensive recycling and composting program that includes a massive “Earth Tub” for its food scraps. In addition to its multitude of energy-saving features, the hotel’s rooms have sensors that detect when guests have left the room so that temperatures can automatically be raised or lowered to reduce energy demand.